Nature: Moth or Butterfly?

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“Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is.” – Saul Bellow

Moth or Butterfly, which is it? What are the differences? Butterflies tend to fly during the day, while moths are more creatures of the night. Butterflies also have slender antennas usually with knobs on the ends. So why am I confused, besides that I couldn’t find it in my trusty Field Guide to Butterflies? Well, butterflies also tend to have more slender bodies, while this one clearly is thick. It was on the lavender during the day. I appears to have butterfly antennas. Stumped by lovely nature again! So butterfly or moth?

 

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Poetry – “Freedom’s Price”

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Freedom’s Price 

In the beginning of our nation’s birth,

Freedom to live in harmony

according to one’s beliefs

and in happiness’ pursuit

guaranteed at birth.

So, so many paid the ultimate price.

Sleep in peace, our comrades, Sleep.

Let us not take for granted

our freedoms hard won at home

and for others on foreign shores;

their sacrifices made,

lives unselfishly given.

Oh sleep our hero’s,

Sleep in peace.

American Revolution (1775 – 1783)                          25,000

War of 1812 (1812 – 1815)                                            20,000

Civil War (1861 – 1865)                                            ~ 625,000

WW1 (1917 – 1918)                                                       116,516

WW11 (1941 – 1945)                                                     405,399

Korean (1950 – 1953)                                                      36,516

Vietnam (1955 – 1975)                                                    58,209

Persian Gulf War (1990 – 1991)                                            258

Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)                   2,356

(2001 – 2014)    

Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003 – 2012)                           4,489

 

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*Statistics Source – MilitaryFactory.com

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Mentor or Coach?

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Have you had a big project that you needed help in learning new skills in order to complete a project (target goal) such as for a presentation? You have been assigned a “mentor” to help you, but you know that once the project is over, you will most likely not continue the working relationship? Skills learned, target reached, mission accomplished, and hopefully well! While you have learned much and most likely know each other better and will possibly work on future joint efforts; you and your “coach” have accomplished the task at hand and most likely will return to prior status. Bravo with much appreciation!

Another scenario; you have been in your current position for 2 years, but you are now ready to kick it up a notch and show that you are capable and ready for more responsibility and developing new skills including those in leadership. You have a good professional colleague in your organization who has offered to help you further as you pursue your career goals. Your mutual relationship has been developing very well and you know that this person wants to not only see you do well, but has offered her expertise to help you grow in the direction you are wanting to pursue. You see this relationship has been mutual and has steadily grown over time. You know that your “mentor” has sometimes even seen the potential in you before you have even thought of something as a possibility! You look forward to seeing her and sharing professional information between you. You have become more involved in professional activities and have learned much through shared work. Your mentor has shared valuable information while teaching you the ropes. You in return are sharing what you have learned with your mentor and given valuable feedback. Both of you have grown your professional network and contributed more to your organizations.

While coaches can teach you much valuable information to become more skilled, they tend to be more short-term. Mentors evolve from relationships mutually satisfying and help in personal and professional growth over time. Who is assigned? Mentors or coaches? Which one do you choose? It’s good to know the difference, but to also be appreciative of both.

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Summertime Fun

Summertime Fun, Hello June

Summertime, at least the weather is finally here! Though officially it doesn’t really arrive until June 21st, summer activities are already kicking up into high gear for us and most others I know. Root beer floats, road trip adventures, biking, hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, cookouts, summer BBQ, The State Fair, summer concerts, and in general just hanging out doing what you want and most of all making good times! I know there are many arguments for living where you can do this all year round, but then just maybe we wouldn’t appreciate it as much. Don’t know, but I do know that since it’s here, we will be making the most of our summer this year! Enjoy and Happy Summering!!

 

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Opportunities & Choices

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Graduations especially, cause me to reflect on the many opportunities and choices that are available to those who seek, even to those who don’t think they have any opportunities. Deciding on what your next step is, is a choice, your choice. Seeking out resources and even beating the bushes to find them is a choice. A choice you make saying that you will not give up or quit, but to move forward the best that you can. You are starting a new beginning! Maybe that is starting a new job, an apprenticeship to learn a skill or craft, college or university, trade school, or going on a journey to learn about other parts of the world and cultures. This is all part of learning. Making choices is often making your own opportunities! Once you locate resources, it is up to you to use them wisely so that you reach your end goal and hopefully without tons of debt. You have lots of choices, all leading to a new beginning. Choices upon choices —that is what life is about! Choose wisely.

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Love Quilts in the Home

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Do you love quilts in your home? Do you love the feelings that come with either receiving or gifting a quilt?  I call quilting my cheap hobby as either I sew too slow or I buy fabric too fast. I haven’t decided. Either way, it takes me a while to complete my projects.

