Life Lessons

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

Sunday, October 17, 2021

And Then It Hit Me

 Song - Autumn Leaves by Eric Clapton

BANG - It's Autumn!


 Some of the trees are just beginning to change color but then there are some like this maple in our front yard that are screaming fall.




 Our Strawberry Madrone is slowly curling off its old bark




And the acorns are dropping along our lane.....and when cars drive over them it sounds like popcorn!


And with a little luck, California might see some rain in the near future....


"And all at once, summer collapsed into fall." --Oscar Wilde




Saturday, October 9, 2021

Patience of Gardening

Song - Harvest Moon by Neil Young

Happy Fall

"A garden is a grand teacher.  

 It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; 

it teaches industry and thrift; 

above all it teaches entire trust." 

 – Gertrude Jekyll

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Looking High and Low

 Song - Morning Has Broken cover by MonaLisa Twins


 Good Morning Dear!

The other morning I woke up and opened the kitchen shade.  This little beauty above had her nose against the glass and startled me!  I went out on the front porch (still in my nightgown - it's a good thing we don't have neighbors nearby!) to say hello and her boyfriend was standing guard nearby.....

Look how long his ears are up in his antlers!  I didn't say this to him but doesn't he look like he is wearing a bad toupee? The female deer ran down the lane but he took his time to turn around keeping an eye on me and slowly pranced royally down the lane after her.  

The very next morning I woke and went out on the back deck to fill a new bird feeder that I can see from my bedroom and noticed this....

He was hanging on the deck railing and I wondered why he wasn't on a nearby bush.  I mean he really stood out against the white paint.  I went out a few more times to check on his advancement towards a plant.  He was slow but steady and made it to safety. 

"The earliest mantis fossils are about 

140 million years old, from Siberia."


Friday, August 20, 2021

The Balance of Mother Earth

Song - Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple 


 After a long and crazy year, 

Mr. B and I were ready 

for a relaxing vacation in Tahoe.....

.....or so we thought!

The first day in the Sierra the skies were fairly blue. I could see a little haze down low.

By the next day the smoke was getting a little thick. I could just barely make out Mt. Tallac in the background from Baldwin Beach.



By the third day things were looking pretty bad so we hung out at the cabin with my new best friend - an air purifier and played some Canasta. Mr. B had to head home for a few days so I had some time on my own to paint, go to the beach, read and work on some needlework.



By the time Mr. B returned a new fire (Caldor) had begun to burn and it was blowing smoke our way.

We went to the beach to retrieve our emails and phone messages (no WiFi at the cabin). 

There was no one around and it all felt rather eerie. 

It was snowing ash....

We packed our essentials and headed home for a few days while things cleared up.

I hope the earth can find her balance again.



And now for a little excitement....


One afternoon while sitting on the cabin deck enjoying a glass of wine with Mr. B, I noticed a large brown dog playing at the cabin next door.

It was a baby bear playing with his mama above.

Mr. B grabbed the air horn as I grabbed my camera just as they were coming our way!

They were walking behind our cabin.


Junior doing a tough guy pose



 They walked all the way around the cabin and when Mr. B fired the air gun, Junior scrambled up a tree and Mama went to see if he was OK.  All was well so they continued their walk.


They crossed the street in front of the cabin and Mama decided something smelled mighty good in the "bear proof' garbage box.

Meanwhile Junior decided that he wanted to check out the "greens only" dumpster.  Well, it really is brown in color but it is for depositing branches, sticks, pine cones, yard waste, etc.  He found a nice pine cone to play with until Mama went in to retrieve him.  



I kept imagining if someone came by at this point to drop off some material into the dumpster - what a surprise they would find - two bears inside!



 Mama finally wrestled Junior into following her down to the creek 

to hopefully find a sip of cool water! in the mountains!!!




"Love, like fire, goes out without fuel."

--Mikhail Lermontov


Tuesday, August 3, 2021

A River

 Song - A River Runs Through It: Theme


 Little Truckee River

"Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.  The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time.  On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops.  Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.

I am haunted by waters"

--Norman Maclean - A River Runs Through It




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