a NEW miracle and a short Sunday sermon


It’s a miracle!!!  I just returned from traveling for the last 8 days or so and went out in the garden and found this big, beautiful blossom.  It’s a miracle because I thought for sure the plant was dead! My plan was to buy a replacement – same variety of clematis and try again this year. Wow, what a surprise!

So, today’s theme for a short Sunday sermon is: Miracles!  Here’s an excellent talk entitled “Has the Day of Miracles Ceased?”

I know, just from my limited experiences that NO!, miracles happen all the time. It’s hard to know whether they’re just coincidences, or miracles.  But I choose to have faith and believe in miracles.

Have a beautiful day! Do or learn something NEW!

a NEW photo of my week


I don’t personally have a macro lens, so I was excited to learn that I could check one out from the library where I work (at a university).  It wasn’t a very fancy one – totally manual focus etc., but  I can’t wait to try it out again when spring and summer actually arrives!  I’ll probably get hooked and have to splurge on one!

Have a great day! Go out and shoot with something NEW!


Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!  Here’s (one of many) pics from the beautiful Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC.  I wish I knew what kind of plant this is. If anyone can enlighten me, please do. I’m sad I didn’t get a better shot of the bumblebee for you. 🙂

OK, for today miscellany:

I caught me a NEW cold last week (not fun).  I always seem to catch something every time I hop on an airplane!  Can anyone give me any tips on how I can avoid that?  Please???!!!  I meant to overrun my system with vitamin C beforehand, but forgot.  I also seem to remember a SharkTank episode where someone invented some semi-inconspicuous thing to go over your nose that kept out all the airborne junk, but I can’t remember if any of the sharks went for it.

Another random thing…we bought NEW pickleball racquets and have had fun playing at a nearby park. Who plays pickleball?  Have you played in any tournaments?

I bought a NEW compost bin that spins…does anyone have any tips for making sure you have the right nitrogen/carbon ratio?  I gotta get me some dried up leaves to go with my kitchen scraps…soon.

I recently saw this kayak that folds up! How cool (and expensive) is that?!?  I would love to get one (well, we’d probably need two) and do this road trip:  Drive to Moses Lake, WA and kayak that lake.  Do a day-trip to Lake Lenore (I didn’t know there was such a place for a really long time).  Head to Coeur d’Alene ID and kayak on that beautiful blue water (I drove by once, and that blue water took my breath away!)  Visit Glacier National Park, then kayak on nearby Flathead Lake.  Then come home.  How does that plan sound?  If anyone has been to any of the above, feel free to share tips or recommendations.  I figure if I put my vacation plans/ travel bucket lists in writing, perhaps eventually they will actual happen.

That’s enough random stuff for today.  Have a good one and do or learn something NEW today!





a NEW thought Thursday


Happy Thursday! As you may have noticed, many times, my Thursday quotes have nothing to do with the photo I share it with – I typically just stick a quote that I really like on a photo that I’ve produced that week.  However, I thought this photo paired lovely with this quote. The two opposing elements (one black/white and the other a vivid color) corresponds to the quote’s reference of holding two opposed ideas in the mind!  This nice of a pairing doesn’t happen every Thursday, but I kind of like it when it does. :o)  Have a great day!