Sunday, August 24, 2014

Travel ...Airlie Gardens….Wilmington NC

If you ever find yourself in Wilmington NC you must stop by and visit Airlie Gardens.  This was my second visit.  My first visit was in the spring several years ago.  The spring tulips and azaleas were beautiful.  This year my visit was in August.  I guess anytime of year at Airlie is beautiful.
Here is a quote from their website…
"Life today moves at a fast pace, sometimes too fast to enjoy the old fashioned pleasures of nature. At Airlie Gardens, those simple pleasures can again be yours. Take time to admire azaleas, camellias, stand in the shade of our 467 year old Airlie Oak, or simply sit quietly watching a butterfly float by. Celebrating more than a century of gardens by the sea, our history dates back to 1886. Join us then in a self-guided walking tour of these 67-acres of historical gardens of mighty live oaks, tall pines and lakes which are abundant with colorful wildlife. Airlie Gardens, where history, art and nature come together to create a destination spot for garden lovers throughout the world."
Here are a few photos of my summer visit

 I did not see a fox but I did take pictures of a few of the critters I did come across.  I also saw a fast moving black snake.  I decided not to chase him down:-)

Beautiful gardens.  If you are in the area I suggest you stop by.
Get out and explore.
Enjoy Your World!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Morning Motivation

"I am leaving you with a gift, peace of mind and heart.
And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.
So don't be troubled or afraid."
John 14:27
Happy Monday Everyone!
Enjoy Your World:-)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Common Bonds….

(I think I am the one in the middle:-)

I love this photo I found on Linkedin.  There is such truth in this….
This is amazingly good advice.  I am slowly surrounding myself with people that are in the same boat that I find myself in.  Going through a divorce not of our choosing.  I call us, affectionately, the Throw Away Women.  There is strength, support, encouragement, friendship, renewed hope and faith and even fun to be found in a common bond.  I am thankful!
Surround yourself with many friends.
Enjoy Your World!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Photography….Playing With Photoshop Filters

Photoshop.  I find to be the opposite of user friendly, however when I do figure something out the results are amazing.  I decided to try out the filter options today.  The most difficult thing for me was to get the photo in the proper format to actually change the image.  The easiest way I found was to open the image and then reopen it as a smart object then you can go directly to filters and play.  I am sure there is a much better way to do this but for me this was the easiest way.  What I would suggest is that you edit you photo first, download it to photoshop, and then begin to play.  Here are my results….Before and after shots…

Had a great time playing.  If you have photoshop I suggest you take a few photos and give the filters a try.  If you are on my level you "will" get frustrated because it is difficult to find the proper steps.  I must have spent an hour on google searching but to no avail. I finally went to my book for
dummies:-) It is fun and well worth trying to crack the secrets of the learning curve.
Having Fun with Photography

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Morning Motivation…Blessings

I have a routine in the morning.  Get up make coffee (priority 1 :-), take a shower, feed Brodie, and then make my toast and have my devotions.  In my devotional time I read from the old and new testament and then read a chapter or two from an inspirational book and then have my prayer time.  I had to mix it up today.  I had left my Bible in the car and did not want to go out to the car in my PJ's to get it for fear I would scare my neighbors.  A very kind friend had given me the sheet music for the song Blessings by Laura Story.  I love that song.  So I spent some time playing and singing this song and again recommitting everything to God who loves and cares for me/us….
"Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops.  What if your healing comes through tears, what if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know your near?  What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy.  And what if trials of this life, the rain, the storms, the hardest nights are you mercies in disguise?"…

…then its worth it…
Happy Monday Everyone!
Enjoy Your World:-)