Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Flower of the Field

'For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.'
                                                                                       Psalm 103:14-16

Remembering my beloved Aunt....

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

About Last Night...

Seemingly far away, not knowing what was headed our way..
A mighty downpour, then the clearing...
A double rainbow...
And the show continued...
and went on...
and on....
and on...oh, what a night!!!
You just never know what is going to happen. I posted the top pic last night at around 6:30PM. It looked like the rain was 'not here' exactly, but in the distance. Really, within 15 minutes, there was booming thunder, the downpour started, and, too boot, the sun was out. For the rest of the evening, until the sky became dark, around 9PM, these big Colorado skies gave us a show of shows. Edward said a couple of weeks ago, it's as if we live in a planetarium. Webster's meaning of planetarium:

'A building in which images of stars, planets, and constellations are projected on the inner surface of a dome for public entertainment or education.'

Well, if that were the case, this is one mighty big of charge, of course.

'I have placed My bow in the clouds, and it will be a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.'
                                                                      Genesis 9:13

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

So, Maybe I Got a Little Carried Away...

I cannot stop, this is serious...I may need help...just kidding. Suddenly I find I am using Diptic on itself, by mirroring the pics, then using that pic and mirroring itself, splitting that same pic over and over again to see how far I can go. Edward is a good feedback person if things start to look a bit scary...which for some reason, some of these intricate designs seem to do. That said, I kind of love the way these two pics mashed together. The top pic was from the lake, and landscape @ Cherry Creek State Park. The second pic is a mash-up of the top pic and the very first pic on the previous post (it may help to squint a little). I have received some really interesting comments, a couple, and rightly so, making reference to the '70's. Yes, these would have made amazing album covers. The fun and games continue....

Monday, June 1, 2015

So Much Fun, Diptic Again...

 Autumn trees...
 Pikes Peak winter...
 Pikes Peak summer sunrise...
 Pasta making...
 April sunset, Cherry Creek State Park...
 Partially frozen Cherry Creek lake...
Lilac bushes...

The app 'Diptic', has made it waaaaayyyyy too easy and waaaaayyyy too much fun to play around w/ your photos. I was up until all hours last night going from one pic to another placing them side by side, upside down and backwards to name a few. I had conjoined cats and Edward, I had the Twins and Edward become quads and then 2 Edward' get the picture! These are the few that I have saved for now. I do believe that I am just getting warmed up. Thank you Diptic!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wordless Wednesday..

Big Kitty aka Richie Havens, shadows. Playing around w/ Diptic!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Drama, Drama, Drama, but No Funnels...

Yesterday morning looked promising...
...but, there was a tornado warning...we drove through the park anyhow...
...and there it was, definitely a storm..please do not spin, please do not spin...
...storm clouds over the lake, so dramatic and beautiful...
...definitely time to exit and head home...
...we drove right into the dark cloud...
12 Mile Stables...time top stop taking pics an get home...

Yesterday we woke up to large cumulus clouds and thought that there might be promise for some sunshine and a long walk in the park. Things took a quick turn, and then there was a tornado warning issued for Arahapoe County...really, I thought, really???? We decided, after double checking the warnings, that it was okay to drive though Cherry Creek State Park and take some pics. We could see the enormous dark, foreboding skies to the south. The first 2 pics are looking north. I took shot after shot after shot, and I felt like I was taking the same picture over and over and over again, as the ginormous cloud just seemed to sit in the sky and not move or change...all the while, we knew that it was coming closer. We got out of the car at the lake, where I took the pic I posted on Instagram and Facebook. The beauty out-weighed the pending storm, but it was very clear at that point that we needed to head home...only 10 minutes away. By the time we reached the 12 Mile Stables, the rain started, and the darkness did not seem so bad after all. Little Kitty stayed as low as possible without plastering herself to the floor, and took her spot on the 2nd step down to Edward's Amazingly, truly amazingly, after the downpour, the sun came blasting out and we did take that walk in the park, only to spot yet another storm on the horizon. When the 2nd storm hit, the wind was so vicious that Jimmy literally could not close one of the windows. That storm also blew through and the night gave us stars and a crescent moon. Today, more rain, they say. At the moment, quiet. We'll take it...

