Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A Green Thumb of Beauty





Gardening fever is upon us.  It seems as

though everyone is a gardener, even if they

live in a big city apartment.  Even if they have

eleven green thumbs.  Even if they wouldn't

pull weeds for a million dollars.  Even if they

don't know  the difference between a spade

and a rake.  Even if they hate vegetables and

bugs, are allergic to bees, or have spring allergies.

Suddenly everyone is a gardening maniac.


Well there are certain things anyone can

plant ~ sweet P's in a straight row, for

instance: prayer, patience, peace, passion.

But it's not enough for a gardener to love

flowers.  A gardener also must hate weeds.  As

good plants grow, you pinch off bitter ones

like panic, paranoia, passivity.  And by the

way, while gardening, do squash pride.  And

please, lettuce love one another at all times.


Begin now to cultivate your half-acre of

love.  All it takes is a few seeds no larger than

grains of sand.  The blossom of a good deed

fades with time but that lasting perfume is

the joy you receive from doing it.

~Barbara Johnson





"Bloom where you're planted"

and enjoy your week!!!

Turn Me On - Norah Jones

Like a flower
Waiting to bloom
Like a lightbulb
In a dark room
Im just sittin here waiting for you
To come on home and turn me on

Like the desert waiting for the rain
Like a school kid waiting for the spring
Im just sitting here waiting for you
To come on home and turn me on

My poor heart
Its been so dark
Since youve been gone
After all your the one who turns me off
You're the only one who can turn me back on

My hi-fi is waiting for a new tune
My glass is waiting for some fresh ice cubes
I'm just sitting here waiting for you
To come on home and turn me on
Turn me on

Friday, May 23, 2008

Norah Jones ~ Come Away With Me

Come away with me in the night
Come away with me
And I will write you a song

Come away with me on a bus
Come away where they can't tempt us
With their lies

I want to walk with you
On a cloudy day
In fields where the yellow grass grows knee-high
So won't you try to come

Come away with me and we'll kiss
On a mountaintop
Come away with me
And I'll never stop loving you

And I want to wake up with the rain
Falling on a tin roof
While I'm safe there in your arms
So all I ask is for you
To come away with me in the night
Come away with me

