Life Lessons

"Figuring out our gifts in life is part of our journey to becoming enlightened human beings.” – Allison DuBois

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Song - Wishin' and Hopin' by Dusty Springfield

This morning I went out to the car to run some errands and who do you think I found?

I haven't seen a Praying Mantis in over 20 years.

Luckily I was putting some shopping bags in on the passenger side so I spotted him before driving away. They are considered beneficial insects as they like to dine on flies, crickets, moths and mosquitoes......and sometimes the female will eat her mate!!!

After this series of "head shots", I carefully moved her from the car to a nearby bush.

"Praying Mantis Folklore"

  • In some parts of Africa, it is considered good luck if one of these curious creatures lands on you.

 --From the Farmers Almanac 1792

Monday, October 8, 2018

The Sky is Falling

Song - The Sky is Falling by Chicken Little

 Last week I woke up early and went out on the deck to watch the sun come up.  
I love this time of year when it's comfortably warm in the day time but at night and in the early morning it's crisp. 

Later in the week we had a sky full of clouds with only a few drops of rain.  It was fun to watch the clouds sweep across the dark sky. It defiantly felt like fall.

Most nights Mr. B and I like to sit on our back deck in the evening.  We have a glass of wine and talk about our day or make a plan for the future and enjoy the various birds in the yard.

One little chickadee has lived in the light fixture shown above for the past two years. We are not real sure why he or she has chosen this as her permanent home but it has been fun to greet her each evening right before sunset as she first lands in a nearby tree and makes a little call.  She checks to make sure that it is safe and in the blink of an eye she flies from the tree, under the deck umbrella and up into the light fixture!

Last night I thought I would finally catch a photo of her.

I set up my tripod about an hour before sunset and put the camera on "Machine gun fire" so I would hopefully capture her approach and quick entrance.

But nope....with no warning call...........she was in there lickety-split......dang......

It was a wonderful evening and we lit a candle as the sky darkened and then I saw this......



It lasted for several minutes and then "poof" it just disappeared.

Later we found out that Vandenberg Air Force Base had launched a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the west coast.  We didn't know about it before hand but were glad that our little bird helped us to experience the sight!

"It's not the falling down that counts.  
It's the getting up."
--Mary Pickford

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Just Fishing

So sorry if you receive this twice but I accidentally posted this on my painting blog instead of my personal blog!

Song - Belted Kingfisher sound

Monday morning I woke to a gathering of Cedar Waxwings on the bare tree in our backyard creek.  Since the sun was behind them I had trouble getting a good photo.

But trust me, they were Cedar Waxwings with their beautiful eyeliner showing.....

On Tuesday, as the sun was setting, a Belted Kingfisher landed on the same tree and posed for about 20 minutes. You can spot him right?

  He even stayed there while I ran inside for my camera and found a better spot to photograph him from. 

 Mr. B and I hear them all day long going up and down the creek looking for fish but it is rare for one to sit this long.

Thanks little guy as it was a good way to end my day!

"Nature always wears the color of the spirit"

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, September 17, 2018

Simple Pleasures

Only two small patches of snow left on Mt. Tallac.  Wonder if they will make until the next snowfall. Some summers I have been on this same beach and the mountain will be covered with snow. It’s most impressive feature is that a cross is formed in two small ravines near the top.

Love this little Western Aster growing near the cabin.  There are so few wildflowers this year due to our dry winter but don’t worry.....

As there are plenty of chipmunks, squirrels, bears & Stellar Jays to keep me entertained!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Mountains Are Calling

In the mountains of Tahoe, I am at my second home.  My grandparents, father & uncles built a little cabin here in the late 1950’s on Forest Service land at the base of Mt. Tallac.  For me it’s my heart & souls place to reconnect with nature and myself. 

Over the weekend all three of our sons and their wives or girlfriends came up to join us. My heart was full seeing them share their boyhood memories with their significant others. 

On Saturday we spent the day at the beach and then had dinner at the cabin. Sunday we drove to Angora Lake were they rented a boat and rowed around the little Alpine lake.   We had planned to go out to dinner but the traffic around the lake was so bad that I made a big bowl of Pasta Salad & we enjoyed another evening at the cabin visiting & playing Canasta!  Everyone took off early on Monday so Mr. B & I have been relaxing. 

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