'There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain.'
                                                                                  Isaiah 4:6

Monday, May 18, 2015

Horses, More Horses...

Again, out for a walk in the now lover-ly green, Spring has sprung park; and they appeared. This time in white...2 of the Arabian horses. One of them was somewhat 'marbleized' in the front, just gorgeous. They did not trot off as quickly as the previous horse, so I was able to get some more pics. Next time I see one, or more, I have determined that I will ask the rider, or riders, if I can gain entrance into the very private stables, to spend some quality time photographing these gems!!!

And, because Spring has sprung, some sweet smelling foliage!

'It is He who changes the times and seasons, He deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to the discerning.'
                                                                     Daniel 2:21

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Mother's Day Origin..

'Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
“We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

Julia Howe was also the author of 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic'. "Appeal to Womanhood" was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War. The modern Mother's Day was established by Anna Jarvis years later. She spent a significant amount of time writing to countless business executives, church groups, and politicians at the state and national level to promote the commemorative day After her persistent efforts, Mother’s Day was finally proclaimed a national holiday in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson.

Happy Mother's Day

Thank you Laurel Justice!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

April Showers Have Brought...

Outside of Cherry Creek State Park parameters...
The Rockies...
This morning...
In their glory...not even in full bloom yet...
Very very tall!!!!
 The skies are ridiculously dramatic. When there is a storm or rain on the way, you can literally see it from an hour away to 5 minutes away. The big skies remain a photographers (and a meteorologists) playground. I take many many more pictures than I post. I save some for the blog. We need the rain, and I am grateful for it. I was standing on the deck late yesterday afternoon, and I smelled something really sweet. I was given a very pretty Gardenia plant, which loves the sun, and I have been taking it out, and bringing it back inside for about a month now. The nights are still chilly. I thought, may be 'all that' which I was smelling was from this plant, which has yet to bloom. Nope. I followed the scent, and much to my surprise (as this is our first Spring in this house) the entire back side of the house has huge, blooming Lilac bushes!!!!! Really? I recently spent close to $20 for a few stems. I thought, isn't that just like God....

 ' For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;'
                                                                   Song of Solomon 2:11-12

And, just to say, yes, I am aware that the officers involved in the Freddie Gray murder, have been charged, and yes, I ache and pray for the survivors of the massive earthquake in Nepal, yes, I am aware that a little girl was told that she could not eat her Oreo cookies at lunch in a school not far from where we live, and yes, I am aware of the overwhelming Syrian refugee crisis in the Middle East, and yes, I am aware that all the bad news is escalating. Yes, I am aware. Given all that and oh, so much more, I remain grateful beyond measure to be able to take the time to smell, well, in this case, the lilacs....

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Essential Oils, Very 101...

Okay, I have been holding out. I heard about essential oils when we lived in Rhode Island and explored it, a little. Fast forward to the social media age. Between Facebook and Instagram, my interest was peaked yet again by reading posts, looking @ pics by friends, digesting the possibilities. I called Christina Adam, whose husband, Tim, I met through Esty @ the very beginning of this blog, in 2008. Christina initially put her toe in the water to see if she could find a natural way to help her 4 year old son sleep. She would tell you  how her life, and the lives of her young Family have changed since using the oils. I had not yet jumped on the bandwagon. It was around Christmas time, and I decided that it was time to invest in the starter kit from Young Living.

Very excited w/ my decision. The starter kit,  which included 11 oils, some samples and then some, came right before Christmas. Included w/ the purchase is a diffuser, which I immediately put to use by celebrating the season w/ Frankincense. Like many first-timers, I totally over estimated the strength of the oils by putting in waaaaayyyyy too many drops, say 6 instead of 2, and The Boys were choking. The learning curve, and it is a mighty steep one, was just beginning. Here it is, close to 4 months later, and I feel like I can share. The pics are oils, some, actually most, which I use daily!!! 

