Rain and Sunshine Make A Rainbow

This is it.  My Six Word Saturday…..

Rain and Sunshine Make A Rainbow

~Oregon Smiles … with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled

Photography provided by: Tracie Louise Photography

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COURAGE ~ LIFE’S A DANCE

COURAGE ~ LIFE’S A DANCE …. That is how I started my Frantastic Friday.  Actually I think that is a positive way to start everyday.  Things aren’t always perfect out there in that great big world we call life.  One thing I always told my sons,  it is ok to make a mistake.  That it means that you are at least trying to do something.  We can choose to have courage to get back up on that horse and try it again,  with the knowledge of what went wrong the first time around. Or we can just sit there on the sofa doing nothing.

“The greatest mistake you can make in life

is to be continually fearing you will make one”

Elbert Hubbard

By having the fear, not thinking that you can do something and not have the courage to move forward, will keep you bound to that fear, that you can not succeed. Being an active person in what ever it is you are trying to accomplish, is better than holding back and doing nothing.  It is what we do with that mistake that makes the big difference in our life.

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable,

but more useful than a life spent doing nothing”

George Bernard Shaw

When you make a mistake, don’t sit and look back at it for very long.  Take the reason into your mind and then look forward.  Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed.  The future is yet in your power.  Just like Dorothy and her friends found out when they found the Wizard of Oz…. they had the power within them all the time.

~Oregon Smiles … with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled

Photography provided by: Tracie Louise Photography

Monday Madness

Today was one of those Monday Madness day’s, but I am looking at the bright side of life and my good thing for today was learning how to put a watermark logo on my pictures with my new Photoshop Elements 9 program.  It’s nothing fancy but hey,  Yippee Doodles, you can teach the old Gal a New Trick !  I am still a little slow at it, but it is working  🙂  Oh and yes, to top it off,  The sun came out here in the valley today.

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
The Big Island

Well maybe I should clarify that…. here in the Vortex. It seems that the weather happens all around me at times.  Snow here, snow there, rain here, rain there…. but today was a Sunny Day!  For that I am very thankful.  With a few more days like this maybe we can actually feel like it is Spring and maybe dry out enough that I can mow the grass.  Yikes!!  Last week we had 8 inches of snow show up on the first day of Spring.  Trees down and some people are still without power.

I am totally ready for Spring and Summer.  In fact,  I think that I am in need of a little Island Time. Shorts, Flip Flops and one of those really good Mai Tai Umbrella Drinks.  Oh ya, that’s what I am talking about.

But it looks like I will be just looking at my pictures and remembering all of those wonderful days, from my recliner.  It’s just not in the cards this year for a trip.  Oh well such is life.  I am just glad that I still have my memory, my recliner and my dog, so there are lots of things to be thankful for.

As a native Oregonian, getting away from the gloomy winter weather is such a treat. A nice climate change is always a good thing and the rain is much warmer.   Going to a nice tropical destination is always such a relaxing get away.  The laid back island life…  Oh yes,  I could really get into the island life style.  Definitely Hakuna matata!

Yep, The Farmers Market will be up and running soon  in Hilo on Wednesday’s.  Local people bringing their wares to market, like they have for generations.  What really amazed me was the size of the fruit and vegetables.   What they can grow in the tropics is amazing.  Fresh Roasted Kona Coffee, Mango’s, Pineapple and Avocado’s the size of a grapefruit.  The sweet smells of the fresh fruit and when I say fresh, I mean fresh.  None of  dull stuff that you find on the mainland.  Scents of the Island flowers permeate the air.  Sipping on the water of a Fresh cut Coconut, while you stole along, enjoying the day.

Just so Amazing…. Nothing that this Oregon girl had ever experienced.

The Island Life…. A world of its own.

~ Oregon Smiles … with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled

Light Of The World

Sunday Post: Light…

John 8:12

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:

he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

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About Sunday Post…. From Jake

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The Sunshine Award

Sunshine Award
2012

Oh My Golly!!!  How Exciting!!  I have only had my blog up and running now for 1 month and to my surprise when I logged in this morning I had a notice from WP that i had achieved 9 likes in one day.  That may not sound like many, but for a newbie it is wonderful.  Then I also had a message from a blogger that I follow, I have been nominated for the Sunshine Award.  Oh My Golly!!!!

It is just so exciting, not only are people reading me, they like what they see and I am being honored for being inspirational.  Oh what a blessing.  I started this blog as a way to journal my thoughts and emotions, out here On The Road Less Traveled.  Never thinking that maybe I could make a little impact on others lives.  Wow…. thank you,  each and everyone joining me on this journey.

“This prize is awarded to “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. As with all the greatest things, with honour comes responsibility, there are rules to being nominated and things I now have to do!   The rules of the Sunshine Award are as follows:

First of all I want to thank Sandy @ Wild In The Pryors for the nomination.  I found her and Alex posting a few weeks ago on Freshly Pressed and totally fell in love.  This is the ongoing story of the wild horses in the Pryor Mountains Wild Horse Range.  Thank you Sandy, your love for these animals is Sunshine in itself.

