Day Two of Seven [Video]

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Day two of my week long series of images in black and white.

This particular image is of a Peruvian Cereus, which only blooms at night. You can see it happen in real time during this 2-min. video. Enjoy!

When we first moved to the “cactus ranch,” I thought this was just another variety of cactus. I had no idea what this plant would do until I saw the pods forming and, wow, do they grow fast! I was up early in the morning to catch images before they closed up.

This particular morning, I got up a little late but managed to capture it before it closed and was gone for good. I have to say that I truly loved the natural wonder of this cactus. It had (I counted) 27 blooms of beauty. I miss it!

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

 

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Day One of Seven

I decided to take the challenge of seven days of black and white images. I figured this would be easy after doing the 365 challenge in 2012. Ha! Yeah!!!!

This first image is of Daisy as she was just drifting off to dreamland. And where was she? Up on the bed, of course. She no longer sleeps there as she’s getting older and it’s hard for her to jump up now. So she has a comfy, cozy spot on the floor at the foot of my bed.

Do you ever wonder what dogs dream of? In her case, I think it’s a safe bet that she’s herding sheep.

A little snooze

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

Seven Years!

I just got a Happy Anniversary message from WordPress. It’s been seven years since I started blogging on this platform. Wow! Time certainly flies.

New friends made. Loved ones passing. Pets going to the Rainbow Bridge. But through it all, something remains a constant. That’s YOU. All of you who blog here right along with me.

I don’t get to read as many as I’d like. Things have been busy around the homestead here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s Spring and that means a lot less rain and more sunshine. Yours truly likes that a lot. 🙂

Today’s image is one that I took as part of my granddaughter’s Senior pictures. I had so much fun photographing this lovely young lady. She’s as sweet as she looks. I can’t believe she’s graduating high school in two more days. I’ve been photographing her since the day she was born and have cherished every minute of it.

Time whips by. Did I say that already? LOL.

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Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

Drinking More Water

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Most people are walking around in a constant state of dehydration, which can have mental as well as physical effects. Fortunately, maybe a few trips to the Emergency Room can be avoided by following some common-sense tips.

With so much frightening information out there about drinking water out of plastic bottles, drinking water from your tap, drinking water from purifying systems, and many other opinions about what’s safe, one can get really confused about what’s best for his/her body. In fact, there are some folks out there going to the extreme by saying that no water is safe anymore.

The truth is … we cannot live without water. When we’re infants, our bodies are about 90% water. When we’re older, into our late 80’s, our bodies are literally drying up because our water content only averages about 50%.

I know, some people say that the manufacturers of bottled water have conjured up a lot of hype about the value of consuming more water. Well, maybe they have, but it’s still a fact that our bodies need more water than we normally drink. So what if you drink lots of coffee, tea or juice on a daily basis? My son tells me that he gets enough water in all the coffee he drinks. Yikes! We know that caffeine dehydrates, so unless you’re drinking decaf coffee and tea, you’ll need to supplement with 8 oz. of water for every cup of coffee or tea that you consume. As for the juices, unless you’re making them yourself, most likely they’re loaded with sugar. Drinking more water will help to eliminate the sugar concentration in your blood.

What about all these vitamin water drinks? Some of them are really good, but again, watch the sugar content. You can find ones that are sugar-free, sweetened naturally with Stevia or Xylitol. I would definitely avoid the ones sweetened with aspartame. And that includes Splenda. It’s also chemically derived. Try adding the juice of an organic lemon or lime. You’ll give your body even more health benefits. You can look that up online and you’ll be amazed at what you find in numerous reports. I use Happy Water drops in my water consistently now, to the point that if I have to drink water without it, I feel like I’m being cheated. (And yes, I sell this product because it works)! Pure water keeps the body’s cells hydrated and healthier by providing superior hydration, allowing more water to get inside of the cells.

My doctor once told me that when you start to feel thirsty, most likely you’re already dehydrated. That alone prompted me to change my habits about drinking more water. I know that it can take some practice and attention to change any habit. But if you’re not in the habit of drinking at least six to eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day, do your best to get into the habit. You’ll feel better, look better and guess what? You’ll even sleep better. Water-deprived organs have to work much harder to keep your body fit, so give them a break … get them hydrated. You will see and feel an improvement in just one day!

Give yourself the gift of better health. Drink more water and feel free to add the lemon or the lime. Extra vitamin C, especially during cold and flu season, can’t hurt!

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’