Happy Easter! Here is some inspiration for your Easter Sunday 2017!



Jesus is alive!

He is not here;
he has risen!
LUKE 24:6

 Word of the Day- interminable adjective :having or seeming to have no end; especially wearisomely protracted

The word was borrowed into English in the 15th century and descends from a Latin combination of the prefix in– (“not”) and the verb terminare, meaning “to terminate” or “to limit.” The word describes not only something without an actual end (or no end in sight, such as “interminable oceans”), but also events, such as tedious lectures, that drag on in such a way that they give no clear indication of ever wrapping up. Other relatives of interminable in English include terminate, determine, terminal, and exterminate.

Hayley didn’t think she would have the patience to sit through another interminable radio pledge drive without changing the station at least once.

“Garrett Richards’ first thought when he found out about his torn elbow ligament in May was to schedule Tommy John surgery as soon as possible.… Richards knew how to handle the seemingly interminable months of rehab, and he wanted to get the clock started on his return.”
Jorge L. Ortiz, USA Today, 28 Feb. 2017

It was not the feeling of completeness I so needed, but the feeling of not being empty.
Jonathan Safran Foer


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Your Inspiration For 18 March 2017

Some inspiration to kickstart your day…


If we allow ourselves to relax and take a mental step back, we can begin to recognize that all these different thoughts are simply coming and going within the context of an unlimited mind, which, like space, remains fundamentally unperturbed by whatever occurs within it.
– Mingyur Rinpoche


The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.  If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner!” Proverbs 11:30-31


Inspiration for the Day: Notice your thoughts coming and going.

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Your Inspiration For Friday 16 March 2017

Some inspiration to kickstart your morning…


That’s exactly what happens in sitting in stillness. You’re simply soaked in that divine love that is beyond words, and you allow it to fill you, inundate you, and move you so that you can live a life grounded on that, offering yourself to others.

—Jane Lancaster Patterson, “Other Fingers Pointing to the Moon

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers.
– Psalm 1:1

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
– Plutarch


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Getting To Know Me


All About Me



Please note:  Not only is this post weeks in the making, but has also been edited many times.


I am far from extraordinary.  From the “norm”.  From what everyone thinks I ought to be or from what they thought I would.  I have deviated from the path that other women my age of the world have taken.  I guess it is because I am not suppose to have anything about me that sets me apart from anyone else.  I am a Plain person.  Of course, I am quite unique in my own way.  I enjoy things that other people might shy away from or think weird.  I really enjoy the company of my praying mantises and my horse.  I am fiercely independent and enjoy solitary activities such as embroidery and reading and bible study and photography.  But there are times I like to socialize.  I have a group, Beauty In Decay Project, where a few of us get together and explore abandoned buildings, homes, and sanitariums.  We explore in the tri-state(NY, OH, and PA) area.  It is a photography and a preservation project.


I have never come oupro-pic-march-2017t on my blog and explained WHO exactly I am.  My name is Heather.  I am 33 years old.  I am happily married and have a 15-year old stepson.  I think I never explained because I just haven’t had the exact words to do.  Or perhaps I fear that people won’t understand.  I follow the Mennonite religion, though I am not a baptised member of any church.  The closest church is over an hour away, but I don’t have a ride there or otherwise I would go.  I pray every day that the Lord would plant a seed in my town for a church.  I do what I can to follow the Lord in my heart, my actions, and my thoughts.  My family doesn’t understand it.  My husband doesn’t understand it and wonders why “such a beautiful girl would dress this way”…actually I get that a lot.  I try and try to explain until I am blue in the face that it has nothing do with that.  I am not dressing for other people.  I am dressing for the Lord.  My husband, it is not that he is not a Christian, he is just not as devout as I am.  I want something more out of life.  I am in the world but not of it.  I want to spend my life after death with Christ.  But I don’t want to sit here and seem “preachy” and have you click away.  I want to introduce myself to what followers I have(thank you very by the way) and to any future followers I have.1-peter-3-3-4

I think, after my best friend moved away a month after I was married, it really affected me and I never went out and seeked any other friends.  Also, I suffer from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, hemiplegic & basilar migraines, herniated discs, and disc degenerative disease, and live with chronic pain daily, so that does not help in going out and seeking a social life.  Plus I cannot work because of all of this.  I’ve had over a dozen surgeries and countless medical tests in the past decade and a half, so I’ve been quite isolated and not had a whole lot of opportunities to go out and meet people.

1424697843259However, my best friend and I still talk.  Thankfully, she still has family here in town so she pops in and every now and then when she’s in town.  She’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, that’s for sure!

I collect a few things.  I collect vintage cameras, nutcrackers, owls, and model horses.


I really, really want to add these two to my collections:

Currently I Am eading:


Currently I Am Watching:


Looking forward to: 

Hulu’s tv interpretation of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”.  I’ve read the book and watched the movie, so I am excited to see how well this turns out.


