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The Leaf

God’s simple beauty, beyond compare

Nature’s bounty everywhere

So much to smell–so much to see

Let’s take the Stately Old Oak Tree

Six hundred species, big family and strong

but how do you prove that you really belong

Examine my LEAF said the Little Sprout

that will tell you what I’m all about.

One of these years I’ll drop an acorn

and be a hundred feet tall

but until then–I’ll show you my colors

they will be blazing–just wait until Fall!oak-791737_640

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The Crumb

The Little Mouse–Hiding in the house–

as hungry as he could be–

watched the young lady, eating her toast, laughing with such glee–

when all of a sudden a piece of  that toast landed on her knee, Yippee

 thought the Little Mouse while hiding in the young lady’s house–there is something here for me–

The speedy Little Mouse ran through the house,

capturing the crumb, on his little thumb,

and into the night ran he–

As he looked back at the young lady, still eating, and laughing with glee! 

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The Gate

I just love to peek through a gate. What’s on the other side? I’m not a peeping Tom, but if there are flowers, shrubs and garden goodies in the yard, then I’m sure that there will be more on the other side of the fence.

Years ago my sister and I were on a vacation, happening upon Elvis’ home. It was not open to the public during that time and we saw all that we could by peeking through the gate. My sister got a brilliant idea to climb on top of the brick wall and get another view of the property. I helped her climb up, her shoe fell off into his yard. There was a dog barking and she didn’t want to take a chance to drop into the yard, grab her shoe and possibly not be able to get back over the fence. So, I’m sure Elvis enjoyed the wonderful present of my sister’s old stinky shoe.

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Pattern

It seems like I am always saving patterns. Between Pinterest, the blogs featuring needlepoint, quilting, purses, and more, there is no end to all the inspiration you find on the web.

I honestly get excited to see a new pattern that I am sure that I will actually make someday. Of course, someday usually never gets here for me. But, I still visit these patterns and dream that I will do what I imagine I will.

But, with all the beautiful things I can make, nothing comes close to the beyond campare of nature’s patterns. What could possibly compare with this? So, you see what type of pattern is my favorite!IMG_0163IMG_2392

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Abstract

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I saw the prompt today I immediately thought about art. I am interested in various art forms but I’m not a particular fan of abstract art.

What I am a big fan of is odd, macabre, weird, spooky books and TV. So, when I thought about TV, what came to my mind is what I feel is the abstract opening of a goodie called “Twilight Zone”.

Twilight Zone’s first episode was October 2, 1959.

“You’re traveling to another dimension…a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind…a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Your next stop: The Twilight Zone.

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Squats

My husband is known for how he disciplines kids. The kids do not get time-outs, quiet time, toys taken away, extra chores or any of the usual ways some parents use. He gives out “Squat” punishments.
At first I was a little concerned with this, not sure if it was a healthy way to treat misbehaviors.

The following I found on About.Com
How To Do Squat Jumps
This exercise is an advanced dynamic power move that should be done only after a complete warm up.

For the older kids and adults:

Stand with feet shoulder width and knees slightly bend.
Bend your knees and descend to a full squat position.
At the bottom of the squat, powerfully explode straight up bringing your knees toward your chest while in midair. At the top of the jump your thighs should touch your torso.
Release your legs, control your landing by going through your foot (toes, ball, arches, heel) and descend into the squat again for another explosive jump.
Upon landing immediately repeat the next jump.

For the little kids:

You do them, and kids can do them too: Bend those knees (but not too far) for squats and lunges! These simple exercises build leg strength to give kids a good foundation for all kinds of sports and fitness activities. Try forward, backward, and side lunges as well as classic squats. You can also incorporate jumps into a squat sequence by having kids hop after they stand up in between squats.squats_hero-56a2c9d43df78cf77279f449
So as you can see, Is this a punishment or what? I call it a constructive way to discipline.

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Urgent

img_0235My definition of what is urgent may be very different from other people’s definition. I think it has a lot to do with our personality. What is urgent to us may not be urgent to others.

A baby’s cry can be saying that something is wrong and sometimes it is just a way of trying to get held. When kids are playing outside and everyone is screaming, a parent just knows which scream is playing and which scream needs your immediate attention. To a teenager, most things are urgent. They need an answer to their question now. “Can I go to the party Friday night?” They need to know now so they can phone or text all their friends. It simply doesn’t work to give them the answer the day before, it’s more fun to discuss all the plans versus the actual party.

My sense or urgency was the other evening when our first frost of the year was due and I still had my special Scheffalara plant outdoors. I got the plant inside and thankfully I did because we did have a frost that night. I’ve had that plant since 1981. Now that was something urgent!