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What becomes you?

In Deeper Thoughts, Inspirations, other bloggers on August 28, 2010 at 11:14 pm
Did you know that the longer you hold on to something, the more that it will become you?

We all carry feelings, signs such as that in the tree; feelings that lead us to certain ways of thinking and with some thoughts, we become burdened. Destruction feeds on negative thinking, whether we’re thinking badly of ourselves or of others; how we think can change who we are and how we see the world around us.

The same goes for positive thinking. Have you ever noticed that when you’ve thought of something positive, it’s as though a warm light has filled you within? The more we think positively, the more light will fill us.

What are the thoughts that you hold on to? Have you noticed that, through time, these thoughts have “become” you? And, really, what would you want to “become”?

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” 
~ Mark 9:23 NLT~

I am joining the rest over at Spiritual Sundays where we are participating in the special Miracle Blog Party in celebration of Colette Gauthier’s experience with breast and bone cancer; and of how a special woman made a significant difference in her life. Visit The Katillac Shack to find out what the Miracle is all about and how you can use your sweet fingertips to bless another. You can also read about Colette’s story at Guideposts, where it was published.
The refreshed, Colette Gauthier

Meet My Friend

In other bloggers, Shelburne Museum on August 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm

She’s a beautiful woman who has encouraged me time and again through the years of knowing her. We met, originally, through our local MOPS group (I think)…maybe it was church or another mutual friend. Oh well, who cares how we met.

A fellow-ess writer, she just began blogging and I know that many will find her words encouraging as she writes from her heart. Do pay her a visit, will you?

Captured at The Shelburne Museum, she was taken from the bow of a late 19th century American Ship, known to be crafted by Charles A.L. Sampson

Forgive all of the noise in this photo, I really don’t like to use my flash.

See Through His Eyes

In Deeper Thoughts, FREE TO COPY AND SHARE, My Faith, other bloggers, questions and answers on August 10, 2010 at 11:30 am

I just sat down for a brief moment to visit my blog friends, when I saw this post update from a new blog that I found recently. I enjoy the thoughtful questions that are asked and find myself getting deeper into my own reasoning, my own faith and strength as to what I believe. This is good.

At The Old Geezer Blog, he shared thoughts to go with these questions asked at the end:

Are we to love the sinner but hate the sin?
How exactly does that work?

I always hesitate, before sharing my heart in such a way as to answer questions like this. I don’t appreciate controversy and comments that strongly oppose what I believe. Honestly, I don’t really even enjoy reading, watching or hearing people discuss matters that lead to controversy. I’m more of a healing type of person, more of a lover…not a fighter. So, I suppose this would be my healing answer to such a question:

I have no hatred for people…circumstances, yes…but not the people because sin is sin. Once upon a time, I asked The Lord to enable the desire I have to see people through His eyes and through time, I am able to see everyone as they may have been when they were a young child.

We all hold that inner child inside, the sin causes us to act out and do things in ignorance or anger but there will always remain a child who needs to be loved.

For those who commit murder and hurtful, harmful, acts….I cannot explain why they would but Jesus did remind us that there are some we must kick the dust off of our sandals at and continue on in our walk with Him. (Afterthought – This is not to say that they aren’t worthy of forgiveness…of course, they are. Remember Paul? Many of us love the person who Paul became, but would not have liked him at all for who he was and the things that he did originally. Murder….remember?).

I suppose, when I am unable to push past my ill feelings toward another…even with prayer, then it is time to kick the dust and move ahead.  (Even though it can be difficult to do, prayer can heal many wounds.  Continue in an effort to pray for the person to be healed, to be forgiven, to find the desire within themselves and understand their own need for forgiveness).

Pray for those who live the lives we cannot accept (such as murder, torture, and such), that would be my only ability to love them the way that they are. (Regardless of the life they lead)

How to change my background in blogger draft to my own image and keep my simple template!

In background images, blog tricks, blogger in draft, other bloggers on June 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Many of us have been trying to figure out how to change the background image to our own liking, using blogger in draft. I’ve poked around, found css to add and new html coding in order to do this; which all works well if you’re not using the simple template. But I am and I like it and I want to keep it.

