Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Furniture


When I met my husband he owned a plant and gift shop and used this piece of furniture as a display piece in his shop.  Now it sits in our family room and displays family photos, books, and other memorabilia. (That’s one of my husband’s watercolors hanging on the wall. Before he had his stroke, he was a wonderful watercolor artist.  I’m still trying to get him to take up painting again.)


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Cee's Fun Foto Challenge


Waiting on Ben’s Results

We are waiting on the results of grandson Ben’s brain scans.

Believing for Ben

The results of  grandson Ben’s brain scans, which were done here in Georgia on Friday, were “over-nighted” by Federal Express to New York where Dr. Berenstein will view them.   Over 57,000 images were taken during the MRI and the MRA. Now all we can do is wait, but we hope to hear results this week.

Before his brain scans Ben was in good spirits and played video games while waiting at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta facility…

Over the past 3 years Ben has had a number of brain scans, but this was the first time that he was not sedated. Here’s what his dad said…

Today was the 1st time Ben has ever attempted to have an MRI/MRA w/o anesthesia. The nurses & lab techs allowed me to pick him up & set him in the “tube”. After having multiple shields & guards placed over him, they told…

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Brave Ben needs your thoughts and prayers

Please remember our grandson Ben as he undergoes medical tests on Friday

Believing for Ben

A year ago grandson Ben was declared to be cured of a dural arteriovenous fistula in his brain

…but some problems have recently arisen, and his dad had to contact Dr. Berenstein in New York, the doctor who performed the procedures that saved Ben’s life.  Dr. B. wants Ben to have an MRI scan (Magnetic resonance imaging) and an MRA scan (Magnetic resonance angiogram) as soon as possible.  Those tests are scheduled for Friday.

It goes without saying that we are frightened, especially since Ben was doing so well and had been considered to be completely cured.  Our family is asking for prayers for Ben and for healing thoughts to be sent his way.  If the results of the scans are serious, he will have to make an immediate trip from his home in Georgia (or maybe even from Florida where he will be vacationing next week) to New…

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Expanding and cheering the heart

“…yellow excites a warm and agreeable impression…. The eye is gladdened, the heart expanded and cheered, a glow seems at once to breathe toward us.”

(Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe)



Fabulous Friday: Magnolia and happiness

Magnolia Grandiflora

“True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.”

(Lucius Annaeus Seneca)


Linked to Woodland Gnome’s Fabulous Friday

Love the blue!

“Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the deity to be a source of delight.”  (John Ruskin)

Mophead hydrangea

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Mophead hydrangea 2-1


Lacecap hydrangea

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Lacecap hydrangea 2-1


Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: A box full of sweetgum balls

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These are actually seed pods from the sweetgum tree.  Grandson Ben and our little next-door neighbor girl gathered these from our perennial garden last month.  Sweetgum trees don’t produce these seed pods until they are at least 20 years old, but once they begin producing, they drop hundreds of them.

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Odd ball photo challenge

Appalachian Sayings: “Nary a one”

I often use this phrase.  In Appalachia, “nary a one” means none, not one, none at all.

This year, although the wild dogwood trees in the woods around us burst out in beautiful blooms, the three trees in our back garden had no blooms, nary a one.

One of our dogwood trees, full of leaves but nary a bloom.

Likewise, although I have enjoyed seeing the photos of irises so many bloggers have posted this year, nary a one of our iris plants has bloomed.

Do you say, “Nary a one,” or have you ever heard it used?




Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Anything that flies







Kestrel 2-1


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All that is not needed…

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Letting go can be hard, but only when we let go of the things in life that are hurtful, not needed, and holding us back, can we move on to the wonders that lie ahead.