Sunday

Bible Verse, 1 Peter 4:10

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Poetry

Mesa, Poetry,

 ~ Mesa ~

From the valley floor,

they entered the virgin motherland.

Climbing steadily up the sides of red rock

till they reached the narrow mesa

closest to the bright lights of night,

the land closest to the Sun.

With knowing they came to be

 in their own Sacred Place.

                                                                                                                   ~ terre (c)

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Wordless Wednesday

Photography, Wordless Wednesday,

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Haiku

Poetry, Haiku

~ Haiku ~

Fish are swimming past.

At last, creek ice has thawed.

The Blue Heron stands. ~

 

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Sunday

Be Kind to One Another, Ephesians 4:32

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Haiku

 

Poetry, Haiku

~ Haiku ~

Spring days come to tease,

Then frost arrives, nips the bud.

Hoping they still bloom. ~

 

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Sunday

Bible Verse, Sunday, 1 Samuel 16:7

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Photography – Course Recommendation

Hello Everyone ~ 

In all the time that I have had this blog, I have never done a product recommendation. No, this is not a course that is for my own profit, but one that I have been taking as a student since the beginning of the year. While I do use some stock photos, I try to use many images that are my own as I  work to grow my photography. Some of the images that you have recently seen, came from my studies. I have found this course very useful in helping me with my photography skills while also being very affordable. I thought it is something that many of you who follow, especially those interested in Photography, might like to check into. I also recently wrote a review for the course to be shared on their site that I am sharing below. Enjoy. ~  terre 

Recommendation Review: 

I thought I knew a fair amount about photography, that is until I took my camera off auto shoot mode. Then I found out very quickly that I had no clue what most of the settings on my camera were really for. It was not until I started taking 365 Days of Photography that I really started to learn how to really use my camera. It does not seem to matter what model of camera each student has, we are all learning about our own camera and equipment. This is evident by the great improving images that the class community chooses to share in the course newsfeed.

I had never really considered an on-line photography course before, but instead had opted over the years to try to learn on my own. Even though I read and re-read, especially about aperture and f-stops, I just could never really grasp these concepts. Therefore, I could not apply them in a consistent or practical way in my photos. After finding myself with more time available this past  year, I decided to gift myself with this on-line course. I have been trying for years to achieve more professional looking shots. Yes, I have taken some great shots, but to master the technical aspects so that I could repeat it again, was not in my comfort zone. 

Even though I have only been taking this class for a few months, I have already learned so much! The instructor, Kevin has spent his lifetime as a career photographer. He is highly informative, patient, and helpful as he imparts his knowledge in a self-paced class format that is easy to understand, including the harder concepts, and through daily lessons. The course integrates previously learned concepts into the new materials to increase your knowledge as you advance through the lessons. You receive individual feedback as needed to help you grow your skills.

There is so much more I can now do with my camera and lenses than I thought possible. I am now the one in control of what my camera does. It is so much more than just an expensive point and shoot. I have rejuvenated my love for photography!  I do not usually write reviews, but this course is a real bargain that I highly recommend. Thank you, Kevin, for a great course! If you want to check it out for yourself, go to photographycourse.net

 

Thank you for visiting and I hope you are having a good weekend. ~ terre

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Haiku

Poetry

~ Haiku ~

Listening, waiting,

the blustery wind subsides.

Snuggle safe inside. ~

 

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Random Thoughts

Mothers and Dads

 ~ Sometimes the most loving ‘Mother’ is a Dad. ~

 

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Photography

Nature Photography

Photography – Aperature priority, f/16, 1/250 sec, 75mm. ~ 

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In Others Words – Empathy (Brene Brown quote)

 

Quotations

If you know someone who can use this message today, please feel free to share or Reblog.  Thank you for visiting. ~ terre

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Haiku

Poetry, Haiku

~ Haiku ~

Car radios blare.

Booming, shaking, all can hear.

 Gone … stoplight is green. ~

 

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Random Thoughts

Kindness

It is usually much easier to be kind to those who are nice to us. While the world can always use more kindness, the grumpier or ones who are rude are often the ones who need kindness the most. This can be a challenge, but can change someone’s day. Something I have to remind myself to always remember. I don’t know their story or stand in their shoes, or they mine. But it is rarely wrong to be kind. ~

Happy new week and thank you for visiting. ~ terre

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Wordless Wednesday

Game Pieces Photo, Wordless Wednesday, Photography

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Haiku

~ Haiku ~

Yellow tulips shine

gracefully swaying, bowing.

Dancing in the wind. ~

 

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Sunday

Palm Sunday

Thank you for visiting this Palm Sunday. ~ terre

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Positivity

Believe in Your Dreams and the Future is Yours.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Random Thoughts

 

Growing older is a privilege

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Haiku

Poetry, Haiku

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Haiku

Poetry Haiku

~ Haiku ~

Be careful to speak.

You might be cancelled by those

who views otherwise.

 

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Quilting – My First T-Shirt Quilt

T-Shirt Quilt Back.

