Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Time To Link Up! Tuesdays with a Twist #149

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #149!
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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!

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We're your hosts & co-hosts 


Checkout my amazing "Featured" Pinterest Board

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Features!
Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 

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My Features this Week are:


1. "Almond Cherry Loaf" by Jenn's Random Scraps
2. "41 Ways to Become More Self Sufficient" by The Rustic Elk
3.  "Amaretto Affections"  by Gabriela's Healthy Travels




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The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!

*Pictures should be your own* 

By linking up you give us permission to use these photos

 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!





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Monday, February 8, 2016

The Toledo Zoo - Feature#12 & Name That PLANT

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The Toledo Zoo - Feature #12 & Name That PLANT

The Toledo Zoo in Toledo, Ohio has been voted one of the top 10 Zoos in the country!  I have lived in this area for 20 years and this past September 2015 is the first time that I have ever visited this special place.  Now I am asking myself: "Why did it take me so long?".

I had the pleasure of visiting the zoo with my sister & brother-in-law and my precious twin nieces.  It was such a blessing to experience this amazing zoo with my 10 year old nieces.

Each week I will feature one animal and one plant (asking for your help in identifying some of the plants) - ENJOY!

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Photo taken by Monique Ouellette-Fittler




Feature #12 - STINGRAY

This exhibit was part of the new Aquarium at the Toledo Zoo and one of the most amazing experiences that I had at this zoo!  This is an interactive Stingray pool.  The Zoo Keepers clipped or removed the stinging part to make it safe to touch these Stingrays.  I was astonished at the texture of these fish because they were not at all slimy - it was the softest feeling similar to suede or angora (but without the fur).  
The Stingray is a fish related to sharks.  There are 8 stingray families and are common in tropical & subtropical waters all around the world.  The flatness of this fish is for protection reasons - they are able to rustle up the sand and hide underneath.     

Checkout these great pictures:


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I went to the zoo to look at animals but found myself mostly taking pictures of plants.
Many of the plants around the zoo exhibits and buildings I had never seen before (and unfortunately they were not labeled), so I decided to include a section asking for your help.  The featured plant today is also my favorite plant that I saw during this visit to the zoo.  It has multi-colored berries - just stunning!  However, I haven't a single clue about the name of this plant.

Please leave your answer in the comment section below & have fun!
Identify the plant below:



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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #38

I miss the old hymns that I remember from my childhood - there were no drums, no electric guitar and no mind numbing beat. It was just voices and maybe a piano or an organ. The choir led the congregation in singing - and the words of these hymns are poetic. I realize that there is a need for the modern "seeker oriented" worship music - but it is also necessary to have deeper songs (no offense intended to anyone who prefers the newer church songs).

I decided to have an "Old Fashion Sunday Hymn Sing" once a month on this blog.
I personally do NOT have a great singing voice - I used to play the guitar & piano but my voice is NOT an instrument. That's the great thing about this digital hymn sing, you can warble along without being embarrassed or without offending anyone else.

The hymns that we will be studying are taken from an old hymnal from a Baptist church that is no longer in existence - "The North American Hymnal" published in 1956 by "THE ROGER WILLIAMS PRESS"

I will also try to find a version of the featured hymn on "YouTube" to share with you each month.


 

Today's featured hymn is "My Savior's Love" written & composed by C.H. Gabriel (1856-1932).  
Last Sunday I heard this old hymn on TV & I couldn't remember the title (the title was not shared on the show that I was watching).  Yesterday, when I sat down to write this post I was still fretting about remembering the title and then I opened the hymnal to this exact song!! 
GOD IS SO AMAZING!!
The history behind this author & composer is quite amazing also.  C.H. Gabriel was born on a farm in Iowa.  He began by teaching singing and worked with a church in San Francisco before eventually working for a publishing company in Chicago.  He is credited with about 7,000 songs!



Jesus said, "As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you.  Now remain in my love" John 15:9

I have included 2 YouTube videos of this "marvelous" song!  The second version I just love - it has a bit of an Irish sound.  Please take the time to listen & enjoy!



Turn with me to number 195 in your hymnals and let's sing:

My Savior's Love
written & composed by C.H. Gabriel (1856-1932) 
1. I stand amazed in the presence Of Jesus the Nazarene, And wonder how He could love me, A sinner condem'd, unclean.


