Thursday, August 16, 2018

A Woman’s Prerogative!

I wanted to talk about my right to wake up one morning and feel the need to change everything! But first I had to learn to spell prerogative. I think I’ve been pronouncing it  ‘perogative’ my whole life….which is probably not the same thing at all! lol

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I needed to add some color! I needed FLOWERS!

So I told my husband I was going to make a quick trip to the big store that is very close to our house that starts with a W…that has everything! I usually stay on the grocery side of the store. But today I planned to buy a pot plant or some fresh cut flowers. He suggested I look at the silk flowers. I expected them to look ‘cheap’ but I was pleasantly surprised! (and I like the idea of carefree flowers…no water, no fuss!) I bought 1 bunch for $5, 1 for $3 and 3 small bunches for 97 cents each. What a BARGAIN! And I had fun arranging them in baskets I already had at home.

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My main goal was a pretty arrangement for my kitchen table.

And I think these are perfect. Some color but not too bright and ‘fakey’.

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Then I put birds at the base.

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Then I put the birds on some small books.

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I made a little arrangement of the 97 cent flowers in this pretty basket for the lanai.

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Isn’t this little painted basket pretty?

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I wanted the big sunflowers but didn’t really want to make another arrangement so I stuck them in this basket as I walked by.

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It’s in the foyer next to the front door.

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Oh…..and then I went back and put all the birds and books back on the bookshelf and found some rooster salt and pepper shakers.

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There….MUCH BETTER! heehee!

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Do you look around sometimes and think that you can’t stand something a minute longer…time for a change?

I’m thankful to be a woman!

Now if only I could find some new oval placemats!

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Favorite Books for this year…so far!

I’ve read some really good books lately but I’d like to highlight a couple of exceptional books in this post.

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Varina by Charles Frazier

Charles Frazier doesn’t write many books. He spends a lot of time on each one and I wouldn’t miss reading any of them. Over the years I’ve bought many of them at book sales to give to friends and family.

Varina is a historical novel and instead of a review, I’ll include a quote from the book. Other quotes are found on Goodreads HERE.

“Subtract everything inessential from America and what's left? Geography and political philosophy, V says. The Declaration of Independence and Constitution. The Federalist Papers. --I'd say geography and mythology, James says. Our legends. He gives examples, talks about Columbus sailing past the edge of the world, John Smith at Jamestown and Puritans at Plymouth Rock, conquering the howling wilderness. Benjamin Franklin going from rags to riches with the help of a little slave trading, Frederick Douglass escaping to freedom, the assassination of Lincoln, annexing the West, All those stories that tell us who we are---stories of exploration, freedom, slavery, and always violence. We keep clutching those things, or at least worn-out images of them, like idols we can't quit worshipping.”
                                         Charles Frazier, Varina                                          

My favorite book by Charles Frazier is still Thirteen Moons. If you haven’t read it….find it and ENJOY!

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His most famous book is Cold Mountain and I lived near Cold Mountain when I lived with my Dad in the Northern part of Madison County, NC. And many of you may remember I was honored (and excited) to meet Charles Frazier and his lovely wife a few years ago at the North Carolina Arboretum.

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I was ‘beaming’ standing next to Charles Frazier!

Now onto another great book by the author, Paulette Jiles.

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News of the World

I was so impressed with this book that I convinced my hubby to read it too….and he loved it!

They are both very different but both so good. One of my favorite authors, Charles Finch gave News of the World the highest rating. That convinced me!

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Do you have a favorite book to mention in the comments?

I’ll make a ‘reading list’ with them and share it next week!

I did a post 7 years ago about books and included photos of the time I met Charles Frazier. But what surprised me was what else was in that post! Maggie…our very own Mosaic Monday Maggie was also mentioned! You’ll have to go HERE to find out why! heehee!

I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Mr. & Mrs. Crane and Junior

I drove into the Pruitt Trailhead at Halpata Tastanaki Preserve last Sunday morning and this is the FIRST thing I saw.

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The Sandhill Crane Family

I parked under a shade tree, grabbed my camera and went all around following this happy family around.

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Luckily they were taking a leisurely Sunday stroll and I was able to keep up with them!

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I noticed that one of them was MUCH bigger than the others!

