Friday, August 19, 2011

When A Picture Is Not Worth A Thousand Words

photo by Lacie Myers 2011

I write because even though a picture can be worth a thousand words, even a photograph can't capture the grandeur I feel when I'm surrounded by snow-capped mountains or the majesty I feel when I walk through the miles of wild flowers on Table Mountain. 

Nor can a photograph capture the delight and satisfaction I feel at having the perfect bouquet of orange and yellow roses from my own garden in a luminous emerald vase sitting on my bathroom counter to look at while I brush my teeth and get ready for the day. A picture cannot capture the way I feel about that. I know because I took about fifty pictures trying. I wish it could because I want to save that feeling, record it, and pull it out to look at this winter when my roses aren't blooming, and neither am I. 

My bouquet represents a hot morning spent in the yard -- I pruned overgrown rose bushes while my son loaded them into the bed of the truck. I rescued all the buds and flowers I could from the tangle of long shoots, spent, dried flowers, and rose hips. I stripped off all the leaves and made tight topiary-like bouquets. I wouldn't dare make them at any other time because it would seem a waste of the buds-- but these would have been wasted anyway.

photo by Lacie Myers 2011

It evokes memories of my daughter and a day eight years ago when I came home to find the sweet preparations she'd made for some guests. She had filled several vases with flowers in this same topiary style and placed them around the house to be discovered. She taught me to make bouquets this way. More refreshing proof of how we saw the world differently.

It reminds me of my Grandma Jean whom the oddly shaped, squat round vase had belonged to and that before my daughter showed me, I had little idea how to make use of it's odd design. 

It makes me think of the woman in our neighborhood who started a flower business on her land this year. She taught me to put a little sugar in the water to keep the flowers fresh longer, and so I did that.

It reminds me of Grandma Myers and how even at eighty years old she helped me trim my rose bushes. She never complained about her bumpy knuckles, though they must have hurt at times. Will my occasionally aching fingers still be able to trim rose bushes at eighty or will I have enough money to hire someone to do it for me? 

I estimated how many weeks will go by before the roses blossom again - weeks without bouquets -- and I put one of my arrangements in the fridge to preserve it. I'll bring it out in a few days when the other bouquets are wilted. 

I'm not saying all these things run through my mind every time I walk by my innocent little flower arrangement, but they are part of how I experience it's beauty. 

What things open the floodgates of your memories?

    Friday, August 12, 2011

    Today I am doing a guest post on Sarah Allen's blog.  I discovered her spot on the internet at the start of my own blogging adventure, and I always look forward to reading her updates. She posts something new nearly every day on a variety of topics related to the arts.

    Visit me at her blog, and read a few of her posts while you're there.

    Thursday, August 11, 2011


    I'm back with a quote from one of the wisest wizards ever created by an author. During my second viewing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, I slipped my writing notebook and pen out of my purse, and wrote down some of Professor Dumbledore's advice to Harry near the very end of the movie:

    "Words are, in my most humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic." 

    Yes! Yes! That's why this internet community of writers and book lovers exists. That's also why we can't turn off our dreams of writing something that will bring a little "magic" into someone else's life.

    Sure this series is all about witchcraft and wizardry, spells and wands, but ironically, every bit of magic stuffed between the covers of every volume was created with WORDS.

    J.K. Rowling's characters are so well done that I had to remind myself the credit for this bit of wisdom goes to her and not my favorite white-haired wizard.

    So use this quote as inspiration. The key word is inexhaustible, which means that no matter how many books have already been written, there is still enough magic left in the world for you to write yours. Go and find it!

    What magic words (quotes) inspire you to push through the hard times?

    Wednesday, August 3, 2011

    The Wonders of Watermelon

    I hope you are having a fantastic summer! I've had more than my share of diversions and adventures this summer, and I'm taking a break from blogging for a week to catch my breath and spend time with extended family. 

    But before I do, I want to share some tidbits with you about ........WATERMELON. 

    We all know it's sweet, beautiful, refreshing, fat free, and fun to eat. 

    But here's what I didn't know about watermelon until this summer:

    • Americans eat 4 billion pounds of it a year.
    • It's considered a fruit and a vegetable. 
    • It's high in vitamins A, B6, and C, plus thiamine, magnesium, and potassium.
    • It contains more of the antioxidant, lycopene, than any other fruit or vegetable.
    • The first known watermelon harvest was 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
    • When looking for a ripe watermelon, turn the green beauty over and look for a creamy yellow spot that tells you it sat on the ground and ripened on the vine.    

    Last year we had an amazing watermelon harvest, and we did nothing special to warrant it -- just good Durham soil and worm castings from the Worm Farm down the street. Some fruit were yellow fleshed, some a light orange, and some the traditional deep pink. Several were over 35 pounds! Our largest was almost as big as our granddaughter, and weighed 42 lbs (more than twice her weight)!!!! 

    Grandpa & Ember with some of  last year's harvest.
    So, while I'm taking my blog-break, see how much you can contribute to the 4 billion pounds of watermelon that needs to be eaten this year.

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