Phriends – Copycat

It is the week of Thanksgiving. A good time to dwell on the aspects of life that fill your heart with gratitude. Always, first in my thoughts of gratitude is the indwelling of God’s Spirit within me, and the gift of salvation he has given me. Another gift I am grateful for is my family and home. I also want to express gratitude to the people who visit my blog and add another aspect of goodness to my life. One of these is my friend Susie, writer of the blog Susieshy45.

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I started the day having a good conversation with Susie through the blog comment section, and then visited her blog, and found inspiration for today’s post by being a bit of a copycat. Susie wrote today of nurturing a stray cat, and it reminded me of a sweet little stray I met in Jamaica. The adorable little kitten lived in a grated window well near our room. It fills my heart with thanksgiving to know that all around the world there are people like Susie, who have good hearts, and who, through blogging, I have met and consider my friend.

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I am filled with gratitude for all of you who visit my blog. Thank you!

Prompt – The Celandine Flow

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When I read today’s Daily Prompt title, “Flow,” I immediately thought of celandine. Also known as the fig buttercup, celandine rivals the common buttercup in the wow power of its brilliant gold petals. Add to that, its propensity to follow the flow of running water, in this instance a creek, and you will find a wildflower that creates a  carpet of gold  to greet the early warmth of March.

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Celandine is considered invasive in some states. It can be toxic to grazing animals. On the other side of the problem of its invasive tendencies, is the ease of gathering and pressing, if you are a presser of flowers and foliage. Celandine retains its gorgeous gold color and presses well for me in traditional methods and in the microwave. Because it is very abundant, I never fear I am taking more than I should. Each year when I return to my favorite gathering places for celandine, I find the flow of flowers has taken over even more of the land.

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The color yellow, at least in the realm of wildflower spunk (I’m thinking dandelions, buttercups and celandine here) usually signals, “Charge!”

Prompt – Coffee with a Friend

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Forward Drive.” “What is the one thing that drives you to wake up in the morning and do whatever it is you do? Is it writing, family, friends, or something else entirely?”

I have coffee with my Beloved Friend and read The Book of all Books.

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People & Prompt – Mother Teresa

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Think Global, Act Local.”

“Think global, act local.” Write a post connecting a global issue to a personal one.”

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Photograph Collage courtesy of Flickr and Peter Lopez

One of the books I’m reading for my morning devotionals is a volume of wisdom by Mother Teresa. When I read today’s Daily Prompt, I immediately thought of her. If anyone personifies acting locally and reaching the whole world, it would be this tiny, but spiritually strong lady. Though her life on this earth has ended, her wisdom and witness live on.

“We need to give Christ a chance to make use of us, to be His word and His work, to share His food and His clothing in the world today. If we do not radiate the light of Christ around us, the sense of darkness that prevails in the world will increase.”“Mother Teresa/No Greater Love.”

Prompt – Oh Grandmother!

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“Present-day you meets 10-years-ago you for coffee. Share with your younger self the most challenging thing, the most rewarding thing, and the most fun thing they have to look forward to.”

Ten years I was on the cusp of becoming a grandmother. Yes, what you’ve heard is true…being a grandparent is one of the greatest joys in life, definitely rewarding and challenging, often in the same moment. The most fun…oh yes! It really is true, after the fun, you can give them back. 🙂

“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” Proverbs 17:6

Prompt – To CREATE

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Today’s Daily Prompt: Verbal Confirmation – To be, to have, to think, to move — which of these verbs is the one you feel most connected to? Or is there another verb that characterizes you better?

My choice is another verb: “To Create.”

I create a home.
I create gardens.
I create meals.
I create a haven for my family.
I create friendships.
I create projects and crafts.
I create Art.
I create blog posts.
I create…create…create…I love to create.
Most of all I worship my CREATOR, The Lord God, creator of the heavens and earth.

I love the Golda Meir quote I used to create a poster for this daily post.

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” Golda Meir

Prompt – Pandemic

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Daily Post – September 26, 2014 :
Make It Count
You’ve been given the opportunity to send one message to one person you wouldn’t normally have access to (for example: the President. Kim Kardashian. A coffee grower in Ethiopia). Who’s the person you choose, and what’s the message?

My message is to the unknown scientist/researcher who is feverishly searching for a cure for Ebola and other terrible pandemics waiting to happen. My message is one word, “Godspeed!”

People & Prompt – The August Blues and Mary Engelbriet

The Daily Prompt for August 27th was this question:

“August Blues/As a kid, were you happy or anxious about going back to school? Now that you’re older, how has your attitude toward the end of the summer evolved?”

