Wednesday, May 23, 2012



When I bought my current digital camera, I began to take  photos like I have always wanted to take.

With magnified power, I discovered the real beauty in wildflowers.  I am amazed at the detail.  More…It has made me think about our God who created all these beautifully detailed flowers.  Many of the flowers are so small they are hardly noticeable.  The detail in the tiny blossoms escape the normal vision, but when magnified I am awestruck at the attention given to each and every living thing on earth.  If the Lord has given such attention to a tiny flower, how much more has He given us?

Every flower featured here is a wildflower or a weed.  Nothing is insignificant in the Lord’s eyes.  His beauty is everywhere.  He cares about everything.  And these flowers are the proof. 

Darlene Cirinna

May 23, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

BFF 192 ~ Close Call…




When I posted this topic to BFF, I didn’t have a clue about what I could write. I tossed ideas around in my mind for several days while I considered whether I would write a real experience or fiction. If real – which one? And so it went around and around in my mind…until yesterday…

Not much exciting goes on in my neighborhood. It’s a quiet, tree lined street and most of us are older folk. One hot, lazy day follows another here. Just a typical day around here... So, when I took my little darlings for a walk yesterday, I wasn’t expecting any kind of excitement…

My tiny terrors did their usual sniffing and shuffling. Our walks can hardly be called walks. We’re all old you know. Once I get them both going in the same direction, it is pretty much stop and sniff every few feet. I don’t get much exercise, but it is the highlight of their day. I noticed a neighbor was up in a cherry picker trimming his trees. In a neighborhood full of old oak trees, it is not unusual for someone to be having their trees trimmed. All in all, it was a normal day around here.

We were just past my house when suddenly; there were white fire flashes, popping, crackling and the loudest hum coming from the bouncing electrical lines. I knew in an instant that the tree trimmer had connected with the power lines. My heart was beating out of my chest as I ran down the street yelling “Are you all right? ARE YOU ALL RIGHT??? I was really scared for that guy in the cherry picker. People up and down the street came running out of their homes. Seeing me running, some were shouting “What happened??” I couldn’t stop. I had to know if that guy was all right. I could see flames licking at the leaves of the tree. I feared the very worst. I kept running… Just before I got to his house, I saw the cherry picker beginning to lower back to the ground. The man next door was almost crowing…”He’s all right! HE’S ALL RIGHT!!!” as he ran around in his socks and almost dancing in the street. His little dog took the opportunity to run across the street to meet my dogs. On top of all the confusion and the sheer terror of the whole event, my tiny terrors got scrappy with the little bull dog…

But, all is well that ends well. The most important thing is that the man in the cherry picker was okay.

Whew! That sure was a close call….


Darlene Cirinna

May 15, 2012

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


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Un-retouched photos taken at an old house,

complete with rust and grime


and lots of character


Darlene Cirinna

May 9, 2012

Sunday, May 6, 2012

BFF 190 ~ I HOPE….


I thought I would be lame, as usual, and skip yet another blog topic. HEY! I have a busy retirement here… LOL But, my friend Jo got me to thinking when she made a list of her hopes and dreams. I like lists! When I make lists, I never know what I will drag out of the depths of my mind and heart. So…it is with anticipation on my own part that I begin my list because I really don’t know at this point what will be on my “hope” list…


~ my husband and I have many more years of life together.

~ our good health will continue.

~ I never slip into depression again.

~ my sisters & my daughters have so much happiness and love that their cups run over.

~ the economy improves so that every person who wants a job will have a job.

~ I can get through this election year without losing any more friends.   

~ after the elections, our elected officials actually roll up their sleeves and get to work for the good of our nation and without political prejudice. (I DO realize that is a fantasy… But, this IS MY wish list. LOL)

~ I will find the dedication it would take to sort my fiction short stories and select a few for an e-book. I would be happy to write just one book and really wouldn’t care if people bought it or Amazon offered it for free. I just want to feel the “accomplished” feeling in that arena.

~ our shutterbug blog friends will enjoy the new BFF weekly challenge. Oops! Did I just leak something? LOL

~ I find my way out of my blog rut…

~ we have another quiet hurricane season.

~ that mercy and grace will overrule my cynical side

~ the Lord meets all the needs of those He loves

~ peace and harmony rule my world

~ I can find it within me to part with most of this stuff I have collected for a lifetime. My needs are small and I don’t need half of what I own.

~ my donated things bless others who have needs

~I don’t die before I simplify my possessions. I don’t want anyone to have to do this because I didn’t do it while I am alive. It is too hard to sort and dispose of a loved one’s belongings. It is now 3 ½ years since the death of my Mom and I’m still trying to get through her stuff. I don’t want my family having to deal with the same conflict of heart/sentiment vs. reason.

~ that I can always find HOPE…

Nuff said…I think…


Darlene Cirinna

May 6, 2012