I  attribute my love of quilts to my grandmother who also loved quilts. When I was a girl, my grandmother would tell me the story that went with each quilt as we would relax and lay on the bed talking late on a summer night. Most of her quilts were made from scraps into log cabins, colorful butterflies, Sunbonnet Sue’s or Sam’s by her Kentucky lady friends or from her mother (my great-grandmother) who saved and used scraps from everything. “Waste not, want not.” My great-grandmother would ask me if I was saving the buttons from my discarded clothes for sewing or ask me “are you going to throw away money?”. She was the original recycler. She made quilts primarily for her family to stay warm she said, not necessarily to look pretty. She used wool from grandpa’s suits, old cotton dresses, coats and other household textile items. But she made them into crazy quilts and used colorful embroidered threads to connect the pieces and tied them with yarn, which made them useful but pretty and  decorative.

However; while I like most all quilts, scrap quilts, especially those with bright colors are my very favorite.  I feel almost like I am getting a free quilt from my left overs! The above photo is one made entirely from left over scraps sewn onto tear-a-way papers (10″ Paper Piecing Squares) that I bought in a stack from Missouri Star Quilt Company (missouriquiltco.com), very inexpensively on one of the online Daily Deals. I have been experimenting with combining old and modern, which is fun! This certainly is not one of my more traditional patterns that I usually prefer. But it worked up fast and I have made a good dent in my scrap bag. I will machine quilt it with a quick pattern and tada will have a quilt that I will be comfortable with for everyday utilitarian use (being dragged around anywhere), maybe a concert in the park or a picnic.

My grandmothers would be proud to know they had influenced me with what they would call common sense and not wasting! Plus, it just adds another quilt to my stash to either gift or keep. It’s a Win Win!

I plan to add a quilt page and also a photography gallery with my next Blog redesign. In the meantime, quilt lovers please feel free to share a photo of one of your creations or showing a favorite pattern. Happy quilting and thank you for visiting! I hope all of my visitors enjoy Terre’s Blog – Women for All Seasons where I try to show a variety of topics from the spice of life. Thank you and please visit often!  

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Photography – Summer Promise

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I am not the best at gardening, but this is my kind of plant! Just plant under the big blue sky, try to keep weeded, and let it be joyous and do it’s own thing! If I forget to water, no big deal. It makes me appear like a great gardener to the untrained in plants. But to those who know the difference, the true gardeners, they know that I have been gifted!

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12 Tips for Living “Your” Day

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”   –Yogi Berra

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Do you ever float through your day and then wonder whatever happened to all of your time and not accomplishing what you had planned?  I know that I do this on some days and then have to step back and regroup.  The many demands on our time from tending to children, spouses, aging parents, household, and work demands can all add up to more than the 1440 minutes in a day. Wow! 1440 minutes in a day might sound  like a lot to some of you, but then not very much to others. Of course, you have to consider if we are taking good care of ourselves and getting 360 minutes – 480 minutes of sleep every night there is a huge deduction. To those who are committed to getting in their 10,000 steps a day, 1440 minutes definitely sounds small!  But good news, you only have to take 6.94 steps per minute, which is a piece of cake, right? Oh, sorry, I didn’t really mean a piece of cake.

Everyone has the unexpected appear even in their best laid plans. But when it becomes more of the normal and makes you feel like everyone else is in control of “your” days, then new strategies may be needed.

12 Tips for living “your” day:

  • Keep a calendar that is reasonable
  • Have a plan. Don’t just go with the flow.
  • Make a to do list. Prioritize your list with the most important items that have to be done. Determine those that can wait or move to another day, eliminate those that are not necessary or that you really don’t enjoy
  • Not everything or everyone has to be on “your” list. It’s okay.
  • It’s okay to say “No” if it is your own personal time
  • Eliminate or limit activities that do not add quality to your life (checking email, committing to last minute requests, talking for extended time to negative people, checking social media or texts) especially after work hours
  • Be mindful of your attention you give to those you are with. Live in the moment
  • Don’t work consistent overtime day after day, week after week. Do not lose vacation days because you didn’t make time to take them
  • Share what needs to be done. (Preparing dinner together, laundry, taking care of pets, let extended family and close friends help when they offer)
  • Plan ahead & organize. (What everyone needs to take for the next day, quick meals on busiest days)
  • Make “Sleep” a priority.  Even if you have the most chaotic day, enough sleep will help you be more resilient, feel better emotionally and physically. You will be able to be deal better with stress and problem-solving.
  • Make time for yourself. This is not intentionally last, but often that is where time for ourselves fall on the list, if it makes it on the list at all. (Take a short walk somewhere in your day, reconnect with nature, develop a spiritual practice, meditate, be grateful, do yoga, listen to your favorite or calming music, read a good book, bathe with some special body wash)

Hopefully, you can find one tip above that will help to make your days more enjoyable, manageable, more yours, and to end up where you want to be!  Thank you for taking time out to visit today.

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