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Awakening



Calm Sea Sunset

Scubagrl's Themes n' Dreams



The Awakening
There comes a time in your life when you finally get it...
When in the midst of all our fears and insanity you
stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice
inside your head cries out ~ ENOUGH!   Enough fighting
and crying or struggling to hold on.  And, like a child
quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to
subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back
your tears and though a mantle of wet lashes you
begin to look at the world with a new prospective. 
This is your awakening.
You realize that it is the time to stop hoping and waiting for
something, or someone, to change or for happiness,
safety and security to come galloping over the next
horizon,  You come to terms with the fact that there
aren't always fairy tale endings (or beginnings for that
matter) and that any guarantee of "happily ever after"
must begin with you.  Then a sense of serenity is born
of acceptance.
So you begin making your way through the "reality of
today" rather than holding out for the "promise of
tomorrow."  You realize that much of who you are, and
the way you navigate through life is, in great part, a
result of all the social conditioning you've received
over the course of a lifetime.  And you begin to sift
though all the nonsense you were taught about:
How you should look and how much you should weigh,
what you should wear and where you should shop,
where you should live or what type of car you should  drive,
who you should sleep with and how you should behave,
who you should marry and why you should stay,
the importance of bearing children or what you owe
your family.
Slowly you begin to open up to new worlds and
different points of view.  And you begin reassessing
and redefining who you are and what you really believe
in.  And you begin to discard the doctrines you have
outgrown, or should never have practiced to begin with.
You accept the fact that you are not perfect and that
not everyone will love, appreciate or approve of who or
what you are... and that's okay... they are entitled to their
own views and opinions.  And, you come to terms with
the fact that you will never be a size 5 or a "perfect 10"...
Or a perfect human being for that matter.. and you stop
trying to compete with the image inside your head
or agonizing over how you compare.  And you make
peace with the woman in the mirror and you learn
to give her the same unconditional love and support
you give so freely to others.  Than a sense of
confidence is born of self-approval.
And you stop maneuvering through life merely as a
"consumer" hungry for your next fix, a new dress,
another pair of shoes or looks of approval and
admiration from family, friends or even strangers who
pass by.  Then you discover that "it is truly in giving that
we receive(1)"... and that the joy and abundance you
seek grows out of giving.  And you recognize the
importance of "creating" and "contributing" rather
than "obtaining" and "accumulating."
And you give thanks for the simple things you've been
blessed with, things that millions of people upon the
earth can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean
running water, a soft bed, the freedom of choice
and the opportunity to pursue your own dreams.
And you begin to love and to care for yourself.  You
stop engaging in self-destructive behaviors including
participating in dysfunctional relationships.  You begin
eating a balanced diet, drinking more water and
exercising.  And because you've learned that fatigue
drains the spirit and creates doubt and fear you give
yourself permission to rest.  And just as food is fuel for
the body, laughter is fuel for the spirit and so you make
it a point to create time to play.
Than you learn about love and relationships, how to
love, how much to give in love, when to stop giving and
when to walk away.  And you allow only the hands of a
lover who truly loves and respects you to glorify you
with his touch.  You learn that people don't always say
what they mean or mean what they say, intentionally or
unintentionally and that not everyone will always come
through and interestingly enough, it's not always about
you.  So, you stop lashing out and pointing fingers or
looking to place blame for the things that were done to
you or weren't done for you.  And you learn to keep
your Ego in check and to acknowledge and redirect
the destructive emotions it spawns: anger, jealously
and resentment.
You learn how to say I was wrong and to forgive
people for their own human frailties.  You learn to build
bridges instead of walls and about the healing power
of love as it is expressed through a kind word, a warm
smile or a friendly gesture.  And at the same time, you
eliminate any relationships that are hurtful or fail to
uplift and edify you.  You stop working so hard at
smoothing things over and setting your needs aside.
You learn that feelings of entitlement are perfectly okay
and that it is your right to want or expect certain things.
And you learn the importance of communicating your
needs with confidence and grace.  You learn that the
only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and
that eventually martyrs are burned at the stake.  Then
you learn to distinguish between guilt, and responsibility
and the importance of setting boundaries and learning
to say NO.  You learn that you don't know all the
answers, it's not your job to save the world and that
sometimes you just need to Let Go.
Moreover, you learn to look at people as they really are
and not as you want them to be and your are careful not
to project your neediness or insecurities onto a
relationship.  You learn that you will not be, more
beautiful, more intelligent, more lovable or important
because of the man on your arm or the child that bears
your name.  You learn that just as people grow and
change, so it is with love and relationships and that
not everyone can always love you the way you would
want them to.  And you stop appraising your worth
by the measure of love you are given.  And you
suddenly you realize that it's wrong to demand that
someone live their life or sacrifice their dreams just to
serve your needs, ease your insecurities, or meet
"your" standard and expectations.  You learn that the
only love worth giving and receiving is the love that is
given freely without conditions or limitations.  And you
learn what it means to love.  So you stop trying to
control people, situations and outcomes.  You learn that
"alone" does not mean "lonely" and you begin to
discover the joy of spending time with "yourself" and
"on yourself"."  Then you discover the greatest and most
fulfilling love you will ever know.  Self Love.  And so, it
comes to pass that through understanding your heart
heals, and now all new things are possible.
Moving along, you begin to avoid Toxic people and
conversations.  And you stop wasting time and energy
rehashing your situation with family and friends.  You
learn that talk doesn't change things and that
unrequited wishes can only serve to keep you trapped
in the past.  So you stop lamenting over what could or
should have been and you make a decision to leave
the past behind.  Then you begin to invest your time
and energy to affect positive change.  You take a
personal inventory of all strengths and
weaknesses and the areas you need to improve in
order to move ahead, you set your goals and map out
a plan of action to see things through.
You learn that life isn't always fair and you don't always
get what you think you deserve and you stop
personalizing every loss or disappointment.  You learn
to accept that sometimes bad things happen to good
people and that these things are not an acts of God...
but merely a random act of fate.
And you stop looking for guarantees because you've
learned that the only thing you can really count on is the
unexpected and that whatever happens, you'll learn to
deal with it.  And you learn that the only thing you must
truly fear is the great robber baron of all time FEAR
itself.  So you learn to step right into and through your
fears because to give into fear is to give away the right
to live life on your terms.  You learn that much of life truly
is self-fulfilling prophesy and you learn to go after
what you want and not to squander you life living
under a cloud of indecision or feelings of impending doom.
Then, YOU LEARN ABOUT MONEY...  the personal
power and independence it brings and the options it
creates.  And you recognize the necessity to create
your own personal wealth.. Slowly, you begin to take
responsibility for yourself by yourself and you make
yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to
never ever settle for less than your heart's desire. 
And a sense of power is born of self-reliance.  And you live
with honor and integrity because you know that these
principles are not the outdated ideals of a by-gone era
but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon
which you must build your life.  And you make a point
to keep smiling, to keep trusting and to stay open to
every wonderful opportunity and exciting possibility.
Than you hang a wind chime outside your window to
remind yourself what beauty there is in simplicity.
Finally, with courage in your heart and with God by
your side you take a stand, you FAKE a deep breath
and you begin to design the life you want to live as
best you can.
A word about the Power of Prayer: In some of my
darkest, most painful and frightening hours, I have
prayed not for the answers to my prayers or for
material things but for my  "God" to help me find the
strength, confidence and courage to persevere; to
face each day and to do what I must do.
Remember this: "You are an expression of the
almighty.  The spirit of God resides within you and
moves through you.  Open your heart, speak to that
spirit and it will heal and empower you."
My "God" has never failed me.
~ Sonny Carroll (1999)
(1) excerpt from the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Thursday, May 15, 2008




