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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What's Blooming

   What is blooming this week?

From my yard, one of my potted plants-
Streptocarpus a.k.a. Ladyslippers featured with
 sweet potato vine in dark magenta.

yellow and pink ladyslippers
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a better look at the sweet potato vine planted with the ladyslippers

a close up of the ladyslippers bloom

My neighbor introduced me to this streptocarpus and she was able to bring it in over winter and re-bloom this summer. I am hoping to do the same.

Anything blooming in your area this week?

until next time ...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Just Picked

  This week we have had a few sunny days.
Most of the sun was short lived, filled with lots of clouds, dark skies and lots of rain. On a day the sun was out I braved the mosquitoes and went in search of what may be blooming or living in my yard. I found some nice surprises and decided to pick some and now I will share them with you!

Fresh picked just for you ...

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purple phlox, red bee balm and orange asiatic lilies

red bee balm surrounded by purple phlox

red bee balm, white daisies (aster) and white loosestrife

and last a fresh picked tasty treat -
  wild black-raspberries!
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The berries are in my tummy and the flowers are still showing nicely even though I picked them on Sunday. 

Do you have anything growing in your yard this week?

until next time ...

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Talking with your hands - bad or not so bad?

Gestures, sign language, talking with your hands ...
Do you ever talk with your hands? When you are happy, excited, angry or all the time?

I have a tendency to move my hands a lot when I talk, especially when I am excited. I am not the type to curse at others, but I may be guilty of using gestures that maybe considered bad, or not so nice ☺. I may of even inadvertently smacked someone when my hands are flailing around (oops).

I have mentioned on my blog before some of my health problems (mostly as a teaching tool) and have brought up the fact that I have arthritis, fibromyalgia and a host of other fun things to live with.

Recently, I had a visit to my rheumatologist and told him I was having a new problem with my hands. So I walked out of there wearing a fashionable splint temporarily. Who better to make fun of then yourself, so I felt like talking with my hands this week and see if anyone else out there has ever used gestures or hand signs to communicate.

Gestures or talking with your hands has been around for over a thousand years. I'm sure it most likely pre-dates the spoken word. Some particular hand signs have become very common and some are considered obscene (humm, whodda thunk?? ☺). Do you recognize any of the few I am sharing today?

Because of the possible offensive images below
   I am rating this post :

So one with the show ...

The good ...
the potentially naughty hand
this one I call "high five" or if moving back and forth "waving"

hands posed in the "okay" sign

hands speaking the "peace" sign

And the naughty ...

Yup, the dreaded middle finger. Also know as flipping the bird, disrespect, the swearing finger, evil or social finger. This one dates back to at least ancient Greece and Rome. Meaning mostly of what I have listed directly above and as a phallic symbol. Modern cultures have added more insult to it to make it very bad word that starts with a "F"! Horrors.

It is amazing what a few flips of your hand can mean. This is without the all the politically correct meanings of American Sign language. Maybe some of these should fall into a new sign category of outrage, slander or insulting universal language.

Do you have a favorite (or most seen/used) hand talking sign?
Do you consider talking with your hands bad or not so bad?

Until next time,
Keep smiling ☺

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Thoughts for Independence Day

Happy Birthday America!

  Sharing with you some patriotic thoughts and images while we celebrate America's Independence Day.

Hope you can get out to enjoy local parades and celebrations!

To read more on what I shared about the origins and celebrations click here!

    Until next time ...

Do you have any special plans for this years Independence Day long weekend?