Today I harvested stringbeans, onions, Juliet tomatoes and tiny red skinned potatoes.
The potatoes are small because they were in a container that was not big enough. These are the only ones picked so far because the were close to the top and coming out the soil. I carefully repotted the plant into a much larger container.
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My hot peppers, juliet tomatoes and red skinned potatoes are all almost ready for the picking.
It is a good feeling when I can look at what my hands helped to create.
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I have had 2 Hummingbird feeders filled with the store bought nectar for quite a while now hanging from trees and they never came. I don’t know if it was the nectar or the location.
After watching a couple of videos I decided to make my own basic nectar and to move the feeders.
The nectar is a 1 to 4 ratio (some sites give a different ratio). Add 1 cup of sugar for every 4 cups of water. Mix together well in a pot and boil. Make sure you stir well. Let cool then pour into feeder.
Now you wait…..
By the next morning there were Hummingbirds! By the time I got my camera ready they were gone.
Once I came home from work and after messing in the garden for a few minutes I sat and waited for them to return.
I did not have to wait long….
I believe the red one is a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird and the less colorful one is the female Red-throated Hummingbird.
Why are males always more colorful in nature?
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Some of you may know by reading my previous post, Underrated Duty, that I am working towards getting back to “happy” on a more consistent basis. Today I read the following quote and thought I would share it with all of you:
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” by Melody Beattie Simple Abundance
When I say getting back to “happy” I don’t don’t mean laughing and joking all the time, but more about inner peace. So many negative things float around in my head and some are on instant replay. I can’t seem to change that montra on my own. So looking at other options to achieve my new goal.
According to the book, Simple Abundance, one of the steps that the writer recommends doing is to keep a graditude journal. In this journal you are to write at least 5 things that you are thankful for. You would even do this on this bad days….especially the bad days.
Do you or have you ever done a graditude journal?
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*The title is a French proverb.*
For the past 10 years (or more) I have been working on a book called “Reflections for My Soul”. This book shows the emotions that I experienced while dealing with a Stage 1 Breast Cancer diagnosis at the age of 34 and then again at 37 and how I was able to save my “soul/sanity” through photography. This blog was created to go along with the book.
I finished the book so many times and I never seem to be able to move forward to the publishing phase. It never seemed “good enough”, or it was “too sad” or “pictures aren’t perfect”. There was always a reason as to why it did not truly get finished.
I have vowed that I will be publishing “Reflections for My Soul” no later that January 2018. In order for me to keep this vow I need your help. You ask how can you help? Well that is easy. What I need are questions that you would ask or were hesitant to ask a person going through and surviving a health threat. No question is to invasive or irrelevant.
“Reflections for My Soul” will not be a pity party type of book but one that shows how I saved my soul/sanity through photography.
Once I get your questions I will answer them within my story and hopefully have one or two of you to review it and give me your opinion on things to change or to let me know it works.
Please bring on the questions!
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ps I hope you like my experiment into still life.