The Sunshine Award has some rules:

  • Include the award’s logo on your blog.
  • Answer some questions about yourself.
  • Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers for this award.
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs letting them know they have been nominated.
  • Share the love and link to the person who nominated you.

Questions: About Me

  1. What is your favorite color? Pink
  2. What is your favorite animal? Honu (Hawaiian for Green Sea Turtle) and Birds
  3. What is your favorite number? Actually have 2… 19 & 12
  4. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Iced Sweet Tea
  5. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter? Facebook (still fumbling around Twitter) but spend much less time there since I am here on the Blogosphere!
  6. What is your passion? Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and see the humor in all situations
  7. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? Giving and watching the expression on their face… priceless
  8. What is your favorite pattern? Anything Vera Bradley
  9. What is your favorite day of the week? Sunday, it’s the Lord’s Day
  10. What is your favorite flower?  All flowers…. Scented make it even better, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Gardenia, Roses

Pay It Forward: My Nominations

1. Tracie @ Tracie Louise Photography

2. Sandy @ Wild In The Pryors

3. Daisy @ Luv and Light

4. Jake @ SundayPost

5. Michael @ Have A Dream

6. Nancy @ Living The Seasons

7. Judy @ Jay Jays Favorites

8. Not So Creative @ Not So Creative

9. Sandy @ Planetview

10. Sue @ Fractions In Time

11. Darlene @ Work The Dream

12. Anne @ Freedom Born … set Free

 

PLEASE Check out these sites.  I hope you find them inspirational as well.  And…. Thank you All…For your support and continuing to inspire  me through your beautiful and inspirational words, thoughts and pictures. ~Franny

 

~Oregon Smiles … with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled.

 

Photography provided by: Tracie Louise Photography

You Can’t See The Forest, For All The Trees

“You can’t see the forest,  for all the trees”….  What does that mean?  You hear it from people all the time, are they confused.  Don’t trees make up the forest?  I think that it is because you get so busy focusing on one tree, you can’t see the forest.  You are looking at only one thing and not seeing the big picture.  This is what I have found true with my Genealogy Research.  You focus on one tree and you can’t see the forest and oh what a forest it is.

I have done Genealogy research off and on since the early 1980’s.  Time and life have come and gone, but I still hope of leaving something to my children and grandchildren.   Early on my plan was to find history for my grandfather, who didn’t know very much on his mother that had been in an orphanage and then adopted by a family as a child.  Back then it was the Life that got in the way and my books got put away and things where in limbo once more.

Time has come and gone.  In away time has been good to me as far as research goes….  they created new online research programs and archives, sure beats sitting for hours looking at micro-fish.  Does anyone even remember what that is?  I would have to go to my local LDS or State genealogical chapter office and sit for hours, looking and looking.  Ordering stuff from Salt Lake City, or different county and state records departments.  The records were stuck in basements or in file cabinets that no one ever looked in.  You would send off a letter, via snail mail and hope that someone would actually even answer your request, let alone go and look for the information.  Wow… time has been good to us researchers that way.

Today we can go online and type in a family name and up pops a mirage of information.  Oh how overwhelming the amount of information that is right there at your fingertips.  Also as time has come and gone, more and more records are released.  Right now we are counting down  for 1940 information.  I am not sure why they wait so long, something to do with privacy.  You can even get a job with LDS entering data.  There is such a huge amount of information out there that they are trying to get cataloged, entered and books and documents scanned, it is rather mind-boggling.

Thank you to sites http://www.ancestry.com it has become a fun history lesson as well.  I can read and read for hours.  Time goes by so quickly.  I was very fortunate that I had conversations with family members years ago before some of the history was lost.  Now it makes it easier to have a place to start.  I get lost….. One day my BFF asked me what I was up to?  I told her that I had spent the day in Kansas.  Then it was Ohio and Wyoming.

I have also been very lucky that there have been some publications on some of my family, as they were very instrumental in forming area’s like New York City.  They where Dutch and came to in the early 1600’s to what they called , New Amsterdam.  That became Flatlands, Brooklyn New York.  My ancestors home The Wyckoff House is now a national landmark there.  It is the oldest wood frame structure in the America.  My Great Grandmother lived in Kansas as a girl.  She went to school in the first Sod School house there.  My husbands grandmother lived in a sheep-herders wagon, out on the plains of Wyoming.  Her mother had died in the flu epidemic of 1918, leaving 3 small girls.  They had to travel with their father, where he followed the herds of cattle and sheep.

So many trees!  Trees, trees everywhere and the different roads that our families took to get where we are today.  The history of this country and places around the world.  Looking at just one tree at a time, we don’t see the forest.

