A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words but Only if You Can Find It


I was working on a post yesterday and I wanted to add the finishing touch of a picture.  I was certain I had one.  I pulled out the first box of pictures then, 5 boxes and 3 albums later, I conceded.  I didn’t have one.  I knew the picture had to exist.  I had it in my mind.  When I close my eyes, I can see the scene so clearly.  But, the reality is I don’t have a picture.  Disappointed and astonished, I chalked it up to one more instance of “ where are the pictures? “.

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Does this situation ever happen to you?  You think you have the pictures only to discover you don’t?  This instance was not the first time I haven’t had the image I was wanting.  I realized this cycle had to end so I’ve put together a list of things to remember in order to stop the cycle.

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Stopping the “Where are the pictures? ” Cycle List

  1. Make/Keep a list of pictures you’d like to take. By doing this small step, you’ll be sure to have the ones you want.
  2. Take more pictures than you think you need because you can always pare down later.
  3. Don’t assume someone else took pictures for you or the ones you wanted.
  4. Keep a camera close at hand.
  5. Capture images that will trigger memories like signs, favorite places or things, flowers in a yard, etc…
  6. Organize your photos to make them easier to find when searching for the one you want.
  7. Take pictures of everything.  If you’re a blogger who likes to include pictures in your posts, you never know what you will write about and wish you had a picture.
  8. Bonus: All these images are good for insurance purposes.

wheres the picture 3I’m not giving up my search. I’ve called in reinforcements!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!



“But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again’ he was lost and is found.”  Luke 15:32 NIV Bible



My Favorite Things 2013


Today, I’m joining in with other bloggers for Melissa’s annual Favorite Things Link up Party  @ 320 Sycamore.  This party that she hosts is one of my favorites that I look forward to every year.  This year, I’m sharing some products that are favorites I discovered this year and some that I’ve enjoyed for many years.

1. Pacific Organic Soup: This soup line is delicious.  I just discovered it.  I haven’t tried all of them but the butternut squash and the tomato are yummy.

Organic Creamy Butternut Squash

2. Bookmarks magazine is a wonderful way to find new books and read reviews.  I particularly like the “Have You Read” section where readers send in their lists.

Bookmarks Magazine

3. Musee Bath Balls:  They’re made local and are all natural ingredients.  I particularly love “Man of Constant Sorrow”.  I have arthritis and it’s great for sore muscles and joints.

4. Paddywax Library Candles: This line carries candles named after several famous authors each with their own unique scent.  I like the tobacco flower and vanilla mix found in the Mark Twain candle.  The scent smells like what I would expect his library to smell like.

5. Wet N Wild  Fergie Nail Polish in Going Platinum: All bright and shiny and perfect for the holidays {and later}.

Wet n Wild Fergie Nail Color Going Platinum6. The Good Home Co. Beach Days Hand Soap smells wonderful –just like the beach. A little pricey but on cold winter days –lifts your spirits of warmer days to come.

7. A Lighted Seam Ripper with a magnifier is an awesome thing when you make the number of mistakes I do sewing and have difficulty seeing those tiny stitches clearly.

Mighty Bright - LED Lighted Seam Ripper with Magnifier8. Yoga Mat Sanuk Flip Flops: The bed of the flip flop is made from yoga mats so they’re super cushy.

Yoga Mat9. Popcorn Indiana’s Black and White Kettlecorn: I hesitate to suggest this popcorn treat.  You’ll love it and it’s not calorie free.  I buy mine at Sam’s but I’ve seen it at other locations even Dollar Tree.

Popcorn, Indiana Drizzled Black & White Kettlecorn10. Solar Shield Sunglasses: These glasses wrap around your regular glasses without being wobbly.

What are some of your favorite products?

Click on the favorite things image and you can visit Melissa’s site and the others who are participating.

favorite things 2013Blessings,


“Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name…who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  Psalm 103:1,5  NIV Bible

Fifty Things: Part 2

Fifty Things: Part 2
I’m sharing some more list fun today in honor of my BIG birthday this month.  In case you missed Part 1, you can find it here.   I’d love to hear what your answers would be!

Five foods that this Southern girl will not refuse.

  1. Fried Chicken
  2. Fried Okra
  3. Cheese Grits
  4. Pecan Pie
  5. Watermelon

Five songs that put a smile on my face.

  1. “Fireflies” by Owl City
  2. “When the Snow Melts” by Phil Cunningham
  3. “Feels so Good” by Chuck Mangione
  4. “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  5. “Cheeseburger in Paradise” by Jimmy Buffet

Five favorite books that I think turned into good movies.

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. The Lord of the Rings
  3. Life of Pi
  4. Harry Potter
  5. Pride & Prejudice

Five foods I only eat when I travel, (mostly).

  1. Chili Cheese Fritos
  2. Chex Mix
  3. Cheez-It
  4. Chewy Sweettarts
  5. M&Ms

Five beauty products that I would endorse if asked.

  1. L’oreal mascara
  2. Cerave moisturizing cream
  3. Pixi  Illuminating Tint & Conceal
  4. Lancome eye pencils
  5. Cetaphil cleanser

Five clothing items that make up my staple wardrobe.

  1. Jeans — J. Jill/Chico
  2. T-shirts — Mossimo Target
  3. Cardigans — J. Crew
  4. Tennis shoes — Ryka/Converse
  5. Flip flops — Sanuk yoga mat

Five foods guaranteed to make me blow a diet.

  1. M&M’s
  2. Robin egg malted milk balls
  3. Lindt truffles
  4. Pralines
  5. Homemade chocolate chip cookies

Five TV shows that kept or keep me glued watching week after week.

  1. Lost
  2. Elementary
  3. HGTV Design Star
  4. So You Think You Can Dance
  5. Star Trek — any version

Five places I want to visit.

  1. Australia/New Zealand  (so far away– I can only go there once)
  2. South America
  3. Holy Land
  4. United Kingdom ( stomach bug got me the first time)
  5. South Pacific Island like Fiji/Bali/Bora Bora

Five of my favorite quotes   

  1. “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.” Psalm 62:1
  2. “A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” Steve Martin  
  3. “Not all those who wander are lost”  J.R.R. Tolkien 
  4. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust
  5. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”  Robert Frost        
I hope you’ve had fun reading through my crazy list.  Thanks for indulging me!!!
If you’ve enjoyed reading my birthday lists, you might enjoy checking out my fellow March birthday friend, Katie over at Cardigan Way who made a list for her big day.  Click here

“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”  
1 John 5:11 NIV Bible