The Swamp Fairy–The Fairy Ring

Here it is Thanksgiving Day and I still have not had any further contact from my little swamp fairy.  With all the holiday preparations, and the fact that I threw my back out, I have not been able to get back to that little hedge to see if she is still hanging about.

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On Monday, I stumbled upon a swamp fairy which you can see in the image above and read about here.  After that encounter, on Tuesday, I met with Hilda McFarland, Pensacola, Florida’s resident swamp fairy  expert, which you can read about here.

However, not able to get about well enough to walk has allowed me to do further research on the swamp fairies.  This site called, “Swamp Fairies,” paints a much more devious little creature than I encountered.  Maybe that author lived near some fairies that were not friendly at all.

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I did notice something interesting outside in our backyard, near the horse hole where the neighbor horses gather for carrot handouts.  A ring of  mushrooms encircled the green grass.  Sugar and Spice bark at the ring, then run and ask to be let in.  I am sure it is something they have never seen before.

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(Image Credit: Fairy Rings)

The swamp fairy may be trying to make contact with me in that manner – a fairy ring.

Fairy Rings: Nature’s Magical Mushroom Circles,” shares:

“Fairies are magical beings who create the circles by dancing within them. Myths tell of mortal people entering fairy rings and suffering for it. Some believe that anyone stepping into an empty fairy ring will die young. Those violating fairy perimeters become invisible to those outside and may be unable leave the circle. The fairies force intruders to dance till exhausted, dead, or in the throes of madness.

The only safe way, according to some beliefs, to investigate a fairy ring is to run around it nine times only. A tenth lap would nullify the effect. Doing this allows the runner to hear the fairies dancing underground. It must be done under a full moon, and in the direction the sun travels during the day. It is also said that wearing a hat backwards confuses the fairies and stops them from doing the wearer any harm.”

The next full moon will be on December 6th – The Full Cold Moon. I will have to wait until then to run around the fairy ring nine times so that I can hear the fairies song.  Maybe I will find out what the swamp fairies need me for then.

This is also the day that St. Nicholas visits.  I wonder if the two things could be involved?

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(Image Credit: St. Nicholas)

Thanks for stopping by to see if the swamp fairies made any further contact with me.  I will see you all again!

Silver Threading

Warm Hands = Warm Hearts

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I was rather pleased to read recently that several medical studies now confirm what many of us already know: holding a warm beverage in our hands causes us to feel closer and more agreeable toward others.  Interestingly, if the liquid is room temperature, the feelings cease.

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(Image Credit:  Warm Hands <3 Warm Hearts)

Psychologists accredit this phenomenon to the fact that we pick up social cues from the environment around us.  The mug of steaming liquid imparts warmth and allows to us feel comfortable in our surroundings.

Holding a hot cup of tea, or coffee, or even a hot toddy, opens us up to the possibility of what others around us are saying.  It is a bridge of communication during a busy holiday season.  If you are an introverted-extrovert like me, this may be a way to open up at a holiday gathering.

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Don’t be afraid to be a little extroverted! Get out there and mingle! Have fun!

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Thanks for checking in with me today.  I look forward to seeing you again!

Silver Threading

Photography 101-Double

Photography 101 is looking for images of doubles today.  How could I not share my two lovely Pomeranian sisters, Sugar and Spice?

Thanks for stopping by on this Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy your families!

Silver Threading

Live One Day At a Time by The Dali Lama

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Live One Day at a Time and Make it a Masterpiece

By the Dali Lama

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(Image Credit: The Dali Lama)

During this busy holiday season, please take time for your family and follow the:

A to Zen of Life

A- avoid negative sources, people, places, things and habits
B- believe in yourself and succeed
C- consider things from every angle
D- don’t give up and don’t give in
E- enjoy life today, yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come
F- friends and family are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches
G- give more than you planned to
H- have major league fun
I- ignore those who try to discourage you
J- just do it
K- keep trying no matter how hard it seems, it will get easier
L- love yourself first and most
M- make it happen
N- never lie, cheat or steal, always strike a fair deal
O- open your eyes and see things as they really are
P- practice makes perfect
Q- quitters never win and winners never quit
R- read study and learn about everything important in your life
S- stop procrastinating
T- take control of your own destiny
U- understand yourself in order to better understand others
V- visualize it and focus
W- want it more than anything
X- xcellerate your efforts
Y- you are unique in all God’s creations, nothing can replace you
Z- zero in on your target and go for it

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from Silver Threading!

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Photography 101-Edge

Today, show us an edge — a straight line, a narrow ridge, a precipice.  Tip: To make sure your edge packs a punch, use a photo editing tool to check the alignment and adjust the image, if needed, so that your edge is perfectly straight.

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This is a photo of a ridge in Montana. I love the angled line of the trees.  I did not have to do anything to the photo to correct the image.

Thanks for stopping by.

Silver Threading

One Word Photo Challenge–Lemon

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Lemon

Jennifer Nichol Wells,  “One Word Photo Challenge” color for this week is “lemon.”

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Here are some yellow daisies from my garden this summer to brighten up your pre Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanks for stopping by. I will see you all again soon.

Silver Threading

Writer’s Quote Wednesday–Junot Diaz

This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer.  By sharing your quotes, we will all gain insight and inspiration to propel us forward in our writing careers.

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There are no rules to follow.  Either make up your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is participate! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  On the weekly prompt I will include a list of contributors from the previous week so that other writers can gain inspiration from all your hard work.

On your own blog post do a ping back to this post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  A ping back is when you embed (or copy)  the http:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post.

Make sure to check my weekly prompt to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the http:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.  Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,”so we can find the posts in the reader.

Let’s have fun!

Here are last week’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday contributors.  IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR WRITING INSPIRATION… THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!

Please check out the fabulous quotes they came up with:  (Please let me know if I missed your blog)  If your quote was an image I grabbed it for our online album.

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http://notestiedonthesagebrush.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/silver-threading-writers-quote-wednesday-2/

http://katcarpita.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/writers-quote-wednesday-111914-f-scott-fitzgerald/

http://imanikingblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/writers-quote-wednesday-6/

https://fromthestickstothebricksandbackagain.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/writers-quote-wednesday-george-singleton/

http://rebirthoflisa.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/writers-quote-wednesday-james-baldwin/

http://ksfause.com/2014/11/19/inspiring-writerly-quote-you-make-time/

http://iamnotsickboy.com/2014/11/20/my-wednesday-quote/

http://mydecadelongtravels.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/frederick-douglas/

http://unexpectedincommonhours.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/writers-quote-wednesday-william-wordsworth/

http://reknutson.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/writers-quote-wednesday-4/

http://ramblingonblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/writers-quote-wednesday-aa-milne/

http://sappyasatree.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/a-nation-of-writers-writers-quote-wednesday/

http://uniqueartchic.com/2014/11/19/wild-imagination/

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I left Amanda off so I have added her quote from last week also. <3

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I guess I had a rough week! I left off someone else: http://randomsbyarandom.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/louisa-may-alcott/. <3

Here is my quote for this week that I found on Buzz Feed and a bit about the author:

Juno Diaz

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Junot Diaz

  1. Junot Díaz is a Dominican-American writer, creative writing professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and fiction editor at Boston Review. Wikipedia
  2. Born: December 31, 1968 (age 45), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  3. Partner: Marjorie Liu
  4. Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, More
  5. Education: Cornell University (1995), Cedar Ridge High School, Kean University, Rutgers University
  6. Nominations: International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Many thanks to each and every one of you for the inspiration you give to me and the other bloggers each week by sprinkling your quotes through our blogging world!  You are all fantastic!

I will see you again soon!

Silver Threading

The Swamp Fairy–Meeting Hilda McFarland

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I awoke this morning to a dull, grey day.  It was no matter, because today I was to meet with Hilda McFarland to find out more about the swamp fairy I saw yesterday morning on my walk.  (If you don’t remember what happened you can click here to refresh your memory). I snuggled down into my warm comforter, smiling in anticipation of what the day ahead could bring.

Excited for the day to begin, I leapt out of my warm bed and headed to the kitchen for some coffee.  Not that I needed it with my two dogs, Sugar and Spice, jumping at my heels begging to be walked.  I poured a quick cup of steaming coffee, sipping as I got myself and the dogs ready for our walk.  Overnight, the temperature had changed again. Yesterday was warm and humid, today a brisk north wind was blowing adding a chill to the air.  Coffee would warm me up.

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After harnesses and leashes were fastened I shrugged into my warm jacket and off we headed for our walk.  The dogs tried to get ahead of me, so I had to hurry through the door.

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Sugar and Spice loved our morning walks.  I had to be careful where I walked them now that we had fairies around.  I was in a hurry to get back so that I could get to Hilda McFarland’s place behind the swamp.  I had to find out more about that swamp fairy.  Feeling obsessive, I hurried the dogs back home and hustled them inside.

Ten minutes later I was on my way to Hilda’s house.  The wind had come up and was blowing and tearing at the brown leaves  swirling in the street in little eddies.  I snuggled deeper into my jacket and took the road behind Blackberry Ridge towards the swamp.

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I passed by the woods where I saw that tiny brown swamp fairy yesterday.  I peered into the darkness of the bushes hoping to see another glimpse of her, but I saw nothing.  I looked around for another five minutes and then hurried on down the road to Hilda’s house.

Hilda McFarland had lived in these parts of Pensacola, Florida since she was a little girl.  She had been born in Germany and came here at the age of three. Pensacola was her home now.  Hilda’s husband, Ian McFarland had died years ago in a farm accident.  Since then, Hilda had lived in her tiny house behind the swamp.  She used to work in the Beulah Elementary School cafeteria but had retired last year.  Now, Hilda spent her time tending her house and garden.

