Saying Yes! to Less in 2015

Meet rosemary, the best evergreen shrub for those not so gifted with growing plants of any kind.

 

I went to the front yard, snipped a healthy handful of stems from the perennial rosemary bush, stuck them in water to keep it fresh until it was time to cook dinner and guess what? Continue reading

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Chuckles on Blogging Awards: Short, Sweet and Always Gentle on My Mind…

Hey, it is I, Chuckles, aka fabulous, handsome and talented, blog farm dog. It has come to my attention that a few awards have arrived and as most of you know, I am the Special Event staff writer around here.

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Dang, it’s hot…I wonder when my chilled drink is coming…hello? anyone??

Listen, it has been triple digit hot around here and this is me just chilling at my, ahem, pool deck. Do you like my swimming hole pool in the background?

Well, let me make this short and sweet because my big fat furry body is dying to get back to swimming, so let us get on down to business!

1.   “Generosity seems to come so naturally to some people.”

Here are the generous souls who honored us with the Lovely Blogging Award. Thank you!!

7 Legged Express Journey: Home to the cute Panda Smith, dazzling Drizzle Deer and two ?? unknown thingies …

All Things Girl Related: A very delicious place…totally ‘eye-candy’ and very informative…check it out!!

Angelswhisper: Her little kitty is an awesome blogger…sometimes her kitty’s granny helps with blogging chores.

3TeensMom: Her words…”frustrated writer attempting to be set free!” Do not worry, Chuckles is sending you help, 3TeensMom!!

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Because I have slacked with my writing, I almost missed telling you about this little, “Thanks for Writing” award: Thank you, Thelma!

Thelma Cunningham, an author, member of the Maryland Writer’s Association and has written two poetry books. Of course, there’s more about her and her writing so please head over there and enjoy some of writing selections.

2. “Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.” ~Unknown

Here are some new friends, blown in by some angels, you will simply have to meet, that is, if you have not yet…

Clowie’s Corner : This is my Great Pyrenees friend…she’s awfully cute…hehe.

The Literary Heart: A book lover is always hot!

REAKSMEY Yean- GEORGE: A new friend who says, “not anyone can be artist, but artist can be anyone!” You go, George!

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Okay, I am so outta here…I have to go and chill out in my pool, but just one small thing before I go…

3. “Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some secrets common knowledge of Chuckles (and…… all right, I will include Sunshine!)

  • We both prefer spring and fall weather…
  • Our favorite geographical spot is anyplace that has a body of ocean nearby…
  • Our current classic country song we find just dandy is, Glen Campbell’s, Always Gentle On My Mind. **Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers as Mr. Campbell bravely deals with his Alzheimer’s disease.**
  • We think we maybe Bohemians in disguise and our favorite movie to keep us in the moment is:  Moulin Rouge.
  • Our famous hot topic ‘man-crush’ presently is, Robert Downey Jr. — sizzle!!
  • We love Krispy Kreme donuts.
  • We love blogging, meeting up with blogger friends and simply love what Oscar Wilde said so long ago: I we have the simplest tastes. I am We are always satisfied with the best!” Y’all R-O-C-K!!!

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Well, how do you like my pool and what chilled, tasty, super-sized drink did you bring over for me?? 

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SUNDAY POST : Splendid–Silent Sun

Guess what?

Despite the heat wave and wild brush fires popping up all over the place around here, yesterday afternoon, the sun decided to give a dazzling and splendid show to anyone who paused for a moment to look up to the skies.

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A splendid gift indeed!

WOW, is the expression I used as I looked up into the sky and as the late Freddy Mercury, lead singer for the rock band, Queen once said, “I like to be surrounded by splendid things.”

Indeed, a splendid gift from the sun that briefly surrounded my world and despite all the problems the heat wave is bringing; there truly is a blessing-in-disguise. Some of you may know how much the dratted bug; the mosquito means to me, well, I believe the triple digit temperatures have vaporized a good portion of the mosquito population.

Oh, gee, poor little things…sizzled out before they got a chance to suck the blood right out of me. Poor, poor things.

Hey, if you are looking for a great weekly community, stop on by Jakesprinter every Sunday for the SUNDAY POST : With this week’s theme –Splendid. By the way, Jake is a splendid graphic artist and blogger!

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Soooo, now that you know my splendid thing I received recently, my curious mind wants to know what splendid thing came your way recently…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth–Young Readers

 

Throughout a child’s early life , we measure and compare other children to each other using both the height and weight growth charts. Monitoring physical growth is important but so is the ability to read the written word.

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Reading is a key to future success.

In order to grow into the habit of being a passionate reader, good examples early in life can help make lifelong passionate readers.

A few examples if you directly have influence on a young child are:

1. Love to read. You are the example and you must love to read.
2. Surround them with great children books and that way you can pass on your enthusiasm.
3. Read aloud often. The written word becomes alive as you read aloud.

