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Icy Leaf Heart Frost-tender plants wore coats of burlap and once-fluid water took on an other-worldly appearance. For several nights in a row, a hard frost hit my area. Like a child on Christmas morning, who runs downstairs to see what Santa Claus brought, I ran downstairs every morning of the frost to see what Mother Nature left. Dashing outside, dressed in pajamas, bathrobe, overcoat, sheepskin boots, and hat, I would survey the icy transformation of my backyard with wonder. As the sun rose higher in the sky and rays of sunlight hit my face, I knew I had no time to lose to make my frosty observations. The lens of my camera whirred as my cold fingers tried to focus on scenes that captured my attention. While walking around my yard, being careful not to disturb bits of icy magic, I spied an interesting arrangement on the ground – a heart-shaped composition of autumn leaves with fan-shaped ice crystals clinging to them like sparkling diamonds. Beauty is everywhere, you just have to take the time to notice. (Click on photo to enlarge it and to be able to see the ice crystals.)

#1 – The Secret Life of Ice
Intrigued with ice, snowflakes, and glaciers? Learn more about ice by watching the BBC’s fascinating hour-long presentation on the Secret Life of Ice. You are never too old to learn something new!

#2 – Castles

Alcazar of Segovia, Spain

Alcazar of Segovia, Spain

Castles and snowflakes both have a fantasy, fairytale-like quality about them. In this photo series Collection of Castles During Winter, we are treated to beautiful winter scenes of some of the most famous castles around the world.

#3 – How to Make Clear Ice Cubes
How to Make Clear Ice Cubes Have you ever wondered why icicles are clear, but most ice cubes are cloudy? Ice is ice, right?  Not so. A simplified answer to whether ice is cloudy or clear has to do with the type of water or water source used and the process used to create the ice. If you would like to serve clear ice cubes, like restaurants serve, at your next gathering, follow this Instructables tutorial.

#4 – Ice Art
Ice Art Viewing ice art is not restricted to cruise ship patrons. In its 25th year of highlighting ice art and hosting ice art competitions, Ice Alaska is now organizing the 2014 World Ice Art Championships which takes place from February 24th to March 30th in Fairbanks, Alaska. At last year’s World Ice Art Championships, the Artists’ Choice Award and 1st place winner in the Realistic Multi-Block Division went to the spectacular piece above called “Hunting Dragons” created by a 4-man team from the USA.

#5 – Constant Kindness
“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”
Albert Schweitzer

Now Go and Spread Joy!

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Road Blur

Photo by Linnell Chang

The road goes on for miles. Bright jagged streaks of light float over it and define its path. On and on it goes, passing one fence post after another, until finally, in a fiery explosion of color, it converges with the setting sun and the heavy night sky. Taken with my cell phone from a moving car, this photo is certainly not an example of my finest work, yet there’s something about it that captivates me. Perhaps its painting-like qualities, the broad brushstrokes of color and the soft fog-like illumination, draw me in. Or perhaps, the metaphoric symbol of the road, with its encouraging guiding light, carries me forward, on and on.

#1 – The Colors of Spring
Spring 2013 Colors Pretty spring colors are not just outside in the garden. They could be in your closet, too. I haven’t included a style or fashion post in a long time, so I thought some of you might appreciate this feature from Stylelist: Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2013. How many of these colors do you have in your spring wardrobe?

#2 – Reusing Mascara Brushes
Don’t throw away your used mascara brushes. Possessing an easy-to-hold handle and a small brush, mascara wands make the perfect tool for small jobs inside and outside of the home. Throw away the portion carrying the mascara and wash and dry the brush-handle part thoroughly. Here are a few ideas on how to reuse them that I found circulating on the internet, plus a few of my own ideas. If you can think of more ways to reuse mascara wands, send them to me. I’m always looking for new ways to reuse things!

Ways to Reuse Mascara Wands:

Separate clumpy eyelashes
Brush eyebrows
Exfoliate lips

Clean hummingbird feeders (the brushes need to be really clean for this use)
Clean jewelry
Clean heating and cooling vents (home and car)
Clean fingernails
Clean lint from hairdryer
Clean your computer keyboard
Clean out drilled holes

Unclog sink drains
Unclog soap or lotion dispensers
Paint with them
Get the last drop of paint out of a bottle/tube

#3 – Ice Castles
Harbin Ice Sculptures The Harbin Snow and Ice Festival is the largest ice festival on earth. After looking at these photos of the incredible ice sculptures, you’ll want to visit them in person. Add this festival to your bucket list!

#4 – Recipe Maker
From Fine Cooking comes this fun tool called Recipe Maker. The top of the website page states, “Our interactive tool guides your kitchen improvisation: You choose the specific ingredients and flavors; we provide you with the amounts and instructions.” I clicked on “Versatile and Variable Fritatta,” dragged virtual ingredients into a bowl step-by-step, and ended up with a delicious recipe that utilizes ingredients that I have in my refrigerator.

#5 – Love
“Remember that people are the least lovable when they are most in need of love.”
Sharon Randall

Enjoy your weekend!

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