Another fun week of Picture Perfect Friday!

Our host this week is Cherie.

The theme she has chosen for us is:





Palm trees, ocean breeze
Salty air - sun kissed hair
That endless summer
Take me there...



 Summertime Fun brings thoughts,

of lazy days or days at the beach,

travel to the mountains,

 Carefree times with friends,

boating, swimming,

just goofing off . . .

Photobucket   PhotobucketPhotobucket   Photobucket




memory of Summertime Fun on Panama City Beach ~ taken with an old polaroid camera




Then followed that beautiful season...Summer....

Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light;

and the landscape

Lay as if new created

in all the freshness of childhood.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow




Summer is the time when one

sheds one's tensions with one's clothes,

and the right kind of day

is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. 

A few of those days and you can become

drunk with the belief that all's right

with the world. 

~Ada Louise Huxtable



Live in each season as it passes:

breathe the air,

drink the drink,

taste the fruit.

~Henry David Thoreau









Friday, May 9, 2008



Our host this week is JohnOh

and the word he has chosen

(adjective: So light and insubstantial as to resemble air or a thin film: aerial, aery, airy, diaphanous, ethereal, filmy, gauzy, gossamery, sheer, transparent, vaporous, vapory.)



If you are not a part of PPF,

would like to know more about it

and join in all the fun

just follow this link --------->PICTURE PERFECT


Another Cades Cove Picture in the Great Smoky Mountains 2007.

Taken with my Kodak Z740 Digital Camera




A walk up the mountain

in the gossamer clouds

feels like a climb

right up to heaven

with the birds soaring high

and the air sweet

with the smell of the earth.




Take it all in...



The deer running free,

 the squirrels gathering food,

the wind in your hair and

the sun on your skin.


Yes, let's go for


A Walk in the Clouds...





May your weekend be filled

with blue skies!!!

May it be filled with

all the laughter and love

you could ask for!

Have a great weekend!!!

Sunday, May 4, 2008





Let's be thankful! Thankful for plenty ~

plenty and more ~ of things to eat and

wear, of shelter and warmth; of beauty. 

Plenty of things that money can't buy,

such as tenderness and inspiration

and revelation and insight.


