A Rosy Birthday

A beautiful red, yellow and white tea rose adorns this card on the front and a lovely red rose graces the back, a perfect card for your mother.

Beautiful red roses will make your love smile on your anniversary. The inside feature rose quotes by Geoffrey Chaucer and Robert Burns.

Who wouldn’t want to receive a lovely card with this sweet yellow rose?

Pink roses in a rose garden grace the cover of this card. On the back of the card is a pink English rose.

Beautiful scarlet roses adorn the front and back of this card.

Isn’t this orange rose just gorgeous?!

A beautiful peach-colored rose makes this card such a beautiful choice for a loved ones birthday, and a lovely yellow rose graces the back of this card.

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Historic South Carolina

Here is a view from beneath the cables of the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina. The Arthur Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River opened in July 2005. This eight-lane, cable stayed bridge with two diamond-shaped towers allows clearance for ocean freighters to access the port of Charleston, South Carolina. The bridge connects downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. It is the third longest cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere.

 
A small dog on a walk enjoys the brightly colored houses line East Bay Street in Charleston, South Carolina. Thirteen historic houses make up Rainbow Row. Built in the 18th century, the Rainbow Row houses represent the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States.

 
A black bicycle is color coordinated with the white clapboard house with black shutters on Meeting Street south of Broad Street in the historic section of Charleston, South Carolina. In this neighborhood, you’ll find rows of palatial antebellum mansions on the main streets as well as homes of all shapes and sizes on the quaint wandering streets.

 
Colorful flower boxes decorate windows on Rainbow Row, brightly colored houses that line East Bay Street Charleston, South Carolina.

 
The address number plaques on the houses in the historic part of Charleston, South Carolina, are often quite quaint and weathered. Here’s a rusty address sign on a wrought iron fence.

 
A sidewalk cafe in Charleston, South Carolina, conveniently offers tables for husbands to wait (and drink) while their wives shop.

 
A 200-year-old building houses an art gallery in the French Quarter of Charleston, South Carolina. The French Quarter of Charleston, South Carolina, is a section of downtown Charleston.The French Quarter is basically within the original “walled” city of Charleston. The area began being called the French Quarter in 1973 when preservation efforts began for warehouse buildings on the Lodge Alley block. The name recognizes the high concentration of French merchants in the area’s history.

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Natural Wonders!

Three young men wait at sunset for Old Faithful Geyser to erupt in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone Park in Wyoming. Old Faithful erupts every 45 to 125 minutes, lasting from one and a half minutes to as long as five minutes.

 
Mount Rainier is a massive stratovolcano located 54 miles (87 km) southeast of Seattle, United States. It is the most prominent mountain in the contiguous United States and the Cascade Volcanic Arc, with a summit elevation of 14,411 feet (4,392 m). Wow!

 
Arches National Park is a U.S. National Park in eastern Utah. It is known for preserving over 2000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations.

 
A storm drops rain on the Great Sand Dunes of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in southern Colorado.

 
In Canyonlands National Park, the Green River curves south where it will soon join the Colorado River. At the confluence of the two rivers in Canyonlands, you can see that both rivers were aptly named. The water of the Green River is very green, while the Colorado (which means colored red) River carries its colorful load of red silt from erosion.

 
An iceberg “calves” from Margerie Glacier, a 21-mile-long (34 km) tide water glacier in Glacier Bay in Alaska which is part of the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

 
The morning sun glows red on Mesa Arch just after Sunrise in Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

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All Aboard! A Journey Through Historic Places

 
An engineer brings Engine 482 to a stop in Silverton, Colorado, where passengers can visit the beautiful old mining town, nestled in the San Juan Mountains.

 
The Power House Covered Bridge is shown here situated among bright Autumn foliage. Also known as the School Street Covered Bridge, the bridge, built in 1872, crosses the Gihon River off State Route 100C in Johnson, Vermont. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

 
A statue of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th United States president, stands in front of the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln practiced law in springfield for several years. The current capitol building is the sixth to serve as capitol since Illinois became a part of the United States in 1818.

 
A beautifully decorated Christmas tree reaches to the ornate and colorful ceiling of Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. Opened in 1914, Union Station serves Kansas City, Missouri, and the surrounding metropolitan area.

 
Sunday morning offers time for a quiet stroll in the charming and historic downtown district of Henderson, Texas. Many buildings of the downtown date to before the American Civil War. The city has 19 historical markers, including homes dating from the 1880s, churches, and colleges. Henderson Commercial Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places.

 
The historic “Avenue of Oaks,”a nearly one-mile (1.6 km) drive, leads to Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens house with live oaks on either side. It was planted in 1743.

 
The Hornbek Homestead in Florissant, Colorado, is a testament to the hard-working perseverance of Adeline Hornbek, mother of four, who moved her family in the 1870s to the Florissant Valley of Colorado after the death of two husbands and the loss of two houses. Claiming land under the Homestead Act, Adeline Hornbek defied traditional gender roles to become the owner of a prosperous ranch. By 1904, she owned more than 280 acres and 40 head of cattle. Located within Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, the house is one of the best surviving examples of domestic log architecture in the Rocky Mountain Region.

 

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Breathtaking Utah

Mesa Arch is one of the many stunning features of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Here, the morning sun glows orange on the rocks of Mesa Arch at sunrise.

 

These two mesas, named the Monitor (right) and Merrimac after the two famous ships from the Civil War, are on the way to Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah. The rocks are red from iron oxide. The broad, light colored expanse of rocks at ground level is the top of a thick sandstone layer called the Navajo Sandstone. The thick red layer that makes the cliffs on the mesas is called the Entrada Sandstone. A flat-topped hill formed by a resistant layer of rock is called a mesa, from the Spanish word for “table.”

 

Balanced Rock at Arches National Park reminds me of rock formations in a cartoon I enjoyed as a child. The rock on top is the size of three school buses. Balanced Rock is one of the most popular features of Arches National Park, situated in Grand County, Utah, United States.

 

The Colorado River takes a sharp turn at Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah.

 

The Great White Throne (6744 feet) is a mountain of white Navajo Sandstone situated in Zion National Park of southwestern Utah.

 

Arches National Park is a U.S. National Park in eastern Utah. It is known for preserving over 2000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations.

 

In Canyonlands National Park, the Green River curves south where it will soon join the Colorado River. At the confluence of the two rivers in Canyonlands, you can see that both rivers were aptly named. The water of the Green River is very green, while the Colorado (which means colored red) River carries its colorful load of red silt from erosion.

 

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Celebration of Mothers!

It’s never too early to start preparing for the most wonderful holiday of the year. Mother’s Day!! Without these amazing women we’d be nothing. This includes the fantastic and selfless women who chose to be mothers to those who needed it. Blood doesn’t make you family. Family is earned! So celebrate the mothers in your life because they gave everything to be mothers!

Mothers are not always blood. Give thanks and send love to the amazing women who loved and cared for those wonderful souls who needed a mother.

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Four Leaf Clover

Enjoy all of these fun St. Patrick’s Day items! Useful and festive!
 
Here’s a sugar filled pot of gold!

 
Stay hydrated while drinking all that green beer!

 
Don’t want to get pinched?! Wear one of these!

 
Put your drinking pants on!

 
Keep track of all your party plans with this fun dry erase board!

 

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