Guess what?!! I figured it out! Yup, and I just might be the first one who will share it in blog land. Even all of the popular blogging tool blogs haven’t shared it yet.

So, I will, because I know how frustrating it is to want your own images and backgrounds.

I’m not going to post a bunch of photos though…screen shots, like everyone else does, sorry…that takes too much time for me to do, but here is the basic find for you:

Using Blogger in Draft and the Simple template by Josh Peterson –

1. Design tab

2. Edit HTML

3 Ctrl-F to find this section of code:

<Variable name="body.background" description="Body Background" type="background"
       color="$(body.background.color)" default="$(color) none repeat scroll top left" value="#ad966c url(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4026/4663939002_ea6421fbc5_o.jpg) repeat scroll center center /* Credit: JJ-Shadowhouse Creations (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4026/4663939002_ea6421fbc5_o.jpg) */"/>
   <Variable name="body.background.override" description="Body Background Override" type="string" default="" value=""/>

4. Assuming that you already have a background image that you’d like to use, you would then reassign the url address in that code.

Because I change things around, often, I am going to give you a screen capture of the background I was using at the time of this post; an image that was created by one of my favorite artists, Jerry Jones.  You can find some of his free textures, backgrounds and such by visiting him at Shadowhouse Creations.  He loves to learn, create and share his work.  He also has a tutorial on changing your background images (with pictures) but in a different formatting.

Here, is the sample view of Jerry’s background on my blog:

Follow me with the color coding, as I’ve shown above:

The GREEN URL ADDRESS is for the background image url address

I’ve saved an image by Jerry into my online album, then copy/pasted the link address into this code.

The RED LINE refers to the creator of the background image.  Because Jerry is the artist who has shared his images with me, I’ve credited this on my blog, to him.

The BLUE URL ADDRESS is going to link the name of the creator to their blog or website.  Again, because my background was created by Jerry, his name will appear as the link to his blog.  If you scroll down to the very bottom of my page, you’ll see where Jerry is credited for my background.

And, here is how the credits for the background appear at the bottom of my page:

**Note:  Depending on what size layout you’ve chosen, backgrounds with a center column may need tweaking to fit properly with your format.  You will need to use backgrounds in a rather large format, such as 1600×1200 or larger.

I’ll say that I’m super excited to have finally figured out this puzzle!!  Hope others will find it useful, and maybe you’ll find some who go the extra mile to share pictures with a tutorial for you 🙂

Twenty Questions Answered

In other bloggers, questions and answers, Questions Answered on May 29, 2010 at 11:00 am

I found these questions on Country Girl’s blog last night and thought that I’d play along. Kind of neat, because when I saw the post on her blog, she referred the questions to a blog that she visited. When I visited that blog, the woman there referred the questions to a blog that she visited.

Anyway…here I go:

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought? Funny!! I bought myself one of those little hand held mirrors at Walmart, yesterday. It’s been a long time since I’ve had one that didn’t get broken right away. I used it as I stood in front of the full length mirror when I got home…because…well, I wanted to see what others see from behind 🙂 – And, really, I thought that view wasn’t as bed as I’d expected it might be. Ha.

2. Do you miss anyone right now? All day yesterday…moments reminding me of my mother. Always, I miss her.

3. If you could move anywhere else, would you? If I could? Anywhere? Probably.

4. If you could choose, what would your last meal be? Oh boy! Something that I’ve never tried that looked so unbelievably tasty that I couldn’t help but eat it.

5. What famous person, dead or alive, would you want to have lunch with? Alright, first of all, above all…face to face, oh yeah, this person would be Jesus. And then, I’d ask Helen Keller because I admire her wisdom and strength.

6. What was the last book you read? O.K. I can’t remember the name and will have to poke through my blog or go downstairs to get it…forget it. It was a good read though.