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I was usually very happy about going back to school. One of my favorite shopping experiences as a child was going to a store with my parents and picking out a new notebook, pencil bag, pens, crayons…all the wonderful supplies that had the potential to help make me a star student. Well, I don’t think I was ever the star pupil, in fact I know so, but I still had a good time imagining myself as such! 🙂 The school supplies were the perfect prop to propel me to what I hoped was great success.

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I still love collecting supplies and props that will help me succeed. One of my favorite “school” supplies are notebooks of all kinds. They are a tool to prevent me from forgetting an important date, and keep me on track with menus, entertaining, vacation plans, etc. I also include Bible verses and other inspiring thoughts within the pages of my notebooks.

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One of my favorite artist/illustrator/decorators is Mary Engelbreit. I have two of her books. loved her magazine, and still use old pages of her calendars to create the collages that decorate the covers of my “to-do” notebooks.

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I put anything and everything in these books of mine, but when their “season” is over, I am glad to replace them with new blank pages. They aren’t created as a keepsake, they are a tool to keep me moving onward and looking up.

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My notebook pages always have a section for jotting down new blogging ideas too! 🙂

You can read more about Mary Engelbreit here: Mary Engelbreit/About Me Page

Prompt – Why, Thank you!

Why, Thank You!

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.” ~ Proverbs 27:6

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Sometimes a compliment is the best gift you can receive. At times, when it is intended as a back-handed criticism, a compliment can feel like a slap in the face.

“What’s the best (or rather, worst) backhanded compliment you’ve ever received? If you can’t think of any — when’s the last time someone paid you a compliment you didn’t actually deserve?” WordPress Daily Prompt on August 26th

Fortunately, when I read the blurb connected to today’s WordPress Daily Prompt, only a few of those dreaded back-handed compliments came to mind.

A compliment meant as a sneaky insult is the killer of friendships. When a family member is guilty of this veiled behavior, it is a black mark upon the relationship.

Best reaction: Forgiveness, Forgetfulness, but also a degree of Watchfulness. The old cliche is a true nugget of wisdom in this case:

Once burned shame on you twice burned shame on me!

A true, heartfelt compliment is like a bouquet of flowers for the spirit.

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The above photograph is a rendition of the first photograph in the post, rendered into a flower by the kaleidoscope effect found on the free site Lunapic. Check out Lunapic here:
Lunapic Free Photo Editor

Prompt – Daily Post/You Robot

You, Robot – Congrats — you’ve been handed a robot whose sole job is to relieve you of one chore, job, or responsibility you particularly hate. What is it?

A robot would do this dreaded job for me: Cleaning Soap Scum or Mildew off of the Bathroom Shower Walls

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I do dislike this job, but have found some shortcuts around it. Number one on the shortcut list is Blue Dawn and Vinegar for soap scum. It works. IMPORTANT TIP: The solution does not work if you don’t heat the vinegar. Use equal parts Dawn and HEATED vinegar. A link with a good explanation can be found here: Blue Dawn and Vinegar

To remove mildew I use pure bleach in a squeeze bottle with a tip. I squeeze it onto the mildew spots. I always seem to feel choked if I use spray mildew removers. It stays with me for over 24 hours. When I use the bleach in a squeeze bottle none gets in my lungs. Please remember to use rubber gloves when using bleach out of the bottle.

To read the Daily Prompt follow this link: The Daily Prompt/You Robot

Prompt – The Daily Prompt at WordPress/Opening Lines

I’ve decided it might be fun to take part in the WordPress.com Daily Prompts from time to time. The editors provide one line or word and invite WordPress bloggers to take part in the challenge. Today I accepted and below is my response to the invitation.

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 Today’s Daily Prompt – Opening Lines is this:

“Opening Lines – What’s the first line of the last song you listened to (on the radio, on your music player, or anywhere else)? Use it as the first sentence of your post.”

“Ole Pirates they did rob I…”

This is the opening line of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” Redemption Song is one of Bob’s last songs, and is quite a departure from the normal reggae melodies that created his most known works of music.

Redemption Song has become one of my favorites. Perhaps it is the purity of Bob’s voice along with the acoustic guitar accompaniment. Most likely it is the timeless character of the words, many of them still so applicable to this day and time with all its horror and strife around the world.

I think my favorite line, and the favorite of so many is this one:

“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery none but ourselves can free our MINDS…”

Here is a version of the song from a concert in Dortmund Germany. There are a few instruments added in, but they don’t take away from the song.

If you would like to take part in the daily challenges at WordPress visit this link:

Daily Prompt – Opening Lines

You can find more information on Redemption Song here:
The History of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song