Saturday, September 28, 2019

Queen - Who Wants To Live Forever (Official Video)

This song gets to me every time I watch the scene in "Bohemian Rhapsody" when Freddie walks into the clinic where he meets with a doctor who tells him what to expect and how they will treat his disease. Then he walks back down the hall to the door only to hear, "Ay Oh" - and he turns to the sound of the voice, sees the boy and replies,
"Ay Oh." 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Culprit

Took a ride around the yard in my golf  cart and took a few pictures here and there with my new phone! Yay! I can have some fun now. :) 
It all began when I looked out the back door window and saw a fawn under and nibbling at the umbrella tree. 
It's a little hard to see through the screen door, but it's right in the middle of the pic under the tree. :) He will be known as, "the culprit" - why?  Look below!
Yup. You know deer are around when you see shrubs half-eaten which is as high as the animal can reach to eat! :) 
Tell-tale signs of, "the culprit!"  :) 
This one is alone in the right side yard.
An old dog house for "Billy" when we used him as a guard dog after I was scared catching an intruder casing my house...he didn't think anyone was home...surprise!! Long story - cops got him and then I got "Billy."  When I felt safe we had a fence built and he became a house dog and was let in and out to his yard. He was a good dog and passed away many years ago - kept his house where it was.
I drove around the front yard and this is what our geraniums look like now - everything is slowing down and starting to draw their energy back.
The shrubs behind the pedestal are also deer food - I watched one put a branch in its mouth and then close its teeth and scrape the needles from back to front - smart! :) Looks terrible...and if you drive around town you will see shrubs that look just like our half-eaten ones! Hey...they have to eat, too, especially in winter. Let them...I don't turn any hungry animals away if they find something to eat in our yard, unless it's alive, and has a face! I hate when cats hunt birds and chipmunks, me...everything has a right to live. I chase hawks away when I see them sitting on the fence near the deck! They're just waiting for the little "wild ones" - not in my yard, so move on and fly away!!
We have a problem with vines climbing our big pine tree in the right corner of the front yard near the road. Have to call a landscape company - it's taking over and getting worse, so...
This is my prized possession! 
Of all the flowers we got for the yard and deck this spring and summer, this is my favorite and grew to be so beautiful and has flourished. Next year I want more of these succulents!! :) 
It's not even showing signs of slowing's still loaded with buds! :)
So, that's a little look at my yard early fall...things happening and changing. And it all began with "the culprit!"  :)
(a bit dark in the shade - fawn is near the peonies bush near fence)

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Beautiful Art

I came across a few paintings on Facebook that I posted and saved to share here - really beautiful!
Almeida Coval
Sintra, Portugal
This is spectacular!
"To Eiffel Tower"
Irene Gendelman
"Clear Winter Night"
Carol Collette

Wednesday, September 18, 2019


This isn't "Thing" but it looks like him, if he's a him. :) 
We've had a resident groundhog for several years. I decided to name him, "Thing!" I think because at first I didn't know what it was...and when I name something, it sticks. :)
I have seen him eating clover and whatever usually in the back yard but sometimes in the front. He checks out the seeds and corn, too, that I throw out for the birds and squirrels. 
He lives under 2 sheds in the back yard - there are holes in a few different places, even under the chain link fence (ex-dog's yard) next to the shed near the house and another to get out the other side. :)
So...I happened to look out the back door window this morning and saw on the deck what I thought was a strange cat near one of the flower second glance I knew it was "Thing!" What a surprise! :) I have never seen him on the deck before - I didn't know groundhogs climbed stairs! I would think I'd have seen him up here before this. He was eating at the coleus! I didn't care...the flowers are on there way out for the summer...but I was concerned because not all plants or flowers are good for animals. He was really loving it! I asked my husband for his camera so I could get a picture, but it wouldn't have been clear enough through the window so I quietly opened the door to get a better one and of course, he ran quickly down the stairs! I haven't seen him since.  : (
I'm getting a new phone tomorrow and will be able to take pictures more often...oooh...hope I can get some cool pics for my blog and FB. :) I may be the only person entertained by my posts but what the heck? :) I'm having fun!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Another Bright Idea

