Only Good Friday

My Garden Harvest – “Only The Good” Friday

On this “Good Friday”… I want to share my veggie garden harvest.  This  harvest may not look like a lot to you… but I’m proud!   I’ve been harvesting tomatoes for several weeks now … but the cukes are new.  Wow! They were hiding under the leaves and I hadn’t noticed.  Not a bad yield  for 4 cucumber plants I planted in my flower bed.   My peppers are coming along too.


Now the strawberries are a sad lot.  I’m lucky to get these few… because the quail usually beat me to them.

Now… I don’t garden for great yield.   I go down to my friend, “Farmer Grant’s” garden store when I want an abundance of produce.  I garden for my “Soul.”  There is nothing like watching the plants grow and develop produce.  I’m out in my garden everyday… checking things out.

Garden Sanctuary
You who walk,
Maybe with troubled thoughts,
Come, enter here and rest;
And may the sweet serenity of growing things,
And the heavenly,peace
Be mirrored in they soul.
-Doxis M. Palmer

I enter my little garden… and love the sweet serenity of the flowers and veggies I grow… no matter how small.

I hope you have a hobby or some small thing that give you respite for your soul.

Have a “Good Friday.”

Till later,


Insightful Nana

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Pioneer Day In Utah – “Only The Good” Friday

Today is Pioneer Day here in Utah.   Completing a treacherous thousand-mile exodus, an ill and exhausted Brigham Young and fellow members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints arrived in Utah’s Great Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. The Mormon pioneers viewed their arrival as the founding of a Mormon homeland, hence Pioneer Day.

The Mormons, as they were commonly known,  left their homes in Nauvoo, Illinois and journeyed West seeking refuge from religious persecution.


Determined to settle in an isolated region, the pioneers made their way across the plains and over the Rocky Mountains to Utah. (The region was Mexican territory.  Utah, the 45th state, did not acquire statehood until Jan. 1896 )  They lost many of their party to disease during the winter months. By the time that they reached Utah, the desolate valley was a welcome sight.  Brigham Young and his party entered the Salt Lake valley on July 24, 1847.   By December, of 1847, nearly 2,000 Mormons had settled in the Salt Lake Valley.

Over the next twenty three years, over 70,000 latter-day- saints would journey from foreign countries and the eastern United States to join the pioneers in the Salt Lake valley.

I give tribute to those pioneers who blazed a trail across the United States to the West… allowing many people to follow their trail…  to  settle the west.  As a note of interest… the railroad coming from the East coast and the West coast joins in Utah….. just a few miles north of Salt Lake City.

On this “Only The Good” Friday…  the 24th of July….  I wanted to share a bit of my heritage with you.

Have a Good Friday!


Insightful Nana

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My Country ‘Tis Of Thee – “Only The Good” Friday

“My Country ‘Tis Of Thee,”  was taught to my second grade class by my teacher, Miss Hyatt.  It’s one of my favorite patriotic songs. The words,  “From Every Mountain Side…Let Freedom Ring,” went straight to my heart.  Since a grand view of the rocky mountains could be seen from our class room window… I was sure the song has been written especially for us.

Follow the words and listen to the tune here.

In 1831, Reverend Samuel Francis Smith was approached by the famed organist and composer, Lowell Mason, who had with him some German school music books. Mason wanted Smith to either translate the German, or write new text for the tunes.  Smith particularly like one tune and rather than translate the German, he wrote new lyrics for it…. “My Country ‘Tis Of Thee.”


In 1938, Marian Anderson, a famous African American contralto, was refused permission to sing in Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution.   Their refusal placed Anderson into the spotlight of the international community on a level usually only found by high profile celebrities and politicians.

She never openly complained… and on Easter Sunday, 1939, “My Country ‘Tis Of Thee” was brought to the forefront when Marian Anderson sang it at an open-air concert, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.   A crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions heard her performance.

You can see her preformance here,

And… who could forget Aurtha Frankin’s rendition, 70 years later, at the last inauguration.   Wow… Love the hat.

On July 4th, we will be celebrating the two hundred thirty-third birthday of signing of the Declaration of Independence.   And, on this “Good” Friday,  I’m grateful and proud to be an American as was Marion Anderson and Aretha Franklin.  I carry a pocket size copy of the Constitution Of The United States, which is read frequently.  I have a lot to be thankful for and defend in these uncertain times.   “My Country “Tis Of Thee… Sweet Land Of Liberty… I Thee I Sing.”

