Thursday, March 31, 2011

Guest Heart Thursday #51

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Welcome to Guest Heart Thursday -
A place to share YOUR heart!



When Rachel over at "Art+Food+Friends" visited the Denver Art Museum, she found many fun and beautiful things. But the most wonderful of all (in MY opinion!) was Mary's stunningly creative heart ... at the interactive light display!

Thank you, Rachel (and Mary!), for sharing your heart!

This beautiful hanging moss heart is very special to me ... Lois over at "Tallahassee Daily Photo" posted it ... a long time ago. This is how I met her!

Lois is part of the "City Daily Photo" group that is so much fun - and I appreciate her so much!

Thank you, Lois, for sharing your heart ...
Which led me to you!


Back before Guest Heart Thursday, my sister Beth and I had a friendly challenge ... involving hearts of course!

Beth had gone to the beach, and look at the, um "interesting" heart photo she brought back for me.

Elk dung!
Gee thanks, Beth!

You can check out Beth's amazing artwork at "Beth's Artworx" ... and her stunning photography at "Expect the Unexpected".

Thank you, sissie, for sharing your heart - ALWAYS!


Dani is my soul sister.
After all, how many people can boil something in a pot ... and find a heart!
Dani is a wonderful friend and fellow heart-seeker, and you can find her (aside from going to China where she is living now!) over at her blogs ... "Snow Flowers" and "A Lovely Home For Hearts"!

Thank you, Dani, for being my friend, for your inspiration, and for sharing your hearts!


Jill is an amazing photographer ... with the best job in the world! To find out what she gets to do every day, check out her blog "Count Your Chicken! We're Taking Over!"

I'll give you a hint ... it involves critters. Like these cute little marbled salamanders - who together make an adorable heart.

Thank you, Jill, for sharing your beautiful world ... and your heart!

One world. One people. One heart.

As always - huge thank you to all who participated in Guest Heart Thursday last week. I loved seeing all of the delightful hearts you found in your world!

Would you like to share your heart on Guest Heart Thursday?
The rules are easy ...

There are none!!!
As long as your post includes a heart!

If you have found a heart (or drawn a heart, or designed a heart, or ...), please join us for Guest Heart Thursday. Just link the URL of your heart to Linky!
The link will be open from Thursday morning until Sunday night.

Have you found more than one heart?
Put in more than one link!
Is your heart from a long time ago?
It doesn't matter, as long as you put the direct URL link to that post!


Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Heart for Howard


Howard Lystrup
1926 - 3/27/2011

My friend.

Safe in the arms of Jesus.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mailing Package Heart


Dad is getting harder and harder to clean up after.
He tends to throw things on the floor instead of in the trash.
After all, he's 85, and it's getting harder and harder for him to get around.

He gets his medicine through the mail.
This package came last week.

I found it ripped open and dropped on the floor ... but how could I not smile ...
At the heart!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Guest Heart Thursday #50


Welcome to Guest Heart Thursday -
A place to share YOUR heart!



My lovely nieces Jenna and Tiffi spent a few days of their Spring Break here at the house. Much fun was had!

I was awed when both of them started showing me the hearts they found ... right here. Hearts I live with, but didn't even see!!!

Like this old broken and rusty chainsaw chain that was left on the fireplace.

Thank you, Tiffi and Jenna, for sharing your hearts.
Thank you Tiffi for finding this one!


"Halcyon Travels" is an amazing place where Halcyon posts pictures taken from travels around the globe.

Recently, Halcyon posted this delicate and beautiful white orchid.
Do you see the beautiful green pastel hearts?

Thank you, Halcyon, for sharing your travels ... and your hearts!


Dani is one of my adopted 'sisters-of-different-mothers'. We will probably never meet in person, but I still consider her part of my family!

Dani is from Macedonia, but is living and going to school in China. She has two blogs, "Snow Flowers" and "A Lovely Home for Hearts" ... and my day just isn't the same unless she posts one of her beautiful found hearts, or one of her gorgeous photographs.

Thank you, Dani, for being a wonderful friend ... and for sharing your hearts!


Bhavesh Chhatbar is from India, and takes some of the most amazing photos for his "BLOG". He has taught me so much about the beauty, color and history of his country. His wife, Megha, is a gifted artist, and puts into her art the same magic of India that Bhavesh puts into his photos.

