Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Bird Watching

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Monochrome Weekly

The original flower is lavender and white.

This was taken at my job as I left for the day. The sky was looking so angry.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Tree Life

Saturday, December 19, 2009

To God give the Glory!

I came across this story the other day and it truly touched me because I know some of us are only a few pay days away from disaster, and maybe just one. I've had friends who have lost everything in a house fire and I would not want anyone to look down upon them or think less of them because but for the grace of God, there go I...

Here is the story:

You Reap What You Sow

The man slowly looked up.. This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new. She looked like she had never missed a meal in her life. His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before..

"Leave me alone," he growled... To his amazement, the woman continued standing. She was smiling -- her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows.

"Are you hungry?" she asked.

"No," he answered sarcastically. "I've just come from dining with the president.. Now go away."

The woman's smile became even broader.

Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm. "What are you doing, lady?" the man asked angrily. "I said to leave me alone.

Just then a policeman came up. "Is there any problem, ma'am?" he asked..

"No problem here, officer," the woman answered. "I'm just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?"

The officer scratched his head. "That's old Jack. He's been a fixture around here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?"

"See that cafeteria over there?" she asked. "I'm going to get him something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile."

"Are you crazy, lady?" the homeless man resisted. "I don't want to go in there!" Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up.
"Let me go, officer. I didn't do anything.."

"This is a good deal for you, Jack," the officer answered. "Don't blow it."
Finally, and with some difficulty, the woman and the police officer got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner. It was the middle of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had already left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived.

The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his table. "What's going on here, officer?" he asked."What is all this, is this man in trouble?"

"This lady brought this man in here to be fed," the policeman answered.

"Not in here!" the manager replied angrily. "Having a person like that here is bad for business."

Old Jack smiled a toothless grin. "See, lady. I told you so. Now if you'll let me go. I didn't want to come here in the first place"

The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled. "Sir, are you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the street?"

"Of course I am," the manager answered impatiently. "They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms."

"And do you make a goodly amount of money providing food at these weekly meetings?"

"What business is that of yours?"

I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company."


The woman smiled again.. "I thought that might make a difference."

She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a laugh. "Would you like to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?"

"No thanks, ma'am," the officer replied. "I'm on duty."

"Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?"

"Yes, ma'am. That would be very nice."

The cafeteria manager turned on his heel. "I'll get your coffee for you right away, officer."

The officer watched him walk away. "You certainly put him in his place," he said.

"That was not my intent... Believe it or not, I have a reason for all this."

She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest. She stared at him intently.

"Jack, do you remember me?"

Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes. "I think so -- I mean you do look familiar."

"I'm a little older perhaps," she said. "Maybe I've even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry."

"Ma'am?" the officer said questioningly. He couldn't believe that such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry.

"I was just out of college," the woman began. "I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn't find anything. Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment.. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat."

Jack lit up with a smile. "Now I remember," he said. "I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy."

"I know," the woman continued. "Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get into trouble. Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all right."

"So you started your own business?" Old Jack said..

"I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered.." She opened her purse and pulled out a business card. "When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons. He's the personnel director of my company. I'll go talk to him now and I'm certain he'll find something for you to do around the office."

She smiled. "I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet. If you ever need anything, my door is always open to you."

There were tears in the old man's eyes. "How can I ever thank you?" he asked.

"Don't thank me," the woman answered. "To God goes the glory. He led me to you."

Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the entrance before going their separate ways.. "Thank you for all your help, officer," she said.

"On the contrary, Ms. Eddy," he answered. "Thank you. I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget. And..And thank you for the coffee."

Have a Wonderful Day. May God Bless You Always and don't forget that when you "cast your bread upon the waters," you never know how it will be returned to you. God is so big He can cover the whole world with his Love and so small He can curl up inside your heart.

When God leads you to the edge of the cliff, trust Him fully and let go.

Only 1 of 2 things will happen, either He'll catch you when you fall, or He'll teach you how to fly!

Picture sources: homeless man , lunch

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Aww Chihuahuas!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The largest citrus fruit I've ever seen

I was tickled pink, just like the beautiful pummelo, when I saw a new type of fruit in my local Krogers. I am always on the look out for new foods to taste.

When I spotted the fruit in the basket right next to the grapefruit I nearly got whiplash. I've never seen fruit this big before. I placed the largest grapefruit I could find and the pummelo I was going to purchase side by side in my cart. See the picture. They were priced at $2.99 each, and I was going to pay $2.99 regardless of size, so I wanted a good sized one.

After I picked out my prize pummelo, I stopped at my daughter's home which is only a few blocks from the store and cut into it. We tasted and loved it. Then I took the rest to my friend Jeannie's and we sliced away and ate too. Did you know they can grow to nine pounds?

For more information on the pummelo read here. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Window Reflections

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Autumn Orange

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Pigs in a Blanket?

I received these pictures the other day with a touching story about a tiger having lost her cubs shortly after birth in a California zoo. She was melancholy so some newly born piglets were substituted to see if it would bring her out of her depression.

I looked for more information and "snoped it". The pictures are real, but the story is not.

The Snopes story

It seems these pictures were actually taken at the Sirachi Tiger Zoo an hour from Bangkok, Thailand. This zoo is known for antics and displays to amuse the patrons that visit there.

The pictures are delightful, as animal pictures are but we do have to be careful in our internet travels to verify the information we receive.

Take care and God bless.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - A Craft a Child Can Make

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Autumn Trees

Monday, November 16, 2009

What are You Looking at?

Even while driving I find myself gazing here and there.

The leaves are turning to glorious shades of yellow, orange, red, berry and burgundy. Once in awhile there is still a few hearty blossoms showing their colorful faces. The sky is always performing a show and it makes it pretty darned hard to keep driving. One day the sky was full of clouds and no matter which direction I looked the display was too beautiful to ignore. I pulled into a parking lot at one of the little strip malls in town and parked. After filling my pocket with batteries I looked for a clear view and started snapping photos in all directions.

I was so engrossed with what I was doing that I did not notice someone was watching me.

How long was he there? He stood within a few feet. Then he spoke.

"What are you looking at?" he asked.

His inquisitive look tickled me. How could he not see it? I smiled. I couldn't help it. "The sky." I said, "Isn't it beautiful?" He agreed.

I collected about a dozen photos, saved about seven and this is just three. Have I gone nuts since I started taking pictures? I took pictures of the children while they were growing up, but have never had much enthusiasm for any other subjects until now.

Suddenly I am seeing tiny berries on trees throughout town. Berries of orange, red and black. Some of the berries look like gems, particularly when glistening with dew. Did these trees only bloom this year? Where were they previously?

My husband thinks I am nuts and forbids me to carry a camera when we are out, so I simply remember the beauty and plan to come back when alone or with my friends or grandchildren. They (the grandchildren and friends) have actually helped me to spot things I may have missed. Have I caused them to go "nuts" too? If this is "nuts" don't send me for a cure, because I am enjoying every minute of this insanity. Take care & God bless.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Orange Skies

Monday, November 9, 2009

Our Poochy Pals are Pumpkin Models

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