Thing-A-Day 2012 Day Eighteen: Shocked Worm

This is Mr. Shocked Worm. Soon to be Mr. PTSD Worm....more

Raising Bird Watchers?

One of our favorite places to visit is the Nature Center. It's a beautiful place along the river in a forest preserve not far from our house. Huge cages sit in a row along a walking path. Each cage holds one animal that has been rescued and can now longer survive out in the wild. There is a skunk whose scent gland was removed when she was a pet, and a bald eagle who was hit by a car. One of her wings is missing. There is a red-tailed hawk, a barred owl and a Great Horned Owl. ...more

Life Lessons From the Coop

 We lost Salt this weekend. When we decided to add chickens to our menagerie, I knew the risks. We live in a subdivision, but we also live in a forest. A river borders our property. And we've always loved spying wildlife in our backyard. Deer. Possums....more
 @BlueRoseMama Hi Val! I adore that your sweet baby learned to say "hi" to the chickens--that's ...more

Natural Beauty: It's All In How You Look At It

At this time last year, I was drowning in snow.  Every weekend I slogged, dragged, shoveled, pushed and slipped my way around the Sierras during a record setting snowfall season.  Snow was the center of every conversation and the focus of every day....more

Stream of Consciousness: To be a kid again

I now remember why I loved playing and running outside in the fresh air as a kid. It is so much fun! Yesterday we went to the Dallas Arboretum for the afternoon. It was a beautiful day; the sun was shinning and it was about 10 C, or 50 F for all my America friends!...more

Wordless Lake Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday, a simple post which features a photo to convey a message that speaks for itself without using words; well not a lot of words!Where I spent my  winter holidays and summers as a kid! Yes, that is snow at the bottom.  ...more

What Inspires Me

Struggling for a post again today, I stepped outside for a much needed stretch.  My intention was just to take a few deep breaths and go back in, but the air was fantastic. It was a presence around my body – warm and soft and the wet smell of earth filled me with pleasure. When I breathed deeper, I swear I could smell winter just underneath the warm and the wet… Waiting. But it wasn’t here today; today was humid – a humid I thought I wouldn’t feel again until spring. No breeze, but my movements as I began to walk rippled my long skirt behind me and chilled my fingertips....more

Wordless trees Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday, a simple post which features a photo to convey a message that speaks for itself without using words; well not a lot of words.Beautiful Augusta, GA!...more

Stream of Consciousness: Tree Climbing

I appreciate trees. I love hugging them. I think they are beautiful to look at. I enjoy how the leaves change color in Autumn and little by little they fall to the ground one by one. I love how they slowly reappear in the spring.Every time we visit a new place, I run around taking pictures of the trees, and yesterday was no different. We spent the afternoon in Dallas and I was off taking pictures in the big gorgeous trees....more

I'm not envious, I'm jealous

Fin whales off the Welsh Coast - image from Wales online...more