CHORUS


2.   For me it was in the garden He pray'd; "Not My will, but Thine,"  He had no tears for His own griefs, But sweat-drops of blood for mine.


CHORUS


3.   In pity angels beheld Him, And came from the world of light To comfort Him in the sorrows He bore for my sould that night.


CHORUS


4.   He took my sins and my sorrows.  He made them His very own;  He bore the burden to Calv'ry, And suffer'd and died alone.



CHORUS



5.   When with the ransom'd in glory His face I atlast  shall see, Twill be my joy thro' the ages.  To sing of His love for me.





CHORUS 


Chorus
 
How marvelous!  how wonderful!  And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous!  how wonderful Is my Savior's love for me!









A special thanks to "SE Samonte" for sharing this with us!
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

FEBRUARY 2016 Week#2 CLIMB Cohosts

It's week#2 of the FEBRUARY 2016 #ChainLinkyCLIMB blog hop!  Checkout what's been happening on our week#2 Cohost's blogs!
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WELCOME ! 
Meet our February week#2 CLIMB cohosts!

It's the month long Networking Blog Hop where Cohosts & Guest Cohosts are added each week for ultimate exposure! 

Networking means helping each other grow!! 
If you want to promote a CLIMB link, then use #ChainLinkyCLIMB on Twitter or Google+ so that we can all help each other grow!

Here's how the Giveaway & Guest Cohosting works - the hosts, cohosts & Guest cohosts from the previous month's CLIMB will have the opportunity to participate in a Giveaway during the next CLIMB - that gives co-hosts 2 months in a row of blog growing fun!!  (If you would like to guest cohost please sign up at the end of this post using the last "Linky")
We have 2 permanent cohosts for week#2, 3 permanent cohosts for week#3 and eventually we will have 4 permanent cohosts for week#4 making a grand total of 11 hosts/cohosts each month & that's not even including Guest Cohosts!
Anna @ Cuddlebug Cuties
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Newest post:  My Paper Addiction.....The Traveler's Notebook
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Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
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Newest post:  Roadside Piece Becomes TV Stand 
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Also, our CLIMB GIVEAWAY!
Please enter below -one person will win:
- $10 Paypal cash from Eclectic Red Barn
- Your choice of 2 month small Ad spaces OR 1 month large Spotlighting Ad Space on Butterfly in the Attic- $30 value
- 1 Guest Post from April Noelle - $20 value
- $15 Ad Space on Sew Crafty Angel
- 1 Sidebar Ad Space on God's Growing Garden - $10 value
- 1 Jasper Embedded Beach Stone Necklace by ShorelineDesigned - $20 value

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Jasper Embedded Beach Stone Necklace
Lake Superior Red/White Jasper Embedded Beach Stone Necklace, 20 Inch Ribbon and Cord, Large Stainless Steel Lobster Clasp
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Total prize value is $105!!



CLIMB Giveaway Rules & Conditions:
- this is open worldwide (void where prohibited)
- You must be 18 years or older to enter
- You MUST have a blog to win the Ad spaces (otherwise these will become second place prizes)
- You MUST have a valid PayPal account to win the Paypal Cash (otherwise this will become a second place prize)
- You MUST have a mailing address in the lower 48 states of the USA in order to win the necklace (otherwise this will become a second place prize)
- This Giveaway is open from February 1st, 2016 until February 29th, 2016
- Winner must respond to email within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen
- Giveaway Hosts, Cohosts & Guest Cohosts can NOT enter this Giveaway!, however - FEBRUARY 2016 CLIMB blog hop co-hosts ARE allowed to enter this Giveaway (provided they are not also part of the Giveaway)
- correspondence is done through email and the winner's email addresses will only be used to deliver or set-up e-prizes.  Email addresses will NEVER be sold or shared.
- All prizes will be delivered by the contributing Bloggers/Shop Owners.
- if you have any questions or concerns about this Giveaway please email one of the hosts:




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Angie @ God's Growing Garden
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By participating in this blog hop your understand that your link might be featured &/or promoted on our blogs & social media.  Also, by participating in this blog hop your email address will be added to our CLIMB list & you will be sent an email reminder next month. 

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Remember - If you Guest Cohost you will receive a free Weekly Sidebar Ad and your blog button will appear on both Angie's blog & Angel's blog!!

(The Ad will run live a few weeks after you have co-hosted)


We are looking for amazing Bloggers like you to Guest Cohost the CLIMB! 
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