I ๐Ÿ’œ Dandelionsย 

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Welcome back ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

This post started out as a collection of ‘Random Things’, with just a tiny Dandelion seed blowing across it. ๐Ÿ˜Š But Dandelions are so amazing, I decided they deserve their own space. ๐Ÿ˜

So I set out and found some Dandelion-related funnies, pictures, inspirations, and a poem to share with you ๐Ÿ’œ

First…a funnyย 


Such a lovely sentiment…

An artsy idea…ย 

I think this would be an awesome gift for grandparents, aunts, uncles, if you let the wee ones ‘paint’ the flowers with their fingerprints ๐Ÿ˜


Here’s a craft idea…


(I found this on ‘crafttricks.com)

More…12 things to make with Dandelion Flowers ย to be exact ๐Ÿ˜‹ were published by ย  ย  ย ย  The nerdy Farmwife

Here’s where I go in my dreams ๐Ÿ˜Šย 

I’ve had this dream of a little house, surrounded by Dandelions, for a long time now… ย  ย  ย  Living on ‘My Dandelion Farm’ ๐Ÿ’•

A little ‘Folk Art’ Doodle from last year ๐Ÿ˜

A field of a hundred wishes ๐Ÿ˜Œ

ย Beautiful words about a beautiful flower ๐Ÿ˜Šย 

Dandelion

I could tell you of a story, of this flower that I saw.
Growing in a little crack, this flower had it all.

It’s beauty got me thinking, how quicky we forget.
It isn’t where we come from, it’s that we never quit.

The struggles that this flower faced, no quiver nor a fall.ย 
It rose above the chances,ย 
through this crack that was so small.

The only will was life, and the chance that it may “be”.ย 
Exist in ways intended, and truly live as free.

This dandelions beauty, gives me the strength to know,
content with where I’m rooted,
and will to always grow.

~ Ricky Louisย 

I hope you enjoyed my ‘love letter’ to all Dandelions ๐Ÿ’œ

Have a wonderful rest-of-the-day ๐Ÿ˜˜

See you tomorrow!

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

Just A Few Random Things ๐Ÿฆ„

Hello my lovely friends    ๐Ÿ’•  It’s been a minute or two, hasn’t it? Actually – almost a week ๐Ÿ˜ณ Oh my! I’ve been a bit under the weather all week ๐Ÿค’ so it’s not been the most productive one. But…I’m back ๐Ÿค— and really glad you are too!

Today I just wanna show you a few random things I’ve thought about this past week…just to get back into the swing of it all. ๐Ÿ˜

1. A few months ago I bought some succulents, and on the way home a few of the leaves broke fell off. Luckily I had just read an article about ‘Propagading Succulents’ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ So I thought I give it a try. And guess what? It worked! ๐Ÿ˜Ž See….

Well, I guess I don’t have a picture from the beginning – this is about 3 weeks in ๐Ÿ˜Š It did slow down some after the initial ‘growth spurt’

       

But they are coming along nicely ๐Ÿ˜



2. While searching for the ‘Wildflower’ poem last week – you might remember – I came across these lovely words from Rustine Hamlett  ๐Ÿ’œ

This makes me smile every time…

 I Tried To Write A Poem…

i tried to write a poem
a poem just for You
but when i sought to find the words
like hummingbirds, they flew!

i tried to bake some cookies
a dozen, just for You
but before they hit the oven
we’d shared the yummy goo

i tried to paint a picture
a picture just for You
but the colors all ran out of line
like sunlight through the dew

i tried to plant a garden
wildflowers, just for You
but when i’d tilled and sown the soil
too tall for me they grew!

i tried to find a treasure
a treasure just for You
but when i looked inside the chest
i found a gift from You

i tried to tell a story
a mystery, just for You
but when i lost the villain’s trail
’twas You who found the clue

i tried to catch some fireflies
green starlight, just for You
but you smiled, and set the lightning free
when i brought my lamp to You

i tried to find the perfect shell
a conch shell, just for You
but all i found were little stars
who tickled like You do!

i tried to find an angel
an angel just for You
but when i told her who You were
she said “you can’t have two”

i tried to catch a falling star
a wish, made just for You
but when i did, You said “My dear,
all I’ve wished for is in youโ€ฆ”

i tried to write a poem
a poem just for You
this time i found all the words
to tell the world of You

Lovely, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜Š

3.  Walking through our garden this morning, I noticed how strong the Wisteria grew this Spring and Summer ๐Ÿ˜ Can you see how tightly it wove itself around the trellis? 