Have a “Good” Friday” and a  great 4th of July.

Insightful Nana

P.S. Shelly, our host invites you to click on over and she what she has to say.   At the bottom of Shelly’s post, is a group of folks who have joined the “OtGF” movement. You’re welcome to have your name added to the list.  Just let Shelly know. My sis, Sheila, welcomes you to her site also.

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Art Linkletter’s Kids – “Only The Good” Friday

Yea! The sun is out on this “Good” Friday.  I was getting a little blue after so much rain… so I turned to You Tube for a bit if entertainment.  I love kids… and so did Art Linkletter.  I remember going home for lunch from elementary school and watching “Kids Say The Darndest Things,” on the Art Linkletter show.   Now that was entertainment.


If you’re like me, I get a big kick out of the funny things kids say.  My “Grands” can really come up with some “doozies,” that really make me laugh.  Children are so innocent with their words.  So on this “Only The Good” Friday, I want to share with you a little entertainment to brighten your day.  Between the sunshine and a good chuckle… this is a “Good” Friday for me.

Have a “Good” Friday… and I hope the sun is shining on you today!

Till Later

Insightful Nana

P.S. Shelly, our host, over at This Eclectic Life is sharing “Rules for Being Human”  and Sheila, my sis,  at Newbie Lifeline is sharing “Happiness”. Take a look.

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Virtual Relationships – “Only The Good” Friday

Virtual relationships are made everyday on the Internet.   The definition of “Virtual” is interesting.  It means “All Most”… “Imitation”… “Computer Generated.”  Are the relationships formed on the internet make believe?  Are they imitation…  artificial?  Hmmmmm.

Well,  I have to confess… I have many Virtual Relationships via the Internet.  I love to get to know people via their blogs… and I am a member of a couple of forums.  One group I belong to is a business forum called “Milagroworld.” It’s a forum where we toss around business ideas and and give each other support.  And, of course, we chat about personal things too.  I have met many fine people on this forum, which I consider to be my friends.


Well, last night, my sister, Sheila, and I had an opportunity to meet a member of Milagroworld,  Trapper Sherwood, from Nashville, Tennessee.  It was so fun to meet him face to face…because we all had become good friends via the Internet.  He is in Utah on business and we went to dinner together.  Nothing “Make Believe” or “Imitation” about this man.  I found him to be sincere, and loads of fun. We had a good old time talking and sharing information about our families and tossing around business ideas.   After a four hour “chin wag.” we looked up long enough to notice the restaurant had closed it’s doors and was mopping the floor.

So on this “Good Friday”, I want to report that this “Virtual Relationship” turned out to be a great one.  The face to face contact was rewarding.  To feel Trapper’s great energy and spirit told me I had already made a great friend… via the Internet.  This is a “Good Friday.” Thanks Trapper!

Till Later,


Insightful Nana

P.S.  We made new business plans and discussed new ways to support each other.  Now, there is nothing “Virtual” about that.

P.P.S.  To see what Shelly has to say on this “Good Friday”… she’s our host.   Check out my sis, Sheila too.

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A Beautiful Sunny Day – “Only The Good” Friday

It’s a beautiful sunny day on this “Good” Friday and I’m trying to get finished up with my planting.  It’s been over a week of great weather, which is nice since we had such a cool wet spring.  (The wet spring  brought on an abundance of Slugs which are making a feast of my Hostas and Marigolds…. which is not good.)  However, other than that, I’ve enjoyed being out in the sunshine planting my flowers, tomato containers and herb garden.


I love to peek over and see what my neighbors are planting because everyone’s tastes are so different.  Gardening is truly a reflection of the heart.   My garden is filled with “old fashion” flowers like Marigolds, Geraniums, and a few Petunias.  I have a new variety of Petunias this year that look like tiny Gardenias.  Of course,  English Lavender is special and  several plants adorn  my garden, which is harvested in the fall for sachets.