Other examples that help the growth of a reader is, if available, visiting the public libraries, going to used book sales and visiting bookstores in your area.

Therefore, we measure the growth of child in many areas, but an important area that helps to bring future success a bit easier for a child is the ability to read well. We should measure the growth of this ability with as much enthusiasm as we do a child’s height and weight.

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Do you believe the growth of a young reader is as important as a child’s height and weight?
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If you are looking for inspiration and a challenge, why not join the community of Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth. You will find a new theme every week to challenge your creative self and more importantly, lots of amazing creative works by very creative bloggers! See ya!

 

Here

GO…
Here are the three books I hope to finish reading soon, one for sure since it is a daily prayer booklet and if I do not finish it–shame on me!

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be here now…

Here on a comfortable spot I begin the journey, page after page, my mind flows over so much wisdom. Julia Cameron comes first with the words to encourage the use of the morning pages–it is free writing on anything and it should fill up three and a half pages.

 Here I have all the intentions to read. It is here I want to grab a few laughs with the book, 50 Funniest American Writers, practice the art of writing with, The Right to Write and of course, my morning coffee and prayers with, Give Us This Day and my last goodnight prayers with, Give Us This Day.

Life here seems so short and I feel time must be used wisely.

So, here are the current three reading materials, filled with so much wisdom…Here all waiting for me to open the pages and begin the journey–
To learn
To laugh
To grow in God’s goodness and grace…
Here I begin to read a chapter or two, but it takes only a short time before my eyes decide, it is time to sleep…Stop

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Here I want to complete three reading materials soon and what do hope to finish, soon?

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Weekly Image Of Life: A Lifetime Of Memories–On God

“Nothing else is required than to act toward God, in the midst of your occupations, as you do, even when busy, toward those who love you and whom you love.”  ~St. Alphonsus Liguori

How does a person “act toward God,” and how does a person simply remember their faith journey?  I have no recollection of my baptism and today, my religious memories are just snippets of faith teachings here and there. But what if God was sitting next to me as I write this, or should I say, how would I act in front of him? Would my actions change because I know God is sitting right next to me? What memories do I want to remember about my God? What faith memories do I have??

Nothing comes to mind about my baptism, I do remember nuns, so I did get baptized early and I did go to Catholic schools, but not consistently. Since my family had very weak ties to the church, I took it upon myself to follow-up after high school to get confirmed with the Catholic Church. Confirmation is just a teen Catholic thing, in my opinion, and really, my memory of the whole thing is simply, a big blur.

As you can tell, my sparse Catholic upbringing without a strong family support did nothing to build a lifetime of faith building memories. I could say, I am a product of my upbringing. Thankfully, I can go on a, do-it-yourself, mini spiritual exercise,called, What If…, to overcome my lack of lifetime faith memories that lives dormant within me.

What if God paid me a visit, now…

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I actually would pull up a chair and politely ask God, ” Please, have a seat.”

Now, I look over at him and think, hmm, this is the great Divine, the One most revered and He is sitting next to me!! What should I say or do??

Nervously, I shamefully say, “Would you like a beer? I have an extra can, not chilled, but you can have it over ice. Maybe, coffee or tea, perhaps?”

I fidget in my chair and frantically think, girl, say something…but what? What can I say to God who is sitting next to me that He does not know already?

Randomly I blurt out, “Uh, you know Roxy, my hen, passed on yesterday. Of course, you knew all about that but still, just in case you had other things going on, and uh, what is up with the thermostat turned way up to 115 degrees?? Just wondering…”

(He wants to know what I am up to.)

“Oh, this, uh, it is blogging. A bunch of us bloggers share what we know or have talent for on a page called a post and then we publish it over the blogosphere. I am just a rookie, still learning all the ins and outs and making mistakes left and right.”

He nods approvingly, I hope.

“Papa, (I call Him that) we have a lifetime of memories, right? Maybe one day you will tell me the story of how you created me and the story of all your hopes and dreams you anticipated I would carry out for you? I need to hear these stories…please?”

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Crazy, I know, but, What If...is a mini exercise that helps put God back into perspective because:

I sometimes forget what is important in life.

I forget that a lifetime of memories comes not only with special celebrations, cherished moments with loved ones, with every pain and heartache endured up to this point, but also through the imagination.

I forget that nothing else is required from me, that my life can go on as ordinary or extraordinary, and the only thing required is simply to point all my actions towards God.

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“Papa, I love you. Thank you for every life memory, happy, sad, tough and good times,  imprinted on my heart. I may have forgotten many of the spiritual ones, but the ones I do remember, I want to hold on to them tightly because I do not ever want to forget…You.”

If you would like inspiration every week, please hop on over to Island Traveler’s, Weekly Image Of Life: A Lifetime Of Memories.

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Now, it’s your turn: What if God paid you a visit, now…