Yea… it is done! Here is my first T-shirt quilt. I started this while in our Covid-19 lockdown after I got tired of doing a puzzle. I like puzzles. But quilts are puzzles… just with fabric, right? Also, hopefully you won’t be taking them apart. I am not going to call this my Covid quilt, though. But quilting has helped so much to calm and soothe me during these times of uncertainty, especially when the bad news kept droning on. It has given me a certain peace and something to plan when not being able to go as much as I want. Not to mention, I have good music in my sewing room.

I have been on a mission over the years to make each of my closest family members a quilt. It has taken me much longer than originally planned as I am a slow quilter. But it is always fun when another one is completed. Because each project takes me so long, I call this my ‘Cheap’ hobby. (Buying fabric for the stash is a separate hobby, of course.)

Tips for making a t-shirt quilt. Don’t forget to use at least a mid-weight stabilizer. Some people like to put their shirts together in strips. I can now see where this can be helpful as I had to keep ‘growing’ the sashes to get it to fit together right. I decided to put it together in sections … like a puzzle. Not everyone pre-washes fabric, but I did. I don’t trust red not to do its own thing, sometimes ugly. I had to be patient in receiving the Grand Canyon fabric panel, but it was worth the wait. The only thing is the panel is so beautiful, the quilt is now reversible. An unexpected surprise for me. So when it is reversible, where do you put the label? Another quilting friend suggested to just leave it off. What!!! But I decided to just do a very small one that does not stand out too much. Overall, I am happy with how it turned out. More important and the best of all, the person it was made for loved it. So, Happy Quilting. ~ 

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Trip Around the World Quilt

Trip Around the World Quilt

I know I post mostly poetry and photography, but another love of mine that I have not shared so much is my love for quilts. It seems they are all vying for my time. When I am not doing the other, I can be found cutting up perfectly good fabric from my stash and making new creations. If I lived forever, I would always have more quilt ideas than I could possibly ever make. However, this doesn’t really matter as it is more about the art of quilting and sharing that love with others.

This love of quilts came early when as a child my grandmother would let me sleep under one of the colorful quilts at her house. When it came time to go to bed, we would lay on the bed and she would tell me about the pattern, stories of the quilt pattern, or about the pieces of fabrics in the quilt. She had Sun Bonnet Sue’s, Ladies with Parasols, Log Cabins,  appliqued butterflies, among others. The funny thing though, she didn’t quilt herself. She had her group of Kentucky quilting lady friends as she called them and they made the quilts. She loved quilts, but her talent was embroidery. She would sometimes take some of her embroidered pieces to them to be included in her quilts, such as the Ladies with parasols.

I never had my own quilt though, until she had her quilting friends make the one above. A beautiful, colorful, ‘Trip Around the World’. She gifted me with this special quilt when my children were young. The few quilts I had made were small baby quilts or quickly tied comforters for giving as gifts. I didn’t own a real quilt. I thought I was rich with this beauty with all the small tiny squares set on point so that they almost looked like diamonds. It was with this quilt that my children learned how special a quilt was and that it was like being covered by a blanket of love… and also to never sleep with chewing gum in your mouth. I thought of the pattern that was made just for me and hoped that it would be a lucky one that would help me to travel someday. Thank you Grandma for sharing your love of quilts, your stories, your time, and for my very own beautiful quilt. ~

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Haiku

Poetry Haiku

~ Haiku ~

Too many gray skies,

even the birds are hiding.

Long, cold, Winter months.

 

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Photography: Birds

Carolina Chickadee

The Carolina Chickadee and the Black-capped Chickadee are so much alike that even Audubon didn’t realize that they were different until years after they had been first discovered. Both are part of the mixed community of birds that visit woods and backyard feeders. ~

1/400 sec, f/11/ ISO 500.

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Haiku

Wake me up coffee, Haiku

~ Haiku ~

Wake me up coffee.

Jolt, bolt me into the day,

soothe me with your warmth. ~ 

 

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Sunday

Proverbs 4:23

With closest custody, guard your heart, for in it are the sources of life.

                                                                                                                ~ Proverbs 4:23

Wishing you a peaceful Sunday ~ terre

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Poetry – Voices

Voices, Poetry

~ Voices ~

Voices in the night,

voices calm

or fright.

Voices caustic,

toxic,

loving,

or caring.

Voices in the daylight,

in the coffee shop,

amongst the traffic.

Voices in the day

or night.

Voices that fight,

 to conquer,

all that is silent.

~ terre

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Haiku ~

Poetry, Haiku

~ Haiku ~

Other peoples words,

I heard it through the grapevine.

The music plays on. ~

 

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Poem – In His Beauty

Sunday Reflections

~ In His Beauty ~

What am I to the Lord –

He that has provided for

every wildflower of the earth?

I am like that wildflower

that springs from the rocky cliff.

 

He sends nourishment for it

to open and lift its face towards him.

It grows and flourishes till it has spread

over the face of the barren cliff.

 

He sends the rains so it can live.

If he did that for a wildflower–,

What did he do for me?

 

He gives me his word, so I can believe.

He lets me feel his spirit

and I know that he loves me.

 

He will guide me and let me find truth—

for in that truth—He died for me.

 

As he loves the smallest wildflower

that seems to grow from neglect—

The Lord also loves me.

