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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Results of the Drug Testing on Welfare Recipients


What 7 States Discovered After Spending More Than 1 Million Drug Testing Welfare Recipients


I somehow knew that they would be wasting money on this. All that money could have fed more people and got more jobs and housing for them...training too. Way back I was on welfare and I went through a displaced homemakers program and got an education that I could use. They need a whole lot more of those then drug testing. Give the people hope and encouragement.

Now there are some people that claim that anyone can pass a urine test, but I pointed out to the that that would be a whole lot of people that would do that to make these astounding number incorrect.  I asked her if she read the whole document and she said that she just skimmed it.  Here is where the problem lies with the people.....They all pre-judge everyone for the actions of a few and think that everyone therefore is a drug user when they asking and trying to get on the Welfare System.

By my experience, and it was a very good one at that, once you get on Welfare it is hard to get off of it.  They do help you in so many ways, but it's like weaning a baby off a bottle.  If you have never gone through such a program then you will never realize the good that it is.  Yes, there are those the mis-use the system.  There was a system in place before the government got involved and made this Welfare System.  I did write a blog about that.  They had what was called "poor houses". (link at end of this blog so you can red about this one in my area) They weren't what you think of either.  Your first reaction would probably be that these people were so poor that they were dirty and couldn't dress properly and had some missing teeth and couldn't speak correctly.....right?  Well you are so far off and this is what most people think of.....just the same as the Homeless.  You think they are all drug addicts or alcoholic.........so far off on that one too.  I am not sure where all this negativity comes from, but my aim here is to educate you to the truth of the matter.

In this article that I posted at the top of this blog, if you actually go to it and read the whole thing, thy have all the states that did these testings.  There are charts about the finding and there is known how much money was involved in this venture of the government.  They are startling find and they are not what you would have thought coming out of this that most people wanted proof of.  This study found just the opposite and I, for one, am glad....being as I was one such Welfare Recipient myself years ago.  I worked hard to get off of that system. I wanted and needed the help that the system provided.  I didn't want to live on the street or take hand-outs.  Believe me that there are circumstances that never enter your mind when you do get to this low in your life.  I never though that I would have to go to this level in my life.  It wasn't even a part of my life or mindset and I certainly was not dirty or did drugs. I am not talking just of myself here.  There are many who have come to find out just what it is to have to get into the welfare system.  Nobody wants to go there, believe me.  It is because of all the shaming and pre-judging that those who think they are better than anyone else does.  It is not fun and it hurts.  These kinds of people have found themselves in some  they that they never ever thought that they would be in.  Instead of shaming and calling names and assuming they are only there to get on drug, let me remind you that the coffee or tea or sports drink that most of you drink in the morning is also a drug.  Yes, Caffeine is a drug and is addicting and it is legal.  Sugar is a drug too.  It is also addicting and is also just as hard to get off of then cocaine.  Think about that one for a change.

The first step to getting information and help is to go to the DHHR.  What is DHHR?
DHHR stands for the Department of Health and Human Services. Here is the link for the WV DHHR List of Programs they provide:  DHHR West Virginia
Just in case you don't want to visit the site I will list some of those programs for you.  I know most of you will not do your research because you want to stay in your pre-conceived notions.

Division of STD, HIV, Hepatitis

HOTLINE: 800-642-8244


AIDS Prevention provides HIV/AIDS prevention through health education and training, risk reduction promotion, and resource distribution to service providers and people at risk. This is accomplished through technical assistance consultation, conferences and workshops, media campaigns, community-based organizations and community planning groups, youth peer education, HIV counseling and testing at AIDS Prevention Centers, and a statewide AIDS hotline.

The STD Program monitors disease morbidity in both the public and private sectors on Syphilis, Hepatitis B, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Eight disease investigators located throughout the state perform field epidemiology on all Early Syphilis, HIV, and Acute Hepatitis B infections as well as Chlamydia and Gonorrhea when feasible. The central program staff answers all hotline calls and provides educational resources for presentations as well as condom and literature distribution.

Help Me Grow is a FREE referral service that connects families with critical developmental resources for their children birth through five years. The goal of Help Me Grow is to successfully identify children at-risk and link them to the help they need.

