Renewable Resources

Since I have been so distracted with my new project, my blog and my home have taken a back seat.  Today in my quest for a topic, I have realized we are surrounded by renewable resources.   Some living here in Oregon, who may see the rain and our weather as a hindrance, for me it is what keeps Oregon green.  I am not speaking of Green as environmentally friendly, such as recycling though Oregon is big on recycling, but Green because of our color.  The weather here definitely make for some very good conditions for Renewable Resources.

For me the Renewable takes on many venues. Be it the Laundry that comes back day after day,  The dirty dishes that seem to stack up and it’s only me in the house and then there is my yard.  The grass  is definitely renewable,  It seems just like yesterday that I mowed it.  With the rain we been having, it has renewed itself, Back are those tall blades of grass blowing in the wind.  Dandelions, which have now gone from pretty yellow flowers, to the little round puffs of seeds that as children we would pick and blow to the wind, making a wish.  Little did I know then, why the neighbor disliked us doing that.  Blowing new  little Dandelion seeds into their beautiful landscaped lawn.

My flower beds are full of renewable’s as well.  The weeds we pull for hours at a time, clearing out to see the beauty of the garden, are now back in full force.   Some of the weeds look very nice, but they can take over all to quickly.

Intermission…….

 ……. Back from the brief interlude,

actually it has been a couple of hours.

It started to sprinkle outside and I needed to take care of some of my Renewable Resources.  Yes,  I got out and mowed my lawn.  My furry companions, decided that they would rather be in the house and not outside in the rain, but for me it was very refreshing.

While I was out working with great vigor, finishing before the big downpour, I thanked God for what I have.  Thanking him that I have a lawn to mow and that I live in Oregon where the refreshing rain keeps us green.

Some may see it as a big chore taking care of the renewable resource that comes with that rain, but then there are some that would give anything now to see the rain and green.  I prayed for those that live in Colorado, that have lost it all.  Prayed for those that are on the front lines of the fire, working so hard to save Humans, Homes, Wildlife and Nature.

Next time you think that it is such a chore taking care of those renewable resources that surround you, remember to not take anything for granted.  Be thankful for what you have, for there are those that would give anything to have what you do.

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

Thank you Tracie Louise Photography, for sharing these wonderful photos from Queensland, Australia

Staying The Course….

“It takes both Rain and Sunshine, to make a Rainbow”

Life is never filled with only good things, anyway it hasn’t been for me, there will always be the down times as well.  Times that we go through struggles, times that seem like nothing good is going to happen to us and times when it seems so bad, there is nothing to live for.  I can truly say that by the Grace of God, I have made it through those dark times.  Those are the days of Rain…..

Then there are the days of Sunshine……   A Warm loving support network of Family and Friends.   The Lord watching out for me and showing me that misfortune’s can turn into great opportunities.  He has given me a roof over my head and food on the table.  Blessed with 2 wonderful sons, a beautiful grandson and most recently my dream job.  My tribe is growing and I am making some wonderful new friends, that will lead to new, great memories and sunshine.

The Galahs on the Fence…

Through the many trials of life, I have continued to laugh at myself and the world around me and kept the smiles coming.  Yes this road less traveled has it’s share of  bumps and holes, but I wouldn’t change it for anything, it has made me who I am.  I know there are still rainy times ahead, but I am here, I am now.  Things are good,  standing here in the sunshine of the Rainbow of Life.  Thank You Jesus!


~Oregon Smiles with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled

Thank you Tracie Louise Photography for the beautiful photography you have blessed me with.


Bad Moon Rising

Excerpt from Bad Moon Rising

by: John Fogerty, Creedence Clearwater Revival

I see the bad moon arisin’
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightnin’
I see bad times today

Don’t go around tonight
Well, it’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise


Wow does that ever date me….. Got to love the Music from the 70’s.  When I saw this picture that my friend Tracie Louise Photography took, a couple of weeks ago, it reminded me of this song.  Don’t get me wrong the photo is amazing.

Sometimes we can surely feel this way.  That life is like a Bad Moon Rising, that there is trouble on the way.  No matter what we do something is going to go wrong.  Things just aren’t going to work out for us.  We ask God why?  Why do these things always happen to me?  Can’t I ever get a break in this life and things finally go right?

Recently such as life is….. We have been graced by one of those wonderful occasions, someone stole my son’s car.  Like wow, great…. now what are we going to do?  He is off at school working so hard to finish up his degree in Civil Engineering,  far from home and now not able to come home if he could.  Again, I worried and worried as a mom does, wondering what and how we where going to get him through this.

I know that this wasn’t the work of God, he doesn’t do things like this.  But he does give us free will and those bums that took his vehicle used their free will wrongly.  Then it came to me, Opportunity.  We can use this bad as an opportunity to have something good come out of it.  Like when life gives you Lemons, make Lemon Aid.  It may not have been God’s doing for this to happen, but he is now creating an opportunity for us to have something better.

Oh how wonderful life is.  Yes there maybe some bumps in my Road Less Traveled, but we can turn this around and make sure they don’t turn in to pot holes.  Not sure the road will get paved on this one, but it will be a smooth ride in the end.  So next time you see that Bad Moon Rising, coming up around the Bend, tell it to just keep moving along….. I am drinking my Lemon Aid.

Oregon Smiles with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled.

Thank you Tracie Louise Photography of Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia for the wonderful pictorial inspiration.

