Friday, December 29, 2006
These delightful plants, once you get them established self seed. They enjoy a shaded area and thrive well in the same type of garden as Camellias. They bloom from January through April and are deer resistant. A plus in the Middle Georgia Landscape in as much as deer abound in this area. Note the wire in the second image. The only other way to get a picture of these flowers is lay on the ground and shoot up. They droop down and are lovely to also float in a bowel of water so that you can enjoy them indoors.
This delightful shrub has been in my garden for well over seven years. It is a slow grower and has never been pruned. It normally blooms the second week of January, but this year it is ahead of schedule. The fragrance is simply wonderful. It can be a delight at 100 feet, especially on a humid morning. The blooms are not fully open, but they will be in about another seven days.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Monday, December 25, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
U. S. Army Soldiers on Deployment Prepare for Christmas
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Rodney M. Davis
Thursday, December 21, 2006
December 20, 2006
Everyone who resides in Middle Georgia has fond memories of the long drawn out road improvement project in West Bibb County. The situation as of July 13, 2006 looked like a poor engineering project, to say the least. After a plethora of E-Mails concerning this problem to the appropriate officials and local television coverage the project received renewed attention.
The picture of December 20, 2006 certainly displays a much better Tucker Road. It is properly engineered and allows run-off of excess water in the correct manner. Storm water run off has channeled to the curb and proper run off is allowed. The curbs on both sides of the road were correctly installed and the project can now be considered complete. I, Flower Child am extremely grateful for the media coverage of this project and wish to Thank All who made the "New and Improved Tucker Road" in West Bibb County possible.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Every Year at Christmas time thousands of U. S. Citizens send packages to the Heroes serving in the U. S. Air Force, the U. S. Marines, the U. S. Navy and the U. S. Army. Only recently I have learned that the United States Postal Service provides boxes and the appropriate custom forms for shipping to these heroes. The supplies are free. You must pay the postage. Now I know that the shipping dates for Christmas Delivery have passed; but may I encourage you to continue to send packages to these heroes. I am also confident that everyone knows of someone who is in the U. S. Military. If not, ask among your circle of friends, your work associates or your Church/Temple Members. Now to make the procurement of the free postal supplies much easier, I have included the following from the U. S. Postal Service Web Site:
Military Care Package Kit
Since Priority Mail® supplies are the packaging of choice for families preparing care packages for service members overseas, the USPS® has created a "Mili-kit" based on the items most frequently requested by the military.
The kit contains:
Three (3) each of flat rate boxes O-FRB1 and O-FRB2
Two (2) each of Cube boxes OBOX7
Address labels - Label # 228 8 each
Address labels - Label # 106-A 1 each
Customs FORM 2976-A 8 EA.
Customs FORM 2976-E 8 EA.
The kit may be requested by calling 1-800-610-8734 (Packing Supply) and:
Choose your language (1 is English, 2 is Spanish).
Choose option 1 (it states it is for Express Mail®, Priority Mail® or Global Express Guaranteed® products).
When you reach a live agent, request CAREKIT04.
Please allow 7-10 days for delivery.
Note: These are free supplies, postage must be affixed.
Again, I, Flower Child, encourage you to continue to send packages to these dedicated volunteers who are indeed Heroes.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Admittedly this Tree is a work in progress. You decide which tree is most appropriate for the Season we are preparing for and plan to celebrate soon. Please leave your comments.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Everyone who knows "Flower Child" is aware that he also spent several Christmas Seasons Deployed. The above picture is very special to me as it stirred up great emotions as I viewed it on the U. S. Navy Web Site.
