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.
By Any Means
This picture was taken about a year ago at a local fishing dock. It looks like this tree did everything it could to emerge thru the crack. The leaves are all tattered but it survived.
This is how we should live. Do what we need to do to achieve out goals. Don’t get discouraged at the first or second obstacle that gets in our way. We need to keep pushing towards the goal that we sent.
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I was awarded the Starlight Blogger Award back in July by Gale over at “Living Life Day by Day“. I do have a tendency to procrastinate when I do not have a deadline but eventually it gets done. I did not intend to take this long however.
The Starlight Blogger Award was created to highlight and promote inspirational bloggers and their blogs by NickysdayWithAutism.
There are a few basic rules:
- Thank the person that nominated you and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 3 questions that are given to you.
- Pass the award on to 6 or more other bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated.
- Include the logo of the award on your blog, please never alter the logo and never change the rules.
Here are the questions that Gale asked of the people she nominated:
- What was the most life changing moment in your life?
- How did someone unexpectedly help you just when you desperately needed it most?
- Where do you find your inspiration to write?
- I actually have 2 life changing moments and they were both when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. This was devastating to say the least. I am not going to dwell on the negative emotions that were engulfing me at the time but I will celebrate the joy/pleasure that came out of it. Photography is one of the things that I discovered and it became my escape from the negativity that I was feeling. It also, over time, made me realize just how strong I really was. I am now 12 years free of cancer.
- How did someone help me when I needed help? This is a bit difficult since I rarely share my bad times with other. But I will have to say my cousin Nikki help more with her words of encouragement when it was needed most.
- I am altering this slightly to what is my inspiration for photography. Life around me is my inspiration. Every moment is an opportunity to capture moments to reflect on later.
My 3 questions for all that wish to participate:
- Why did you become a blogger?
- Outside of your family and friends what inspires you to continue to move forward?
- If you we granted one wish to do something over what would it be?
Make sure you send a link to my page so that I can review your responses.
Thanks in advance to all that participate.