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Flowers and Books, Such Joy!

I took a four photos of two types of flowers, the hibiscus, and the sunflower.

The dark pink hibiscus, above, is from my neighbor’s garden. You can see the sprinkles of pollen on the petals.

I really liked the lacy look to this hibiscus. I love how delicate it looked, even though the flowers are very hardy. I also loved the various tones within the petals, ranging from almost white to stages of pink.

Look at this aging beauty! She is wrinkled, and her skin is coarser in spots. She has been a delight for the neighborhood bees and other insects. They have stripped her dry, so to speak.

These two captures are also from a neighbor’s garden, the lovely sunflower, who has been a feast for the bees. Her flavors have been enjoyed, as you can see.

Books recently read:

Egypt’s Sister: A Novel of Cleopatra. I give this book three stars out of five.

Day Hikes in Washington State, 90 Favorite Trails, Loops, and Summit Scrambles. I give this book five stars!

The Soul of a Woman. I give this book five stars.

Dubin’s Lives. I am in the process of reading this.

The Secret Book of Kings. I am currently reading this.

Thank you for visiting. Have a lovely day/evening. -Lorri

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Foods, Family, Fun

I realize I have been away for a few weeks. I dislike it when I haven’t posted in a while. My reasons were many, but mainly the fact that I had had family festivities, such as birthdays and other celebrations, and I was wrapped up in reading several books in which I ended up reviewing on various websites (not my websites).

Some of my time was spent in eating healthy. The dinner below consists of a baked yam, avocado, asparagus, and cherry tomatoes. No salad topping was added. I did put a bit of butter on the yam. I must say, it was all delicious.

For another dinner I had rice, topped with a fried egg, with the yolk oozing over the rice (I love that). The plate also included lox, which I slightly sautéd, avocado, and asparagus. It was all tasty.

Here we go with the oats. I thought I would try overnight oats, meaning I would blend the steel cut oats with various ingredients, and put it all in a container, and leave it in the refrigerator overnight, to soften. I had never tried this before, and one of my sons wrote a blog about it, and I just had to try it.

The photo above shows the oats in a container, with chopped walnuts, cut up dates, vanilla almond milk, and a dash of salt. I covered the container, and then…

I decided I wanted some dried cranberries in the mix.

I covered the container, and put it in the refrigerator, figuring I would leave it there for at least twelve hours so the oats could expand to an edible size.

Breakfast turned out to be absolutely scrumptious! the oats were perfect, the added ingredients were softened nicely, and the health benefits were ideal.

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I went out on my deck a little while ago, and took three photos of some plants I have on there. The petunias were showing off their colorful blouses, and I just had to capture them in full bloom.

Petunia prettiness.

Blue pots with fading lavender, and succulents.

Cordyline Indivisa.

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That is about it for now. I hope you have all been well. Take care of yourself, breathe, inhale and exhale.

Thank you for visiting.

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Still Wednesday for Me

I promised myself I would write a post, today, Wednesday. The day got away from me, but it isn’t midnight, yet.

I have been extremely busy. I received some ancestral information from a relative in Scotland, and could not stop researching what was given to me. I spent hours upon hours the past two days on ancestral websites, including Jewish Genealogy dot org, Ancestry dot com, and Family Search dot org. I was consumed, to say the least.

My research garnered many positive results in locating ancestors and their history. To say I am delighted is an understatement. I am also extremely exhausted, but a good, productive form of exhaustion.

I feel more knowledgeable about my family roots, history, locations, and percentages of ethnicities. There is gratification, gratefulness, and appreciation for all that I have discovered. With each new document and its contents, I literally cried. I knew much of the information from decades of research, before the internet, even. But, obviously there was so much to still garner, and I am loaded with piles of information printed out, and stored in files on my computer, and backup devices.

Reading historical, familial information brought me to tears. Tears of joy, sadness, and tears of completeness, of knowing for certain, who I am composed of, who flows through my veins, my cells, my organs, my entire body. I could see similarities within ancestral backgrounds and photographs. It is amazing how generations later, one can see themselves in photographs of others, and one can fully realize certain traits about themselves were based upon relatives/ancestors who lived 300 years ago. The same goes for medical history.

There was a sadness, maybe a yearning or wishing, for the fact I would have loved to have known all of these individuals that form the composite of Me, my body, my soul, my Being. But, I am grateful to know them in the forms that I do, through documents and some extremely old photographs. I have that to read and reread, as often as I want to. I feel their presence, because it flows through me.

So, here I am, writing at 11:02 pm, still Wednesday, in a state of complete exhaustion, but a positive exhaustion, repeating myself. Please excuse my rambling. I think I will end this post, on the high note that I am feeling.

Good night. Thank you for visiting.

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What Do You See?

Clouds always amaze me. Their beauty is illuminating, along with the vision/s I might see within them.

I love what I saw in this cloud. I turned my head sideways, and the image had me smiling.

Cloud art intrigues and amazes me!

I wish all of you a good week.

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Sunset, Shabbat

It is Friday morning, which means Shabbat begins at sunset tonight.

Here are four photos taken last night, during sunset.

The first two looked somewhat ominous with those dark clouds. Then within seconds, the clouds moved on, and the illuminations that remained were pastel-toned beauties, with soft grey tones within the pinks and lavenders.
I appreciate all of nature’s sky scenes, darkness, lightness, sunsets, and sunrises. Sunsets appear distinctly different each day, and so do sunrises.

I wish all of you peace and joy this weekend. For those who celebrate, Shabbat Shalom!

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Textures, Layers

I enjoyed coming upon this scene, the deteriorating architecture with its many textures and layers.

One could compare the setting to be an analogy of our own life, which is also filled with many textures and layers. Each minute creates new illuminations of our physical being, our landscape through which we grow, mature, learn from lessons that might not have been successful.

But, then, what is successful to one person, is another person’s success, through failed attempts, but within those attempts we learn what path to continue on, and our textures become survival layers. I dislike using ‘failed attempts’, and rather see the attempts to be negative aspects from which positivity blooms.

We all, and I do mean ‘all’, have gone through issues that we have overcome. Do not let any negativity hold you back from moving forward, and building new layers, from the textures of life.

Shabbat Shalom to those who celebrate. Everyone, I hope you have a lovely weekend. -Lorri

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