Vanity Rain

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I remember, so clearly, a few years ago, in August, the watery deluge. A whole week of rain, night and day, non-stop. Continue reading


SUNDAY POST : Natural Resources–Most

The Water“We must treat water as if it were the most precious thing in the world, the most valuable natural resource.

Be economical with water! 

Don’t waste it! 

We still have time to do something about this problem before it is too late.    ~Mikhail Gorbachev

my thoughts today…

…it is common to see people throw away half consumed bottled water without a thought about the most valuable natural resource we have, clean water. A friend of mine decided to collect these half-filled water bottles whenever she attends an event. Her houseplants thrive with the extra and free water supply!

…it is nice to know water companies now make smaller water containers instead of the usual 20 fluid oz bottles. The smaller bottles pack easier in a purse too!

…water is just one natural resource among many others and if you want more on Natural Resources, please visit Jakesprinter’s SUNDAY POST for more contributors and information on how to participate in this weekly event.

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Do you find it easy to be economical with a valuable natural resource like water?

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Oh, Dear fresh Water, You are too easy on me…

Dear fresh Water, you come too easy in my life.

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Do you not see how I take you, dear fresh Water, for granted simply because you are readily available when I need or want it. In my house, for example, you flow out 24/7, clean and fresh from any faucet.

If I need you ready-to-go,all you do is whisper for me to take a quick run over to Wal-Mart and pick up a few convenient bottled water cases.

Oh, fresh Water! I never have to think about you if I don’t want to. Therefore, you see how easy you make it for me to take you for granted?

Since SUNDAY POST is featuring: Water H2O « Jakesprinter Sunday Post,  I want to stop taking you for granted.

The first step in my life-changing attitude is to write a few ideas on ways to appreciate you, my precious gift of fresh Water.


I will now make it a habit to say a blessing before and after I have a drink of your thirst quenching qualities. This sounds simple enough and I hope it  helps set the foundation to be constantly aware of you. I’m going to try it and will let you know how it goes, dear fresh Water

Bottled Water

How many times have I seen opened containers of you bottled up  and only a small portion of you consumed?  Many times people just toss you into the trash but a church friend collects all the unwanted water bottles after social events and uses it to hydrate her flowerbeds. Now that’s a great idea!

This friend also suggested instead of buying ready-made bottles of yourself, I should install a in-house water filtration system, bottle you as my own filtered water, and fill only what I need.

Little Ways to Save Water

Here is a few more water saving ideas from the Internet:

  • Install low flow toilets and faucet heads in your home and fix any water leaks.

(Oh, handyperson? Where are you??  I can see this will take a while to work on…)

  • Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth. (Easy, can do!)

“This year my wife suggested we also turn off our water, and collect all our drinking, washing, bathing and flushing water by bucket from a friend’s house 3 km away.”

(Turning you off, my precious fresh Water. seems too  difficult at this point…I really need to work myself up to this one!)


As I was reading on ways to appreciate you, fresh Water, I found this quote on anger and water. It has nothing in common with what I have written about except that it’s about you, fresh Water!!

(Okay, go ahead, throw the tomatoes at me . . . it’s either share it with you or read it to my house cat and you know, cats can care less about you, fresh Water, unless it’s for their drinking pleasure!)

Anger is like flowing water; there’s nothing wrong with it as long as you let it flow.

Hate is like stagnant water; anger that you denied yourself the freedom to feel, the freedom to flow; water that you gathered in one place and left to forget.

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–Stagnant water becomes dirty, stinky, disease-ridden, poisonous, and deadly;
that is your hate.

On flowing water travels little paper boats; paper boats of forgiveness.

Allow yourself to feel anger, allow your waters to flow, along with all the paper boats of forgiveness. ~C.Joy Bell

This is the start of my new appreciation of you, fresh Water and I want to thank you for every thirst you quenched, every shower that kept me clean and all the fun you offer every summer down at the lake.

You are simply wonderful, fresh Water!!

What are your ideas on how to appreciate the gift of fresh water?

Down By The Water

V. Teterin A Working Lad.

A lad strolled by and said:
"Hey, I'm wondering what to do with all these words
floating about in my head?
I tend to forget them as soon as I go to bed!"

I said, "Well, while you're here,
why not share
all your words floating so freely
about in that head!

And so my dear readers,
here is this young lad's poem,
who goes by the name, the Forgetful Poet.

"I'm only a young apprentice poet," he claims, 
and,  "if you have a kind word or two,
please know I appreciate your encouragement and tips
to help me grow up from the rather shy Forgetful Poet to
the confident Unforgettable Poet instead."

Down By The Water— by Forgetful Poet


Singing a song, down by the water...

walking along singing a song

out by the water and over the hill

through the meadow and into the cottage

soon I’ll be singing a song

down by the water again

Indulge in Gratefulness

To INDULGE in luxurious, clean bath water, available at any time night or day is a privilege. What may be an ordinary luxury for some, is an ordinary lack to others.


Only forty-six percent of people in Africa have safe drinking water. ~Wikipedia

A quiet moment to reflect the ordinary of the day and INDULGE the senses to a crystal clear, bubbling, cool water fountain.

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water. ~W. H. Auden

A simple turn of a water faucet handle allows me to indulge  myself with clean water to drink, clean and prepare meals.

I am deeply thankful.

Inspiration: Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge.