Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lessons We Can Learn From A Snowman

More Huntley Meadows photographs. The actual trail was covered with about a foot of snow, packed down by the many footprints of fellow walkers. Without them we wouldn't have known which way to go and as it was, we were taking a leap of faith that these people knew where they were going. We came across this lovely snowman. He had melted a little but he was still very impressive. Too bad we weren't there to watch him being built but we were glad he had waited around long enough to get these shots.

Lessons we can learn from a snowman

Wearing white is always in style - even after Labor Day.

If you're a little bottom heavy - hey, that's okay!

Accessories don't have to be expensive.

Sometimes sweating too much can have disastrous results.

Getting outside in the winter is good for your health.

Don't get too much sun.

You know you've made it when they write a song about you.

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Well, we still have quite a lot of snow around. On the other side of the street the sun hits our neighbors' gardens a lot longer, and you can now actually see grass. Our side where the front of our house seems to be in almost permanent shade, still has enough snow for me to hope for the temperatures to raise high enough to get rid of it. Gregg actually tried to remove some but it is rock hard ice now and I think we would need the help of a jackhammer. At least our driveway is free and clear. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the forecasters are predicting more snow. Maybe it will be relatively light and I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Last week Gregg was away on another business trip, to Seattle this time. We really liked our last two trips to Seattle and hope to go back together in the not too distant future. I could go on these business trips but prefer to save our money for a time when he won't be tied up all day and we can enjoy the whole experience of an extended road trip, instead of being in one hotel for a week. I think we were nomadic in another life.

Brad came over to take his mother out for lunch on Tuesday and it is always great to catch up. We went toThe Olive Garden and then on to Best Buy to look at their movies. I felt like treating myself and Brad is such a movie aficionado he always steers me to the right one.

Wednesday I met up with a group of friends and as we have had to cancel our get-together's the last three times, we were all keeping our fingers crossed that bad weather would not get in the way of this one. The forecast was still a bit iffy but all went well and we had a fun time.

Thursday Gregg arrived home at around four in the afternoon. Last time he was gone until the Friday, so coming home early is a treat. I don't mind my own company but it's always lovely to see him walk through the door. I can't imagine how years ago he used to go off on six month and eight month deployments. I always managed. You never liked it but got used to it because you had to. I became a very independent and self-sufficient woman but a week is enough for me nowadays. Maybe that is an age thing and you realize even more how each day together is precious, never to be taken for granted.

Yesterday we drove to Gregg's favorite Vietnamese sandwich shop. Whenever he has business in Washington DC he will occasionally stop there. This is a new place to me and of course I had to take some photos. I would have taken a lot more but I didn't want to be too gauche and tried to do it rather discretely. I'll be posting photos of the place in a day or so. We ran a few other errands and that took care of our day.

Sunday (today) there was a Home and Garden Show over at the the Expo Center in Chantilly. I'll post photos of that visit later in the week. We didn't stay there long as I was looking more for garden fair than all the other displays they had, more for renovating homes than actual gardens. Okay, I was looking for something more like the Chelsea Garden Show and was a bit disappointed. It was a great place if you were thinking of renovating your home though, and we did leave our name with a company who do walkways. We have been talking about redoing ours in the front of the house for a long time, including the steps, and we might actually get to it this year. Gregg, bless him, was glad it was such a short trip around as I think he thought we would be tied up there all morning and he was getting hungry for his Mickey D's bacon, egg and cheese biscuit. We were walking into the Golden Arches by 10.35, having gone inside the expo center at ten. Yes it was a very short visit and he was a happy man!

TODAY'S FLOWERS # 81

I don't know what kind of plant/flower this is.

The snow-covered 'ground' surrounding it, is actually the water of a large pond covered in ice.




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Friday, February 26, 2010

Camera Critters # 99

Lessons we can learn from a Goose.

When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.


If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.

As each goose flaps its wings it creates an "uplift" for the birds that follow. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.

If we have as much sense as a goose we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.

When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.

It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other's skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.

The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one's heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of honking we seek.

I found this information here.

These photos were taken by me at Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria, Virginia.


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