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But I really could not tell that one of them was a young one until I got home and looked at my photos.

He was a paler color overall and the red on his head was more of a peachy color.

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HEY wait up everybody!

I should have know by his behavior! He kept falling behind!

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It was a beautiful morning and even though it was hot I managed to get a short hike in.

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We are hotter and dryer this week so I don’t know if I’ll be able to get out in the next few days. I need to start another craft project! lol

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And on that note, I would like to thank everyone that commented on my last post HERE! I wrote about my volunteer job at Legacy Hospice House. I was so happy to be able to finally share it with you. You are ALL such wonderful friends…so encouraging and supportive! Thank you SO much for your kind words! Sweet Hugs, Diane

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

I Volunteer for Hospice of Marion County

I’ve been volunteering at the Legacy Hospice House for 6 months now. It hasn’t exactly been a secret but I’ve been a little shy about mentioning it to anyone. I was always taught to do your ‘good works’ in private and God will bless you. And there was the ‘other thing’….I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do it.

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But now I’ve been volunteering for 6 months and I’ve gone to the Legacy Hospice House close to 40 times to visit with patients.

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Back in January I visited our friend, John who passed away at the Legacy house and I noticed there were a lot of patients that didn’t have anyone with them. So I called my friend, Audrey who volunteers there and asked her if it would be possible for me to visit people there (people I didn’t know). She gave me the phone number of Hospice of Marion County and I started training to be a patient visitor.

In my interview, I said I was happy and healthy and cared about others. I’ve never been shy and people feel comfortable around me. So I thought maybe I could do this. I’m not saying it’s the easiest volunteer job you can take but so far I’ve been able to do it and it might be one of the most rewarding jobs.

I’ve met a lot of amazing people during my visits…both patients and their family and friends. There are so many interesting stories to be told when you come to this point in your life.

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And one thing I realized right from the beginning….everyone really appreciates your visit. I always ask those that I meet if there is anything I can do for them and I’ve done all kinds of little acts of kindness. It might just be some ice in a cup of water or an extra blanket for their bed or spending the time listening to them and holding their hand. And do you think most everyone says ‘Thank You’? Surprisingly….most people say ‘God Bless You’. So I go home after my shift and when I walk in the door, I tell my husband….I was ‘God blessed’ a whole bunch today.

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There are many volunteer opportunities in every community. I know a lot of my fellow bloggers volunteer. I hope you’ll feel encouraged by this post to find out what you might do where you live.

You’ll be God blessed a whole bunch if you do!

So now you know where all of the cards have been going that I’ve made this year. I started the year with the slogan “Follow Your Heart” and this is where my heart has led me.

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(these are the cards I made this week to give to the hospice patients)

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays.

Have a beautiful day!

God Bless you!

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Hummingbird Moth and Florida Butterflies!

I go to Sholom Park at least once a week to walk.

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I’ve been trying my best to get some good butterfly photos! AND to learn the names of some of them!

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The Swallowtail Butterfly was darker but the sun was so bright it looks brown.

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The Cassius Blue Butterfly was so small and dainty!

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And the Cloudless Sulphur was prolific!

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I’m not sure what this is but I think it’s a Moth!

And NOW…..

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the star of the park! (all taken in the flowers along the walk)

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A friend of mine that walks there every day told me to be on the lookout for the Hummingbird Moth!

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I was THRILLED to see one!

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A little scary in this one!

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Of course it was right in the open under a bright blue sky (with a blazing sun)!

But I stood there until I was about to pass out….

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taking one right after another.

It’s been a few years since I’ve seen one.

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They are SO amazing!

WHOA….just about missed him in this one! lol

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Can you see his wings clearly?

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You can see right through them!

Have you ever seen one?

I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Great Crested Flycatcher

Do you want to see something really really cute?

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It was a rainy day and we walked by the big window in our living room and looked out into our courtyard and saw THIS!

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At first glance we thought it was a baby duck!

But it’s a baby Great Crested Flycatcher.

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We have little cubbies under our mailboxes and I had seen some babies a couple of weeks before.

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And the adult was on the mailbox when I walked by another time.

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Then I saw one in a tree keeping an eye on the nest!

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But this little one just wandered into the courtyard on a rainy afternoon….

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confused and slightly wet and LOST!!!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.