Help Me Grow offers parents and medical providers:
Referral line - Get expert advice and a referral to community resources to help support early childhood development; and
Ages and Stages Screening Questionnaire - A developmental screening tool that’s endorsed by West Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and available upon request.

Help Me Grow is part of a national program that connects families to resources right here in West Virginia. The program is funded by the Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health, West Virginia Home Visitation Program.

WISEWOMAN Program Overview
The West Virginia WISEWOMAN program screens for heart disease and stroke risk factors. The following 10 risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease are specifically targeted:
Abnormal blood pressure
Diagnosed hypertension
High total cholesterol
Abnormal glucose
Diagnosis of diabetes
Tobacco use
Body Mass Index  

You can also report welfare fraud, crimes child abuse and more on the programs and online pages on the same site linked above.

There are many Drug rehab programs, through DHHR that do help those who have a drug or alcohol problem.  There were 70 listed, but this is only one of them. They help the individual with all their needs and here are some places to look.  They are not freeby programs.


These programs really focus on the individual's situation and circumstances. The assess your situation and then they point you in the direction that is going to help you out of your present situation.  That may take a few months to a few years.  It is something that you have to want to do.  Then again if you are going there in the first place it is something that you want to do. 

Some recipients have been beaten or battered wives.  Are you going to sit in judgment for all those who have had enough and want help to get better just because the first thing that pops into your mind is that they are drug addicts? Oh yeah, I can see it now......every person who finds themselves in a domestic relationship that has gone wrong somehow deserves what they get.....and least we forget, they are druggies too and deserve to be pre-judged as so.  Come On!!!!!  WAKE UP! Stop your fear and actually help someone.  That old adage of not "Don't Get Involved"  Why is it that nobody wants to help others and then expects others to help them when they are on their lowest point?  It makes no sense. The numbers of people who don't ask for help because they feel ashamed and are put in that black box, are the ones that really get hurt by our very own society and people who think and demean others because of what they think and don't have the facts.  That is very sad. Nobody knows just what it is like to be in those kinds of situations.  For Goodness Sake, have more compassion and do your homework about the situation before telling others that they are all drug addicts and want to just use the system for their addiction.

If you do have a drug problem, find out why and how they got to that point.  There is always a start to a problem.  Look in your phone book and call the DHHR yourself and get educated as to what kinds of programs that they offer. Find out other ways to help and encourage these that have had to come to this program and want and need help.  

Be proactive, Not Reactive and don't judge for something that you have no idea what you are talking about. You make it worse, not better. Stop the shaming and blaming.

Spread Truth NOT mis-information, PLEASE!



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Sunday, March 20, 2016

How-To Decorate Rentals Without Marring the Walls


Do You Live in an Apartment or Rent and want to change your room decor but can't paint or hang anything? 


Here is one method to do that and not mar the walls.

This is a method that I came up with for a friend that has an apartment and wanted to have the walls a different color. Most apartment owners will not allow you to paint the walls or hang anything on the walls. I gave my friend this idea...Measure the wall of the room in which you want to paint. I gave my friend a suggestion to only go halfway up the wall--like wainscoting does.

Measure the wall of the room in which you want to paint. I gave my friend a suggestion to only go halfway up the wall--like wainscoting is.
Get some 1x2's or furring strips. Make two sides-- the sides of the walls in the height that you want the wall to go up to. Then cut or place the bottom and top furring strips so that the sides fit snug against the sides of the wall. This way you will not have to use any screws or anything to attach to the walls and no holes in the wall. This can all be taken down when you move or would like to change the color or pattern. Use "L" brackets on all sides to stabilize the corners and make it square.
Go to the store and get a sheet set that you like that would look nice on your walls. Be creative and not only see the sheet for beds. Visualize what it would look like on your walls.
Other Suggestions:


Get white or off white sheets and make them like your canvas. You can paint scenery on them or anything that you wish.





 Use the fitted sheet for another wall or cut smaller for accents like in a picture frame. You can decoupage the material on things as accent pieces. The pillow cases can be used for window treatments, or they can be wrapped around accent pillows on your couch. Use your imagination.




That's all it is in getting the look that you want and not bothering anyone in messing up their walls.