Here is a small breakdown:
Joy: 1 drop over my heart upon waking!
Di-Gize and Peppermint: 3 drops of Di-Gize, 3 drops of Peppermint in a gel tab, w/ some olive oil, I ingest
2X a day, morning and evening. Aids digestion and calms the stomach. You All know how well peppermint tea works. Seriously, 1 drop in hot water, and bingo!
Thieves: 2 drops on my toothbrush, 2X a day.
Valor: for courage AND TMJ, as needed!
Lemon: 3 drops 2X daily in my water intake. I also use 6 drops of lemon to my pasta dough to give a nice bright flavor!
Lavender: to help SLEEP, on my feet, temples and behind my ears...this is heavenly.
Peace & Calming: also @ night, on my feet and the back of my neck.
Stress Away: I use a couple of drops on my wrists and behind my ears after showering.
Thieves Household Cleaner: 3 caps to 1 large spray bottle, and as Christina said to me, your house will sparkle and smell like Christmas. It works really well on my counters and wood floors, and yes, the house has a subtle scent of pine!

One of my favorite stories is about Thieves. Thieves essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals they used while robbing the dead and dying.This blend prevented them from getting sick. I have to tell you, just yesterday, I had a sore throat. I knew I was getting a cold. In a gel tab, I used 2 drops of Thieves, 2 drops of Lemon, 1 drop of Oregano (very strong), and olive oil. I took that combo 2X yesterday. It is as if my cold was on fast forward to 'the end' today. I took one more of that same blend this morning. Sore throat is gone, w/ use of the diffuser, Thieves on my feet and spine, I slept like a baby and today, I just have been blowing my nose. I did, of course pull out some chicken soup from the freezer!

Needless to say, I smell very good all of the time.  Essential oils and aromatic plants have been present and working since Adam and Eve lived in The Garden of Eden and are mentioned over 600 times in the Bible! I use the oils to support my health. Operative word being, support. As I mentioned, the learning curve, along w/ the depth and breadth of the oils is a mighty steep one. This really is Essential Oils, very 101.

'Moreover, the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Take also for yourself the finest of spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two hundred and fifty, and of fragrant cane two hundred and fifty, and of cassia five hundred, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and of olive oil a hin. “You shall make of these a holy anointing oil, a perfume mixture, the work of a perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil.'                                          Exodus 30:22-25

 'Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure spikenard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.'
                                    John 12:3


Thursday, April 16, 2015

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Thursday marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which honors the 11 million people, the 6 million Jews killed during the 20th-century Nazi genocide. Holocaust Day, or in Hebrew "Yom HaShoah," runs from Wednesday night to Thursday night in many countries. This year's observance comes about three months after the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp Auschwitz. In Israel, a siren will sound for 2 minutes throughout the entire country to mark the day of remembrance. For those two minutes, cars will stop, people will pause their conversations and work, and the world will stand still for a moment in remembrance of the 6 million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. We were in Israel, April, 1990, near the Knesset, Israel's Parliament building. Everyone and  everything, except time, stopped for those 2 minutes, you could hear a pin drop, if not for the sirens going off. 


'Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee...'
                                                                          Psalm 83:1-5

Friday, April 3, 2015

Passover and Good Friday!!

Exodus 12

'And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,
 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord's passover.12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.20 Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.23 For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the Lord will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord's passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they. 29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.31 And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the Lord, as ye have said.32 Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also.33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.34 And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneadingtroughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders.35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:36 And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual.40 Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.42 It is a night to be much observed unto the Lord for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the Lord to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.43 And the Lord said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof:44 But every man's servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof.45 A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof.46 In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.50 Thus did all the children of Israel; as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.51 And it came to pass the selfsame day, that the Lord did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies.'

As a Family, we celebrate tonight the deliverance of the Jewish people out of the hand of the grasp of the terrible one, as has been done from generation to generation. We acknowledge that this night is also Good Friday. This is the night that Jesus was crucified, the most precious Lamb of God. It is a rare occurrence that Passover and Good Friday 'land' on the same night. In our household of Jews and Christians, it is deeply meaningful and significant day!