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GLOW…A SMILE

There really isn’t much about glow in this post unless you count the sun and smile on my face when I see my garden.  I’ll try to do better later in the week.

I promised to keep you posted on my fall garden so these photos are from the third week of it.

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On the scale of life I believe gardening is high on the list.  True it is hard work and sometimes in vain.  Sometimes I toil and my efforts just don’t pay off.  Today was a prefect example.  Over the summer I planted sweet potatoes, my first try at it.  This morning I dug the potatoes and found only a handful of small ones.  I guess I got over-anxious and pulled them up too soon.  But that’s okay because I needed the space they were taking up in my raised bed.  In their place I planted beets, radishes and carrots.  Now we have to see how they will grow.  I’ve never had much luck with beets.  I know for some places it is too late in the season to plant these vegetables but I don’t think so in Central Florida.  Our seasons are much different from most places.  And it was definitely too hot for them in the summer.  I just ask God to please bless them so I’ll have enough to share.

Collards,onions and banana peppers.

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Mustard, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and tomatoes.

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Yellow squash and garlic

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Maybe from these pictures you can tell how everything is growing.  Gardening is a slow process.  The peppers are also doing fine.  I was able to pick a few of the hot ones this morning and make pickled peppers. Now I’ll just have to find someone to eat them since I don’t like spicy food.  But I do like growing the peppers.

Thank you for stopping by and please come back soon.  We should have collards and mustard ready for Thanksgiving.  Ahhhh Thanksgiving in the south.  Y’all come, you hear.

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THEN GOD SAID

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The other evening I went to the bay to watch the sunset.  It was so beautiful and relaxing.  It is one of God’s wonderful blessings to us.  When you look at the water and the sky you stop and realize the contrast between God and man and how His ways are so much higher and greater than our ways.  You stop and realize all of this belongs to God.  It was created by Him and for Him. He is so gracious to give us what we have and we should be thankful.  So many of the things he makes are more beautiful than man could ever hope to even copy.

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I’m glad I took the time to go and relax; a treat I gave myself.  I plan to do it more often.  You hear so many of these “Self-Help Authors/Doctors” that get on tv saying to be good to yourself.  Well this is a wonderful way to be good to yourself and it is free.

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When we realize the scale between God and man we know how small we really are.

Thank you for stopping by.  Until next time stop and smell the flowers, so to speak, relax and watch a sunset or sunrise.  You might be surprised how good it makes you feel.

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TAKE A HIKE

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I love to walk.  One year, I believe it was 2004, I had like eight surgeries on my left leg.  We won’t go in to details but I can tell you that year I couldn’t walk more than I could.  It is a terrible feeling to not be able to do the things you want to do.  Oh you see them around you and you know what is needed but you are unable to provide that need.  Sometimes I would stay thirsty because I hated to ask others to get me a drink.  I’ve always been sort of independent.  Now I’m not sure if that is a good thing or bad, I suppose it can be both depending on the situation.  Thus I walk all the time.  I do walks to raise money to fight cancer and raise money for the YMCA and what have you.  However, there are a few causes I won’t walk for but there is no need to name them here.  I feel walking is a wonderful gift from God.

A test for you. Take a day and don’t do any walking.  If you have to use the bathroom just hobble to it.  Then you can relate to the person who can’t walk.

I can assure you that walking isn’t usually crowded.  Why?  I have no idea because it is great exercise and if you hike in parks and what- have – you it is wonderful.  You see nature in its best possible way.   And it is a great time to talk to God and thank Him for all His blessings and especially for the ability to walk.

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Get out there and try it.  Even if you just walk around your block or down the street.  Heck for that matter even if you just walk down your drive or around in your yard.  I’ve walked in my yard and seen some great things.  Of course when I walk in my yard I always find work that I need to do.

It doesn’t even have to be a beautiful sunny day because there is beauty in the rain.  Now you know I don’t mean storming but a fine mist or slow rain makes the stroll even more interesting.  There is just something refreshing about the mist kissing your cheeks

Thank you for stopping by and please come again soon.  If I’m not here I’m probably out walking somewhere or working in my yard.

God bless.

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FALL JOY

first soil     The joy of getting my fall garden in the ground is something that only fellow gardeners will understand.  You start with a blank slate, so to speak, but you have a picture in your mind so you start adding plants.

At the first of this week my beds were not exactly bare.  Over the summer I had allowed them to rest and of course some weeds decided it was a great place to make a home.  There I was on Tuesday and Wednesday busy pulling out the unwelcome guest and filling a large trash can to be put out at the curb to be picked up by the county with other yard garbage.  I definitely didn’t want to add the weeds to my compost pile thus giving them a new chance to grow and multiply.  I already have some that I have no idea how they got started in my yard but here they are.  Probably with the help of the birds and/or squirrels I feed;  ungrateful loots.  Only kidding I love the birds and enjoy watching them.  Now the squirrels… well let’s just say I don’t welcome them as freely.  But to make a long story short (I know too late) I was busy preparing the beds for the fall vegetables which I finally were able to plant on Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday morning.

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Now you know how I am and that I will pop a plant in any container that will hold it.  I had a couple of recycle bins from years ago, before the county furnished us with a large can, and I have been using them as  planters.  But when the storm Irma came through she decided they should help support part of a huge limb she flung to the ground; see the before and after below.

Before Irma.

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After but I still use them.