Bhavesh holds a special place in my heart ... his was my first posted guest heart ... and was the inspiration for Guest Heart Thursday!

Thank you, Bhavesh and Megha, for sharing your world ... and your hearts!


Sunny over at "Barnyards and Barnacles" is another of my favorite places to visit. Sunny's gifted photography and wry humor bring smiles to my heart.

Do you see the heart(s) on this adorable cow? (Only Sunny could make COWS look ADORABLE!)

Thank you, Sunny, for sharing your heart!

One world. One people. One heart.

As always - huge thank you to all who participated in Guest Heart Thursday last week. I loved seeing all of the delightful hearts you found in your world!

Would you like to share your heart on Guest Heart Thursday?
The rules are easy ...

There are none!!!
As long as your post includes a heart!

If you have found a heart (or drawn a heart, or designed a heart, or ...), please join us for Guest Heart Thursday. Just link the URL of your heart to Linky!
The link will be open from Thursday morning until Sunday night.

Have you found more than one heart?
Put in more than one link!
Is your heart from a long time ago?
It doesn't matter, as long as you put the direct URL link to that post!




Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Snowy Fern Heart


Our unusually mild and wet winter yielded only one snowfall. It was in February, and our world was covered with about half an inch of snow.

Which was enough to bring out this last-year's-fern heart!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Birds Make Heart!

I was wandering along the pathway in the new wetlands/green space/park property down the road, when I spied a bird condo.

I think I really like that bird that made the heart-shaped doorway!
What a nice way to pretty up the place!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Guest Heart Thursday #49


Welcome to Guest Heart Thursday -
A place to share YOUR heart!



One of my favorite places to visit is Inger-M's "A Picture in Time".
Inger is from beautiful Norway, and her blog is filled with pictures that make me smile, and make me long for the country ...

When you visit her blog, be sure to click on her "My Jewelry" tab.
When you see what she creates, you will know you are in the presence of a truly great artist.

Inger posted this picture (and others!) as part of a Psalm Challenge. I had to gasp when I saw this cloud ... a beautiful heart surrounded by molten gold ...

Thank you, Inger, for sharing your heart!


Gemma over at "Greyscale Territory" is another amazing blogger. Gemma is from Australia, and posts wonderful and amazing photos from her country.

But my favorite thing about Gemma's blog are her Haiku's.
She is AMAZING!

Thank you, Gemma, for sharing your world, your Haiku's, and your heart!


Winter is finally starting to break up in Judy's world. Soon she will be posting more of the flowery beauty she finds in her world, and posts on her wonderful blog "Lilac Gate".

But even though spring is just now starting to peek through, Judy's world is still cold. But look - she found this cracked ice heart!

Thank you Judy, for sharing the beauty you find, and for sharing your heart!


Costas over at "Nature Digital" takes the most amazing photos of Greece.

Costas recently took a vacation, and has been sharing photos of his trip.
When I told him about a heart I found in one of his Las Vegas photos, he said he couldn't find it.
Can you?


How about now?

Thank you, Costas, for sharing so much beauty with the world ... and for sharing your heart!


Our hearts are with the people of Japan ...
Who are suffering so much right now.
This photo, published by Reuters last Saturday, shows just a tiny piece of the tragedy enfolding our brothers and sisters of that country.

If you look in the smoke, you will find a heart. One that is breaking.

One world. One people. One heart.

As always - huge thank you to all who participated in Guest Heart Thursday last week. I loved seeing all of the delightful hearts you found in your world!

Would you like to share your heart on Guest Heart Thursday?
The rules are easy ...

There are none!!!
As long as your post includes a heart!

If you have found a heart (or drawn a heart, or designed a heart, or ...), please join us for Guest Heart Thursday. Just link the URL of your heart to Linky!
The link will be open from Thursday morning until Sunday night.

Have you found more than one heart?
Put in more than one link!
Is your heart from a long time ago?
It doesn't matter, as long as you put the direct URL link to that post!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

LEC Heart


When the church abandoned the property across the street, they left a barn-sized outbuilding full of trash ... mountains and mountains of trash. It took the new owners a week to clean it out with a backhoe and 2 dumpsters.

When they were gone, Sissie and I walked by to marvel ... and found this dropped and forgotten heart.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Heart-felt Thank-Yous!