You CAN have it the way that you want.  It's up to you and your imagination.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Aromas, Sounds and Gift Ideas for a Wonderful Holiday Morning

A Warm and Cozy House In The Winter

101 West $th Street, Oil City, Pa.  This is where my huband grew up at.

The Silence In The Early Morning
You are the first to open your eyes and you take in the sounds of silence that permeates the air. You get out of your comfy nest and put on your feet down on the warmth of your soft, plush carpet. You slip your feet into your warm and fluffy slippers. That nice soft and warm bathrobe is calling out for you to put on before you slip out the bedroom door to start your day.  If you have a fireplace you most certianly want to start a fire there before you start your day full of family, fun and friends.


The Fireplace That we all used to gather around.




First Things First
As you enter the kitchen your mind fills with all the kinds of goodies you are going to be making for breakfast. First things first though your have to start the coffee brewing. You want to be the first one to get the first cup to wake you up. As you fill your Krups combination expresso cappuccino, latte machine and coffee maker, the aroma of fresh brewed coffee starts filling the room with o most wonderful eye opening aroma. You have the first cup and go sit in the big comfy soft chair and enjoy your coffee in silence before everyone else wakes up. You are so glad that your coffee maker is a ten cup one and is enough to feed your family and are also glad that the expresso part will fill 4 cups of the elixir of cappuccino for those who also like that instead of the coffee.


Mary Allen, My Mother-In-Law cooking in the kitchen.


Some Nice Music

As the rich and inviting aroma of coffee lingers through the air and reaches the far corners of the bedrooms. It wakes the sleepy heads out of bed and brings then to the kitchen for the hearty breakfast. Each one is also in their bathrobe and slippers. One by one they come into the warm and sweet smells that drift throughout the kitchen and into the rest of the house. Somewhere in between you fixing the coffee and your family arriving in the kitchen you put a CD of holiday music in your Sony Under-cabinet CD clock radio playing in the background. It has 15 presets, auto set clock and a cooking timer, and a holder so you can connect and listen to digital music. What a perfect Holiday morning.


The Smell of Food Wakes Everyone Up
Mom has pancakes on the electric griddle. The crackling of frying bacon on her new Lodge cast iron reversible grill/griddle is music to your ears and makes your tummy grumble more for the breakfast you are about to eat. Oh the smell of bacon frying wakes anybody up. The smell of the pancakes coupled with that of the sausage and bacon makes you anticipate the filling of your tummy.



Banana, Walnut and Raisin Bread Recipe
Along with these things there is a huge plate full of different kinds of breads. One of my favorites is on the plate. It is a very simple recipe. It is Banana, Walnut, and Raisin Bread. For the recipe you need three really ripe bananas, 2 eggs and a box of yellow cake mix. That is all there is.
Now you preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
While it is getting hot you dump in the mashed bananas, yellow cake mix and eggs and mix with your brand new KitchenAid mixer for about 2 minutes.
Then you add the chopped walnuts and the raisins and stir them in.
Spray the pan with some cooking oil spray and pour the cake mix in the pan.
You can use any size or shape of pan that you want including a loaf pan.
Cook by the directions on the cake mix box.
Cool for about 10 minutes and then flip over onto a platter.

This bread can be frozen too.



Cookies and Cakes!
After Mom cleans up the kitchen she gets out all the baking sheets to start making cookies. This year she is trying out her new Wilton Cookie Master Plus Cookie Press. The set Includes 12 metal disks in classic and seasonal shapes, 4 accent tips for decorating and filling, 2 recipe booklets, a unique dough guard. She wants to start baking new cookies this year and is eager to make some appetizers and other snack things. She is also thinking about cake decorating too.








Watching Movies
Everyone is finishing up their breakfasts and is starting to move towards the living room to watch a good movie or two.   What more could anyone want?

While they are doing that Mom is finishing up the dishes, has her final cup of coffee and joins the rest of her family in the living room. Everybody is talking, laughing and having a grand time. Someone mentions a game of football in the back yard. Dad said that it will be later in the afternoon but first he wants to sit and let his big breakfast settle and watch some more Hoiliday movies.


© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Truth About Welfare Recipients

My Personal Experience of Being on Welfare.