7. What was the last movie you watched? Harry and the Hendersons (my little man loves this movie)

8. What was the last song you heard? This one is kind of crazy, because the last song that I heard came from my own mind…no clue why…but it was…”Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?”  hahahaha

9. What is your dream vacation? Hmmm…to travel with an unlimited amount of time or money 🙂

10. What is the next trip you will take? probably to the bathroom – hahahaha

11. Did you ever go to camp? Not ever.

12. Have you ever been in love? Yes. Oh, yes.  I remain in love.

13. What do you want to know about the future? When, oh when, Jesus, will you return for us?

14. Where is your best friend? My two BFF’s: In my heart {Jesus} and on the couch downstairs {my husband}

15. How is your best friend? {Jesus is GLORIOUS} and {my hubby is BETTER THAN EVER}

16. Who is the biggest gossiper you know? I loathe gossip but find it everywhere.

17. What does your last text message say? I don’t do texting.

18. What are 3 things you’ve always wanted to do, that you still plan to accomplish? Write and publish “the book”, see my boys become grown men who love The Lord and become a grandma 🙂

19. What is one thing you learned from your parents? Appreciation

20. What is one thing you hope to teach to your own children?Through my relationship with God, I’d hope that they could learn how to firmly have their own.

Did you know?

In Food, My Thoughts, other bloggers, Things and Stuff, Vermont on May 18, 2010 at 2:02 pm

It is often that I can go about my daily routine, retaining what goes on in my world and even though I write about much of my thoughts…other things go unsaid. This usually happens because things get buried in life and I forget. It’s that simple, but in the last couple of days – I am happy to say a few things keep coming back to the surface of my memory. It must be that the Spirit is wanting me to share them. Sometimes, we cannot understand why, what importance these little things may have but they seem to touch the life of another in ways that we’ll never know.

Let’s begin with this….I have a little book of quotes that I’ve used time and again.  Many know that I attach Scripture, Quotes and even my own thoughts to the images I capture.  There is one name that I’ve found in many places (in books and on the web). This man’s name is Robert Brault. I have to share how impressed I was when I found that he holds a small home here in blogger land. If you are touched, encouraged and moved to growth with a good quote – you have to visit this man. He is filled with a life full of wisdom that he shares in one line statements. I visited him this morning and was so taken with this quote:

“It is not that love is blind. It is that love sees with a painter’s eye,
finding the essence that renders all else background.”
Robert Brault

Another thing that I want to share is something that I’ve never read anywhere, but I’m sure someone has shared it somewhere.  Everyone looks for ways to preserve their fresh veggies, keeping them longer than the average life in the refrigerator, right?  Well, I learned years ago that if you wash your lettuce and dry it well, it will keep freshly for weeks in the simplicity of wrapping aluminum foil around it.  Fresh, crisp lettuce, two weeks or more after purchase – it’s true.  Aluminum foil does wonders for some veggies/fruits, but not all.  If you wrap cabbage up in it – the cabbage turns gray.  If you cover tomato sauces with it, the acidity in the sauce will create little holes in the foil and little silver speckles in your sauce.  I’ve only recently found what it will do with strawberries.

Store bought strawberries will not last very long in your refrigerator.  My children will grab them directly from their and eat them, so I like to wash them before they go in to the refrigerator BUT…if you wash them first, they will only last a few days.  It’s frustrating to me.  They even grow mold quickly.  About a 1 1/2 weeks ago, I bought some strawberries and just took the chance.  I washed them, let them dry on a paper towel and put them in a plastic container covered with aluminum foil, rather than the plastic top.  Guess what?  We just ate the last berry yesterday and it was still fresh!  Mmmhhhmm.

