Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Creative Blog Challenge

Are you up for some creativity? or need a blog idea?

How about a blog challenge ~ have some fun with your blog name.  If you have an exceptionally long one you may pick a phrase from it that suits you best.   

Make a sentence or two from your words.  If possible, use the first letter as the same letter the word starts with.  Kind of like a backwards acronym.  

Remember to link back to my blog post so that I can come check out your (backwards) acronym. 

Here is mine (for Hopefully Minded).



Now I would love to come see yours!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ponds are like People

.....they merely reflect
            what is in and around them!

Here are two bodies of water on the same piece of land just separated by several feet of roadway.

They both contain the same kind of water.  Both contain water from melted snow, runoff, seepage and rainfall.  All comprised of the chemical formula H20; a molecule that contains one part oxygen and two parts hydrogen.

So why is the same so different?

When it comes to water in a lake or pond there is a combination of factors that can influence color.  The lake or pond surface can reflect conditions of the sky. 

Dissolved particles may make water look more clear and blue or brown.  Suspended particles reflect light back to us and may make water look more muddy brown, cloudy green, or gray. Nutrient load, algae growth and chemicals can change the color of water.

And just like water, people are the same but different. 

We have a similar chemical formula that makes us all look like people, but what is floating around in our minds makes us so different.    

We are a unique combination of cultural backgrounds, life experiences, personalities, dreams, goals, and challenges that contribute to how we reflect life. What we read, what we choose to belief, and what surrounds us can also influence the way we reflect life.

Both ponds are pretty even though they reflect different colors.  What beauty are you reflecting?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Spring ~ First Flower Blooms

It's official, our First Spring Flower has bloomed!

Much more than just a Dandelion!

Hey, before you go.........

Here are just some of the things that others say about me:

  • I am a rich source of vitamins and minerals, with my leaves getting the highest rating of Vitamin A content of all greens!
  • My roots have high amounts of choline, which is and important nutrient for the liver.
  • My leaves are diuretic, which helps flush excess water out of your body.
  • My flowers are endowed with lecithin (good for liver ailments)
  • I am a good companion plant.
  • My taproot brings up essential nutrients to plants that have shallower roots.
  • I add minerals and nitrogen to the soil.
  • I attract pollinating insects.
  • I release ethylene gas which helps fruits to ripen.
  • My leaves are abundant with vitamins A, C & K, as well as good source of calcium, potassium, iron and manganese
  • My flower petals are great for dandelion wine
  • My roasted roots can be used for caffeine free coffee
  • I have been traditionally used in a British soft drink (dandelion and burdock)
You have got to admit, for a common weed, I'm pretty dandy!!

Thanks to Wikipedia and Herbal Legacy for listing my virtues!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

It's a Promise Reminder!

Every time I see it, I can’t help but think, it’s a promise reminder! 

And yesterday I saw it again.  It was late afternoon, clouds had gathered and the wind picked up and shortly after it started to rain.  The rainfall was brief and minimal.  So when it was over I am so glad I happened to look out the window only to discover, a beautiful complete rainbow, arched across the Eastern sky.

I thought of Noah, the covenant that was made and the promise that was given.

“And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud; And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh;” Genesis 9:14 &15 (KJV)

To this very day, the promise has been kept. Sure there has been rain and there have been floods on the earth but there has never been another flood that has destroyed all flesh. It is a promise He has kept, and it reminds me that He will keep all of His other wonderful promises.

But look, the promise wasn’t just to Noah.  The verse says,” between me and you and every living creature of all flesh”, so that includes everyone.  

A beautiful rainbow, a promise reminder from a promise keeper, and it makes me so very, very glad. How about you?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ah, Hope!

"Ah, Hope! what would life be, stripped of thy encouraging smiles, that teach us to look behind the dark clouds of today, for the golden beams that are to gild the morrow."
~Susanna Moodie