DSC_0899     You just can’t keep a good woman down.  And as long as it can hold potting soil it will serve my purpose.  They, along with an old laundry basket, are the new home for my grandson’s sweet peppers.

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And his old wading pool is keeping the yellow squash and garlic.

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Yes, Thursday I was definitely sore in places I haven’t been sore in a while but I am so happy I have my garden planted.  Now the joy of watching it grow and sharing what it produces will be worth the toil and soreness.  I will do my best to keep you updated with photos.

What does all this have to do with pedestrian?  Heck if I know but I did do a lot of walking while I was weeding and planting so I hope that counts so I’m not cheating.

Thank you for stopping by.  Now I think I’ll have a nice cold glass of iced tea and relax for a bit.

God bless.

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MAKING STRIDES AGAINST

Good morning All,

Just a quick note to let you know that this year October 28,2017 I will be doing the Making strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Tampa. Most of you know that I have one sister who survived breast cancer and another sister and niece who did not. So my participation in this event is to honor them and also help raise money to research and fight this horrible killer. Please don’t feel obligated to but if you wish to make a donation to help support my walk just go to MakingStridesWalk.org. You might have to cut and paste this site. Every little bit helps.

Thank you I appreciate your support.

IRMA, IRMA IRMA

     I guess we are all tired of hearing about the hurricane Irma.  I know I am but I will put out this one more post on her.  The people on the West Coast of Florida were the perfect definition of “waiting.”  We were told it would hit here… then that it would not and so forth and so on so we waited to see what out future in this beautiful state would hold.

     Then she came at us with all of her fury; tearing roofs off buildings and ripping giant trees out of the ground roots and all and smashing some houses.  Some areas it look like a war zone.  And that wasn’t enough she had to bring rain, rain and more rain.  Many homes are still filled with water with the banks of rivers, creeks, lakes and ponds gushing out of their banks and destroying whatever is in their paths.  A lot of people are going through this with no electrical power.  So many of our beaches are a mess and crews are working hard for long hours trying to get them usable again.

My favorite Coquina Beach has fallen Austrian Pines every where.  The trees and picnic area was one of the things that made this my favorite beach.  You have seen a lot of my photos that was taken there.

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I was blessed at my house.  Sure I had damage but it was minimal compared to so many others.  The trees that fell missed my house and shop even though they crushed some of my beautiful flowers.  The flowers will grow back and if not I’ll plant more. I had six papaya trees just loaded with fruit and Irma took two of them so I was blessed to still have four.  I never lost power the whole time.  So God has His mighty arms wrapped all around me.

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My yard was a mess but we’ve been chipping away at cleaning it and it will happen.  There are a lot more photos of the mess but this will give you an idea.  I’m just so thankful that we didn’t have any damage to our home or shop and we are all safe.

Thank you for stopping by please come back soon.  Until then you know where to find me; in my yard clearing the aftermath.

God bless.

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ROW OF ANTS

I like to go for a three-mile walk every morning just to try and stay healthy.  I usually try to go around seven o’clock before it gets so hot.  This morning it was very nice; over cast and a nice breeze.  The breeze always helps. There is one hill that almost kicks my butt so I celebrate with a big drink of water when I crest it.  Small treats that makes one smile.  This grasshopper doesn’t have anything to do with my walk but I love his colors and was happy when I was able to capture his photo; another small treat.  God gives us so many things to be thankful for and we don’t have to look hard to find them.

CSC_0816     So what does grasshoppers and walks have to do with a row of ants?  Nothing really, I guess, except they are God’s creatures.  But as I’m walking I always notice these cars on one street I have to cross.  They are lined up like a row of ants waiting to get on the main highway and get to work or whatever.  People are so busy.  I once was a member of that rat race before I retired.  And I guess they don’t have a single thing to do with Shiny unless you can claim their headlights.  But it is interesting to see.  Just a few of my Monday thoughts.

Thank you for stopping by and God bless.  Stay safe out there.

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ELEMENT OF A MIDNIGHT BLOOMER

This beauty is said to only bloom at midnight.  A very dear friend of mine gave me a cutting of this plant and I as so thankful to her.  She warned me that it only bloomed late

CSC_0724at night.  So this year it is loaded with flowers and I just had to sneak out that at 4:30 this morning before I went for my morning walk and grab a peek.  I was so excited when I saw this wonderful flower.  Yes, of course I had to pick one of the blooms and take snapshots to share with y’all.

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Thanks for stopping by.  Have a blessed day .

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BUTTERFLIES

 

I have so many butterflies in my yard this year it is amazing.  Of course someCSC_0701of my flowers are paying the price but I’ve planted enough to share with them and still have plenty for myself.  Some of the caterpillars love my Dutchman’s Pipe vine and I have to keep a sharp eye out so they don’t eat enough to kill it.  And I do have Monarch but I haven’t been able to snap a photo of them yet but I will keep trying.

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I love sitting at my dining table or out on my back porch with a nice cup of coffee early in the morning and watch them dance from one flower to the other.  They even share with the humming birds.

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I just had to share these pictures with y’all.  I hope where ever you are that you are blessed with butterflies and birds.  I court them as God’s beautiful blessings.

Thank you for stopping by until next time don’t just stop and smell the flowers also relax and watch the butterflies.

God bless.

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TAMPA FOG

This is my first time for trying this one but here goes.  My entry for the Jennifer’s Weekly Weather  Challenge; fog in Tampa Florida

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Have a blessed day.

 

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