4. Now a few things worth mentioning…but -sadly- without pictures (for now). This shall be corrected real soon ๐Ÿ˜

~ A few WIPs are almost done – mostly smalls. I’ve been working on double-layer dishcloths (worked in Tunesian Stitch in the round! ๐Ÿ˜ณ It’s supercool…wait ’til you see this (I might be a smidge overexcited ๐Ÿ˜‚)

~ I baked my bread for the ‘Fantastic Bake-Off’ ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ It’s fabulously delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹ I’ll show ya tomorrow.

~ I collected some hilarious things for tomorrow’s ‘Weekend Chuckle’ ๐Ÿ˜œ

So – that was my week in a quick review ๐Ÿ˜Š 

I sure hope you enjoyed it a bit, and come visit again tomorrow! ๐Ÿค—

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

Wildflowers ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒป

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Me again ๐Ÿ˜

Yesterday I showed you some pictures of my walk on the Nature Trail nearby. Well, ever since I posted the pictures of the Wildflowers I tried to remember a lovely poem about them. It just wouldn’t leave me alone … or come to me ๐Ÿ˜œ

But thanks to the ‘Hello Poetry’ website ๐Ÿ˜ You now get to (have to? ๐Ÿ™‚) read a poem.

First – the picture 


And here are some lovely words from Elizabeth Cotton 

Wildflowers ๐ŸŒผ 

The sun 

shook in laughter 

 scattering 

 tiny pieces 

here 

and 

there 

amidst the grass 

and leaves 

now swaying in the breeze 

still laughing all the while

 ~ Elizabeth Cotton ๐Ÿ’œ

Beautiful, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜

I hope to see you tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜Š

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

What’s in a word? ~ Dictionary Day :mrgreen:

Hello my lovely friends 💕Thanks for peeking in! 🤗

It’s Dictionary Day! Let’s take a word, and see what all is ‘in it’ . Shall we? Let’s shall! 😋

Today’s word is

                                                                                                            ‘Abode‘ 🏡🏕🏰

~1. Here’s what the dictionary has to say

~2. Wikipedia knows where it’s from

~3. The Thesaurus knows what else to call it

Address, base, casa, crash pad 😅, dwelling, homestead, house….. to name a few.

~4. Kabir wrote a beautiful poem about the

Adobe of the beloved 

Oh Companion That Abode Is Unmatched,
Where My Complete Beloved Is.

In that Place There Is No Happiness or Unhappiness,
No Truth or Untruth
Neither Sin Nor Virtue.
There Is No Day or Night, No Moon or Sun,
There Is Radiance Without Light.

There Is No Knowledge or Meditation
No Repetition of Mantra or Austerities,
Neither Speech Coming From Vedas or Books.
Doing, Not-Doing, Holding, Leaving
All These Are All Lost Too In This Place.

No Home, No Homeless, Neither Outside or Inside,
Micro and Macrocosm Are Non-Existent.
Five Elemental Constituents and the Trinity Are Both Not There
Witnessing Un-struck Shabad Sound is Also Not There.

No Root or Flower, Neither Branch or Seed,
Without a Tree Fruits are Adorning,
Primordial Om Sound, Breath-Synchronized Soham,
This and That – All Are Absent, The Breath Too Unknown

Where the Beloved Is There is Utterly Nothing
Says Kabir I Have Come To Realize.
Whoever Sees My Indicative Sign
Will Accomplish the Goal of Liberation.

~5. Quite a few artists wrote (and sang) about an abode

      -1. Humble Abode by Abramelin
-2.
Enigma of Abode by Disperse (Album ‘Seasons of Mist’)
-3.
Lights Abode/Celestial Salem by Ely Cathedral Choir
-4.
Avalon, The King’s Abode by Avalanch (Album ‘Eternal Flame’) 

~6. In Stockholm, Wisconsin is the ‘Abode Gallery’ with a great variety of artist’s creations.