This is just another one of those "talking to myself" posts. I had the bright idea this morning to start a You Tube Channel for another way to express myself and to share different things to whoever is watching. I figured I'd point the camera at a "thing" like a painting I did and then read the message that I wrote from the Spirit of the painting, which is a real thing. I have 35 paintings with messages I wrote in my sort of "automatic - free flowing - style of writing" done years ago. Or I could point the camera at a vase of flowers and a cup of coffee, you know, how FB users post organized pictures of all sorts of things. You just don't want a plain cup of coffee...that isn't interesting. You have to throw flower petals in the cup or pour bags of coffee beans everywhere...but you know what I'm getting at? 
Like this! Actually, I've had this picture for years - it's one of my favorites and I save all of my favorite pictures through the years because I may want to use them today! :) 
So, I thought about what I could do..maybe record things I write...maybe prayers...haiku...other poetry...whatever I want to share. I knew I wanted to take the focus off of myself. I don't need people looking at me talking...that's not interesting, so I thought, yes, point the camera at the "thing" I want to talk about and maybe have "Soundscapes" playing in the background. So, I went to You Tube and found a couple of videos about how to get started with a You Tube Channel. hahahahaha :) :) :)  How funny was that? Pretty funny - quite a joke, actually, for someone (me) who wants to "simplify!" 
I started taking notes and by the time I had half a page of notes I put my pen down and just listened for a few minutes and then turned the audio off and got off You Tube! :) Everything ends up being about "money!" Ugh, why is that?'s about the number of subscribers to your channel...then the number of views you have to have in order to "apply" for something called "monitorzation!" (I may have spelled that wrong) That means You Tube has accepted you and you now may have ads on your videos that starts to make you money! There it is! But thinking about it, if I don't care about making money or how many views I get on any particular video, then I should just do it anyway for the fun of it. I'll go another route or just stay on my blog and Facebook and do what I want, which seems to be writing and sharing. Nothing in particular and nothing that's going to make me any money...just doing something for the sake of doing it because I enjoy doing it...this. :) 
It'll come to me...I may already be doing what I think I'm looking for. If I want more or something different, all I have to do is look into it and I'll either be interested if it seems like something doable, or I'll find, like this morning's bright idea, that it's more trouble than what I want to engage in. 
To take a partial line from Mary in Bohemian Rhapsody, 
"'s enough!"

Three Things

Monday, September 9, 2019

Clouds - My New Ritual

I have 3 metal chairs on my back deck - the one I sit in against the house, this vantage point, but this picture wasn't taken today. Another chair is across from me and home to a pot of purple and white petunias. The 3rd chair is against the house to the left of the door which is home to my tray of succulents. It's a coolish breezy morning but the sun is hot on my legs and so it was a good time to give my "friends" a drink and a shower!  :) 
They were on the roof of "Tabby Cat's" house in the left front corner of the deck the day I took this picture. Unless it's raining or too cold, they go out every morning. And starting today, so will I.
Clouds are more than fascinating!
After watering the succulents I sat in my chair - I had nothing urgent waiting for me so I sat and looked up at the clouds and realized that once you recognize an animal or an angel or a man with a mustache, and lower your gaze for 3's too late. You won't or rarely again find what you saw those few seconds ago. It has already become something else. Some of what I saw were dog faces, a few cats, an illuminated angel/Holy One as it moved closer to the sun, a woman wearing a turban, a couple of Santa Clauses (haha), a monkey, two lion's heads, many eyes of hurricanes, two children in a bed with covers up to their chins, and while all that was blowing by from the breezes aloft, I watched two planes come and go. This time I waved at both. :) Don't know if anyone waved back. (yesterday, a helicopter flew by and I was too shy to wave, but not today) :) The first plane was loud and I knew it was coming, but the second was silent and silver and only knew it was there because I was looking in its direction. Maybe it was a UFO...I wished it had been for a minute..."take me for a ride," I said silently! :)  
I looked at all of my flowers and along came what I first thought was a dragonfly, which would have made me happy, but at closer inspection it was a hummingbird flying from flower to flower...I was in awe and smiling following its movements. :) 
Look at what I would have missed had I not sat out on the deck this morning. It brought me simple enjoyment and now I know I will crave that kind of experience every time I go outside to enjoy the nature in my surroundings. I will always look up to the sky and the heavens being reminded by the fleeting moment that I saw a puppy and smiled when the cloud cat looked like my, "Chloe." :) 
Is that life? Fleeting? Changing and transforming from one thing or being to another - except that it takes us a lifetime to be that one being and takes clouds only seconds.?


Saturday, September 7, 2019

Spirit Painting & Totem Animals

This is a Spirit painting of me done years ago by a Shaman who came to the new age gift shop I had at the time.
After all the talk and images about fairies and mushrooms today on FB, (my post below, "The Fairies Are Here!") I changed my profile picture to this Spirit painting. 
Bear is my major totem animal and she has crane as my hair!  :) I love the silvery sheen and paint she used, yet it doesn't show up well here. I have it in a silver frame and it hangs in the hallway near my bedroom.
So, one thing led to another today begun with a photograph of the mushrooms outside my front door. 
Don't you love when that happens?  

The Fairies Are Here!

The Fairies are here!!!  :) 
Taken in my front yard yesterday.
I have learned that when I see mushrooms popping up in circles or other configurations, fairies are not far away!  :)  A few years ago I had "fairy rings" closer to the road in the front yard...perfect circles!  I can't find the pictures now, of course. 
There are 2 mushrooms you can't see well that make this look like a "check mark."  I posted this on FB today and had a friend ask questions about the connection of fairies with mushrooms and so I gave her a crash course!  :) 
I then proceeded to post images of fairies and mushrooms on my page - theme of the day and thought I'd extend it to my blog.
The fairies must be protecting their space...or maybe watching over the bunny that visits and lives in those and other bushes near the house. 
They know they are welcome here and seeing the mushrooms all around the yard makes me happy.  :)