Photo 101: Triumph & Contrast








Yes folks. It’s a bottle of Tide. As many of you know, I have a real bad arthritis. The strength in my arms and hands is limited. Today, however, I was able to pick this heavy bottle up from a low shelf and place it on a higher shelf. That is a triumph for me.








Colorful tree

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Above:Tree grayscale

Below: Same grayscale tree with added contrast

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Photo 101: My camera

Do you remember that I told you that I had no manual to teach me about how to use many of the functions on my camera? Well, during the night an inspiration came to me. Go look on the one place you can find anything…the WWW. I typed in the model number and finally found it. First I found it for sale for $4.99, but can’t even afford to purchase it. Hunted the list more and finally found it free at another site! Praise the Lord! I can learn it now without having my husband around to help with it.


Blogging 101: Get Inspired By the Neighbors & Blogroll

I was at denisebalog…Grace filled devotionals @ https://denisebalog.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/photo-101-day-6-connect-and-tag/comment-page-1/#comment-42 T

he other day and mentioned that The Bible is a great way to connect with God. In days past, Christians didn’t have the written word of God to turn to when they wanted to connect with Him. Today we have many versions of The Word to help us learn God’s ways for us. We also have pastors who interpret His word for us. But still, if we have no pastor or someone to share His Word, we have His written Words to turn to.

If you don’t know where to start, start with the Psalms and Proverbs. There are some great prayers there. Then head over to the New Testament. The Old Testament is history and can be saved for later.


Blogging 101: What happened to me.

I mentioned once or twice of having a stroke. I’m trying real hard to recoup from that.

A stroke you ask what is it? According to Ask.com, “A stroke, sometimes referred to as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), cerebrovascular insult (CVI), or colloquially brain attack is the loss of brain function due to a disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. As a result, the affected area of the brain cannot function normally, which might result in an inability to move one or more limbs on one side of the body, failure to understand or formulate speech, or a vision impairment of one side of the visual field.” For me it was the inability to move. I remember that I had just competed a toilet run and froze up at the sink. I was barely able to call on my  husband, who just happened to be home that day (I thank the Father God in heaven). He had me sit down and called 911. Even today I still have spasms in my left foot and can’t raise my left arm any higher than my forehead. And what am I doing for therapy?

Ask.com tells us ” Treatment to recover any lost function is termed stroke rehabilitation, ideally in a stroke unit and involving health professions such as speech and language therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy.” Well, I haven’t had need of speech therapy yet, but I have gone through some physical therapy and occupational therapy. At this time I’m unable to afford any of that at a rehab clinic anymore, so I work on the exercises they had me do while there at home. Walking, stretching, working my hands and so forth is what I am doing daily. I’ve also begun playing word and number games daily to exercise my brain. I have caught myself misspelling words in playing a game called “Doublecross” (It’s like Scrabble) like fued, I mean feud, that’s just one simple word I should have known. It’s slow going, been almost two years, but most of it I have to do alone since my husband can’t take off work to help. I often stop daily to listen to this song to pick myself up and keep going:


Photo 101: Bliss

homeMy home is bliss to me. A 2-story townhouse in Fort Worth, TX  It gives me extreme happiness to have one.





Writing 101 – Day Fourteen – Our word for the day

Pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29. What’s the first word that jumps off the page? Use this word as your springboard for inspiration. If you need a boost, Google the word and see what images appear, and then go from there.

Hey You!

Haven’t you heard yet? Today’s word is respectable. Do you even know what it means? Can you be like that? Of course you’re wondering just what that really means you need to do to be respectable. You really need to be good. Of course, if we go with Webster’s definition, we should be “correct” in our character, behavior and appearance. How? Start by teaching your kids to keep their pants pulled up to their waists, and do so yourself. Keep yourself and your children disciplined and of good character(no rioting). Being of good character, to me, means being friendly and trustworthy. Can you do that? If we can be trustworthy, then more people will accept us. Everyone wants to be accepted.

How did I come up with this word today? I’ve been reading The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien. I chose the word from page 29. The author is describing the lands that Bilbo and the dwarves are traveling through. He describes the land as being respectable because it has decent folk living there. Can all of us be “decent?” If so, our own land can be respectable. Wouldn’t you enjoy people liking you and those around you? Be decent and more people will consider you more respectable.



Writing 101 – Day Five: The letter

Walking along the picnic grounds, we finally found a great spot for lunch. Most tables were trashed up, but one just had a single bottle sitting on it. Under this bottle was an envelope. Picking it up to toss it away, I froze. It was addressed to someone I knew, a woman who had been widowed about a year earlier. The envelope wasn’t sealed so I opened it and pulled the letter out. It was a letter from someone’s heart. It told how much he loved her and needed her. Do I put it back in the envelope and seal it and mail it, take it to her, or throw it out?

Is this person going to take advantage of someone I care about or really be the one thing that she needs right now? Why was the letter left on the table anyway? Why was the guy afraid to send it himself? That was probably the coward’s way out, if anything. If it was me that was on the receiving end, I’d probably want it because of the love it expressed. So moving.

Sitting down, I discussed the situation with my friend. We prayed and decided to take the letter to her together and tell her how we found it and we thought the guy really meant what he said but was afraid to tell her. Then it would be her move…