~7. A vast number of artists portray their Abode in their art- with oil, acrylic, pens, pencils, ink…

….and then there is my latest ‘Art Love’ ~ Folk Art. I adore the whimsical depictions of everyday scenes, and Karla Gerard is my favorite right now. (Thank you Pinterest 😁) But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself

                       

And? What do you think? Adorable, right? 😍

Well, I do believe that’s all. I truly had fun researching for- and writing this. I do hope you enjoyed it too! ๐Ÿ™‚

See you soon! 💕

Until then
~Tina xoxo

*I’m in no way affiliated with the business and artists mentioned in this post.

What’s in a word? ~ Dictionary Day

Welcome to the very first ‘Dictionary Day’ ๐Ÿค—

Honestly, I can’t tell you where this idea came from. A few days ago, I, all of a sudden, had the image of my beautiful dictionary in my mind, and the thought of taking a word and seeing what all is ‘in it’.

This is my dictionary…pretty, isn’t it?

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Looking at it, I always have to think of ‘Hawkeye’ Pierce from M*A*S*H. He was being interviewed by a stateside reporter visiting Korea. The reporter asked him which books he brought to Korea….Hawkeye’s answer was “Just the dictionary. I figure it has all other books in it” ๐Ÿค“

Alright then, let’s see ~ today’s word is

                                                                          ABALONE

~1. Here’s what the dictionary has to say about it

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Wikipedia says – ‘any of a group of small to very large sea snails, marine gastropod Mollusks in the family Haliotidae’. Other common names are ear shells, sea ears, and muttonfish.
Abalone is used for food, the shell for ornaments, and is a source of ‘Mother-of-
Pearl’.

~2. Pictures!

The shells….

Here’s one in a tank …

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~3.  Viral Bhanshaly wrote a poem about the Abalone

Abalone Shell
As the Abalone Shell was found,
All the architectsโ€™ gathered round,
Gazing at the piece of art,
Made by a creature, so serene and smart.

Its natural beauty made no noise,
For all the architectsโ€™, were there and poised,
Staring, at this new found wonder,
Slowly, they started to plunderโ€ฆ

What made such a beautiful work?
Why is it making, our minds go berserk?
What produced the velvety curl?
What in such nature produced this twirl?

And so they held it in their hands,
As the first tears, came down in bands,
The golden, bluely, greenly shades,
Bold still, over many decades.

With the patterned indents still there,
Their hearts clear of all despair,
They carried on still surprised,
Until they slowly realised.

The little mark, precise and secure,
As it acted like a little lure,
For in the middle a little eye,
Pointing to, the Heavens and sky.

With all the shininess, that it brought,
The Abalone Shell purely sought,
Out of all its twists and bends,
That before it had, many friends.

And ten indents it carried inside,
These may be friends, or rules to abide,
And in the gold, it may be so true,
That it lived with its friends, like a fine crew.

The bluely-green may signify sea,
Also the Abalone was fine, well and free,
But in all of this, the thing that was best,
Was inside the eye, a red golden crest.

This was the heart, serene, filled with grace,
It pumped the, unique creature, at a good pace,
And as a good present, it then left behind,
The Abalone Shell, which we, today find.

The heart may be gone, taken up above,
Up to the skies, with the white dove,
But, we keep, the blue, green and golden,
Abalone Shell, however much, past olden.

We now today, remember this deed,
The Abalone Shell, which we also freed,
Nobody knows, where those men went,
But with them, discovery, whether given or meantโ€ฆ

Viraj Bhanshaly

~4. And  it’s also mentioned in song lyrics

~ Top of the hill by Tom Waits

~ My Belly by Aesop Rock

~ Thanks To The Rolling Sea by Elvis Presley…..hehe- ๐Ÿ•บ- this is the emoji you get when you type ‘Elvis’! ๐Ÿ˜„ Sorry- I had to share.

~5. Do you know the game ‘Abalone’? I’m not sure what that has to do with things…yet, there it is. ๐Ÿค” Maybe the original game idea is older, and it used to be played with shells? What do you think? Any idea?

~6. There’s also a wine grape called Abalone. It’s widely known as ‘Chasselas blanc’ grown in Switzerland, France, Germany, Portugal, Hungary, Romania, and New Zealand. Wow….it’s seems that’s a very popular grape. ๐Ÿ˜

Well, I do believe that’s all. I had fun researching for- and writing this. I hope you enjoyed reading it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

See you soon! ๐Ÿ’•

Until then
~ Tina xoxo