There has been lots of media about those who are on the present day welfare system and it isn’t good.  With anything dealing with many people and the views and culture for each one you will have good and bad things come out of it.  People are getting on the bandwagon to denigrate people who have no choice in using such a fine system.  To those who shun others or spread that all those who are on welfare are drug addicts or an alcoholic that is simply untrue.  They haven’t a clue.  There is something really wrong with that.  It puts a negative light on that and causes more shame and guilt for those who might have to use that system at some point in their lives.  Most do not or haven’t ever entertained the thought of asking for help like that.  Most people are brought up to do for themselves and are expected to do so at all times in their lives.  Many of us don’t go looking to do that.

I, for one, would be homeless and on the streets if it weren’t for my parent’s and that Welfare System many years ago.  Never in my wildest thought did I think I would end up there.  I am thankful for all those who pay taxes to help subsidize this program.  I was not and have never been a drug addict, an alcoholic or anyone who uses others for my needs.  Needs, not wants.  There is a big difference in that.  Everyone needs certain things to live in this world.  The main ones are Shelter and Food. I was about to find out what these two were up close and personal many years ago.

Just like everyone else I had a great family and needed nothing.  That wasn’t to last as troubles came into our relationship and I kind of saw the ending but tried as I might I never thought that I would have to9 even ask for a place to live or go about getting food for my very needs.  Oh I had a job after the split and had a semi-reliable place to live but it wasn’t want was supposed to happen when I got told that I would need to find a place to live in 2 weeks’ time.  

Homelessness loomed over me like a big black cloud.  I never thought that I would be in this position.  I had a job there, but I didn’t know many people and didn’t want to ask them for my room and board.  I didn’t know anyone that well.  It was a very scary time in my life and never ever dreamed that this would happen to me.  It was surreal and I just wanted to wake up form this horrible nightmare.  My parents took their vacation home off the market so that I would have a place to live.  They didn’t charge me rent, but I had to pay for my own utilities and food and other needed things.  I was doing well until I had a medical problem that forced me into the hospital for 2 units of blood and my supervisor thought that I didn’t want to work at all.  We had a conference call one day and there was a lawyer as the third party.  This supervisor hung up on both of us and the case was dropped.  Oh I let the supervisor know about my health problems and how I had to take care of them.  He was not a people person.  So that threw me more into a scarier place when I found that I also did not have a job.  I had no idea how I was going to survive without a job and no social security.  I didn’t qualify for that anyway.  There I sat in my parent’s vacation home.  My youngest daughter came to live with me but I wanted to support her and me and get a life.  I didn’t want to depend on anyone else for my livelihood.  I didn’t want to go to the Welfare Department.  That was furthest from my mind.  I surely would get a job, but knew no one around this new place. 


I did suck up my pride and went to Welfare and at least I did get some medical assistance for my daughter.  My ex was giving me money for her and found out that they told me that I made $1.00 (yep exactly and no kidding) more and did not qualify for anything more.  It was a sticky problem and that is behind me now.  Through the Department of Health and Human Resources I found a good program and it is connected with the Welfare System.  Without that I would have been homeless.  I was and still am a good person.  It was very difficult for me to go to the Welfare program because of all the negative propaganda that people put out about things they have no idea about.  I wish they would stop.

There was a program called Displaced Homemaker and it was also connected with the Welfare programs.  That was a godsend.  Let me tell you how many amazing women were in that program when I came to be in it too.  Not one of them were alcoholics, drug users or looked like that.  They were all brought together much in the same way as my situation took me.  On this program I had a few programs that I could have gone through.  If it weren’t that I need a job so bad I would have taken the 4 year college route.  Being as that I had to get a job ASAP I went through a secretarial program that lasted 18 months.  I put all my effort into graduating from that.  It was very hard with finally getting ajob and a car that broke down every week and raising a daughter on my own.  I did it though and I ended up on the Dean’s List.   Not one of us out of about 100 women mis-used the Welfare System and I can’t remember anyone who went through Welfare when I did that mis-used the program either.

Find out what the NEW elegiblility Requirement are to get Welfare here: State Funding Requirement Under The NEW Welfare Law  This is the whole and each state has slightly different requirements.  


