February 26, 2015

what do you do with all the snow

you eat it.  

At least that is what Indigo does. 

 She licks the snow banks and she gets snow on her nose.

February 24, 2015

winter blas

Have hardly been shooting any pictures.  Snow, white, storm, snow white strom.  
It looks same ole, same old. 

 Here are some more shots of Frost which may look similar 
but is never the same.

Please note that the sun has moved much further north
the past few weeks.
Spring sneeking up on us.

February 13, 2015

lots and lots of rocks

I want you to think of stones and rocks.
  They are not manufactured. 
 They have been here for millennium. 
 The rock people are the core of the earth.  
They may get broken up or spewn out in volcanoes 
but the bottom line is when you see a stone or rock
 at the top of a mountain, in a field or at the edge of a river or ocean,
 that rock or stone is ancient.  

When you think of what they have seen you would think
 we might respect them, hold them in awe at the very least.

I have no clue what these rocks are, what their geological properties are.
I don't care.  That is not why I have them. 
I have asked for rocks, gotten permission for them to come to me.

I have no right to disturb them without their permission
and they do not always give permission.

One of those things I learned from native friends respect of nature.
Believe me when one tries to bring a rock into their space without permission
it does not work well.

Many of these I have found over the years, here, abroad, in Canada, The Isle of Man,at the ocean.
Yet many of these were gifts from friends.

Most people have store bought made crafted decorations like china in their homes.

I prefer rocks. 
Give me rocks and stones.

Rocks know so much.  How can they not.
No two alike, some big, some small, some you can see into, some dark.

Rocks bring me a feeling of peace.
Some of my rocks can heal.
I have sat with rocks, slept with rocks, I have lost rocks.
Sometimes they stay for a spell and then leave.

more of my friends from the house and greenhouse can't take pictures of those in the yard
because they are buried in snow

kitty gym

IN the summer Wilde and Wooly exercise outside 
hunting and chasing each other up and down trees. 

 Winter is a different animal and they are stuck inside 
bored, bored bored.  
I have set up games and toys 
which seem to help.  
It sounds like horses thundering on a race track 
when they are playing full tilt. 

February 11, 2015

anatomy and physiology because ~

When I was a young person in school we studied biology 
with some bits and pieces of anatomy and physiology. 
the heart, the digestive system, etc.
 It was interesting.  
In hindsight I should have paid far more attention 
as it is one subject that keeps reappearing in my life (far more than calculus)

Thank the good lord for the Internet and searches
 where on can learn about bone spurs, heart, warts, digestion, diet and and and..... 

Some of my systems do not seem to be working as they used to
 which is why I decide to check on them ~ sinus, breathing, etc. ~ 
what is a normal bowel movement?  
what's the difference between aspirin, aleve, Advil etc.
what do they do.

 It amazes me beyond words how complex this machine is. 
It keeps chugging along happily until something is unhappy and that is when 
I start searching, trying to find the what and why. 
No wonder I wonder if something is muscle, lung, or  heart related 
as they all overlap 
in some areas. 
Not so simple to figure out even with all those websites with pictures, 
symptoms and remedies 
and instruction of when to panic.

 I am sure biology 101 did not cover
 muscle cramps in the legs at night, not sleeping at night
 or farting 
or post nasal drip.  
That was probably a later course which when I was a teen 
I would have found BORING. 
 Now I find these subject interesting oh my yes,important, and pertinent.

  Who know?

February 10, 2015

La grande dame hiver

by E. E. Cummings

The snow doesn't give a soft white damn
whom it touches.

February 8, 2015

4 directions and the hard season

The Native Americans honor the wheel of life 
and the four directions. 
 All are important and remain in balance. 
It is something that seems so basic
you would think all mankind would understand this.
They are always aware of each and of all. 
You cannot have one without the other.
 They represent the times ~ dawn, noon, evening and night.  
They represent the seasons ~ spring summer autumn and winter. 
They represent the times in life ~ infant, youth, middle age and elder. 

 Each has a time and a purpose under heaven

When they do ceremony they ask in the four directions 
and also Up
the sky
Down, the earth.
How lovely and how balanced.

Oh Spirit of the East, Land of the rising Sun, Of Air, the winds that blow across the lands. Of new beginnings each day. and of open horizons. We bless you and ask for your wisdom and blessing here with us today. Please join us, Spirit of the East.
Oh Spirit of the South, Place of Passion, Fire and Creation and inspiration, whose warm breath reminds us of summer days. Ignite our hearts with love. We bless you and ask for your wisdom and blessing here with us today. Please join us, Spirit of the South.
Oh Spirit of the West, the land of the setting Sun, Of water and Autumn's whisper. Bless us with the knowledge of peace which follows the harvest of a fruitful life. We bless you and ask for your wisdom and blessing here today. Please join us, Spirit of the West.
Oh Spirit of the North, place of quiet, stillness, of cave and deep earth. Place of thankfulness for the knowledge and blessings that have come to us with time. We bless you and ask your wisdom and blessing here today. Please join us, Spirit of the North.

We are in winter now 
and it is a hard season yet important.  
A time to sit, to wait, to look inward.  
It is sometime harsh, demanding and teaches us patience,
 introspection, looking at ourselves and looking within, 
with discipline.  
People want to rush by this season move on to spring and green and growing,
yet nature knows this time to hunker down, 
hibernate, slow 
is needed
so we are properly prepared to go into the next season.

February 5, 2015