i've been trying to find the time to write a post.
now...home between appointments...i'll get started!
appointments? you may ask...
i'm a massage therapist.
and no, i don't massage squirrels!
Massage is the study of anatomy in Braille.
i've been licensed since '97...
(a kind of late in life career change. i was the oldest in my massage class.
before that, i worked as a Tech Assistant in Rehab...before that, screen printer...)
i work mainly with the elderly and individuals with Cerebral Palsy,
Prader-Willi Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis and AIDS. i love my work!
but i'm also looking forward to the day i can retire...
when i can wake up in the morning
and NOT gather all my massage stuff for that day's appointments.
i want to get out of bed...and think to myself...
hmmmm...what do i want to do today?
maybe go hiking. boating. camping. or just sit around and read all day.
or get on the computer and spend the day in cyberspace.
or make something. be creative.
or just do nothing!
ok...enough dreaming for now...
sometime over this past weekend, sam spotted the first stinkbug of the year!
this may not sound like much...but i love taking pictures of all the bugs
and lizards we have here in florida! and believe me...we have A LOT!
but during the winter...you don't see too much...
so you can imagine my excitement when sam yelled
we've also been seeing the gray foxes lately...strolling through the backyard.
The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician.
Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.
~ Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus
and the owl!
a pair of Barred Owls have been hanging out in the yard lately too.
unfortunately, i haven't been able to get a picture of them together.
but we can hear them hooting...
and doing their monkey-like scream back and forth to each other!
last weekend we went exploring...out back...
working our way through the vines and underbrush...
in search of...artifacts...evidence of animals...feathers...
or just really cool things to get pictures of!
Always watch where you are going.
Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake.
~Winnie the Pooh
after wandering around for a while...we decided to head across the street...
to the field where we usually find bones!
bones from carcasses dumped by the hunters...
after they have cleaned their kill...and filled their freezers.
if you've been here before...then you know me...you know my love of bones.
i like to collect them. clean them. display them. decorate some of them.
i don't know what it is...but there's just something about BoNES.
their feel...shape...texture...they inspire me.
they fascinate me...and i respect them.
ANYWAY...WE FOUND THE MOTHER-LODE!!
oodles of bones!
SIX deer skulls, jawbones and assorted vertebrae...scattered in this one area of the field.
well...needless to say...i started to hyperventilate!! WOW!
sam turned the 4-wheeler around and we raced back home to get a bucket
so we could collect the bones!
"my bucket-'o-bones" :]
a couple of days later...after a little cleaning...
see that one skull in the back, right side...the upper skull is sawed off.
must've had a nice rack...and the hunter kept it.
that same day we also found another small skull...
i wasn't sure what it was...thought maybe a small goat...
turns out it's a domestic cat. :( poor kitty.
we DO have a lot of cats around here. supposedly there's a 'cat lady'
living on our street some where. anyway...i didn't see any bullet holes...
i have no idea what happened to it...but its skull can now rest in peace...
it has a good home!
so, here i am...here we are...
the weather fluctuating between freezing...and the upper 50's.
sam's got the burn barrel going outside...pretty much non-stop...
aaaah..feels nice. warm. toasty.
so...if you happen to wander through here on the day i posted this...
happy wednesday...hump day...
just a couple more 'til the weekend!
Weekends are a bit like rainbows;
they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.
i have much catching up to do...with lots of things...this weekend.
there just aren't enough days in the weekend...and not enough hours in a day...
to get everything done...
((maybe when i retire?! but then my list of things i want to do
will probably grow to such an extent...
that there never will be enough hours in a day!))
stay cool. travel safe.
Little by little one travels far. ~￼￼￼￼J. R. R. Tolkien
have cool adventures! wander!