 

From LAST’S to FIRST’S

My last couple of days have been filled with LASTS….  the Last time I did this, The Last time I did that.  Some of the Last’s where sad, but some of the Last’s have been glad.

Since I am a girl that doesn’t look at the glass as half empty or half full, but rather Thrilled that I have a glass at all,  I see these Last’s as the opportunity for my new FIRSTS.

Last’s don’t have to be a bad thing….  When God closes one door, He opens up another.  Tomorrow when I wake up and that door opens, it will be full of First’s.

It will be a day of,  First for this and First for that. Oh how exciting and what an adventure On The Road Less Traveled, full of FIRSTS.

Honey Eater, Australia

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

Photography provided by Tracie Louise Photography, Queensland, Australia

The Garden of Weedin’

Rain, Rain, Rain….  it makes the garden grow.  We have had some really crazy weather here in Oregon, it seemed like it would never clear so I could mow the lawn.  A few months later…. and I was the proud owner of  “The Garden of Weedin”, some if it over 3 ft tall.  I never lost hope though,  just like everything in our lives we need to keep hope.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, The Big Island, Hawaii

Finally over the weekend the air had cleared, the sun was out and things where starting to dry out, things where looking good.  It took hours of work, running the weed eater knocking the tall stuff down.  I never lost faith,  just kept whittling away, as I see working in my yard as therapy.  Wonderful glorious therapy and in the end you have something very wonderful to look at and enjoy.

With the mowing finally done and the weed eater working  it’s magic, I realize that the weeds sort of represent things that happen in my life.  There are some very troublesome weeds, that just creep in and out and it is really hard to get rid of them.  Like some of the past experiences and people in life and how they still have an impact on our lives.  There are weeds that are bothersome, but you can pull them out and clean things up and move on.  Weeds can help feed the critters and creatures in our yards and there are even some to harvested for food and have healing properties.

The returning weeds show me that we compete against our own potential every day.  Most of us fall short of what we are capable of doing or being.  I believe that no matter what job you hold, what industry you work in, or where you live, every morning you wake  up with a clean slate and no weeds in your garden.

Just go out and explore your “Garden of Weedin” and see how you can clean your slate.   You can make your life and your dreams anything you choose it to be.   Keeping your faith will help keep up the hope for good things. Your Possibilities Are Endless!

~Oregon Smiles with Franny, On The Road Less Traveled

Photography by Tracy Louise Photography

Blogging Tips: Growing a Readership

I am not sure how to share this with my followers.  Still a Newbie on some of this.  This is a great blog from my friend over at Kana’s Chronicles.  Lots of great information for us Newbie bloggers and reminders for the Veterans.

Blogging Tips: Growing a Readership.

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

APRIL FOOL’S DAY

Happy April Fool’s Day!!  Yes it is April 1.  Hard to believe the year is moving along this fast.  When I was a kid having fun with my grandfather “POP” was always

something to look forward to.  Pop would call me on the phone a tell me a April Fool joke.  One that I always remember was…

Pop…  Is your refrigerator running?

Me… Yes

Pop…  Then you better go and catch it.

Oh the memories.  So with that being said I thought that I would take today and do some research and see what all the April Fool stuff was all about.  I know that there have been some very famous practical jokes done by radio stations and such, but still wondered where it all started.  These are a couple of resources that I found.  So who knows for sure.  Please enjoy and maybe it will bring back some of your memories of the day.

April Fool’s Day History

The history of April Fool’s Day or All Fool’s Day is uncertain, but the current thinking is that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year‘s Day was moved from March 25 – April 1 (new year’s week) to January 1.

Send invitations to nonexistent parties and have other practical jokes played upon them.
Communication traveled slowly in those days and some people were only informed of the change several years later. Still others, who were more rebellious refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate on the last day of the former celebration, April 1.

These people were labeled “fools” by the general populace, were subject to ridicule and sent on “fool errands,” sent invitations to nonexistent parties and had other practical jokes played upon them. The butts of these pranks became known as a “poisson d’avril” or “April fish” because a young naive fish is easily caught. In addition, one common practice was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke.

This harassment evolved over time and a custom of prank-playing continue on the first day of April. This tradition eventually spread elsewhere like to Britain and Scotland in the 18th century and was introduced to the American colonies by the English and the French. Because of this spread to other countries, April Fool’s Day has taken on an international flavor with each country celebrating the holiday in its own way.

In Scotland, for instance, April Fool’s Day is devoted to spoofs involving the buttocks and as such is called Taily Day. The butts of these jokes are known as April ‘Gowk’, another name for cuckoo bird. The origins of the “Kick Me” sign can be traced back to the Scottish observance.

In England, jokes are played only in the morning. Fools are called ‘gobs’ or ‘gobby’ and the victim of a joke is called a ‘noodle.’ It was considered back luck to play a practical joke on someone after noon.

In Rome, the holiday is known as Festival of Hilaria, celebrating the resurrection of the god Attis, is on March 25 and is also referred to as “Roman Laughing Day.”

In Portugal, April Fool’s Day falls on the Sunday and Monday before lent. In this celebration, many people throw flour at their friends.

The Huli Festival is celebrated on March 31 in India. People play jokes on one another and smear colors on one another celebrating the arrival of Spring.

So, no matter where you happen to be in the world on April 1, don’t be surprised if April fools fall playfully upon you.

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

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