For households in the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015. To get SNAP benefits, households must meet certain tests, including resource and income tests:
  • Households may have $2,250 in countable resources, such as a bank account, or $3,250 in countable resources if at least one person is age 60 or older, or is disabled.  However, certain resources are NOT counted, such as a home and lot, the resources of people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI)…..
  • Most households must meet both the gross and net income tests, but a household with an elderly person or a person who is receiving certain types of disability payments only has to meet the net income test…….
  • The amount of benefits the household gets is called an allotment. The net monthly income of the household is multiplied by .3, and the result is subtracted from the maximum allotment for the household size to find the household's allotment. This is because SNAP households are expected to spend about 30 percent of their resources on food……
  • With some exceptions, able-bodied adults between 16 and 60 must register for work, accept suitable employment, and take part in an employment and training program to which they are referred by the local office. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in disqualification from the Program…..


If you want to learn about Immigration and the qualifications of such they are also on the link above.


Before you spread propaganda about things which you have not experienced or learned of yourself just pass it by and not spread the lies.  You don’t know what you are doing and how it hurts those who need this program.  If you see or know of someone that may be on the Welfare System, instead of degrading them, ask them how you could help.  It may be as simple as sitting down and listening or a free lunch or support searching.  There is a saying about giving fish but the greater is teaching how to fish for themselves.  This economy is so bad these days that these situations are becoming more the norm than not.  What can you do to help spread love instead of shame and guilt?  Turn it around.  It begins with you.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Fall Football, Apples, Pumpkins and Halloween


Fall is around the corner and I can tell by the leaves are a changing their colors and falling from the trees.  Oh it is only August here, but when it gets this dry that is what the leaves will do.  Fall or Autumn brings up brightly colored landscapes, rustling of leaves and cooler temperatures. There is something about Fall that no other season brings. Open your door on your way out and a breath of fresh cool fresh air hits you in the face. It does wake you up.  The stifling hot air of summer has now gone away. It is hard to miss the brightly colored leave on the trees.  They are so pretty of oranges, brown, some greens and bright yellows.  They are also going to be gone away in just a few short months when winter comes around. Squirrels scurry around gathering seeds and nuts to store for the winter.  Some raccoons and opossums gorge themselves before they take their winter’s nap.  Birds that migrate start heading to south where there is still warm temperatures.

Tis the season for some football! There are games being played in schools, colleges and in cities where the major and minor leagues play and you can see them all.  We switch from light and airy clothes of summer to light jackets and leggings in the Autumn.  Blankets with team motifs are brought out of storage and put on the furniture. 

 Along with the football enthusiasts there are pumpkins and apples and a variety of squash that are being harvested.  Children are having a blast in the pumpkin fields and moms are making lots of apple pies.  Some are baking and canning and getting ready for the much colder months.  The aromas fill the room and the houses and float on the air.  Neighbors get a whiff of your baked goods when the door or the kitchen window is opened and the aroma sneaks out.  Can’t you just see mom and granny sitting in the kitchen chatting and drinking hot apple cider while they are making and baking for a bake sale?  Yum, Yum.




There is food and drink aplenty that comes only at this time of the year. Here is a song that will bring back lots of memories. The words are here so you can sing it too.

Enjoy:



SIPPIN' CIDER

The prettiest girl 

I ever saw 

Was sippin' cider 
Through a straw 
The prettiest girl I ever saw 
Was sippin' cider through a straw 
I asked her if 
She'd teach me how 
To sip some cider 
Through a straw 
I asked her if she'd reach me how 
To sip some cider through a straw 
First cheek to cheek 
Then jaw to jaw 
We sipped that cider 
Through a straw 
First cheek to cheek, then jaw to jaw 
We sipped that cider through a straw 
And now and then 
That straw did slip 
And we'd sip cider 
Lip to lip 
And now and then that straw did slip 
And we'd sip cider lip to lip 
And now I've got 
A mother-in-law 
And nineteen kids 
That call me "Paw" 
And now I've got a mother-in-law 
And nineteen kids that call me "Paw" 
The moral of 
This little tale 
Is sip your cider 
Through a pail 
The moral of this little tale 
Is sip your cider through a pail


RECIPE FOR HARD APPLE CIDER FOR ADULTS

·        Make Your Own Hard Cider
Making delicious hard cider is fun and simple, and if you press your own sweet non-alcoholic cider, you’ll have the perfect starting place to brew your own intoxicating hard cider.


Halloween

Halloween is not an evil dark celebration in the fall.  It is not about how evil comes out through many different things that Christianity tells us to believe that it does.
Pagan, the word conjures up many evil things in a Christians mind.  They have been led to believe evil comes out at Halloween.  Is that a rue statement to some?  Yes they believe so.  But is it true?
What is true though is that Pagan’s were country-folk and that Christianity  stole all their celebrations and traditions, made them their won , twisted them to make their people believe that they are evil.
Dressing up as evil spirits was not to bring them out, but to scare them off. 

So when you are teaching your young children about Halloween teach them the truth and let them wear scary costumes to scare those scary beings away.  Think about it!  If monster costumes scare monsters away, what do you think angels would scare area?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Three Disturbing Dreams I Had


I have had three disturbing dreams the last two weeks.

The first one:  I was smelling some smoke like there was something burning outside of my house.  I go out and get to the end of the ramp in front of my house and look to the left and I do see smoke coming from the side of my house.  I walk across my driveway about halfway.  I look straight over and there is a Tyrannosaurus Rex running up the hill coming right at me.  I look to the road in front of my house and there is a vehicle shaped like a black cat with a couple of people in it and they are going down the road that leads to the other side of the ravine to their house.  I was scared in that dream  When I awoke I was breathing really hard, like I was scared.

The next night I had that same exact dream.  The difference was that when I saw the T-Rex coming up the hill and running towards me, I said to myself, in that dream, that this is just a dream and I woke myself up.


The next dream was that mys husband and I and Duke were in this park and we were watching Duke run and play and he kept coming back to us and running out to a pole.  We were happy and Duke was happy and we all were happy just watching Duke have a grand time running around.










The last dream that I remember, I was carving a circle in a tree.  I was used a short drill bit to make this circle on the tree.  My husband was with me and we were talking about all the fun times and things that we did together when we first met.  While we were talking I was having trouble making a circle on the tree and that I was making a half of a heart shape instead.  I could not get that drill to do what I wanted it to do.  I mentioned that to my husband and then the dream ended.

I just had to write these done.

What are your thoughts on any of these?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Kingdom

If you were given a planet such as ours and you had to put all kinds of life on it. On this planet you had a specific amount of room for each group of life. 
How would you keep the populations down to that certain level? 

NO Religion in this please. 

I used to play a computer text game in the early to mid 90's that was called Kingdom. In the game you had to grow food for a certain amount of people, You were never given the number of the amount of people that you had to keep.  You had to harvest it. The game had things like Rats that would eat your stores and new people would come to your kingdom and some would leave. 

It was a game of thinking and of stragedy more than anything else.  
I played that for months and still never got it to be perfect or even close to perfect.  


I often killed all the people in my kingdom.


So how would you make yor world keep your life manageable.  

Would you need to kill off something or make one go extinct so that you could make a better species or lofe form?  

Would you grow more food for all or would you make a desaster strike so that it would keep the populations in check?  

Would you use disease to hold down a polulation?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Infant antibiotic use linked to adult diseases -- ScienceDaily

Pay close attention to this news all you parent or soon to be parents.



A new study has found a three-way link among antibiotic use in infants, changes in the gut bacteria, and disease later in life.



Infant antibiotic use linked to adult diseases -- ScienceDaily

Male hormones help lemur females rule -- ScienceDaily

How Girls Rule in the family of Lemur's.  I think that this proves that there has to be a connection in all genders, including the in-betweens like the LBGT community.  We are all one species and we all need each and every one of us.



Male hormones help lemur females rule -- ScienceDaily

Friday, April 24, 2015

Just a Quote For Today It is National Arbor Day Today!


http://hawaiianforest.com/wp/the-poamoho-fence/
Today is Natioal Arbor Day.  I thought this quote was fitting for today.

Quote for today: 

"Forest Revival: Koa is the king of Hawaii's endemic forests, the only places it grows. Reaching up to a hundred feet tall, these flowering trees once provided wood for native Islander's canoes and surfboards. But more than two centuries of logging and clearing the land for grazing have reduced Koa forests to about 215,000 acres, perhaps half their original expanse."

