Tippy Pots


This years Tippy Pot example.  My mother’s works very hard in her yard to be one of the blocks SHOW case gardens.

With the lovely Spring rains — an early beauty display lives just out side her porch.


Garden Magic This is the garden’s magic, That through the sunny hours The gardener who tends it, Himself outgrows his flowers.

He grows by gift of patience, Since he who sows must know That only in the Lord’s good time Does any seedling grow.

He learns from buds unfolding, From each tight leaf unfurled, That his own heart, expanding, Is one with all the world.

He bares his head to sunshine, His bending back a sign Of grace, and ev’ry shower becomes His sacramental wine.

And when at last his labors Bring forth the very stuff And substance of all beauty This is reward enough. -MARIE NETTLETON CARROLL

Happy Spring and Beauty all around.

Some questions to ponder


This week in my photography group we had the challenge to really get out and find some wonderful Spring flowers —  This group is AMAZING and I find them so inspiring.

Amidst my flower postings I am going to share a wonderful email I recieved from one of my oldest and dearest friends.  (Thanks Betty)

This week really helped me to see everyday … everywhere BEAUTY.  Ponder what your days are like?




The Charles Schulz Philosophy

(This is marvelous! Scroll thru slowly and read carefully to receive
and enjoy full effect.)


 The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.
You don’t have to actually answer the questions.

Just ponder them.

Just read straight through and you’ll get the point.


 1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

4 Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.


How did you do?


The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.

These are no second-rate achievers.

They are the best in their fields.

But the applause dies..

Awards tarnish..

Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.



Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.


The lesson:

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money…or the most awards.

They simply are the ones who care the most.



Stop by Beverly’s for her Birthday celebration for PINK SATURDAY.

Enjoy the Beauty around you!!

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It’s been a while since I have posted.

My heart still has me in a place where I just can’t focus on much yet…

So I broke out my camera and took a glorious shot of a rose and played with it a bit.

Antique look…

Isn’t this cool?  Same shot just making it look like there is a light behind the rose.  Ummm

Then just wee bit of Pink ( btw don’t for get to stop by Beverly’s Pink Saturday)

What was it that Shakespeare said?

A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet?

Well, a rose by any other color still is a beauty to behold.

TTFN~~ Claudia

Early garden walk

It’s scorching hot!  But not too hot to enjoy the gorgeousness of mother nature.  I know I have been on a flower kick lately but in the summer time I think we have to be allowed a little indulgence.

It’s when I am alone on a walk or appreciating the beauty around me that I realize had I not taken the time to be still and listen and look –I would not have been open enough to find something new or revisit something I long ago appreciated that may be coming back into my life.

A second chance if that is what we want to call it.

Ahh the beauty of blogging — a place to share something that we might have appreciated before but now can again and with others.

Now the “only ifs” set in… Only if I could paint something this brilliant and inspiring. (maybe that will be NEXT summer)

Hope you are enjoying your little spot in the world with the BEAUTY that is around you.

~~ Welcome to Friday- Finding Beauty ~~

Join in and Link with us all as we celebrate our definition of beauty.

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TTFN~~ Claudia  ~~ ♥ ♥