 

~ first published by Terre, July 7, 1989. ©1989.

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Photography ~ Backyard Visitor

Pileated Woodpecker, female

I call this large female Pileated Woodpecker a visitor, but she and her mate appear to have moved in. They are the largest birds we have here regularly (about 16 1/2 inches),  besides an occasional visit from a hawk… then everyone scatters, including the squirrels. ~

ISO 1000, 1/250sec. f6.3.  600mm,  Nikon, cropped only. 

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Poetry ~ First Snow

Snow Today

First Snow

Gentle rain turning

to soft downy flakes,

each intricate and unique.

 

Sounds of the world

muted in the deep.

Solitude calling us

to slow down,

memories we keep.

 

Soft downy flakes

turning all to white,

except the dark bark of the trees,

standing sentries

along the steep banks

of the creek. ~

 

~ Thank you for visiting today. ~ terre

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Places Traveled ~

Pearl S. Buck, Birthplace, Hillsboro, W.Va.

“Write a novel if you must, but think of money as an unlikely accident. Get your reward out of writing it, and try to be content with that.”  ~ Pearl S. Buck, (1892 – 1973).

Pearl Buck was a prolific writer and the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938 for The Good Earth. She was the daughter of missionaries and spent the majority of her formative years in China as well as her early adult life. Her Chinese name is Sai Zhenzhu. She wrote extensively in her novels about the plight of women, the poor, and social injustices.

This image was taken while on a rural road trip through West Virginia. I wasn’t expecting this to be here, so it was a great surprise! The stately rural home is now a museum. It was not only an interesting experience, but educational, and the staff was so welcoming. The natural beauty of this part of West Virginia is so breathtaking and is a journey I would love to take again. Oh, and don’t forget to stop along the way for a slaw dog, a menu specialty throughout West Virginia.  ~

Thank you for visiting today ~  terre

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Haiku

Enter December

Haiku ~

Enter December,

A time of laughter and mirth, 

Christmas tide and cheer.  ~

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c2020

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Poetry: The Echo

tch c2019(10)

As I lay sleeping

familiar faces do I see.

These long forgotten fragments

of people once so dear to me.

 

Some sneak in

with more than an impression.

I never think of them

when I’m awake,

that would be an obsession.

 

These visitors who once

our lives briefly crossed,

we all took our separate paths.

Now they come gently in the dark,

a friendly, welcome haunt.

 

I see me as I remember me.

I feel the warmth of the noon sun.

Someone ever so kind has stopped

to help me with a gentle embrace.

The gesture is so real.

 

The wildflowers sway in the breeze.

Even the weeds are alive I see!

It is happy here as I dream.

I’d like to stay forever,

please don’t change a thing!

 

Then the picture changes.

I hate to leave.

Another face from a more recent time,

has come to rescue me.

 

In the abyss of my mind,

those souls traveling years apart

can meet and share company

within my heart.

 

When I regretfully awake,

whatever became of them?

Did they get lost

or did I?

 

I hope they’re happy.

I hope they know

however much,

I love them too.

I wonder though,

do they also dream of me?

 

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c2019  tcholland

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Photo Prose

tch c2019(1)

Shimmery glows of soft pink

and gentle hues of blue,

paints the calm at end of day.

 

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c2019

 

 

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Quilters’ Haiku

Scrap bag overflows,

more colors than the rainbow.

Cut, Piece, Sew, Quilt, Done!

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Photography – Birds

OK enough pictures! I've posed. Time to eat!

(American Cardinal, male. 1/1000sec. f8 600mm, Iso 560.)

Yea, after many years, I’ve updated my camera and added a bigger lens! This is one of my first attempts. I have a pretty big learning curve. Thank you all for letting me share. Thank you for visiting and a huge thank you if you’re a Follower!  –Terre

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Haiku

Add a little bit of body text

Haiku

Warm, clear morning sun

Blooms wakening, opening

Beautiful day, joy!

 

tch c. 2019

 

 

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Poetry: Requiem for the American Worker

 

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Requiem for the American Worker

I hear America crying

across the flatlands, hill and dale.

Embittered tears of weary souls

the beaten down, the proud.

 

American workers holding on

with a cry in their voice.

Fighting hard to not be counted

among the growing poor.

 

The waitress at night with a babe upon her breast,

The coal miner tired of his long rest.

The automobile worker doing her best,

The bakery is closing, the baker is next.

 

The bus driver without a human load,

The young black man never given a chance.

The hospital worker called off, worries how to pay the rent.

Telephone workers marching, out in the cold.

 

Voices, hands, and hearts

traded for those across the seas.

The small, American farmer

still fighting hard to believe.

 

I hear America crying,

as those “who have”,

with no remorse, no guilt,

build empires upon the workers backs.

Americans trying, trying, and trying.

I hear America crying.

 

 

(Printed with one time American rights, Labor News, Indianapolis, In. Feb 2006.

This Author: tch maintains rights).

Reprinted @ Terre’s Blog – Women of All Seasons c. 2018.

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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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Random Thoughts

True Beauty

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In Others Words

Quotes, Positivity

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. ~ Marcus Aurelius 

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