The Beauty of the World

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This last weekend our neighbors asked if we would take care of their animals while they were gone. We love doing this gladly. I was walking along the side of the house and came across these beautiful flowers and thought “OH, these are so cool! To me they look like zinnias but they are candy striped.

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Another one with a little different design. So gorgeous!

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The neighbor on the other side has this tree that I can see out my kitchen window. Here I am showing you it framed in the mutton.

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For some reason it just looks so stunning from my window but I went outside and got a closeup for you.

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Then further back. The day turned cooler but sunny. The humidity went away and it was so nice to be outside.

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During this time of the year I love it when the blue of the sky is darker and it gives the colorful trees a nice background. The farmers have gotten their crops in and the neutral colored ground is lovely.

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Another set of trees with the darker blue background. Standing outside with a little breeze, the temps are nice and the smell of a wood fire somewhere. Life is good!

 

evening sky

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Such a pretty late afternoon sky. I love it that the days are growing longer now.

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I would have liked to get the sun setting but I didn’t want to venture too far from the house out in the street. It was chilly outside. The reddish clouds are fabulous! I am so drawn to a pretty sky.

Good Saturday Morning!

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The sunrise was so pretty this morning, especially through the tree silhouettes, I just had to show you.

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Last Saturday I participated in a craft show in Fort Wayne. Here is the table half of my booth. We had a fair amount of visitors but they were telling me that there were many of these shows going on that weekend. Tis the season for sure.

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Then here is my display board. Again I received nice comments about my work. Sold a couple of prints and gave out my business cards.

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I was at an antique mall looking for an interesting display and I found this old silverware box. I may paint it or I may not and leave the scratches and character. I haven’t decided yet.

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I put my note-cards I made from the carved stamps in it.

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I sold 9 painted rocks and got orders for 3 more. I was happy with that.

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This past Monday evening I met my sister and niece at the Bottle and Bottega for a mixed media paint in with some wine. I thought this wall was really cute with the paint splotches.

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Here we are with our paintings. It is hard to do a masterpiece in 2.5 hours.

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My sister Linda concentrating on adding some flowing hair to her lady.

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My sister also made some discs to put in the shower to open up nasal passages. She works with essential oils and these have lavendar, eucalyptus and rosemary in them. They smell great and I can see how it will help.

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Lastly, foxes are big this year and I wanted to show these really cute placements that I picked up. They are sparkly and you can kind of tell that. I was taken by the cute face of the fox. Have a great weekend and as always…Thanks for stopping!

 

Venus

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A couple of weeks ago I went outside to enjoy the pretty sunrise, I just never get tired of them. I wasn’t going to take a picture of this one because it wasn’t unusual but just the usual loveliness. The moon and bright planet Venus in the upper right corner couldn’t be ignored though. The whole package had to be shared for those of you who don’t have time to look at the sky in the morning. Thanks for stopping by.

surprise in the sky

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It’s not unusual to hear airplanes going over our house because the airport is fairly close to us. On Saturday there was an airplane that had me worried though, it was uncomfortably close.

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The pilot had very much skill, going up in the sky and turning sharply, but your mind can think the worse thoughts. This picture looks like he is going to land on the road.

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Here it is going up in the air over the house to do his quick turn. I am grateful that our neighbor was out and he informed me that the plane was a crop duster. I was truly unpressed with the skill of the pilot.

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I believe this happens every year, Sometimes I am home but I forget and it takes me by surprise. It is very interesting to watch for sure.

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On Sunday we had company for the day. Tom’s cousin, wife and kids. It was a really nice and fun visit. Katie made the most beautiful and delicious peach pie! As Kevin put it, “This is the best thing on this side of heaven”!

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Katie also brought us some big, fat, chocolate chip cookies. Two packages, they disappeared quickly! She put this really cute and clever sticker on it.

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I also asked if they would bring us two bags of triple dipped malted milk balls from this fantastic ice cream/candy shop. They generously threw in chocolate covered pretzels also. Tom says that these should be a controlled substance because they are terribly addictive! Here is their website, it is just a heavenly place to go if you are near Findlay, Ohio. It was just a surprising weekend…was your’s?? Thanks for stopping!

me oh my…bean soup

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Inside this pot…..is…..you guessed it….I’m sure….Ham and Bean Soup. I am going to share my recipe for this. It smells so good and makes the best broth. This time I used a package of dried Navy Beans but have at other times used the ready to use beans in a jar. I let the dry beans soak overnight to soften them up. In a large pot I put 1 package or jar of navy beans…. water to cover plus 2 inches over…. 1 large onion chunked not diced if you have someone who doesn’t like the feel of onion as we do. 1 celery stalk chopped…. chunked up ham…1/2 to 1 pound…. 2 T. brown sugar…. salt and pepper to taste…. 1 tsp. minced garlic…. 2 T. Worcester sauce. Stir together and let simmer for 3 hours. I will be making cornbread to go with this also.

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I got this nice ham at the grocery last night. I like a little fat on the outside, I think it helps the flavor.

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I cut off what I needed for my soup ( I took off the fat) and wrapped it up in foil. In a couple of days I am going to bake this and make scalloped potatoes. At our house we say we are open 24 hours a day. There is somebody up during all hours because of the times they work. I like to have something that is filling and keeps well so that there is something to eat without any more preparation then the microwave. We try to eat well, and not so fattening, but I also like to have food that tastes very good. I would rather eat less of something that tastes fantastic, than eat more of something that tastes like cardboard because all the fat and sugar has been removed . Moderation is the key to everything.