I do enjoy finding new plant verities at the nursery that are placed  in the flower garden.  This year I found this fun flower called Pink Mulla Mulla and it’s going into this container this morning.                Unfortunately, it’s an annual and won’t be back next year… but the enjoyment it offers this year will be enough.

I’m off to enjoy this “Good” Friday in my garden.   I hope your weather is sunny and bright and your Friday will be a “Good” one.

Till Later


Insightful Nana

P.S.  Don’t forget to pass on your “Good” Friday news.  When you do… check with  Shelly at This Eclectic Life.  She’s the host of this “Positive Movement.

P.P.S.  Sorry I’ve been so neglectful in posting on this blog… but I’ll be back… as soon as I get the last tomato planted.

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Home Gardening – “Only The Good” Friday

On this “Good  Friday I want to share my passion for home gardening.  As long as I can remember,  strolling through a nursery, checking out the flowers and shrubs puts a smile on my face.    Apparently,  I’m not the only one who gets a “big bang” out of meandering through the  begonias, petunias, and foxglove.   Last week, I over heard a man, who was inspecting tomatoes, exclaim to his wife, “This is going to  be fun.”


Gardening gives my mind an opportunity to wander from subject to subject without much focus and sometimes I can be found humming a tune.   I even enjoy adding the turkey mulch to amend my soil.  There is something nice about submerging  your planting shovel into soil that is soft and rich.


Finding new plant varieties is exciting and this year is no exception.


Just take a look at this new petunia.  It’s a spreading variety and the bloom is double, which makes it look like a small Gardenia.


Summer cooking wouldn’t be complete without using fresh basil.  This new Lettuce Basil is a fun change from the traditional variety.

Yes… this is a “Good Friday” because my 60 foot porch has hanging baskets and planters filled with… Yep… my all time favorite… Begonias.  My side yard is complete with roses, marigolds, geraniums, petunias, Victoria Blue and the Lemonade Honeysuckle is in bloom.


Have a “good Friday”  I will… for I’m on to the next project… the front flower beds.  Hmmmmm…. just where to I want to plant those daisies.

Till Later,

Insightful Nana

P.S.  Gardening, like home decorating, is a personal matter.  My motto is, “Plant what you love… no matter what the neighbors think.”

P.P.S.  Go see what Shelly, at  This Eclectic Life, has to say… and get on her “OtGF” blog roll.  My sis, Sheila celebrates OtGF too.

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Charitable Giving Heros – “Only The Good” Friday

Charitable giving is nothing new to Nick Giordano,  a teen hero who has contributed thousands of dollars to the “Make A Wish Foundation”…  using his unique talent.

We all have unique talents we can share… and it does not need to have a monetary value attached to it.  Most often, a helping hand, and  a listening ear can often be of more value than cash.  My brother-in-law, Dew, mows my lawn once a week.  Oh how I appreciate the help.  He whips around my yard in his commercial riding mower in no time at all and it save me hours of time… not counting the fact he trims around the edges to boot. He’s my hero!

My friend, Linda, who has retired from teaching Art in high school willing shares her talent.  She is skilled at poster and sign designer and paints them by hand.. no less.  When our church or a neighbor needs a welcome banner…who do they call?  Linda is away waiting and willing to give.  She’s a charitable giving hero to many people.

I belong to a business forum on the Internet called the Milagroworld Forum. I have received help for my business from folks from all over the globe.  From Maine, Mississippi, Nevada, Denmark, Tennessee, Texas, California, Canada, Australia…Gulf Of Mexico (the fellow lives on a sails boat.)… a finer group of folks cannot be found… and all willing to share their “know how.”
These are virtual heros… because I have never met them face to face.

On this “Only The Good” Friday, I want to share Nick’s  “goodness” and his unique talent with you.

Way to go Nick!  We are blessed to be a part of the most charitable nation in the world.  We all have something to share and contribute… and we probably do more than we think.  Yeah, good for us!

If you want to be a part of the OtGF movement… log on to This Eclectic Life, and Shelly (our host) will add you to our growing blog roll.

Have a “Good” Friday.

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S.  My sister Sheila is my hero.  She comes to my rescue frequently and is so willing to give and share.  She what she’s up to on this “Good” Friday.

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May Day Traditions – “Only The Good” Friday

May Day traditions began before Christ was born.  Celebrating the first day of May has been popular in many countries.  The meaning and celebration seems to vary from country to country.  In some countries, it is considered a day to honor the working class… much like our “Labor Day” in September.