Thankful for family ~ family with

individual personalities, gifts, needs,

and dreams, each such a gift ~

all feeding into what we are and

what we will become. 


Thankful for friends ~ for stimulating,

vivacious, provoking, comforting,

disturbing, encouraging, agitating,

blessing, loving, warming,

forgiving friends.


And thankful for the courage to go

on trusting people, risking love,

daring to believe in what could be,

all because of the confirming

experience of daily trusting God

and finding him utterly trustworthy.

~Gloria Gaither



Am I thankful?   Yes, thankful for all of the above.  What do I need?  I have all that I need.  If I didn't owe on my house, I would owe nothing other than tags on the car when they are due and insurance.....  So I have lots of money..... NO, but do I need lots of money.... NO.

I live in a beautiful world.  I even love my back yard (and it needs help ~ lol ~ well, grooming, as far as back yards go).  Nature always touches my heart.  Water, be it oceans or streams, rain or puddles.... it glissens and shines and washes the world anew ~ I love it and there is plenty around for me to enjoy!   So many different places with their own special beauty and all out there for us... for me.  Creatures ~ large and small ~ horses, rabbits, birds.... so many amazing creatures to observe and enjoy!

People... I have the best of people in my life.  My family ~ I am loved so much (haven't figured this one out as they know me so well and think I can do no wrong ~ hmmm, could be love is blind), and goodness, the best!  Work with some of the most wonderful girls you would ever want to meet and what a team ~ couldn't ask for more.   There are so many wonderful people out there.  We hear about them everyday ~ we pass them on the street.  We visit with them on our computers and stand in line with them at the grocery store.

Yes, I'm thankful,

for all of this....    for love

It is the most important thing in the world.

Our love for each other, God's love for us.

So what do I need? I don't need anything! God has given me all I need!


Bet He has you too!



Something you need?

Think about it

(something you need

or is it something you want?)

Look around you !!!


And have a good week!!!


Thursday, May 1, 2008




"The world is full of magical things,

patiently waiting

for our wits to grow sharper."

PhotobucketPhotobucket~ Eden PhillpottsPhotobucket




Our host this week is Tint
and the word she has chosen
Glitter Words 


If you are not a part of PPF

and would like to join in all the fun

just follow this link --------->PICTURE PERFECT





 "One of the most tragic things

I know about human nature is

that all of us tend to put off living. 

We are all dreaming of some magical

rose garden over the horizon ~ instead of

enjoying the roses blooming

outside our windows today."

PhotobucketPhotobucket~ Dale Carnegie Photobucket






Sunset at Santarini, Greece 2000

(A magical place for the whole family at my son's wedding)

(Taken with an old Sony FD83 Digital Camera ~ photo untouched except to size)


Photobucket Every magical moment,Photobucket

Photobucket of each magical day Photobucket

Photobucket makes up 24 magical hours,Photobucket

Photobucket of magical people and places,Photobucket

Photobucket filled with magical music,Photobucket

Photobucket (nature's and our own)Photobucket

Photobucket if we just choose to see Photobucket

Photobucket what God has given us!Photobucket




Photobucket Photobucket.Photobucket...........Photobucket


(representing another magical time & place with very special people)


"There is no surprise more magical

than the surprise of being loved: 

 It is God's finger on man's shoulder."

PhotobucketPhotobucket~ Charles MorganPhotobucket




Photobucket Life is such a special gift Photobucket

Photobucket so use each magical moment wisely.Photobucket



PhotobucketWishing everyone

a  weekend full

of love and laughter!!!Photobucket



Want to leave you with this one last quote

(food for thought)

" I believe anything is possible.

Research into quanyum physics proves

that a system changes simply by someone

 observing it.  Therefore, all you have to do is be

a wake and aware of your environment, and

that enables you to transform everything

around you.  It sounds like hocus pocus, but

scientists are coming to realize that just

thinking about something can make it happen.

  Turns out maybe faith can move mountains."

PhotobucketPhotobucket~ Christine Anderson Photobucket