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(Image credit: Hilda McFarland)

I met Hilda on one of my morning walks last year.  She was a kind friendly woman.  She called out to me as I walked by her house inviting me in for coffee or tea.  I never had the time to visit before.  Today was an exception.  Hilda was Pensacola’s resident expert on swamp fairies.

I arrived at her house and promptly knocked on her door calling out, “Hilda, are you home?”  “It’s me, Silver Threading, we met last year, do you remember?”

“Why, Silver.”  “I am so glad you stopped by.”  “Come in and have some coffee,” said Hilda holding the door open for me.  “Is everything alright?”  “You look like you are on a mission,” said Hilda, laughing.

“I guess I am Hilda,” I told her.  “I have some questions to ask you about swamp fairies.”

Hilda placed a hot cup of coffee on the table in front of me and we both sat down.  It was quiet in her little kitchen.  I sipped my coffee waiting for her to speak.

Hilda sipped her coffee looking at me the whole time over her cup.  She smoothed her hair in place and patted her shirt, as if she was uncomfortable with my question.

“Silver, when did you see a swamp fairy?” Hilda was looking intently at me now.

“Yesterday, I saw her Hilda,” I told her.  I showed her the picture of the swamp fairy in the bushes.

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“Yep, that is surely a swamp fairy,” Hilda said, looking hard at the photo.  “You know you are special if you can see the tiny fairies,” Hilda said.  I nodded in agreement, even though I really didn’t understand how I was special.

Hilda got up from the table and came back with a photo that she laid on the table.  “Silver, is this what you saw,” she asked?

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(Image credit: The Swamp Fairy)

“Yes,” I told Hilda.

“She was just twirling and twisting in the branches of that bush,” I told Hilda excitedly.

“I could smell the most lovely fragrance as the fog curled around the tops of the trees,” I told her.  “I could not understand the smell because the early frost we had last week killed all the wild flowers, so I have no idea where the smell came from.”  “Isn’t that weird, Hilda,” I asked her?  “She hummed Hilda,” I said. “I could hear her humming!”

Hilda nodded and sat back in her chair and began to tell me the story of the swamp fairy.

“The swamp fairies  live in the trunk of trees or in hollow trees high up because of the water that accumulates in the swamps. Sometimes you can see the swamp fairy houses in nature.  If you see a tiny opening leading into a hole in a tree, or a little hidden pathway into the hollow of a tree trunk that could be a swamp fairy home.

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Swamp fairies eat berries, swamp cabbages, and fruits in the autumn to fill their pantry for the harsh winter in the swamp.  Swamp fairies take care of the little animals in the swamp.  They help them if they are hurt or if they can’t find food in winter. Sometimes swamp fairies can be mistaken for a brown leaf in autumn.  

In the summer they look like a fancy multicolored dragonfly and can be caught by an eagle, an owl or a fox.  However, when the animals discover that what they caught is really a  swamp fairy and not a dragonfly or a leaf,  they let the swamp fairy go and apologize for any harm they may  have caused.

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Swamp fairies live as long as 300 years.  When a male swamp fairy marries, he does it for love, something that only happens once in a lifetime.  The female swamp fairy chooses the male swamp fairy.  They have families and live quite lives in the swamp.

If a swamp fairy reveals themselves to a human, it is because the human is open to the possibilities of life and not afraid to believe in magic.  It also means they might need your help.”

I sat there drinking my coffee and thinking about what Hilda told me about the fairies.

Hilda patted my hand and said, “Silver, you will do fine, just be yourself.”  “Wait for them to make contact again,” Hilda added.  “They always do…”

I thanked Hilda for her time and started my long walk home.

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Thanks for stopping by to hear more about the swamp fairies,

Silver Threading

Photography 101–Into the Looking Glass

Incorporate glass in today’s image: a window, a mirror, a wine glass, sunglasses, or something else. It doesn’t matter what form the glass takes.

Into the Looking Glass

This is a photo I took of the mirror over my couch which reflects the candle tree on the opposite wall.  I did run this photo through Picmonkey to crop the plain wall and add the black edges.

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This is the candle tree close up.  It works for today’s assignment as the glass candle holders reflect the natural  light from the window.  It is a dull, grey cloudy day here in Pensacola, Florida.

Thanks for visiting today.  I will see you again!

Silver Threading

Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge–Sugar and Spice

Sugar and Spice missed last week because their Mom had too much to do and she did not share their weekly snooze fests.  They missed seeing all the smiles that their pictures bring.  I promised both of them that I would share their photos this week.

Spice says “hello” from her favorite chair with the velvet blankets.

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Meanwhile, Sugar was snoozing in the living room while Mom watched her British mysteries.

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Sugar has been doing well taking her insulin.  She now comes to me after her breakfast or dinner and tells me she is ready for her shot!  Unbelievable for such a sweet soul to ask for her medicine.

Sugar and Spice would like to tell everyone to have a wonderful time with their families this holiday!

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Thanks for stopping by to see how the Pomeranian sisters are.  They will see you all again,

Silver Threading