GOOD NEWS HERE: 

"To reverse this decline, private landowners and state and federal governments have planted hundreds of thousands of trees over the past 35 years. The new Koa forests attract birds, insects, and plants and improve watersheds, which helps humans too. 
---A.R. Williams---


GO PLANT A TREE


© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere

I researched and wrote this article. Please do not copy and paste any part of this article, picture included for your own use. I will find you and report you for stealing.  It is my right to change any information therein at any time and/or change the location of my article. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Writing as Art

http://pixgood.com/writing-pen-clipart.html


Do you think handwriting is a lost form?  With the inception of the internet most people are thinking that writing is on the way out.  That simply is not true.

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In the early years of your education you learn to write in cursive.  It is an artistic form of writing and you used it in every day writing since then.  Now some people are saying that they do not need to teach that anymore and the block writing that is more often than not easier to read.  It has started as simplly in your education all the way up to what beuty writing can be as Caligraphy.

I do not think that it will ever go out of style to write in cursive.  There ae many ways that you use it as writing your signature.  Thought there is the new internet and that many things can be used to give your credence to things you will always use your signature and also print out your name in various places.  Some of those that demand your written signature and also your printed name are on loans.  Have you recently bought a new car?  Did you have to sigh and print your name on about 12 pages of papers to get that car?  How about when you go to the grocery store and that you use your credit or debit card, you also had to sing your name on the credit card receipt.  When you got a mortgage, you also had to put your signature and print your names on that as well.  Notary Publics sign their names to all kinds of legal documents as well.  I do not think that teaching cursive writing is ever going to go out of style or use.

Writing has been a form of art form thousands of years.  Writing is big business.  Just take a look at what kinds of things they sell in all kinds of stores from Dollar Stores to Grocery stores and Office supply stores.  You can buy stationery sets, drawing tablets, paper, pens rulers, colored pens, colored pencils, pens that have smells of good things.  What do you think of when you smell blueberries or strawberries?  How about the smell of apple pie?  Doesn’t that get your memories going and your creativity started?
 
Papermate and Bic are huge makers and suppliers of colored ink pens. All the colors of the rainbow are at your fingertips.  Use your imagination or get it all going by using colored ink in your correspondence and other things that you write.

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Mr. Sketcher is a company that sells scented markers.  Imagine smelling an orange and drawing a picture of an orange grove.  How about the smell of the blueberry and moments later you have drawn a blueberry pie.  Your canvas can be of white drawing paper to colored paper and imagine writing a letter to your love or children with these and share your imagination and foster their imaginations when they open their stationery that you hand-picked for them.  Another company sells pens that smell like Lavender, Pina Colada and coffee.  How’s that to wake you up in the morning?  Did you know that a simple aroma can bring memories to you that you once though lost?  Yes, indeed.  Science has found that the sense of smell can trigger memories of all kinds to the individual.  Color can too and is used to manipulate emotions of all kinds. 


Don’t you just want to go write or doodle right now?  Go ahead and use your cursive and imagination to sign, write and draw your life.

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© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter Everyone!

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I hope that you are having a very nice Easter with friends and family.  Today I took pictures of some of the plants, trees and flowers that I have growing in my yard and gardens.
Daffodils almost ready!

Lilac leave are popping and will be unfulred in about a week or so!
I do hope that we get flowers this year.  I love the smell or Lilacs.

Daffodils up close.

Hyacinths poking up out of the ground.
Get up sleepy heads!

The Ivy is really starting to take off.

Another picture of the ivy that I have planted in the old iron tub.
It is up against the front of the house.
We used an old daybed frame for the trellis.

The holly that we planted a few years ago is getting bigger year by year.

My White Hellebore

We also started on the raised gardens.  Thought we do not plant things until after my birthday, I want to get the preperations done before that.  Today was a very nice day for that kind of work.  It is suppsed to be soggy come Tuesday all the way to Friday.  Getting the first projects underway is a good thing becasue you never know what is going to be happening at any given time that will change your plans.


I wrote my first entrance into my Garden Journal on my Gardening blog.  There I have all the pictures of what we did today.


This is what they looked like 2 years ago.
The will have different plants in thiem this year.


We will be setting in the post on the Bird feeder.  We have it moved, we just have to dig the hole deeper and level it out.  We have a problem with digging the hole deeper as my husband said that he hit rock.  So that will be finished another day, when we figure out how to get the hole deeper.



I just love playing in the dirt and planting things!  It is a very good stress reliever and I love watching things grow.

How about you?


© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere

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