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Writer’s Block!

I need help from all my readers. I seem to have run into a writer’s block. I can’t come up with any good ideas to write about. What would you like to read about? I need some good ideas to help push me through this mental block I have in front of me.

All suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head!

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Rain! Did someone say rain? This is an unprecedented Summer for much of the United States. Yours truly is not complaining at all. Because, along with the rain comes cooler temperatures. Compared to the last 2 Summers where temps in my area routinely hit the triple digits, this Summer is a dream!

The map below shows a representation of the cooler temps we experienced in July. We usually see at least 3-5 days above 100 in my neck of the woods. I think for July we hit 100 maybe twice!

Map courtesy of The Weather Channel

Map courtesy of The Weather Channel

The last great weather predicter and my personal favorite “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” actually predicted a normal summer for my area with temps and precip in the normal range. I guess even the Farmer’s Almanac can be wrong from time to time.

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I hope the cooler temps lead to a cooler Fall and beautiful colors. There is a really good chance I think with all the rain we have recieved, we could have an amazing scene for all the leaf lookers this year!

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Day of SNAKES!!

This past Sunday my brother and I went down to  visit my parents in southwest Arkansas. I was out walking around the farm shooting various shots of the land, with my new camera. I was trying to get a feel for it, try to learn some of the settings. With these new digital SLR cameras there are plenty of settings to learn. On my walk I was out on the far edge of the yard walking around looking for something to shoot. Then I thought to myself, it would be neat to see a snake, from a distance not right on top of me. Every time I come down for a visit I always think this, but nothing ever happens. This time was different! I turned around and to my surprise I saw this curled up in the flower bed.

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 I believe it’s a King snake, so it was left alone. They supposedly eat other snakes, so it’s a good guy, if there ever was one. A few hours later we were riding around the farm on the 4 wheeler and we stopped to ask my brother if he wanted to go for a ride. Just before we came to a stop, my Mom spotted another snake. This time I do not have a picture of him, but we believe this one was a Water Moccasin aka a Cotton Mouth snake, very poisonous and bad, also very aggressive. I took a few steps toward that snake, to actually get a picture of him. It slithered away quickly, much to the excitement of my Mom.

Later on that day, my brother and I had to leave to go home. My parents were out walking and I got a text for snake number 3 spotted down close to the highway. Then about 30 minutes later it was snake #4′s turn to make an appearance. This guy was curled up somewhere inside a flower pot, that was VERY close to the house.

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This little flower pot held a story. For the past 2 months or so its housed a momma bird and her 5 little babies. They just hatched last week and were tiny little birds constantly chirping for Momma to feed them. Well last week sometime the nest went silent. No one could figure out what had happened to the babies. Fast forward to this past Sunday, question answered. A snake was found in the pot. It was full of baby birds.  

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I thought I would end this post on a happier note. These beautiful sunflowers are all over my parent’s yard. They are majestic and make the yard look special and happy!

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What Do You Eat for Supper?

OK gang its time for the final round of this spectacular series on what we eat daily. You have already answered the age old questions of “What Do You Eat For Breakfast?” and “What Do You Eat For Lunch?”. Now on to the third and final installment. Down south where I live we call the third meal supper, but, in other parts of the country its called dinner. So I went with the southern tradition of Supper. We could go on and on about having dinner for lunch and supper for dinner. But, that would confuse me and you. So lets just call this meal Supper shall we?

Around my household I LOVE sandwiches. I eat them for lunch and supper regularly. Now days we have so many different variations to choose from, its sometimes hard to narrow it down to just one. The sandwich below has been featured before on my blog. It’s the mouthwatering Tomato and Mozzarella cheese sandwich. I could eat this 2-3 times a week during the summer months when garden ripe tomatoes are in season.

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The only problem I have with writing these articles is looking at this delicious food and knowing I can’t have any of it right now. Another favorite sandwich of mine is the Tuna Salad sandwich. I could literally eat this sandwich on the off days of eating the tomato and mozzarella cheese sandwich. Actually I eat tuna at least once a week. Much to the demise of my brother, he complains every time I open a can up!

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Finally I thought I would end this show with a meal that is not a sandwich. Yes, even I do not eat sandwiches all the time. But, I do think they are one of the greatest inventions of all time! That is a post for another day! I will leave you with one of the other great inventions of the last century. The one and only mouthwatering and delicious Margarita Pizza!

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Ok this last picture of pizza was just sheer torture, I LOVE pizza even more so than sandwiches. I could eat this stuff breakfast, lunch and dinner/supper. The ironic thing about my pizza though, is I am very allergic to the pizza sauce and marinara sauce too. Even though I love tomatoes and most foods that tomatoes are on. I cannot eat tomato sauce. It is one of the many strange quirks about me I guess!

I hope you have enjoyed this peek into the foods I love to eat for my 3 meals a day. It was really a hard series to write about. There are soooo many foods I love. It was really hard narrowing it down to 3 choices of each.

Now it is your turn. What do you enjoy eating for supper/dinner? Do you call it supper or dinner?

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What Do You Eat For Lunch?

As a follow up to the insanely popular “What Do You Eat For Breakfast?” article. I have decided to create a 3 article series on what we eat for each meal. 

As the old saying goes we are supposed to “Eat like a King for breakfast, a Prince for lunch and a Pauper for dinner”. So what does a Prince eat for lunch? Well this Prince has a work refrigerator by his desk, in it we have mainly sandwich fixings, cheese, sandwich meats and condiments. Sometimes though, I go crazy and actually make a dinner the night before and bring the leftovers! I can already hear the gasps and whines…you mean to tell me that WOA (Web of Adam) can actually cook! Why yes I can and pretty well I might add. But this article is not about that, it’s about lunch.

