Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #814 – Black dog = Blue monster


“The only reason you are alive is that far more has

gone right for you than has gone wrong. Your dreams

are for your joy; even if they lie crushed on the ground,

you need not make them responsible for misery. If you

raise your eyes from the shards you’ll find more dreams

all around, and many of them can come true.”

Enjoyment is in the Waiting…Insight From Martha

yeah yeah yeah….but the black dog still bites and the blue monster still clings…†…monos en theos…jim


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Some days I feel like this cat. Halfway to nowhere and I can’t pay the toll.

It can seem so easy to think of and start things, I have a long list of half finished or never started projects. I am good at making the plan and getting started and then…well that is as far as I get.

I remember trying to learn to hit a golf ball. My friends all trying to help and filled with well meaning advice would keep telling me that I had no follow through, you got to follow through on your swing. Like they were telling me something I didn’t already know.

It sounds so easy, but it is a hard concept to learn.

Having trouble in life, maybe it’s your follow through! en theos ††† jim


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I found this feather seemingly floating in the air ala the intro from the movie The World According to Garp. It appeared to be unattached and just a blowing in the wind and never leaving. Of course life is a box a chocolates and there was just the thinnest of a spider web holding in in the midst of the air.

It is a lot like I feel.  Going through the motions, but getting nowhere!

enjoy the chocolate ††† en theos ††† jimwork


IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #563 – Sometimes, you are going to get stuck!

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Whenever you put yourself out there, you will be subject to a fall. Sometimes landing from a fall is the hardest part of the flight. You are going to get stuck, both painfully and from just staying where you happened to land.  Like in the old westerns, just take a firm bite on something and pull out the thorn, the  bullet or the arrow that you are stuck on and get ready for the next fall.

May you have a safe landing today! ††† en theos ††† jimwork

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” ~ John 15:1-2

Photos on the journey #497 – Prickly Pear-The beauty side that sticks with you not in you.

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Opuntia, also known as nopales or paddle cactus (see below), is a genus in the cactus family, Cactaceae.

Currently, only prickly pears are included in this genus of about 200 species distributed throughout most of the Americas. Chollas are now separated into the genus Cylindropuntia, which some still consider a subgenus of OpuntiaAustrocylindropuntiaCorynopuntia and Micropuntia are also often included in the present genus, but like Cylindropuntia they seem rather well distinct. Brasiliopuntia andMiqueliopuntia are closer relatives of Opuntia.

The most commonly culinary species is the Indian Fig Opuntia (O. ficusindica). Most culinary uses of the term “prickly pear” refer to this species. Prickly pears are also known as “tuna”, “nopal” or nopales, from the Nahuatl word nōpalli for the pads, or nostle, from the Nahuatl word nōchtli for the fruit; or paddle cactus.

The genus is named for the Ancient Greek city of Opus where, according to Theophrastus, an edible plant grew which could be propagated by rooting its leaves.

Enjoy the beauty and avoid the thorns today, it might just stick to ya! ††† en theos ††† jlawrence