Being in Maryland has a draw back on some flowers. Lilies are just starting to bloom. I'm sure there is a formal name for this flower and I am sure that Wicked Gardener can tell us what it is. I just think it is beautiful and know it is in the Lily family.
I went to take pictures today and all of the baby birds flew out of the nest and I was able to take a picture of George on the ground. I am not sure how long they will be around now that I know that they can fly. It is a bittersweet day.
This is honeysuckle. I love the smell of honeysuckle in the spring. I wish it would last all summer! This picture is dedicated to Wicked Gardener. She didn't know it but she gets her skills with photos and gardening from me :)
Happy Mother's Day to our mothers Pat and Dorothy! We love you both!
I had a nice mother's day. I went to church. Called my mom ( Pat) .My husband's family came over and we grilled before the rain set in. Our son and daughter called and we spoke to two of our grandchildren. It was wonderful!
I recently participated in the Lupus Mid-Atlantic Community Walk. I have Lupus, but Lupus does not have me.
What is Lupus?
Lupus is a chronic,inflammatory disease in which the body's immune system fails to serve its normal protective functions and instead forms antibodies that attack healthy tissues and organs. You can think of it as your body being allergic to itself.
Causes of Lupus? the cause of Lupus is unknown. While scientists believe there is a genetic predisposition to the disease, it is known that certain factors also play a critical role in the setting off the disease:
antibiotics ( especially those in the sulfa group) or certain other medications
Who gets Lupus? Between 1.2 and 2 million people have been told by a doctor they have lupus,making it more common than AIDS, cerebral palsy,multiple sclerosis, sickle-cell anemia and cystic fibrosis combined!
Lupus can occur at any age and in either sex, although it appears at least 10 times more frequently among adult females that among adult males. The symptoms of the disease are the same in men and women. People of Hispanic, African, Native American and Asian origins are thought to develop lupus more frequently than Caucasians.
TYPES of LUPUS. There are 3 types of : Cutaneous, Systemic, and Drug induced lupus.
Cutaneous lupus is limited to the skin and is identified by a rash that may appear on the face, neck, or scalp. Sometimes lupus first appears only in the skin,but goes on to become systemic( throughout the body).
Systemic lupus is usually more sever than cutaneous lupus and can affect almost any organ or system of the body. The skin,joints,lungs,kidneys, brain, blood or other organs and tissues may be affected. generally , no two people with lupus will have identical symptoms. Lupus may include periods in which few, if any, symptoms are evident( remission) and other times in which the disease becomes active ( flare).
Certain prescribed drugs can create a lupus-like syndrome called drug-induced lupus, which is similar to systemic lupus. The drugs most commonly connected with drug-induced lupus are: hydralazine( used to treat hypertension) and procainamide( used to treat irregular heart rhythms0> not everyone who takes these drugs will develop drug-induced lupus. When these medications are discontinued, the symptoms of lupus usually fade.
A little note of thanks. When you need a little something to show that special someone you appreciate what they have done for you and/or given you.
The computer is a wonderful tool. It has allowed us to do so much. However, it has taken away from us the lovely feeling we get when we receive a piece of mail. I know how I feel when I receive a card or letter that has my name and address hand written on it.
Wow! I am so excited, I can't wait to get in the house to open the mail. I have to open it before I leave the mail box! It doesn't even have to be my birthday.
Don't get me wrong email is awesome, but there is still something special about a letter in the mail box. ( no I do not get paid by the USPS)
I love baskets and Americana. This is the American Round (AMRD02). I hand made the quilted cover and inside liner. See my website jkcountrycrafts.com to purchase any of the crafts you see. Note: nothing under family love is for sale! Everthing there is priceless!
You will see I love the sky. The clouds puts us one step closer to GOD. There was only one verse that could be used for this photo. John 14:6 Jesus said to him, " I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.I gave my first print of this photo to a special friend, Fr. Alister. He is an old fashioned man, who corresponds by writing letters ( no computer). He wrote me a lovely note on how much he liked this photo and added a post script (P.S. to those who don't write letters) Fr. Alister added, "Looking at the picture again- I am so impressed with it - clouds of mankind but higher than the clouds the light and presence of God the Father who comes in our flesh to lead us to his eternal presence and new life with Him"