It was also celebrated by some early European settlers of the American continent. In some parts of the United States, May Baskets are made. These baskets are small and usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someones doorstep.  The basket giver would ring the bell and run away. The person receiving the basket would try to catch the fleeing giver. If they caught the person, a kiss was to be exchanged.


On this “Only The Good” Friday, I’m leaving a May Day flower basket at your internet door.  And since you’ve  caught me… I will accept your kisses by way of comments or e-mail.  lol

Some of you may recognize this paper cone basket because I presented the instructions on how to make it in a January post  and video called “Paper Crafts For Valentines Gifts. Pssst.  The secret of turning it into a flower basket rather than a candy basket  is simple.


Follow the instructions in the “Paper Crafts For Valentines Gifts” post except you don’t close the back of the cone tightly.  You want to leave room for a 10 oz. plastic cup that you  insert in the top of the cone.  I just put a bit of floral  foam in the cup and arranged the flowers.    Waaaa Laaaa.  Now you have a May Day basket that you can leave on someones door knob.  Run fast or they will catch you!

Have a great May Day on this “Only The Good” Friday.

Till Later,

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana.

P.S.  I got this fun May Day flower basket idea from a sweet friend last May Day.  I didn’t catch her so I couldn’t give her a kiss. But this year… I caught her and we exchanged kisses.  This is a happy May Day.


P.P.S.  Follow our host Shelly at This  Eclectic Life.  You will find many more friends there who are sharing the “Good” on Fridays.   My sister Sheila is a  OtGF  contributor too.

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Good Family – “Only The Good” Friday

I came home from the store to find a wonderful surprise… the “Good” family of my son, Wade, came over and cleaned up my backyard after the heavy snowstorm of last week broke off several major limbs.  Two other grandsons, (Emily’s boys) came along to help with the fray.  They worked hard to get everything  cut up, pruned, raked and hauled away.  After they left to go home… I kept looking out into my back yard and grinned like a Chessy Cat.


Here is Glade, Barrett and Wyatt.  They’re  cleaning out the rain gutters and doing a great job. They love any excuse to get on the roof and walk around.


Wyatt came down from the roof to help with the tree pruning.  I wish the storm had been a little more selective about how it pruned my trees.  Two major branches came down from my globe willow tree.


Braden climbed up the tree to do his pruning work.  He did a great job and the tree looks really nice.  This tree is a River Birch and I love it…. especially in the fall.


Lisa, my sweet daughter-in-law was the ground lady.  She raked and rake.  She’s a Respiratory Therapist at the New Born Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.  Don’t ask me how she shoves those tubes down the throat of a preemie newborn… but she does.  She is part of the life saving team for babies…. and I hope your family never needs her services… but if you do… you family member will be in good hands  She’s the best!


Here is Braden, Wade and Wyatt cutting up limbs and loading the truck for the dump.  I couldn’t get Wade to turn around and smile.  He grabbed an old shirt from out of the my closet and it didn’t fit just right.  Boy… don’t I know what that’s like.


Landon and Josie helped too…. that’s after a few tricks on the swing set.  They pick up sticks and volunteered to help unload the truck at the dump.  What is there about the “dump” that intrigues kids?  I loved to go to the dump with my dad… and my kids loved to go with me.  I use to scare the living daylights out of them by telling them Oscar The Grouch lived there and was waiting for them.   Oh my… that wasn’t a good thing to do…. wouldn’t do that again.   I’m a bit wiser now… Thank Goodness.


The truck is loaded and the workers:  Wyatt, Barrett, Josie, Braden, London, and Glade pose for this final shot.

Thanks guys!  Job well done kids.  Your “goodness” has made this “Only The Good” Friday a “good” one for me.   You make me want to be a better neighbor, friend and family member.

I hope your blessed with good family and friends.

Till Later,


Insightful Nana

P.S.  My brother-in-law, Dew Atwood just mowed my lawn.  More family “good” on this “Only The Good Friday.

P.P.S.  Hey… check out our host Shelly,  at This Eclectic Life. If you want to join us… let Shelly know.   My sis Sheila is a “OtGF” fan too.