Below I have pictures of some of my favorite meals. Feel free to comment and add your own lunch suggestions too.

sandwichDoesn’t that sandwich make your mouth water? I would love to sink my teeth into this beauty right now!

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There are times I might even frequent the fast food restaurant. We have a Wendy’s here in town that is so fast they have the order hanging out the second window before I even order it! These people are VERY fast and efficient. They should teach a class to other fast food restaurants on how to run a business.

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 I thought I would end this tasty article with the one lunch item we all need to eat more of. The good ole salad! They are healthy and delicious as long as you don’t slather half a bottle of Ranch dressing on it. Although the Ranch makes it taste better, it’s not good for you.

I hope this look into a few of the meals I eat each week was informative and gets you to thinking about what we actually eat for our lunches. What do you enjoy? I need some new ideas. What is your most favorite lunchtime meal?

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What Do You Eat For Breakfast?

OK I am going to take this blog into a totally different direction this morning! Tell what does everyone eat for breakfast? As my mother and I am sure most of your mothers have told you “It is the most important meal of the day”. I believed her and I still eat breakfast every morning!

In my readings on this subject I found out there are actual statistics out there that back up this theory. Take for instance this excerpt from Amery Regional Medical Centers website.

What you choose to eat for breakfast makes a big difference for your health. A variety of fruits can bring you near the minimum number of five daily fruit and vegetable servings recommended for lower cancer risk. Or once in a while try a medley of vegetables in an omelet. In fact according to the American Institute for Cancer Research, eating more vegetables and fruits, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight could cut cancer rates by 30 to 40 percent.

I eat breakfast every morning and have never struggled with weight issues. Although I do try to exercise and eat healthy throughout the day, this seems to help curb my hunger, and keep me lean and mean. I limit my soda intake to maybe 1-2 sodas a week. OK, back to breakfast now.

Below are a few samples of some of the foods I enjoy most for breakfast.

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I eat oatmeal at least 3 times a week. After reading and drooling over all the articles on Kath Eats REAL FOOD. I was inspired to eat more oatmeal. Her recipes are amazing and they really make you want to eat healthier.

Another favorite of mine is Kashi cereal. I LOVE this stuff! I was never raised on the sugary candy coated cereals, thank GOD! So I grew to love healthier cereals. Out of which my love for Kashi Cinnamon Harvest cereal came about.

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OK enough about me and my breakfast choices. Now I want to know what you eat. What is a typical healthy breakfast for you? Or are you one of the millions who skip breakfast? Tell me why I want to know!

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WOA: Inspirations of Photography!

Today I thought I would share with you a few of my inspirations of photography. I have always admired certain pros in the photography business. The way they can handle a camera and produce such amazing photos is awe inspiring. Even more so now that I am studying photography. It gives you a much greater appreciation for what each photographer shoots, especially the guys who shot with regular film they could not make mistakes or it cost them a shot or 2 out of 36.

The first photographer really does not need any introduction, he is a master of black and white film photography. I have followed his work for many years now and I am still in awe of what he can do with a camera. If you still do not have any idea who I am talking about, he is the master of photograpy (in my mind) Mr. Ansel Adams.

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Another great photographer of natureis Carr Clifton. Most of his photos really speak for themselves. Between the perfect lighting and amazing images. This photo is just beautiful!

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love and enjoy nature/landscape/tree photography? These photographers and many more like them are amazing at what they do. There is so much to show an tell on here. I could go on and on about these photographers. But for now I will spare you my awesome ability to inform you the viewer of my love for nature photography.

But, before I go I thought I would add one last photo. It was shot by a relatively unknown photographer who is just getting a feel for this art form. I hope you enjoy his picture!

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I hope you enjoyed this short stroll through a few of my photography inspirations. There are plenty more out there, but for times sake I had to cut it short. Enjoy these photographs and the artists who took them!

 

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A Single Guy’s Garden!

This morning I thought I would take on a short tour of my brother’s garden. He planted 2 separate raised beds, which house various kinds of tomatoes, onions, peppers, cucumbers and even radishes. Recently the onions and radishes were pulled. He had a good crop of onions as for the radishes they did not turn out too well, although this did not bother me too much, as I cannot stand radishes or celery. Now for the much anticipated pictures from a single guy’s garden, enjoy!

The onion crop!

The onion crop!

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Ohhh the tomatoes are getting close to turning. They are hanging off the vines almost touching the ground!

Just a little out of focus, but you get the picture!

Just a little out of focus, but you get the picture!

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Gotta love jalapeno’s

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The mysterious purple pepper!

This was the first year for my brother’s garden. I think it turned out really well. We will definitely save a lot of money on onions, peppers and tomatoes once they ripen. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into a juicy red tomato. It’s one of the most anticipated events of the summer. Don’t you agree?

What veggies do you enjoy planting? Tell me about your own gardens. What is your most favorite thing to plant?

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My Mother’s Gardens a Work of Art!

Today I thought I would write about my Mother’s gardens. They are a sight to behold. She has over 5 separate flower gardens around their house. Each one is filled with various flowers and amazing scents. Some of the flowers  have won awards at local gardening events. She spends hours upon hours working in each and every garden. Giving it the utmost love and care. Honestly I don’t know how she does it. She could work circles around my Dad, my brother and I, endless amounts of energy. Below are some of the flowers I took pictures of, with my new Nikon D3200 digital camera. I hope you enjoy these beautiful flowers as much as we do.

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Each of these flowers represent a small sampling of the many different varieties of flowers found in her gardens. I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at my Mother’s beautiful gardens. They really are beautiful works of art!

Stay tuned for more tales from Mother’s Gardens in future posts.

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