This week’s Daily Post photo challenge is collage. I was reminded of our trip to the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the campus of Duke University. On the wall just outside the Doris Duke Center was a beautiful collage of air plants.
We went to the gardens to view the Triangle Bonsai Society Expo inside the Doris Duke Center building. To see photos, click Bonsai.
To see my last photo challenge post, click Bridges.
This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is bridges.
I have always loved bridges, the large, high ones that span rivers and highways down to the small, low ones crossing a creek in the woods. They are like tickets to another place you would ordinarily have to swim or fly to and, possibly because I’m petite, I’ve always like to be up high and look down.
Which bridge do you like the most?
Check out prior photo challenges:
Dense Is Sometimes A Good Thing
Scenes From Atop
If anyone else is in the same boat as we are, moving into a new home, these Feng Shui tips could help make the transition smoother. Feng Shui is all about balancing the energy in a room, house or office. Even if we aren’t aware of it, humans are influenced and affected by the arrangement of things and colors around us.
To learn more about Feng Shui, try these sites:
To Feng Shui your new home:
- Clean the house, inside and out. Everyone would do well to start living in a clean environment. Open the windows to let fresh air throughout the house for at least nine minutes to clear out any negativity.
- Orange Essential Oil. Sprinkle, diffuse or spray a little orange essential oil throughout the house to encourage positivism.
- Bless or Dedicate the house. This can range from having your pastor or priest come and bless the house to you going clockwise room to room and focusing on the happy memories you will create in your new house.
- Pay particular attention to the kitchen. A good, strong kitchen will ensure health and happiness for all who live or visit the house. Add a few fresh herb plants, keep a fruit bowl filled with fresh, colorful fruit on the table and keep the kitchen clean and bright.
These tips will get you started. If you’re interested in tips on arranging furniture, you can visit these sites:
or read some of my past posts:
Feng Shui for Summer
Feng Shui Animals
If you have any other new house tips, I’d love to hear them.
Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday so start planning now!
7 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day:
- Browse through family albums. Young kids love to see photos of their parents as kids and older kids will be thoroughly embarrassed with their own baby pictures 🙂 And all kids enjoy looking at old pictures of grandmas and grandpas when they were young.
- Make some scrapbook pages. Use photos or mementos from activities of the past year. Children can express what “mom” means to them with stamps, stickers and markers.
- Read some books about mothers. Cuddle up with your small ones and read about other moms and their young ones. My family always loved Are You My Mother by Dr. Seuss.
- Get outdoors. Go on a picnic, hike through a state park, take a bike ride or go to the beach. Spending time together and outdoors will make lasting memories to scrapbook about next year.
- Honor your own mother and grandmother. Enjoy a light lunch together or a massage at the spa. If your mother or grandmother has passed away, you can write a message on a balloon and release it or plant a tree or flowering bush in their honor.
- Help other mothers. Donate any slightly used children’s items to your neighborhood thrift store to help other mothers struggling to support their families.
- And don’t forget yourself. Be sure to reserve a little time for yourself. Take a luxurious bath without interruption, chat with a friend, take a nice nap, whatever will serve to recharge your batteries in order to survive until another mother’s day 🙂
I wish all the mothers out there a wonderful and happy Mother’s Day!
Be sure to tell me how you like to spend Mother’s Day.
To me everyday is Earth Day. So this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is an easy one. Earth.
Here are a few photos of our beautiful Mother Earth.
Remember to recycle, reuse & repurpose to help protect our Mother Earth.