Prussian Crochet

Automation has made it possible to produce so many objects — from bread to shoes — without the intervention of human hands (assuming that pressing a button doesn’t count). What things do you still prefer in their traditional, handmade version?  This post is part of the Daily Prompt at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/handmade-tales/. I love the fineness of handmade crocheted doilies.  I know they are old fashioned and not really in vogue, but nevertheless, the textures of the threads appeals to me.  I still make []

What a Week!

It has been one of those weeks!  I am emotionally spent, worn out and ready to move on.  One thing I have noticed as I grow older is that all this upheaval is hard to recuperate from.  I know everyone has these days (weeks) where their best laid intentions tank and go right down the drain.  I try not to have many of them, but when I do – WHEW!  Anyway, I am usually struck dumb for about a day and then []

The Red Umbrella

It was sunny when you left home, so you didn’t take an umbrella. An hour later, you’re caught in a torrential downpour. You run into the first store you can find — it happens to be a dark, slightly shabby antique store, full of old artifacts, books, and dust. The shop’s ancient proprietor walks out of the back room to greet you. Tell us what happens next!  This post is part of the Daily Prompt at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/sudden-downpour/. I stood just inside the []

I Was LIEBSTERED!

Last week I received the nicest message from Dorne Whale and her blog entitled,  “Write Dorne – Putting Life Into Words.”   Dorne nominated me for the Liebster Award which is a way for the blogging world to discover new blogs.  I was Liebstered and really surprised!  I am relatively new to the blogging world and WordPress, so I must say I was quite honored to be recognized.  I am so glad you found me Dorne.  Thank you again for your kind nomination. []

Send on the JOY!

  I feel like I have finally arrived!  I love being retired and spending my time enjoying life.  I am sending positive vibes to mankind.  Enjoy your Saturday and spread the joy! ~Colleen~ (Image from Facebook, 7/25/14)

Tropical Splendor

HOT orange blossoms – a tropical interlude. Mai-tai anyone? TGIF!  Mai-Tai Recipe: Recipe makes 1 gallon 2 cups light rum 1 cup dark rum 1 cup 151 proof rum 1 cup orange curacao (orange flavored liqueur) 1 cup almond flavored syrup 1 cup simple syrup 10 limes, juiced 1/2 gallon fresh orange juice In a large jar or drink cooler, combine the light rum, dark rum, 151 rum, orange liqueur, almond syrup, simple syrup, and lime juice. Stir and top off with []

Imperfect… I think not!

The word “imperfect” contains all the letters to say to yourself:  “I’m perfect!”  So why do we all seem to judge ourselves so harshly?  I am especially hard on myself and have held myself back numerous times when I should have forged ahead and excelled.  Part of it is my personality.  I tend to hang back, check out what is going on, then venture into the fray.   Sooner or later I get my confidence up and off I go!  Then look out []

Be a Peach!

To all the bloggers out there – Here is my inspiration for the day… Enjoy! (Image found on Pinterest 7/22/14)

No Mud–No Lotus

Have you ever wondered about the pain that you have endured in your life?  Why do some people suffer more than others?  Many people stumble blindly through their life without a glance at anyone else’s pain or sorrow.  They are self consumed and blinded with only their own pain.  Other people seem to feed off of the pain of others almost like it makes them feel fulfilled, important, or more significant than the one who is actually experiencing the pain.  Some persons []

The Infestation

I could not believe my eyes, however there they were – right in front of me!  Fall webworms have invaded my River Birch trees in my front yard.  Have you ever seen these grayish cobwebby looking webs surrounding the branches of your trees? These are a nasty bunch of bugs.  They start out as an innocent white moth.  They lay eggs on the leaves of the trees, and as the pupae larva grow they spin these webs that encase the outer most []

Sunday Sweetness

Summer’s sweetest blush – Peaches and ripe red berries, Touch your cheeks with love. Happy Sunday Friends… (Image found on Pinterest 7/20/14)

The Dragon’s Lair

The dragon’s lair beckons you – Smokey incense trails billow from their gaping mouths filling the air with acrid plumes of hazy smoke. Dark bilious columns twist and coil, as they slither in unison – sisters and brothers as one. The dragon’s lair entices you – welcomes you, as it hypnotizes you with each terrifying stare. You are solid stone – your heavy soul unmovable, unable to exact. Your thoughts … The dragon’s lair controls YOU.

Gardening Update 7/19/14

The rains are pounding again today in Pensacola, Florida.  I awoke to thunder rumbles and rain spattering against my window.  I grabbed a cup of coffee and sat in the patio enjoying the sounds of nature in my neighborhood. The squash and cucumbers are gone.  They succumbed to the dreaded burrowing bugs that lay eggs and burrow into your vegetables.  I had to tear out every last one of those beloved vines. Surprisingly, the bugs do not like peppers.  They are still []