a NEW thought Thursday


Happy Thursday! I love this quote because it is so true.  I know some people who are just naturally considerate.  They notice things about people.  They naturally go out of their way to be considerate and kind.  I want to be more like them! Sadly, I tend to live in my small, busy little world and go about my own business. I wish I had the natural talent of being a noticer…a thoughtful observer…a naturally considerate human being. Although it doesn’t come naturally, I’m going to work at being such a person. Perhaps eventually it may become second nature!

Have a great day!  Go and notice something or someone NEW!


a NEW photo of my week


Happy Friday!  When I saw that Cee’s Flower of the Day was Blackeyed Susans, I quickly grabbed this photo to share. One of my sisters that went to Victoria with us last week is named Susan.  My mother says she named her that because Susan had such black eyes when she was a baby.

Anyway, I’ll link up to Cee’s page.  Enjoy your day – and do or learn something NEW!

a NEW collection of Spring photos


Happy Friday!  Well, I tried something NEW and made an e-photo book of Spring photos on Smilebox HERE.

My review of the Smilebox site:  I’d give the site a B.  It was quite easy to use, but I think they could do so much better with more fonts and better photo resizing capability.  It kind of bugs me that it takes a few seconds to load the album (about 8 seconds!….ETERNITY!!!)…but that’s life, I guess. Check it out and let me know what you think!  (Although all photos included in the album have already been previously posted…so nothing really NEW!  :o)

Have a great day!

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday! I hope you all are enjoying the beautiful SPRING!

Well, the NEW things I want to share this week are some very random things I learned recently at a genealogy conference I attended.  So…in genealogy, we strive to find birth dates, marriage dates, death dates etc…and any additional historical information about marriage customs might just help us do that.  I didn’t previously know what ‘Bundling’ was.   However, now that I know, it probably won’t help me break through any genealogical brick walls, but I have to say it is interesting!

Did you know that sweethearts in the 18th century were not only allowed to sleep together before marriage, but were encouraged to???  It was known as ‘Bundling’ (check out Wikipedia OR This Blog)

I also learned of the history of  the Italian infant abandonment system and its name-assignment practices.  (Terrific article HERE)  I found it so sad that unwed mothers could anonymously abandon their babies in a rotating wheel that was on an outside wall of a hospital!  Wow.

That’s it for that random stuff.  Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!





a NEW Texture Tuesday


Happy Tuesday!  I was going to save this post for my ‘Thursday Thought’, but just couldn’t wait.  (If I don’t get a post published for Thursday, you’ll know why! :o)

My breath was taken away when I noticed these beauties yesterday!  I had to walk that same path today, this time with my camera, and capture their loveliness!

Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!

Linking to Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday

a NEW textured tuesday photo


Happy Tuesday!  I took advantage of my day off yesterday to get some shooting in.  It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to!  There was too much winter-dead stuff outside, so I stayed indoors and shot some still-life.  I love using prop items that I’ve received as gifts because they remind me of the wonderful people in my life.  I received the vase from my son and daughter-in-law in a gift basket with other items as a ‘thank you’ after their wedding.  That was thoughtful of them!  Although that day WAS all about them, they realized it took a lot of time and effort from everyone else, so their ‘thank you’ meant a lot!  The doily was made from a dear friend of my Mother’s that I haven’t seen in years.  She gave us this doily along with a few others for our wedding (SO many years ago!)  It was good to think of her as I captured this shot.

Hope you all have a terrific day!  Do or learn something NEW!

I’ll link to Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday

a NEW photo of my week #58 and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday!  I walked by this lovely yard recently…not sure why the empty pots are stored there on the fence like that…(?)…but their yard sure was gorgeous!

For a short Sunday sermon, here’s a quote from a talk I listened to a while back.  I think it is very true.

Margaret D. Nadauld taught: “The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.

Here’s the FULL TALK where that was quoted.  (Just in case you’d like a longer Sunday sermon :o)  Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!

a NEW Thursday thought


These Red White and Blue flowers caught my eye (when I didn’t have my camera with me…of course!)  So a few days later, I took my camera with me to capture these very patriotic beauties.  What do you think?

What are your plans for the 4th?  Parades?  BBQ’s?  Whatever it is, have a wonderful day!  Do or Learn something NEW!