I am stunned and honored that "Random Hearts" is the recipient of TWO awards!

Texwisgirl over at "The Runaround Ranch Report" surprised and honored me with this beautiful "One Lovely Blog" award.

Texwisgirl is fast becoming a dedicated heart seeker, and I appreciate her so much. I love her blog ... especially the critters that she photographs so beautifully!

But what really blows my mind about Texwisgirl are her STUNNING drawings, mostly of birds. What a talented artist she is ... and this is just a hobby!

Thank you for this award, my friend.

I am to pass this award on to 8 newly discovered blogs ... which I will do now ...

Darlene of "A Dancing Mango"
Mark of "Mark Gibson's Blog - An Ongoing Voyage of Discovery"
Inger of "A Picture In Time"
Susannah of "Wanderin' Weeta (with Waterfowl and Weeds)"
Marlendy of "Marges8's Blog"
Beth of "Geometric"
Boki of "Ninas y corazones"
Lynette of "Portland Oregon Daily Photo"

And I just have to add a 9th to this list ...

Rick of "Found Hearts by Rick Ruggles"

If you do not accept awards for your blog, that's okay! I still love and appreciate you!

There are so many more blogs out there I would love to name. I want you to know how much I enjoy Guest Heart Thursday, and the hearts you share. I love going back through YOUR blogs and seeing how many wonderful, kind, friendly, TALENTED heart seekers and artists there are out there.


Darlene over at "A Dancing Mango" is another AWESOME artist that you should check out. Darlene's work takes my breath away ... and wouldn't you know it, she is one of the kindest, gentlest, most genuinely sweet people I've had the pleasure of meeting in Blogland!!!

When Darlene gave me this "Stylish blogger Award", I was again stunned and honored. Thank you, Darlene. I'm sorry it took so long to post this.

The "Stylish Blogger Award" says I have to say 10 things about myself, then pass on to 7 other blogs that I know and love.

So here goes ...

1. I am turning 50 this year!
2. I started finding hearts by accident.
3. I am a middle child (3rd out of 6).
4. I was interviewed on "Good Morning America" after the first Gulf War ... as a part of "Operation Desert Stork" (ouch, the twins are now 19!).
5. I always wanted to be an artist, and didn't realize until recently that I really am!
6. I love nature ... the forest ... and the ocean.
7. My sisters are my best friends.
8. I had a stroke at age 48 ... from which I have MOSTLY recovered (I still slur my words when I get upset or tired, and my eyesight is BETTER than before the stroke!)
9. I love old books and ephemera.
10. I love to blog, it has opened up my world in a way I never would have believed possible.

Now I have to choose 7 blogs that I know and love. How can I choose??? I recently made a list of the WONDERFUL people who have inspired me in one way or another since I started blogging, and the list is nearly 100 names long! One of them is probably YOU!!!

So, at random, I am going to name 7.

Terry of "Lady Liberty Patriot"
Prospero of "Serendipitous Garden"
Wayne of "Wayne Woodruff Photography"
Robert of "Daily Athens"
Owen of "Magic Lantern Show"
LouLou of "Indiaphragme"
Costas of "Nature Digital"

Again, if you don't accept awards for your blog, that's okay! I love and appreciate you all, including those of you NOT on this list. In fact ... even if you're not on this list, please consider yourself AWARDED!!! Just come over, copy the award, then post it with 10 things about yourself!

Thank you Texwisgirl and Darlene for these awards. How I feel goes beyond words ... my day is brightened, and there is a crazy-happy smile all over my face!


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Orange Peel Heart


I was waiting for mom outside the doctor's office ...
With only a few minutes to go ...
Which turned out to be just enough time ...
To take a short walk,
And find a heart!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Guest Heart Thursday #48


Welcome to Guest Heart Thursday -
A place to share YOUR heart!



Wayne over at "Wayne Woodruff Photography" is one of my heroes. Wayne lives in Pennsylvania, and takes some of the most amazing pictures I've seen - and then shares with us the technical side of photography. I only wish I understood half of what he is saying! But I DO understand this daffodil picture he shot last year ... and the beautiful heart in the center!

Thank you, Wayne, for sharing your expertise ... and your heart!


