Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Look what I found in the mail! I am so very excited.... I received this beautiful sterling silver dragonfly necklace (the photo does not do it justice!) from Penelope G. The lovely necklace was the give-away on Laura Trevey's blog, Bright, Bold and Beautiful several days ago...and I WON! Yippee!!!!! (I love dragonflies!) Not only does the dragonfly have raised designs on the wings, the long chain can be shortened by attaching the lobster claw between the pretty Swarovski crystals...it's like two necklaces in one!
Thank you, Laura, for the opportunity to win...and for introducing me to Penelope G. I have truly enjoyed "talking" with her and seeing her beautiful jewelry at her ETSY store. Please take a minute and visit Penelope's shop. You might find just the right piece for you...or for a gift. The jewelry is lovely, the prices are fair, and Penelope is delightful!
Thank you...thank you...thank you.
I LOVE DRAGONFLIES!!!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Today, I want to share something that has been on my heart...
For the past several years, I have been involved with young people. Many are from good, strong homes; many are not. Many have healthy views of themselves; many do not. Many feel secure in their world; many do not. Every one...EVERY SINGLE ONE... of them has been touched by abuse, be it alcohol, drugs, physical, mental...and by depression...you know the list. Even the strongest of these young people have moments of doubt that they do not fit in anywhere...they are scared, lonely, depressed, ripped apart. They cry out for help. But we don't always hear...
*According to the National Institute for Mental Health, more than 18 million people in the US suffer from depression.
*Depression often co-occurs with anxiety disorders and substance abuse, with 30 percent of teens with depression also developing a substance abuse problem. (NIMH)
*Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide, and suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers. (NIMH)
*2 out of 3 people suffering from depression do not seek help!
The above statements are found on the website of To Write Love On Her Arms, "a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depressions, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery." (their mission statement)
This "LOVE" movement is circling the globe. Letters, emails, and financial support show its hope is resonating with young people all over the world. (There are some incredible notes on the website.) TWLOHA has a presence at rock concerts and other events throughout the US and beyond. (See the Calendar on their website. ) It's definitely a charity...a support system... with which we should be familiar.
Truthfully, I had never heard of TWLOHA until my son, Music Guy, came home with a shirt sporting these letters. Of course, I asked what they meant...and the story unfolded. In fact, the story was written on the shirt for all to see (read). Today, he works with this organization, handling a lot of their IT work...and he keeps me informed of their happenings. In my email this morning, MG sent me a link to an event TWLOHA sponsored with Hurley (surf company) in Virginia. The link for this event is below, as is the story, written by Jamie (the founder). It is moving...bringing tears to my eyes. I highly recommend reading it... a mother's love.
(This story is also on the TWLOHA website...Flowers to the Sea.)
Please take a few minutes to check out the TWLOHA website...to read their vision and the story that started it all...
"Hope is real. Help is real. Your story is important."
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Sunshine...on my shoulders...makes me happy.
Sunshine...in my eyes...can make me cry.
Sunshine...on the water...looks so lovely,
Sunshine...almost always makes me high!
If I had a day that I could give to you...
I'd give to you a day just like today.
If I had a song that I could sing for you...
I'd sing a song to make you feel this way.
May your day be filled with warm sunshine...
Be sure to visit all the other Outdoor Wednesday posts at http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com...a treat for the eyes!!!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Bite-Sized Applesauce Muffins
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
cinnamon sugar (mix, to taste, sugar and cinnamon...I love lots of cinnamon!!!)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Stir the first 7 ingredients together until all are combined. Do not over mix.
Drop by teaspoonsful into a greased miniature cupcake pan.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from pan while warm. Dip the top of each muffin in melted butter, then cinnamon sugar.
Makes 36 mini muffins.
Be sure to visit Michelle at http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com
There are some really scrumptious recipes this week!!!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Rows of beach chairs are waiting for you...
Seagulls are splashing and preening...getting all spruced up for your photo-ops.
The shelling is great! And the sand is perfect for building giant castles...
The breezes are just right for kite flying! Not to strong... not too gentle...
Walking on the shore or body-surfing in the waves, dozing in the sun or reading a book...
RELAX... listen to the rhythm of the waves...the crash of the water on the breakers...the sound of the breeze...the laughter of children...
Come join us...
We're waiting for you!
(All photos were taken at Honeymoon Island State Park...Dunedin, FL. This gorgeous park is just minutes from my home. Stop by for a glass of iced cold pomegranate and mint lemonade.)