Monday, December 31, 2012

have a happy one!

“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” 
~ Brad Paisley

leaf impression in drive way

(if this little guy isn't dancing for you...hover your mouse over him)

*CHEERS*  to  2013!



Thursday, December 27, 2012

aaah. cuddle weather!

looking back over my shoulder...
i'm waving goodbye to christmas
and looking forward to the new year.

2013 is going to be a very good year!
SIX, being my lucky number.
2+0+1+3= 6

(Venus is the ruler of #6. 
harmony. enlightenment. compassion. forgiveness.)

AND it's the year of the snake!
i was born in the year of the snake,  
(oops. did i really say that? are you doing the math? i'll save u the trouble. 59.)

anyway.  it's been good cuddle weather...
dipping down to freezing temps at night...
AND in the morning.
ICE on the A/C unit outside

one of the nice things about having #2 son under our roof,
is that he can help sam with the wood splitting.

the wood...keeping us nice and toasty at night.

speaking of travis (#2 son),
when we wandered the woods out back...
he spotted a Southern Ringneck snake,
which he picked up for closer examination before releasing.
the Southern Ringneck snake

look at the bright orange under belly!
a CUTE little snake, fully grown at 10-15 inches long.

i saw a BIG dragonfly which i actually thought was dead because it let me get real close.

but i think it was just cold. it flew away after i snapped this picture.

THEN i spotted the (daytime) moon...peeking from between a tree's skeletal branches. 

22 december 2012

there aren't too many critters out and about...but on warmer days, 
when the sun is bright...a few can be spotted braving the cold in order to soak up some warmth.

Fence lizard

Zebra Longwing the brown phase against the house the green phase, blending in with some of the still green plants

a big old grasshopper

and lastly...a few birds in the yard, that don't seem to mind the cold too much!!!!

a female Cardinal

a male Cardinal keeping an eye on the female

a Pileated Woodpecker
tough to get a picture of this guy as he just wouldn't stop hammering away!!
thanks to the digital camera...take 20 pic's, get 2 decent ones!! ha.

same Pileated Woodpecker

i'm putting a hold on my Friday Fringes for now.
between running travis back & forth to work, my own work, home stuff & chores...
the weekdays are a blur!  i barely have time for ME.
i need longer...or slower...weekends!  (don't we all!)

ok, off to an appointment...

take care.
be safe.


25 december 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

emo magic

who turned FOUR months old...uh, young...on the 6th of december,
has been outside four times
(under strict supervision) since we adopted him.

it has come to our attention
that he REALLY LOVES to climb trees.

emo...the tree hugger...
is bringing on the magic!

'santa's little helper'...stringing up some lights

 laura, sam & emo

stay cool  &  be safe

Love me, feed me, never leave me.

Friday, December 21, 2012

got the blues...& my wish

Courtesies of a small and trivial character 
are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.  
~Henry Clay

i haven't been able to get myself into 
the magic of the season.
i didn't feel like putting up the tree,
or dragging the box of decorations out of the closet.
(but i did.  but i left a lot untouched.)

the cooler weather, the twinkling lights,
the trees shedding their leaves...
just aren't doing it for me this year.

it's not unusual for me to get the blues at this time.
i start to think too much...
on my losses, my life...the things i 
should have, would have...done differently, if only i could.

this year in particular...
when i see people shopping...pushing & shoving...
spend. spend. spend.
i want to just stay home. hide. close my eyes & wake up on jan 1, 2013.

i can't help but think of all the families in Newtown, CT
who will not have the smiles & excitement of their children this year.
presents already bought.  sitting in a closet.
presents that would have been put under the tree sometime before dawn on christmas morning.
santa.  leaving gifts.  magic.
it's unfathomable.

and not only those who are suffering in Newtown,
but also Aurora, CO...and those who have so recently lost so much in NJ and NY.
nature's wild side and the insanity of some people.

all over this world.
the suffering.   hunger.   cruelty.
happening every day

is to
send out
warm thoughts 
for love,  peace,  goodwill,
compassion,  healing and hope  to all those 
who need or want.


a big hug.

stay cool.  be safe.

19th of Dec. 2012.

Friday, December 14, 2012

friday's fringe 35 ~ Orb Assault!

while squatting to get this shot of the Banana spider (Golden silk orb-weaver)...

i realized how it looked pretty cool with that monstrous Orb
descending on our roof!

Spider Invasion!

and for those of you who get a little creeped out by spiders...

here's a view of the morning crescent moon from the backyard.

10 december 2012

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”   
~Henry David Thoreau

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Friday, December 7, 2012

friday's fringe 34 ~ barking at the moon

while trimming back some dead palmetto leaves
we spotted the largest tree frog i've ever seen...

you probably won't mistake their bark for the neighbor's dog...
sounds kind of like a smallish dog with a sore throat!

"Time's fun when you're having flies"
~Kermit the Frog

(this next shot makes me think of the commercial "Got Milk?")  woof.
Barking Treefrog/Hyla Gratiosa

although they usually do most of their barking at night,
we saw this one during the day.
he didn't bark at us...
OR the moon.
but he could have!

the moon framed by the trees at 7:30AM  on the 1st of december

(go HERE and scroll down to the link to listen to their bark)

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i'll be in cyberspace this weekend. finally.
since i've been driving #2 son to job at 5:30am,
my occasional before dawn blog reading is non-existent!
seeya out there. have a good one.