I also am going to make up some strawberries and shortcake.  Good dessert, and something easy to dish up yourself.

I also have some asparagus to bake….I will meet resistance with wrinkled nosed possibly, but if the cook likes it….the cook makes it.

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Why am I making something that is usually saved for cooler weather, you are wondering I bet….well maybe not. This is the kind of weather we are having today….rain, heavier rain, really heavy rain and wind. Normally you can’t see the water on the far pond because it is down there. Not so today. We have had the wettest June on record here. It keeps the grass green and the flowers watered but people who are flooded are having a tough go.

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The geese are even huddled over on the far bank. Standing water in the bean field. That goes down into a creek that runs into the far pond you saw earlier. I hope we have a little moderation on the rain here soon for everybody’s sake. Other places in the US would love some water, like California and Utah. The weather amazes me all the time. Till next time…..Thanks for stopping!

Too Pretty not to Share

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I know I share a lot of sky pictures but when my 21 year old says Mom, you need to come look at this sunset, I knew it had to be good. It was picture-worthy for sure. I did not do any kind of touching up for this, which I usually don’t, it is all it’s own glory. Just Amazing!

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The day lilies are starting to pop open. This one opened this morning and was influenced by the sunset I’m sure. They are the same color.

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I love sun and moon things. This is just one of those metal sticks for the garden. I have always thought it is pretty though I was a wee bit disappointed that it didn’t glow.

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The moonbeam coreopsis are showing their faces.

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Flower from still the un-named bush we have.

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The grasses are looking lovely, I have 4 of these and as you can tell they flow nicely in the wind. It moved as I snapped the picture. They are doing really well for their first year.

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I had forgotten that I planted nasturtium seeds in these pots until I looked this morning. Lo and behold they are showing up nicely. Nasturtium are one of the easiest seeds to grow. They are beautiful, and edible. You can use them in your salads to add color. Zinnias and Morning Glorys are right up there in easy also.

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We have had so much rain it filled up my fountain nicely. I have a rain gauge the goes to 8 inches and it was overflowing.

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First year for these day lilies. I believe they are called Betsy Ross and may be red and green, but we will really just have to wait and see. I bought 10 plants and they also sent me 3 free also named of a historical figure, maybe Abe Lincoln or George Washington…can’t remember. They are very hardy and larger with buds now.

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Here is a Betsy Ross with a bud.

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I plugged in the fountain for you. I don’t plug it in on windy days (which are often) it just blows all of the water out and I can’t keep up. It looks pretty here though.

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There is a story here…..Pavel the cat (upper right) was being ornery and following Lily the cat(bottom left) and she was spitting, and sputtering and hissing and getting all wrapped around the axle and always makes it sound worse than it is. That brought out Stonewall (lower right) and Sophie (upper left) and not shown Sebastian, I think he went back to sleep. When something big goes on everybody wants a piece of it. We had to disburse the crowd or there would have been a riot. My next project Sophie is under. I am going to recover the chair pads, thanks to youtube. It looked pretty easy and I purchased the fabric on the deep discount table at Joanne’s Fabrics. I hope to get to it next week. As Always-Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Weekend!

 

 

Sky Show

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On Monday morning the 8th, this was the sun. I tried to get it with my phone camera but it wouldn’t get the redness so I had to run in and get my Nikon so I lost some time. It was even more brilliant than this, very captivating.

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Last night, I was sitting on my swing by the pond just watching these clouds and sun. There were three different areas changing and moving. It was great entertainment. It seems as if this shot should include the sound of singing angels.

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The cloud is changing.

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It is starting to look like an axe.

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Cool sun-rays coming from the hole in the clouds.

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Here is another area of clouds right in front of me. If I were knowledgeable about cloud formations I am sure there would be a special name for this one. It looks like pictures of the atomic bomb when it explodes. There were definitely storms brewing somewhere far off though.

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Here it is, doing it’s quick change routine.

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The colors and reflection off the pond.

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There was a lot going on out there.

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I had inexpensive entertainment.

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I am loving the graduation of color, from light to dark.

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This looks like a reflection through a window on the ceiling.

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Darkness is coming upon the area.

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The reflection of the colors on the windows is breathtaking.

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Now for the lightening show in the far off distance.

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I struggled for the settings to capture these, but I did something right.

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Timing also for the lighting is difficult. I just kept clicking the shutter.

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I just couldn’t get enough of it all. We hadn’t had much rain by the time I went to bed. I think this time it was just all around us. As always, I appreciate your visit.

Eclipse 4/4/2015

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I am always up early anyways so I was looking forward to seeing this blood moon eclipse. I really didn’t start seeing much until around 6:30 am. Here is just the start of the suns shadow across the moon. I was thankful that there was not a cloud in the sky.

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This was probably around 6:45 ish. I didn’t stand outside and watch. To me that would have been like watching paint dry.

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This was around 7:10. Very noticeable for sure.

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I like this picture the best. You can just see the shape of the sun going over the moon, around 7:30 am.

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About halfway now, the sun is starting to rise in the east. It is getting lower and going behind houses. I knew with my next shot I was going to have to take a walk. 7:45 am

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Here it is fading away, just about a fourth of it left. I never got to see it be red. Here is has a slight tinge to it, but it was the wrong time of the day. 8:05 am. Thanks for stopping….hope you enjoyed it.