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Night Bloomer

The southern Arizona desert has some interesting plants and flowers.  Recently I was combing through some of my images and found these.  The top one is an image of a night-blooming Peruvian Cereus, which was in our back yard at the “Cactus Ranch.”  Unfortunately, the hard freeze that we had a few years ago destroyed the plant.  I found that to be particularly sad, but everything has a life cycle, including us.

The good news is that we can leave behind something of beauty if we choose.  We all have that opportunity.  I’m grateful to our Cereus plant for sharing her beauty with us, and that I was able to capture these images for posterity.  I did some digital enhancements on the top one because I’ll be using it for cards.  The bottom image is what the plant looks like with several blooms.  Namaste’

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Regina (Gina) Arnold is the author of Uncomplicated Ways to Find Your Financial Freedom, a “flunked retirement” entrepreneur, co-author of The Art & Science of Recruiting, an award-winning photographic artist,  and photo blogger.

Shameless Promotion

Something I’ve always wanted to do … which I’ve kept a secret until now (except for hubby, of course) … is become a published author on Amazon.  Well, it finally happened!  Here’s my shameless promotion:  (drum roll please) …

My new title was just published … UNCOMPLICATED WAYS TO FIND YOUR FINANCIAL FREEDOM. 

It may or may not be obvious why I chose this topic to write about, so let me explain.  Many families around the world today, especially the U.S., are caught up in the debt cycle and can’t seem to find their way out.  I was there myself at one time and it was the most awful feeling – robbing Peter to pay Paul most months.

Families are struggling financially now more than ever so I feel they need simple, easy-to-follow solutions.  But the problem is that they can go online and research what to do, check out what all the financial gurus say, find experts willing to give some free advice (but later collect money for a program), etc.  and still not find something that isn’t confusing at best.  They need something they can understand and stick to.

So I decided to keep it easy and basic.  Will it work?  Yes, but only if applied.  Like anything else in life, right?

There are no reviews yet.  Hope to get some soon.  Want to be one of the first?  Buy a copy :-)  Don’t have a Kindle?  Amazon gives everyone a free reading app for Kindle titles that can be used on smartphones, tablets, or PC’s.  Thanks and Namaste’

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Regina (Gina) Arnold is also a “flunked retirement” entrepreneur, co-author of The Art & Science of Recruiting, an award-winning photographic artist,  and photo blogger.

The Cost of Having Me

In today’s world the cost of having children is huge compared to when I was born … 65 years ago today.  As I was going through some of my Mom’s things, I came across the hospital bill that she saved.

Back then they kept mothers and babies in the hospital for a lot longer than they do now.  Mom and I were there for five days and I was a natural birth.  I guess they wanted to make sure that we got the care we needed before sending us home.  What a concept as compared to now!  Mom said the doctor and nurses were terrific. Marysville is a great town … 4,000 people back then, and still around 4,000.  I haven’t been back there in a long while but one of these days, I plan to go.

As you can see from the breakdown on my hospital bill, it cost a whole $4.00 for “Care of Baby.”  Wow!  Compare that to the cost of having a child these days.  Unbelievable, isn’t it?

I was born exactly at 12:00 midnight on the 12th and Mom was in labor for 12 hours.  The doctor gave her a choice for my birth date and she picked the 12th because she said that was the date that she did all the “work.”  12-12-12 … hmmm.  Namaste’

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Just for the Whimsy

OK, all you detectives out there.  What are the little “things” in this photo?  Shouldn’t be too difficult for you.  I’m not mean, after all, but I purposely didn’t tag it with any “clues.”  Have fun and let me know what you see.  Namaste’

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Painted Ponies

While visiting my Mom yesterday, she took me to meet a wonderful little lady who lives there in the adult care home.  There are only about nine residents in the home, so it’s a rather intimate little group.

Each person there is probably wishing they weren’t trapped in bodies that are failing them now.  It’s so sad to see them all sitting around the living room, mostly asleep in the recliners.  Some are in their rooms, but no one seems very happy.  The food is decent (nothing to write home about) and healthy, the grounds outside are lovely, and the staff is very helpful and pleasant.

But back to the lovely lady that Mom introduced me to.  She has a shelf in her room with these painted ponies and she adores them.  She was thrilled when I asked her if I could photograph them.  All I had with me was my phone but it was enough to make her feel good.  Sometimes it’s the smallest of things we can provide for someone else to make them smile.

Live every day to the fullest … Namaste’

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Circuses and Monkeys

Have you ever been in a situation where you find yourself caught up in someone else’s drama?  I imagine the answer to that question is “Well, of course I have, Reggie!”  Haven’t we all?  And haven’t we tried to “fix” it or intervene somehow, thinking we should?

When I saw this picture the other day on my friend’s social media feed, not only did I laugh my butt off, it made me think of all the times I really could have used this, and believe me, there are too many to count.  Just wanted to share this with you.  You can be sure I’ll be using this in my life more often :-)

I’ll be getting back to posting some images when we’re back from our vacation.  See you then!  Namaste’

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The High and Mighty

The High and Mighty

On my way home I noticed the mighty Century plant reaching for the heavens with the Catalina Mountains as a back drop. Sweet!

Then I Was Dying . . .

Originally posted on Becoming is Superior to Being:

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Canines and One Feline Cooling Off

Seeing as how lots of us in the western U.S. are sweltering right now, I thought I’d post this really “cool” video of a happy pack of dogs and one cat cooling off at the beach in Australia.  And they’re all doing it to the hit song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.  Best version I’ve ever seen!  And thanks, Leslie, for sending it.  Enjoy and Namaste’

For you, Zannyro!

I was looking for an image to use on one of my eBay postings and clicked on the wrong folder.  Or was it the right one after all?  All things happen for a reason … someone must be craving chocolate??????

My friend and fellow, artful blogger, Zannyro, who gives all of us a look through her window into the woods, happens to be a chocolate lover, too.  So this one’s for you, Miss Z … minus the calories.  Ha!  (She’s probably going to say I’m torturing her). Namaste’

Hubby’s boss sent us a box of these delectable chocolate covered strawberries last year and of course I had to photograph them before they were gone.  Oh, I did let Hubby have a couple.  Just kidding … we shared them equally :-)

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