LouLou is an award-winning photographer who shares stunning photos of India. I know when I go to her blog, "Indiaphragme", I will be treated to beauty, color, and the vibrancy of life in her country. And occasionally, a heart!

Thank you, LouLou, for sharing your country ... and your heart!

Those of you who know me know how much I love cloud hearts ... and this one found by Christine in Scotland is one of the best!

Christine's blog, "Writing from Scotland", is filled with wonderful pictures ... but what will grab your heart is her delightful writing ... and the submissions from "May's Diaries". I highly recommend jumping over to check out this blog ... to see bits and pieces of the life of Christine's great grandmother!

Thank you, Christine, for sharing life ... past and present ... and for sharing your heart!


"Florida Fotos" is a joint project of Jacob and Lois Anne.
Together they have created a beautiful blog!
Their pictures of Florida make me wish I lived closer!

Cheryl (featured below!) sent me a link to Jacob and Lois Anne's lily pad picture - look at all of those hearts!

Thank you, Jacob and Lois Anne, for sharing your Florida ... and for sharing your hearts!
Thank you, Cheryl, for finding them!


Cheryl has two blogs you really need to take the time to visit - "Nostalgia: Yesterday and Today", and "March to March".

It was on her "March to March" blog that she posted this (ooooooh, Sparklies!) beautiful ring. Look at the shadow ... a tiny little heart!

Thank you, Cheryl, for being my inspiration ... and for sharing your heart!

As always - huge thank you to all who participated in Guest Heart Thursday last week. I loved seeing all of the delightful hearts you found in your world!

Would you like to share your heart on Guest Heart Thursday?
The rules are easy ...

There are none!!!
As long as your post includes a heart!

If you have found a heart (or drawn a heart, or designed a heart, or ...), please join us for Guest Heart Thursday. Just link the URL of your heart to Linky!
The link will be open from Thursday morning until Sunday night.

Have you found more than one heart?
Put in more than one link!
Is your heart from a long time ago?
It doesn't matter, as long as you put the direct URL link to that post!


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Guest Heart Thursday #47


Welcome to Guest Heart Thursday
A place to share YOUR heart!


When Texwisgirl sent me a link to Becky and Gary over at "Woodynook Creations", I could hardly believe my eyes ... Do you see what I see?
Lots and lots of hearts on this beautiful starling they posted for World Bird Wednesday last week!

Thank you Becky and Gary for sharing your hearts,
And thank YOU Texwisgirl for finding them!


Jill's photos always make me smile, especially this one.
A tiny critter had trudged through the sand, leaving it's heart behind!

Thank you, Jill, for sharing your heart ... and for having one of the most unique blog names around - "Count Your Chicken! We're Taking Over!"


Sunny over at "Barnyard and Barnacles" makes me smile with every post. She leads a busy life, and has been looking for hearts for a while.

I have a surprise for Sunny ... there are hearts in unexpected places ... if you look close enough!
Do you see the hearts in Sunny's picture?
Check the wing of the bee ...
And the petals of the flower ...
They may be faint, but they are there!!!

Thank you, Sunny, for brightening my days, and for sharing your heart!


Tammie Lee's photography is some of the best I've ever seen. Her blog "Spirithelpers" combines this photography with poetry that makes me smile ... and sometimes even brings me to tears. I appreciate her so much!

You don't have to look very hard to find the heart in this shot, but it may take you a while simply because you will probably become lost in the rugged beauty of this mountain!

Thank you, Tammie Lee, for sharing your heart!


Tammie Lee has another side ... we know she is a wonderful photographer, and a gifted writer ... well she is also an amazing ARTIST!!!

Check out Tammie Lee's art at her blog "Beauty Flows".
Because beauty DOES flow here, you will see!

Thank you, Tammie Lee, for sharing your heart!

As always - huge thank you to all who participated in Guest Heart Thursday last week. I loved seeing all of the delightful hearts you found in your world!

Would you like to share your heart on Guest Heart Thursday?
The rules are easy ...

There are none!!!
As long as your post includes a heart!

If you have found a heart (or drawn a heart, or designed a heart, or ...), please join us for Guest Heart Thursday. Just link the URL of your heart to Linky!
The link will be open from Thursday morning until Sunday night.

Have you found more than one heart?
Put in more than one link!
Is your heart from a long time ago?
It doesn't matter, as long as you put the direct URL link to that post!