National Heart Health Month

February is “American Heart Month”, which began in 1963 to encourage us to take care of our hearts through a healthier diet and exercise.  Heart disease is the number one cause of death, followed by cancer.

February 7th is national “Wear Red for Women Day”.  As they have for the past 16 years, the American Heart Association has promoted awareness of cardiovascular disease and stroke; and, continues to encourage women to take steps to lower their heart disease risk.

 

 

 

Happy Squirrel Day

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                                                   A Squirrel and Its Nut Prize

I read tonight that today was “National Squirrel Day”.  I wonder who keeps track of all these special days.   Actually, it’s kind of fun to celebrate “out of the norm” special days.  I wish I had known a bit earlier about today,  I could have added to the celebration by tossing some shelled peanuts around the yard.  A few years back, this little squirrel was lucky enough to snap up one of the peanuts on a very cold and snowy day.

So, Happy Squirrel Day everyone!

Photograph to Product

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Original Old Alexandria Photograph

I have a “shop” on Zazzle called Designs by Peggie.  I created this tote bag, and additional products, from a photograph of hanging Wisteria taken in Old Alexandria, Virginia.

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Wisteria Tote Bag

Using Adobe Elements I processed the original (lighting, tone, sharpness, color) then cropped it to fit onto the tote bag.  The result is pretty cool.  It’s amazing to think that a photograph of hanging wisteria taken several years ago can be adapted to create a product that can be of use as a shopping bag or just to carry items around.   Check out the Wisteria Tote Bag and my other products on Designs by Peggie in Zazzle.

RV Living in Vermont

RV Living RV Trailer VermontA friend was kind enough to invite two of us to join her for a girls’ weekend at the RV Trailer her husband and her own in central Vermont. It was the first time staying in a trailer for the two of us. This photo shows the “line up” of the RV’s. What’s nice is that the RV’s are staggered so each one has a lovely view.  Plus, there is plenty of space in-between to park the car, and each trailer has a picnic table. The RV’s all open to the side where the table is located, so there is a feeling of privacy.

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Cilley Bridge

We spent an entire day finding and photographing the numerous covered bridges that populate this area of Vermont.  The residents in the area are very proud of their bridges and stopped to let us know where there were more. The Cilley Bridge dates to 1883.

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Mill Bridge

 

The Mill Bridge also dates to 1883.  It’s located just off a main road of little town center.

 

 

 

Mill Bridge Sign
Mill Bridge Sign

It has a great sign at each end of the bridge. One has to wonder when the last time the fine was applied to a driver.  Although, some of the drivers going through the bridge should have been fined.

 

 

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Misty Sunrise in Vermont

We loved every minute of our time in the RV and the gorgeous beauty of central Vermont.  Early in the morning on the day we were leaving Mother Nature presented us with a stunning misty sunrise.  We sure do hope we are invited back for another “girls weekend”!