As You Prepare and Celebrate Christmas 2006 May I encourage you to keep all of the Heroes of our U. S. Military in your Thoughts, Concerns and Prayers. Additionally, please be aware that we also have Allies who are assisting us at this time.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
After the indoor presentation we visited the "Bird Walkway." Our guide gave us an excellent presentation.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
As we prepare for the Celebration of Christmas and recall the Birth of Jesus Christ we are in the Season of the Church Year known as Advent. This is the season of waiting, repentance, remembering our God leads us to Faith and finally a future of enjoying peace with Joy Forever.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Over the years many have shared their plants and flowers with "Flower Child." Today I share some images from these plants as they also help me recall with fond memories the individuals who gave us the plants. The Christmas Cactus was given to us over fifteen years ago. The other flower with an unknown name other than "Swamp Plant" was given to us two years ago.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Chrismons are a type of Christmas tree decoration used in many churches and often in the homes of Christians. Chrismons (CHRISt MONogram) are tree ornaments that proclaim our Lord Jesus Christ through the use of symbols. The symbols used represent a variety of biblical and theological concepts that are well known among most believers. Technically, if the ornaments on a Christmas tree are comprised mostly of Christian symbols, the tree is known as a "Chrismon Tree". Most Chrismons are white with gold decorations of wire, beads, ribbon and glitter. The Chrismons were first developed in 1957 by Mrs. Frances Kipps Spencer at Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, Virginia. Mrs. Spencer set out to create decorations appropriate for a church Christmas tree and gave the copyright for the word "Chrismons" to Ascension. The Chrismons add their white and gold beauty to the Christmas season and make the celebration of our Lord's birth more meaningful by emphasizing God's great Gift to the world, our Savior Jesus Christ.
The evergreen tree, which symbolizes the eternal life which our Savior has won for us, forms the background for tiny white lights and white and gold Chrismons designs. The lights speak of Him who is the light of the world, and the Chrismons ornaments proclaim the name, the life, and the saving acts of Jesus. White is the liturgical color for Christmas, and suggests the innocence, purity, and perfection of our Savior. It is the color of joy and light. Gold is a symbol for the glory and majesty of God and the Son of God.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
- At Lunch time sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing traffic.
- Every time soneone asks you to do something, ask them if they want fries with that.
- When money comes out of the ATM, scream, "I Won, I Won!!!!"
- Tell your children while at Dinner, "Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go.
- Put mosquito netting over your cube at work and play tropical sounds all day.
- Specify that your Drive-Through order is "To Go."
- Finish all your sentences with the phrase: "In accordance with the Prophecy."
- Put the trash can on your desk at work and label it: "IN"
- Five days in advance, tell your Friends you can not make their party because you do not feel in the mood.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
In addition to the current fad of "Obesity News" there seems to be an abundance of information concerning Seasonal Affective Disorder and Restless Leg Syndrome. All of this coverage reminds me of a story that I heard from a real live person a few years ago.
This 74 year old woman made a life style choice to move from the Country to a High Rise Senior Citizen's Complex in a major Georgia city to be near here 94 year old Mother. Part of the process of obtaining an apartment in this progressive High Rise Senior Citizen's Complex was to obtain a complete physical. The Young Doctor ordered a "Cholesterol Check" for the 74 year old. This was done after it was ascertained that the potential resident discussed her normal morning breakfast of two fried eggs, a few strips of bacon and a couple of slices of toast with butter and orange marmalade. The young doctor was amazed that the woman was still alive. The woman was granted a waiver when she told the young doctor that she was born before they had invented Cholesterol.
To conclude this story, I found out last year that the 94 year old Mother passed away at the age of 97. The 74 year old woman is still alive in the Senior Citizen's High Rise Complex and she is still enjoying life and eating her normal breakfast.
While this may not always be the case for all peoples, I am confident that if we learn enough about all the diseases and read enough about them we can all begin to feel as if we have everything that comes along. I do believe that a lot of what we suffer from today is an over abundance of information. Admittedly there are those who do have real problems; however I am a fairly old person myself and I continue to enjoy life. Admittedly I do not dwell on what is wrong with me. Plenty of my peers tell me about my shortcomings!!! So I will leave my problems with them.
In the meantime, I think I will go outside and soak up some daylight to avoid the Seasonal Affective Disorder. From my research on Restless Leg Syndrome I have learned that exercise during the day can also help keep this problem at bay.
I realize that I am not a Medical Professional, but I drove by a Holiday Inn - Express just yesterday. Have a Great Day and as always, Enjoy Life. The alternative is not that nice!!!!
Monday, November 27, 2006
A Final Opportunity to enjoy the red dogwood leaves
Digital Photography certainly allows us all to enjoy the seasons and the pelthora of images in a cost effective manner. I do not even have to travel to the Georgia Mountains to enjoy the fine looking colors of Autumn.
Again, I urge you to take the time to step outside and enjoy the beauty around us all, here in Middle Georgia.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
As we begin the final days of preparation for Christmas 2006 may I encourage you to take the time to enjoy the beauty and abundance of our God's Creation.
Then to make the observance of Christmas even more complete, please, if you do not have a Church Home, consider visiting mine. You can find complete details here: