Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Increase Your Dose of NATURE!





You MUST watch this video I have for you!  It is brilliant!
If you read my blog at all you will know how much my husband and I try to get out into nature as much as possible. We walk on as many trails and over our mountains as often as work allows.  We honestly TRY to combat the work induced catatonia!  It is a very funny video because it is so true (and also as Americans, we are VERY tired of all the drug adverts on TV!!)

Increase your dose of nature wherever you are in the world!

(In my header photo that was taken this time year near the top of Stone Mountain, those are the lovely Yellow Daisies in full bloom...but do you notice at the edge of the photo on the right side...see a pair of shoes? Guess who?)



Monday, August 31, 2015

Coat of Many Colors (New Movie Being Filmed)



"Coat of Many Colors", a TV movie based on the hit song by Dolly Parton is being filmed in Newton county this week. (Newton is the next county over from the county where I live, Rockdale.)  Jennifer Nettles (singer from Sugarland, a Georgia native!) will play the part of Dolly's mother.  And the little girl that has been chosen to play Dolly looks very much like the childhood photo of Dolly that is on her album, Coat of Many Colors. (I think that is the title, I will correct this if it is wrong!)



 


 Do you know the song?  Dolly Parton wrote the song as a remembrance of her childhood.  She grew up poor in the hills of Tennessee and her mother made her a coat from scraps of different colored cloths.  Of course, the kids at school made fun of her.  Dolly Parton grew up and turned it into a hit song! And as I have just told you, they are now filming the story.  Dolly Parton has the actual coat on display in her museum and it is really quite beautiful.  Dolly has said that song is her favorite of all the songs that she has written. She remembers her mother telling her the biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors as she stitched this coat for Dolly... 
You might remember that Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote a musical of Joseph also.  It was titled "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.".   I have mentioned in a post before how much I enjoyed the show on British TV...you might remember it, where the audience voted on the best "Joseph" by his singing voice, and the winner would be the one to play Joseph in the musical? At the end of it, the singer who was voted off would sing "Close Every Door"...I really liked that.  I found a video for you!



 

The story of Joseph is found in the Book of Genesis, beginning in Chapter 37.  If you have never read it or if you have not read it in a while, you should.  It is a story of great love and forgiveness.


 
North Georgia is not too far from Tennessee!
 

Friday, August 28, 2015

A Little Less Of Me by Glen Campbell

 
Let me be a little kinder. Let me be a little blinder.
To the faults of those about me, let me praise a little more.
Let me be, when I am weary, just a little bit more cheery.
Think a little more of others and a little less of me.
Let me be a little braver when temptation bids me waver.
Let me strive a little harder to be all that I should be.
Let me be a little meeker with the brother that is weaker.
Let me think more of my neighbor and a little less of me.
Let me be, when I am weary, just a little bit more cheery.
Let me serve a little better those that I am striving for.
Let me be a little meeker with the brother that is weaker
Think a little more of others and a little less of me.
Think a little more of others and a little less of me.



Written by Glen Campbell




I heard this song for the first time this week and it is a song that should be played on the radio for all to hear especially in this age of "selfies".  It was written by Glen Campbell and was a big hit for The Everly Brothers.  Do you remember it?  My son will be disappointed that I only just learned of it, but then, there was a lot going on in 1968, not just music.
I have written of Glen Campbell before.  He has Alzheimer's and from what I have read, is doing very poorly.  (It is truly a terrible, terrible disease and I know that everyone reading this knows of someone suffering from it.) I heard this song on a video from 2009, it was an interview with Chris Isaak.  Even then, I think you can see that Glen Campbell might be struggling a bit with his answers but Chris Isaak was so gracious that he was able to guide his answers in the right way. (If you watch the whole interview, you will see what I mean.)  I would link to it but I fear I am unable to locate it for you at the moment. 


Hope you all have a lovely weekend, full of as much beauty as possible!  And I am sure you all remember that the butterfly in the photo is an Eastern Swallowtail but remember, if there is blue on the bottom of the wings, it is a female!  This does not matter one smidgen to the universe, I know but it is a tiny little fact that I hug to myself with a very quiet satisfaction. But hey, a little less of me...what have YOU found out recently?  Do tell!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Green Heron At Alexander Lake AND Stunning Sunset



 
 
Richard and I saw a bird at Alexander Lake recently that we had never seen before and we were thrilled to see it! (Alexander Lake at Panola Mountain State Park.)  We had no idea what it was, it had a head like a heron but it was much smaller than any heron we had seen before. What was it?  When we came home, we researched it and discovered that it is a Green Heron! 
 
(I found the most interesting story of a couple of birdwatchers who also saw the green heron for the first time and they were so THRILLED to see it and it was just so perfectly well written and I wanted to link to it but alas, now I cannot find it!  So typical of me these days, sorry!)
 
Forgive me if I don't use the correct bird terminology, but the bird will move its neck up in order to look for prey, but the bird can retract it also and it makes it look much smaller. (Can you see the difference in these two photos?)

The Green heron was beside the lake when we first saw it.  It then flew under the boardwalk but then, flew up on the boardwalk where Richard took those few photos.  THEN, a noisy biker came along and the bird flew up into one of the trees.  Richard was able to get a clearer photo of it and it seemed to pose just for him! (The colors of the feathers!  This is a good photo but to SEE the colors...amazing!)
 
The Green Heron is considered a very intelligent bird.  It has learned to drop bits of food or twigs along the shoreline so as to attract fish for its dinner!
I found a video of one doing just that!
 
Clever bird, indeed!
 
If anyone remembers my post about Alexander Lake, this is the very same lake that will most likely be drained. I really hope that does not happen. So much beauty!
 
 
And the sunsets will take your breath away!
 

 
 

 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Courage And Honor/Legion d'Honneur

http://www.wsbtv.com/ap/ap/top-news/americans-briton-who-thwarted-attack-get-frances-t/nnP4k/
Americans, Briton who thwarted attack get France's top honor photo


I am sure you have all seen the story of the three Americans and one Brit who subdued the gunman on the train from Amsterdam to Paris.  Today, the French President, Francois Hollande pinned the Legion of Honor medal on U. S. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman, Alek Skarlatos and their friend, a college student, Anthony Saller.  The medal was also given to a British businessman, Chris Norman, who jumped into the fray.

  "An example to the world", the French president  called them as he gave them their medals.

This is a most extraordinary story of bravery and I want to have this post on my blog so I may remember their names and have a record of it...
    Spencer Stone
     Alek Skarlatos
       Anthony Saller
        Chris Norman
         and
          Mark Moogalian


There is another who also helped but that name has not been released just yet.  When it is, I will come back to this post and add the name. (I now know the name, his name is Mark Moogalian, an American college professor.)  Moogalian was the first to confront the gunman, and was shot in the back.
  I have no medals to give them, just writing their names here to salute them for their courage.

Speaking of which, I am thankful that France so quickly had these medals bestowed upon these men!  I don't know if you know this about me, but I love France.  Vive la France! 

The French National Motto







Southeast coast of England...not far from France, I hope to see it one day...
 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Butterfly And My Blog Anniversary!

 

Four years ago today, I published my first blog post!  I have now written a total of 720 posts.  When I started my blog, I really had no idea how much I would enjoy it and how much I would enjoy reading and commenting on other blogs.  (After reading so many talented writers, I should feel ashamed and stop writing my blog, but I have no shame and keep blogging along!)  Thanks to  Meike  in Germany who...CONVINCED me to have my own blog!

Recently, Richard and I had walked on the trails at Panola Mountain.  There was the most beautiful butterfly on one of the benches beside the trail and Richard was able to quickly take a photo before it quickly flew away. (And I LOVE Richard's photos, don't you?) Can you see the orange on the tops of the wings? There is also orange on the underside of the wing as well.

 It is a red spotted purple...and it is gorgeous!

image from Wikipedia...Richard couldn't get another shot of it, it was too quick!

We saw more wildlife on that that walk and I will tell you about that in another post.  TRY to make it until then, okay? I know the suspense is killing you!
Thanks to all who read my blog.  I appreciate you!

Also, happy birthday to my sister...she shares a birthday with my blog!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

High School Reunion


Hey!  I went to my 40th high school reunion on Saturday night! It was great to see old friends and familiar faces, some I have not seen since 1975! It was held at Burge Plantation which is popular as a wedding venue.
 Our reunion was at the hunting club lodge (it is such a huge place) and the main house with the beautiful white columns, which is listed on the register of National Historic Places? I never saw that, but maybe if I ever get back there, I will see it!  The history of this antebellum plantation is fascinating to me, you may read about it just here.  (You can click on the condensed version of the history, if you don't have much time!)

We were a bit surprised to see a statue of a hunter but after all, it was a hunting club!  The sunset was lovely and as the sun went down, the bats were flying over our heads as we were outside quietly chatting. (Bats eat insects and I am hoping they were eating the mosquitoes!)

 
Our meal was BBQ and hot dogs and hamburgers but the best thing...homemade ice cream and the strawberry was my favorite.
 
 
 

We were the Rockdale County BULLDOGS, and I love that someone made this bulldog cake! That could not have been an easy thing to make! Can you even see the little tail at the back?
Not easy to make a bulldog look like a friendly dog! Our colors were red and black and there was a very nice floral arrangement in red and black, but sorry, I was talking too much and didn't get a photo!  In fact, we didn't take hardly any photos, sorry!

These photo booths just seem so silly to me. You could never get me into one...UNLESS, I meet up with an old friend I haven't seen in 40 years!  And then, I plop a jester's hat on my head and pose with fake lips!  And how about if my friend wanders out to speak with someone and I have to go out and get her to finish the photos? Wouldn't that be funny?  You tell me!