~Oregon Smiles … with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled

Photography courtesy of  Tracie Louise Photography, Queensland, Australia

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

How many times growing up did you watch the Wizard of Oz?  I watched and worried as the wicked witch and her monkeys tried to destroy Dorothy and her companions.   They followed the Yellow Brick Road because the Munchkins told them if they did, they would find the Wizard and he would give them what they needed.  Have you ever thought what would have happened if they would have taken the Red Brick Road?

I watched that movie over and over, not understanding the real message of the movie… having the faith to believe in myself.  If I would have only believed in myself early on, I would have the confidence to take on the world.  I thought that it was just a dream, that it was only Dorothy that could click her heels together and magically she was home.  I didn’t understand when Glenda, the good witch, told Dorothy that “You’ve always had the power, my dear.  You’ve had it all along.”

Wow…. I had it all along. Like the song by the group, America, “Oz never did nothing to the Tinman that he didn’t already have.”  We’ve had it all along.  Many of us search and search for the answers, when all we needed to do was look within us. When we believe in ourselves,  it empowers us to do anything.

So back to my question…. What if we took the Red Brick Road?  Maybe if we would have taken the red brick road, we wouldn’t have just followed along with everyone else, but looked inside for the answer’s instead.  That brings me to the lyrics from Elton John…” Back to the howling old owl in the woods,  Hunting the horny back toad, Oh I’ve finally decided my future lies, Beyond the yellow brick road”

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and thank you Mr. Wizard …

I have the power to believe in myself and take on the world.

~Oregon Smiles … with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled.

Photography provided by: Tracie Louise Photography

Recipe For Success

I truly believe that we can all be a success at what we do.  It is all in our Attitude of how we deal with life and each and every circumstance as it comes along.  We can have a positive attitude about things or a negative attitude.  If we believe in the Law of Attraction then what we Reap is what we Sow,  so you have to give out the good to receive it in return.  These are some of the Recipes for Success that I have found to help me over the years.  The ingredients you put into life make a powerful statement about you.

My list of ingredients for success is divided into four basic groups. Inward. Outward. Upward. And Onward. – David Thomas

Your Recipe for Success

New ingredients can improve any recipe – including your recipe for success.Most of the time, both consciously and subconsciously, we borrow ingredients. We create our recipes from what we hear and see – after all, very few things these days are original. But we are all unique and can make use of these ingredients in unique ways. We are ever evolving. Depending on our present circumstances, the ingredients we create, choose, and borrow, we may come up with a success that’s totally different from other people’s.

The three essential ingredients of anyone’s recipe for success are the Straight A’s of attitude, aptitude, and action. You can’t have one without the others. What’s your recipe for success?

Here is a great recipe for success in life:

3 cups love

2 cups loyalty

3 cups forgiveness

5 table spoons hope

2 table spoons tenderness

4 quarts sharing

2 barrels of laughter

Take the love and loyalty and mix it with sharing. Blend it with tenderness, forgiveness, and hope. Sprinkle abundantly with laughter. Bake it with sunshine. Serve daily in generous helpings

My favorite recipe is:
Start with a huge amount of attitude, created through a combination of dreaming, vision, passion, belief, desire, self-esteem, confidence, and body language. Add aptitude, which is created by a combination of knowledge, learning, education, study, intelligence, books, and CD’s. Add action, which is created from a combination of planning, networking, goals, execution, determination, discipline, and polite persistence. Then add a pinch of failure, fear, rejection and change. Sift until it becomes experience. Stir until it’s ready to serve.

Excerpted from Tim Cork’s “Tapping The Iceberg”

~Oregon Smiles … with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled

Photography provided by Tracie Louise Photography.  Check out her other beautiful work.

Hakuna Matata

It is so easy to worry about things that come along our way.  Life is so unpredictable that if we let it we could worry constantly about one thing or another.  Sometimes we even take on worry for someone else and that can cause more un-needed stress.

I have learned to ask myself,  “What good does it do to worry?”  Is it going to help something happen quicker or be better in the end.  No, there are so many variables and usually they are totally out of our control.  That is when I let go of the worry, I can relax and go about my day with things that are far more important.

Hakuna matata was a passing Swahili phrase that is literally translated as “There are no worries.” It is sometimes translated as “no worries”, although is more commonly used similarly to the American English phrase “no problem”. Timon and Pumbaa tell Simba in the Lion King movie , to move on from their troubled past and forgetting their worries.  To just live their lives in Hakuna Matata.

We can pray for god to help us, but unless we let go and Let God take over, we will continue the worry.  We need to turn our worries over to God. He tells us “Therefore do not worry and be anxious….that he knows what we need”  So we need to just cast our worries on him.

Make Hakuna Matata your life motto.  What will be, will be and there isn’t a darn thing we can do about it. So take a deep breath, cast your worries on the Lord and smile while he takes care of things.

~Oregon Smiles … with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled

Photography provided by Tracie Louise Photography