Some East Embroidery Projects:


Current Embroidery Projects:

I love house plants!  I am amassing quite a collection…

I also have a fern, a parlor palm, and a Dracaena.

I also collect knives…

Those are just a few that I have.


A little more personal…my Chris and I, our anniversary is 15 August 2015.

This is my dear husband, Chris.  This was shot at The Bistro.

Chris works at a local restaurant, The Bistro.  Though it’s run by brothers from Pakistan, it includes a mix of fine American and Paki dishes, but more American dishes.  It is one of the two 4-star restaurants in Olean, NY.  They have dishes here that you would more commonly find in a big city compared to small-town Olean.

I am a stay-at-home housewife.  I am on permanent disability because of my back and other chronic and debilitating health problems.  I have 6 herniated discs in my back, two cages, and disc degenerative disease.  I’ve had two back surgeries.  I suffer daily from chronic pain as well as severe basal migraines several times a week.  I also have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.  I also have bouts of IBS too.  This is not an inclusive list but I will say that a decade ago I hemorrhaged for three days which led to an emergency DNC and a hysterectomy a week later at age 28 after suffering for a decade from severe endometriosis and four surgeries from that.

I do what I can to bring in a meager income to add to our family balance.  I sell some of my embroidery locally plus I am a “mother’s helper” to my friend Mara.  I watch her daughter while she is at work until her husband gets home for a couple a hours and she pays me for it.

I stay active but some days it is very hard.  The 15 medications I am do alright for the most part.  I suppose I could be a lot worse off.  Nothing is a 100%.

My favorite seasons are spring and summer.  Fall is pretty and I absolutely loathe winter & snow.  My favorite colors are lavender and cream.  My favorite soda is Dr. Pepper and cream soda.  I love the clean scents of hyacinth, lavender, vanilla, and cotton.  I love being out of doors, out in the woods or by some water, with my husband fishing or out on the kayak, with my just wandering around, checking out the nature, taking pictures, and notes, and samples.  We love to go camping.  I love to explore, hence the urban’xing.  Want to see a cool shot I took last summer at an abandoned tuberculosis sanitarium?


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This was a patient’s room. Since this was TB hospital. these doors opened so their bed could be wheel out any season so they could reap the benefits of the fresh air. Back then, it was believed the fresh air would cure the TB, no matter what time of year. I just love that peeling paint! It is the lead in the paint that makes old paint like that peel. This place is located in WNY.

From time to time, I may share some shots on here with you I’ve taken for my “Beauty In Decay Project” or for my personal photography.  I absolutely love to shoot nature and wildlife, and landscape  photography.  Here is three more great shots I got last summer…and btw, usually any shots that I post are for sale.  All you have to do is contact me.  I also sell prints for reasonable prices and I frame and matte them myself too!

Three long trees in a field just before a storm…
He snuck up on me!
This is the last look he gave me before he left.

I really, really hope you’ve enjoyed this post.  I’ve put a lot of time and effort into this.  Like I said before, it’s been a few months in the making and been through edits multiple times.  I’m kinda nervous about putting this out there lol 🙂  I am just nervous about negative feedback is all.

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Your Inspiration For Wednesday 15 March 2017


You start with freedom from thirst, hunger, disease, the basic freedoms that the state has to help its citizens achieve. Then you go beyond that to social freedom, from discrimination, inequality, from crime, and lawlessness, and insecurity, which the state also has to provide. Then ultimately you find further up the ladder political freedom, the freedom from authority and tyranny. And then Buddhism brings you even past that, to seek freedom from internal bondage.

—Matthieu Ricard

“So many books, so little time.”
― Frank Zappa


“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

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Your Inspirations For Tuesday 14 March 2017


The peace that we are looking for is not peace that crumbles as soon as there is difficulty or chaos. Whether we’re seeking inner peace or global peace or a combination of the two, the way to experience it is to build on the foundation of unconditional openness to all that arises.
– Pema Chödron

What You Seek Is Seeking You

Inspiration for the Day: Try to be at ease even in the midst of the day’s chaos.

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Your Inspiration For Monday 13 March 2017

happy monday

No matter what situation we find ourselves in, we can always set our compass to our highest intentions in the present moment. Perhaps it is nothing more than being in a heated conversation with another person and stopping to take a breath and ask yourself, “What is my highest intention in this moment?

—Jack Kornfield, “Set the Compass of Your Heart

Everything preaches the dharma—nuclear waste, skunks, flowers, grass—and does so fully and completely.

—Roshi Nancy Mujo Baker, “On Not Being Stingy

God wants you to know that faith is exactly what it takes to get through uncertainty.

Faith is not necessary when you know how things are going to work out, – that’s knowledge. It’s in the time of unknowing that having faith is what sees you through to the other side. Faith is what gives you strength. Faith is that light in your heart that keeps on shining even when it’s all darkness outside. Now is the time to keep that faith alive!


But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
2 Peter 1:5-9

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