<![CDATA[TraySays - BLOG]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:00:58 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Her Day, a simple wish for a Special person.]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:55:43 GMThttp://traysays.com/blog/her-day-a-simple-wish-for-a-special-person]]><![CDATA[Rare Find]]>Sun, 03 Apr 2016 18:11:47 GMThttp://traysays.com/blog/rare-findThe word "rare" can mean many different things to many different people.  So here's the definition of "rare".

Definition of Rare:  adjective, rarer, rarest.
coming or occurring far apart in time; unusual; uncommon: a rare disease; 
2.     thinly distributed over an area; few and widely separated.  Lighthouses are rare on that part of the coast.
3      unusually great:  a rare display of courage.

This brought me back to a place in Newport, Rhode Island called The Black Pearl Waterside Patio.   Photographed below, this restaurant is known as one of Newport's most popular waterside "hot spots" during the summer months with a view of magnificent Newport Harbor.

Black pearls are a rare find because it takes extremely rare conditions to form them.
A natural black pearl is more expensive and mysterious than its classic off-white cousins.
And for good reason: Although manufacturers can dye pearls black, it takes extremely rare conditions to form pearls that have that dark, eerily iridescent glow.

Black pearls that are not cultured that is, ones that are not grown under tightly controlled conditions by pearl farmers begin forming much like any other pearl.
When an irritant, such as a grain of sand, gets stuck inside the oyster's body,
the animal tries to ease its discomfort by coating the speck in calcium carbonate,
which hardens to form a pearl. The pearl is made up of the same luminous, iridescent substance that the oyster lines the inside of its shell with.  Black pearls are formed when that piece of sand gets stuck in the body of a very specific type of oyster, the Tahitian black-lipped Pinctada margaritifera. The interior shell, called the nacre, of most oysters is usually a glossy white or silver but the Tahitian black-lipped oyster features a thick band of black. If the pearl forms near that band, it will suck up that coloring.
      The Black Pearl Waterside Patio
Newport, RI - 2013
<![CDATA[Spring has Sprung!]]>Sun, 20 Mar 2016 07:00:02 GMThttp://traysays.com/blog/spring-has-sprungWelcome first day of Spring!!!  Do your thing!

<![CDATA[Flower Friday Week 5:  Unchained Melody]]>Fri, 18 Mar 2016 07:00:04 GMThttp://traysays.com/blog/flower-friday-week-5-unchained-melodyThe delicateness of the rose and the roughness of the rusty chain make for a nice duet in "Unchained Melody".
<![CDATA[Flower Friday Week 4:  The Color Purple]]>Fri, 11 Mar 2016 08:00:04 GMThttp://traysays.com/blog/flower-friday-week-4-the-color-purple"The Color Purple" features two water lilies with sparkling lily pads.
<![CDATA[Flower Friday Week 3:  Antique Rose]]>Fri, 04 Mar 2016 08:00:01 GMThttp://traysays.com/blog/flower-friday-week-3-antique-roseAnother beauty.  I named this one "Antique Rose".
<![CDATA[Time to Rest]]>Wed, 02 Mar 2016 16:23:49 GMThttp://traysays.com/blog/time-to-restA page from my book "Rise and Shine".
Time To Rest
Lake Wallenpaupack, PA  2009

The man sat alone on the bench overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack.  
From my perspective, I could not see his face or the view of the lake.   
He wore a lavender shirt, tan dockers and distinguished summer hat.  
The blue sky and lush green grass provided a picturesque backdrop.

The tranquility was inviting.  
To just sit and relax and enjoy a beautiful summer's day.
We often decline invitations of tranquility. 
Hectic lifestyles and schedules keep us running.  
"This and that" must be done now.
We will rest later.

Then there are those times when our bodies invite us to rest.
Illness strikes and the running stops.
We must rest now.
"This and that" must be done later.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28
<![CDATA[Flower Friday Week 2:  Beautiful Days Ahead]]>Fri, 26 Feb 2016 08:00:01 GMThttp://traysays.com/blog/flower-friday-week-2-beautiful-days-aheadThis one is entitled "Beautiful Days Ahead".  The reflection of the sky and trees on the water is magnificent.
<![CDATA[Flower Friday Kickoff:  Delicate]]>Fri, 19 Feb 2016 08:00:09 GMThttp://traysays.com/blog/flower-friday-kickoff-delicateSpring is on its way!  In anticipation of this beautiful season, I'll be featuring "Flower Friday" posting some of my favorite flower photographs weekly until Spring officially arrives on March 20th.
I'll kick it off with this beautiful Peony flower.  This one is especially near and dear to my own heart since I planted it with my own two hands and watched it blossom with these gorgeous blooms.
​This one is entitled "Delicate".
<![CDATA[The Power of a Smile]]>Wed, 17 Feb 2016 00:35:52 GMThttp://traysays.com/blog/the-power-of-a-smilePicture

We exchanged a smile today.
Two strangers in the same place at the same time.

We could've simply looked away.  
Instead we chose to give each other a reassuring smile.  
No words were needed. 

​A smile costs nothing yet offers a lot.
Never underestimate the power of a smile.  :-)