This last little bite of knowledge comes from something that I received in the mail yesterday.  When I was at the grocery store, my eyes floated over the arrangement of magazines on the rack.  One in particular that caught my eye was the Vermont Magazine.  Why?  I don’t know.  It just did for some reason, but I didn’t buy it.  I don’t buy many magazines really – a few here and there.  Later on in the day, I went out to retrieve the mail from the mailbox and found a hint of the same magazine.  You can order it here, but for now I’ll share a few bites of Vermont’s numbers with you from the first page:

New photo sharing technique…

In blog tricks, other bloggers, photo techniques, sepia photos on May 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I visited my friendly blogger, Country Girl Kate, this morning and she shared this awesome new technique that she’s searched for. Check it out by hovering over my photos below (Don’t click on the photo but bring your mouse marker over it and back a couple of times, you’ll see the difference.):

This is called a “mouse-over effect” and uses two images for one setting. You share an original and one that has been edited, same size or what have you. You can also choose to share two entirely different photos creatively with this.

You can find out more about the coding, by visiting Kate or clicking here.

Pretty neat, huh?

{{Oh..yeah…and the pictures that I chose to share, if you’re wondering, were taken as Lucien and I played with the flashlight one afternoon. Arranging the tulip within the rays of light to get some neat little details}}

One more thing (complete afterthought) – I’m sharing this post at the Write With Pictures blog for this weekends prompt “Light”. Visit us over there and share some of your light with the rest of the world 🙂

A Nuthatch for Dan

In Birds and Critters in My Yard, other bloggers on March 22, 2010 at 10:23 pm

In the post below was a photo of a Tufted Titmouse and the question was asked if they were also called a nuthatch. My answer would be no, according to my Eastern Bird booklet.

Although, personally, you could call many critters nuthatchers, such as this little turkey below:

Here, we have the real nuthatch. If you look at the last post photo, you’ll be able to see the difference a little more. Our tree’s are full of the little nuthatch birds, chubby, roundish little squeekers. They’re pretty cute, quick in movement, similar to a woodpecker…probably because they also peck at the trees.

Just My Photos

In My Photos, other bloggers, Other Stuff on March 20, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I wanted to share this photo that I took yesterday afternoon while Lucien and I were walking over at the Complex, a place designed strictly for people to have a safe experience for running and pleasure walking. Maybe I should share the idea with you on another day, through photos, showing you how much they’ve invested to this experience (a safe place to get healthy).

I don’t know if you know this about me or not, but there are certain kinds of photos that I love to capture; one of these being “reflections”. I also enjoy “macro shots” and facial expressions, nature, birds, animals, water…hahahaha. Okay, let’s just say that I like taking pictures – well, of most all things, in most all ways, at most all times!!

I have a blog now, strictly for photos…very few if not any words at all. It’s my quiet place to go and something I needed to do for me that doesn’t really involve a lot of time or energy, or obligation. I also needed one that holds my name for photography. Simply Joyful Photos became something more than I had originally anticipated it to be. I’m reverting back to the original reason for that blog and will only be SHARING my photos as encouragement to keep; meaning that each shot will have scripture or quotes directly embedded into the photo AND can be copied and shared by anyone. I may or may not post on that blog daily, moving along with The Spirit leading it.

I have found a circle of friends in blogging that I visit regularly, almost needing to because they nourish me in some way or another {you all know who you are}, even if only through photos. You can know that you’re one of the circle when I leave my love notes behind – now, I call them love notes – you might call them comments 🙂

I appreciate you all, very much!!

Why have I just written all of that? Well, I wanted to let you know that a part of me finds visiting photos a pleasure and another part likes to read your heart, what you see, your world. And because I feel that way, I felt like sharing myself similarly. If you aren’t following Heather T Imagery yet, and enjoy what you see here but don’t always have time to read my endless writing….you might want to follow me over there.   If you haven’t peeked in at my photo blog, please do…check it out. It’s a simple place to see my world without a lot of talk 🙂

Oh, yeah…and today, you can also see one more reflection (a nice one…without me in it) and a photo of what it is holding the reflection.

The Sunday Roast

In other bloggers on March 20, 2010 at 12:34 pm

You can find me, today, over at Clouds and Silvery LiningsEddie Bluelights interviewed me for The Sunday Roast.   If you peek in over there, you may learn a few more things about me that you didn’t know already 🙂

You’ll also learn something very special about Eddie, at the end of the Roast.

Thank you, Eddie, for welcoming me to your blog!