Home and Now-Home

Our latest travel was Spain. It was a wonderful experience. It makes us think of “where next?”

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Roots originated in a land

Thousands miles from where I stand

Driven by innate wanderlust

Travel all over the world I must

Chances to visit foreign soil or home

Yet yearn to return to my NOW home

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wanderlust

Daily Prompt: Roots

Ceramic Painting

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My daughter and I took ceramic painting class when she was ten years old. We both enjoyed this activity.

When choosing a green ware that is a ceramic piece just came out of the first firing from a mode with the clay color. It is still fragile and breakable. We need to clean the rough edges with bladed tools and water. The next step is to paint it with the paint for green ware. After painting, the green ware goes through the second firing. After the second firing, the piece becomes solid. The glaze will be applied and the piece goes through the third firing to have a shiny colored look.

Another way to do it is to purchase the bisque which is cleaned and solid through the second firing. All we have to do is to use a different paint specifically for bisque. We paint the colors, and do the glazing. Then the piece goes through one more firing in the kiln before its completion. The dry brush technique requires different kind of paint, doesn’t need glaze or the third firing.

My daughter and I carry on this hobby separately. I like to paint angels and fairies. When I paint the wings or certain areas in white, I have to be sure to use opaque white that is nontransparent, and covers any unexpected spots of other colors.

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Daily Prompt: Opaque

Guest Blogger – Mercy Rossi, Zion National Park

Daily Prompt: Climbing

It is a pleasure to introduce my guest blogger Mercy Rossi, my daughter. She will take you on an exciting trip. before they went on this trip, they took rock climbing lessons!

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The fall of 2016, my husband and I traveled to Zion National Park.  We were awed yet again by God’s beautiful creation.

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The sun moves towards the horizon, casting shadows on majestic rock formations, which draw thousands of visitors each year.

We did an overnight camping trip along the West Rim trail.  Sometimes in life, we lose sight of what’s truly important, but being in nature helps us regain our focus.

Alone in the wilderness, I gaze out over the deep canyons, breathing in the sweet air slowly, appreciating being present in the moment.

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The light breaks through the trees in a soft and gentle way.

This was our first canyoneering trip together.  It involved trusting one another, trusting ourselves, trusting the equipment, communicating well, overcoming fear, and I saved the best for last – having fun and memories of being outside of our comfort zone together!

There are many quotes about hard work but this one I find captures what we experienced during this trip: “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations” – this was true of canyoneering but also true of life in general, whether it’s overcoming a difficult situation with a good friend or a partner or something more personal like being hurt by a loved one.

Feeling Cranky?

 

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Cranky person is like cranky engine that

Needs motor oil or fluid for transmission

When feeling cranky or irritation

If stomach is growling, check satisfaction

Toss and turn in sleep pattern

Count the blessings, listen to soothing sound of the ocean

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Cranky person is like defeated being

Churning, entangling, and exhausting

Maybe someone is inconsiderate of him

Overdone it and step on his toes

Maybe a situation is so demanding

Too many ends for him a grab a hold

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First gain physical strength, then

Calm the mind and emotion

Tomorrow is a brand new day

His strength enables a blessed progression

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Daily Prompt: Cranky

Cee’s Which Way Challenge – April 7, 2017

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During our tour to Germany, we arrived at Frankfurt. From Frankfurt, we took the Rhine River ferry to cologne. From Cologne took to the speed train to Berlin. While in Frankfurt, we observed that there were many bike riders. Even traffic lights have separate lights for bikers.

We wait by the dock for the ferry. That area is alway an area for biking, walking, and for family outing, and relaxing.

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Cee’s which Way Photo Challenge April 7, 2017