a NEW photo of my week and a short Sunday sermon

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Happy Sunday!

Oh, how life is getting in the way of my photography habits!  And it’s SO beautiful out there!  So many rich, autumn colors!  I had a brief outing a few days ago, but I want  need to get out more frequently!  All the pumpkins, the mums, the fall foliage  – oh so beautiful and fun to shoot!

Well today’s quote reminds me of people that I know, who love and live life to it’s fullest.  They’re an awesome example to me.  I genuinely love life too; but the people I’m thinking of seem to treat life as a gift.  It is precious to them. Thinking of life as a gift reminds me of a song the young people in our church sing:

My life is a gift; my life has a plan.

My life has a purpose; in heav’n it began.

My choice was to come to this lovely home on earth

And seek for God’s light to direct me from birth.

OR…taking the advice from Leonardo Di Caprio (well, really, his character on Titanic) is good too:

 

Lastly, for this Sunday sermon, I’ll share a fabulous talk entitled “Come What May, and Love It”  (Link HERE)

In case you don’t have time to go read the entire talk, I’ll add some highlights below (but I hope you do go read it – I think you’ll love the blind date story!!! Haha!):

  • The way we react to adversity can be a major factor in how happy and successful we can be in life.
  • Learn to laugh
  • Seek for an eternal perspective
  • Understand the principle of compensation
  • Trust in our heavenly father and in his son, Jesus Christ

 

That is it for today!  Go do something NEW and live life and LOVE it!

 

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a NEW photo challenge

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Happy Friday!

Fridays seem to be my challenge days.  This week I’m joining up on Nancy Merrill Photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge.  At first, I wasn’t sure I had any “gilded” photos, but since she reminded us of the definition, I figured this one would work:

According to the dictionary, gilded has two meanings:

  1. Covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint.
  2. Wealthy and privileged.

This photo is of the Prince’s Palace in Monaco.  Monaco is the 2nd smallest country in the world (after the Vatican), and most people who live there are “wealthy and privileged”.  Monaco is known as a playground for the rich and famous, due to its tax laws. In 2014, it was noted about 30% of the population was made up of millionaires. (per Wilkipedia)

Here’s another shot of Monaco’s yacht-lined harbor. Yes, a VERY “wealthy and privileged” place.

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I love a good challenge to urge me to sift through photos and come up with the theme.  Now, since I don’t seem to have any photos of items “covered thinly with gold leaf” I want to go see if I can shoot me something within that theme.  Too bad I’m not still in Monaco – or even elsewhere in Europe.  My hunt might be easier there. :o)

Have a great day!  Do some sort of NEW challenge!

 

a NEW note to self…

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Note to self…Always plan a road trip (traveling north) toward the end of September each and every year!

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We traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming last weekend and the colors were gorgeous!  The best views seemed to be at spots that we couldn’t really stop and take photos…but the beauty is fondly stored in my memory instead of my camera’s memory.

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The dinner and show at Bar J Wranglers in Jackson was excellent too.  A friend recommended it to me, years ago, and I’m happy we finally got to go.

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Road trips are the best for taking in all of the beautiful fall scenery.  If any of you have a recommended itinerary for next fall’s trip, let me know! Have a great day! Do or learn or see something NEW!

a NEW recipe and a NEW baking technique

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Happy Friday!

So I baked a cake – and it wasn’t even a family member’s birthday! Yes, that is highly unusual!!!  I was so inspired by Jodi’s cake at the creative life in between – {You’ve got to go see! It was SO, SO beautiful!} It was a Lemon Blueberry Zucchini Cake and I just had to make one for my people.  I had three really large zucchinis on my counter, just waiting for my attention, so Jodi’s posting of this recipe was perfect timing. I only wish I could have copied her squash blossom garnish, but no blossoms were to be found in my garden (bummer!).

AND…I tried a NEW baking technique. I’ve been wanting to try out cake strips for a while. I didn’t even know about cake strips until recently. How many of you knew about these? (Have I been living in a cave??!??)

These are cake strips – they are supposed to make your cakes more moist and level:

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Since I wanted to try this technique out before purchasing a set, I used the DIY tinfoil/wet paper towel version this time:

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I learned how to do the DIY version here:

 

Thanks to Jodi for the inspiration (I get tons from her site!). Now to go eat some more Lemon Blueberry Zucchini yumminess.  Have a great day.  Do or learn or bake something NEW!

 

thinking up a NEW b.h.a.g.

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Happy Tuesday!

Well, on August 11th I reached my summer goal of riding my bicycle 100 miles in one day (odometer photo ‘proof’ above). The last time I had done that was about a decade ago. It was a hot day and we rode some of that 100 miles in 100 degree weather –  UGH!

So, now I need to think up my next B.H.A.G as my husband likes to call them (Big Hairy Audacious Goals).  Not that riding 100 miles is that big or audacious, because the day before that ride I got an email from a riding group that was planning a 140 ride on that day! And Tour de France riders do that every day for almost a month!  But it’s all relative, right?  A big hairy goal for some people is easy peasy for others.

Hmmmm…I have so many areas of interest that I’m contemplating lots of different BHAGs.  How can I narrow it down? Once I do and make a decision, I’ll let you know.  It’s kind of nice having blogosphere accountability.  It gives me a bit more incentive not to give up and move on when I get bored (which I tend to do).

If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

Have a great day. Do or learn, or plan something NEW!

 

 

 

a NEW addition to my garden

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Happy Friday!

So, where do you put your small garden tools? I made this handy-dandy mosaic mailbox for my garden to hold my gloves, spade, garden snipers and even a little notebook where I tape all the plant tags – you know, the instruction-thingy that tells you how to care for the plant?  I put that in a plastic bag with tape, pencil and reading glasses.  I’m all set in my garden! I LOVE it!

Can you tell I spelled out GROW with the broken up tiles?  On the other side I spelled out BLOOM. My hubby earned his way through college doing tile work, so now even though he’s a finance guy, we never pay anyone to do any tile work at our house – and that means I have plenty more tile scraps to do more projects.  This was my very first mosaic attempt and now I plan to make some garden stepping stones etc.

Here’s the front view:

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Isn’t it amazing what a boost something NEW and different brings to life?!?

Have a great day! Let me know know what’s NEW with YOU!