The beautiful photo of the two little birds encased in a frame custom-made by the artist! Such talent!
My daughter loved this little kitty. I can’t remember what type of flower or grass the body is made from, but I remember it has rose petal leaves and collar.
When I saw this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, I first thought of the usual “inspirational” photos, sunrises, sunsets, beautiful nature photos. When I thought a bit more, I remembered something an incredibly talented artist said to my daughter and me as we were purchasing two of her magnificent creations at the recent Spearfish Art in the Park craft festival. Her space at the festival was filled with incredible pictures created with dried plants, leaves and flowers that she had, with incredibly talented hands, made into pictures of animals, simple floral bookmarks and incredibly detailed landscapes. As we were purchasing our items, my daughter asked her how long it took her to make one of the photos. The artist explained that it is a long process of selecting flowers, waiting for them to dry, creating the design and the frame and finally completing it. She said if she actually kept track of the hours she spent, she would have to charge more than most would be willing to pay. She explained to us that in many jobs, the workers are constantly watching the clock and wondering why the hours go by so slowly, while in her job she is so involved into creating and perfecting the designs that hours pass by very quickly. I commented to her that her work is wonderful and that in creating these masterpieces, she shares a little piece of herself with every person who purchases them. If you are lucky enough to see Michelle Barnhart as a vendor at a craft festival, plan to spend a bit of time at her booth admiring the beautiful work she does!!
I love the color of this crawfish. Such a beautiful blue!
I am always fascinated by jellyfish!
I think stingrays are some of the most beautiful creatures!
We delighted in being up close and personal with these cute parakeets!
I’m sliding in right at the end with an entry for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is “Up Close”. I’m submitting some photos that I took when our family visited the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans during our family trip in June. I love seeing the details of some of these fascinating animals!
Take a little time and check out the many beautiful and creative entries to the challenge by clicking the link above :)
When I saw the subject for this week’s challenge, unfortunately I had the perfect photo for “broken”. Two weekends ago, I realized later on Friday evening that the sump pump in the crawl space of my home was broken.
Timeline of sump pump disaster:
Friday night: It’s broken. Let’s fix it. We’ll buy a sump pump. Done! Oops….the hose won’t connect to the sump pump. Call oldest son to help. I know, we’ll use duct tape. That should work. Oh, look, it’s working! It’s pumping the water out! Yay! Oops….the tape burst. Repeat. Oops again. Repeat. <*#swear word#*> It’s not going to work. At midnight, admit defeat and give up for the night. Saturday morning: Call plumber. Plumber can’t get there until Monday morning. Hubby leaves town. Rain starts again. Borrow shop vac. Suck 20 shop vacs full of water from crawl space. Sunday: Praise God, no rain! Monday morning: Plumber blessedly arrives and fixes sump pump connection! All is right with the world! :)
All sunshine makes the desert.
~ Arabian Proverb
A wise man adapts himself to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.
While the rain wasn’t appreciated much by me when the sump pump went out, my flowers greatly benefitted from it, proof that there is always good to be found! :)
I cultivate my garden, and my garden cultivates me. ~Robert Brault
Many unique and creative entries for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge can be found by clicking this link!
“Hugs should be available at the medical stores 24/7. Sometimes, they are the best healers for almost everything.”
― Minhal Mehdi
When I saw the theme for this week’s photo challenge, I immediately thought of the cute little monsters that are on my desk at work. Every time I catch a glimpse of them enveloped in their group hug, they make me smile. I love the quote above and surely agree that a simple hug from a friend or loved one can go a long way towards healing anything that ails us!
Here are a few more good “hug” quotes! Hope you like them!
“One word can end a fight; One hug can start a friendship; One smile can bring Unity; One person can change your entire life!”
― Israelmore Ayivor
“A hug makes you feel good all day.”
― Kathleen Keating
I will not play at tug o’ war.
I’d rather play at hug o’ war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.
– Shel Silverstein
Have a positive, productive day and check out the awesome entries for this week’s photo challenge at WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.
Accountability breeds responsibility – Stephen Covey
More and more lately, I see examples of the consequences of a lack of accountability in members of today’s society. I am reminded of “The Little Red Hen”, a story I learned as a child. In this classic folktale, the little red hen wants to make some bread and each step along the way she hopes to enlist the help of the other farm animals. When she asks the animals for help with planting the wheat and harvesting and milling the wheat, the answer from each of the animals is “Not I”. She tries again when it is time to knead the flour, mix the dough and bake the bread and is once again told “Not I” when she asks who will help her. After completing every step alone, she takes the mouth-watering bread from the oven only to see the other animals greedily eyeing the freshly baked bread. She asks who will help her to eat the bread and finally receives an affirmative answer from every one of the animals. At this point, she tells the lazy animals that because she completed every task alone, she and her chicks will eat the bread all alone as well.
Every accountable child of God needs to set goals, short- and long-range goals. A man who is pressing forward to accomplish worthy goals can soon put despondency under his feet, and once a goal is accomplished, others can be set up. – Ezra Taft Benson
The ant and the grasshopper is another tale of the consequences of laziness and irresponsibility. The grasshopper sings and dances through the summer when food is plentiful while the ant steadily works to build a storehouse of food for the leaner months ahead. The grasshopper laughs at the diligent ants, but finds later on that the ants had the right idea when he is left to starve when winter comes.
I wonder if these stories are shared much anymore. I know I read them to my children when they were little and tried to lead them to the moral of the stories; that when a reward or goal is desired, effort must be put forth in order to achieve that goal. While my children certainly were not lacking for anything, including toys, I did not feel the need to provide them with every thing their hearts desired. I know that when we have to put forth effort in order to obtain something, we value it more than when it is just handed to us. Allowing our children to work for the items they desire assures that the items will be well cared for because a part of them went into obtaining these items.
An essential part of teaching children to be disciplined and responsible is to have them learn to work. – James E. Faust
When children are old enough, certainly by high school, a part-time job is an excellent way to teach them responsibility and accountability. Through working, children learn how long it takes to earn a dollar and are therefore less likely to spend that dollar on frivolous things. It is amazing how frugal a child can be once the money she spends on items comes from her own pocketbook. I am a strong supporter of holding children (and everyone else) accountable for their behavior and actions. Both of my boys held jobs during high school and at the present time, and my daughter will do the same when she is old enough. I firmly believe that the best gift we can give our children is our time and our knowledge. If they want the latest gadget or fashion, they will work until they have money to buy the coveted item. By being a “mean mom” and limiting the material gifts and money I give my kids, I hope that I am teaching them to value people and experiences more than things. I hope the legacy I leave my children is to have truly given them wings of responsibility and accountability to soar with rather than an open hand waiting for a handout.
The theme for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challange is “Afloat“. Here you see a small sailboat afloat on the very calm ocean near the Amalfi coast in Italy. I am going to devote a bit of time to looking at the great entries to this week’s challenge. I’d recommend you do the same! Always some great, unique perspectives to see!