Thursday, January 31, 2013

Beach Drive at Sunset

Keeping my eyes on the water...
and enjoying the beauty of a sunset.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What nourishment do you wish for?

"Something encouraging growth: something that provides a stimulating and healthy emotional or intellectual environment for people or animals."
~ Encarta® World English Dictionary[North American Edition] ©
(P) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. ~

[We Heart Them]

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

C is for...

C is also for collision... of which I was in this afternoon... totaling my car
or at least the repairs will cost more than the car is worth.
 C is for crimson, the color of my cheeks, nose and chin after the airbag deployed.

C is also for celebrate which I was hoping to do tonight,
since at the time of my collision I was on the way home from having an
ID badge created for my new job that I start tomorrow morning.

C is for caring, which is what the nursing student was who stopped to see if I was okay,
which I am,
although I'm sure I will be sore tomorrow from the bruise on my chest where the airbag hit me.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Truth or Dare?

When my blood sugar drops and I'm reaching a level of homicidal hunger,
I sometimes drive thru a fast food restaurant
 and get their big kids meal.
I always ask for the boy toys,
pretending I'm picking it up for a son or nephew,
so no one suspects I'm going to pig out on it as soon as I'm out of sight.
But today for some unknown reason I asked for a girl toy.
When I got it out of the bag,
a half a block away,
I almost went back to exchange it for a boy toy.
But then I realized that sometimes
every girl deserves a tiara.
This is mine.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

A day at the zoo... Sunday Selections #105

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock ,as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files. 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life and Sue at The Elephant's Child. The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent. Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.

They did actually have more than just birds at the zoo...
but I hate seeing beautiful animals penned into small, boring cages.
I loved the colors on this rooster.
Bright red and a deep green teal tail and under belly
Two young giraffes.  So cute!
BIG fat white turkeys.
They must have had a great place to hide last Thanksgiving.
Just some noisy geese.
The black swans were not in the mood for  paparazzi.
I've never seen a white peacock before.
This beautiful cockatoo loved when you called him Pretty Boy.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday Five...

It has been an incredible week for gratitude.

Oreo's dental cleaning and vet visit was a good one.
No FIV! 
[I had been worried because of his two years of wild living.]

Four [count them, 4!] job interviews!
That's not counting the 2fer ~ a 2nd interview with one of them!
One job offer ~ part time within walking distance and they will let me be flexible with my hours to accommodate a 2nd part time job ~
AND one call back for a 2fer with a part time job at a school that I really feel is my calling ~
a chance to make a difference not just with kids ~ but with families.

Annie continues to show her happy puppy personality ~ dragging out
toy in the basket each morning, waiting for me to wake up.

I also found a great deal of comfort in a new church this week.

Got it.
Red Robins marking an early spring

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What do you wish for your home?

A peaceful sanctuary for relaxation.

A home office and library for writing, hidden away in an attic...
or a basement.
A warm hearth for entertaining.
A kitchen herb garden
Stained glass windows to let light and color into my home.
2013 is the year I am going to make all of my wishes
and dreams come true.
Including getting another pug puppy...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

B is for...

Baby camel... curly and soft.
Bird:  Bright peacock Blue

A point of view...

It occurred to me last night during a conversation with a friend,
that sometimes life is just a matter of perspective.
A point of view.
Sometimes it is just an attitude.

What might be one person's "legally blind,"
may just be another person's chance to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses,
and to see the world with grateful eyes.

What might be one person's horrible memories of wearing orthopedic shoes and leg braces,
may just be another person's grateful chance to walk straight and tall.
What might be one person's "red sky in the morning ~ sailors take warning,"
may just be another person's beautiful and grateful reminder that they are alive another day.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Seacrest Wolf Preserve

     I spent most of Saturday at the Seacrest Wolf Preserve.  The owners and volunteers there do an excellent job educating the public about the plight of wolves, and how essential they are for the balance of life in the wild.  It was an incredible day.

     There are Greys, British Columbian, and Arctic Wolves at the preserve.  They each have packs that roam approximately 5 acres with their own dens and ponds.

     These were some of the Grey Wolves...

      This is one of the British Columbian Wolves.
     At the end of the tour, we had a photo op with three brothers.  Got me some wolf kisses...
Such a flirt!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Were you sleeping? ~ Sunday Selections #104

What?  Huh?  You were sleeping?  This toy makes a loud, crinkly noise?  Really?  I didn't know that.
Well, these were boring.  The squeaker is broken in the black one so it doesn't make any noise at all.
Yeah, I know that this is where everything goes when I'm done with them.  But I'm not done yet. 
The squeaker works in these.  I tried them ... remember?  You jumped and woke up? 
I just wanted someone to get out of bed and play with me.

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock ,as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files. 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life and Sue at The Elephant's Child. The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent. Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.

Friday, January 18, 2013


I blinked on Monday ...
and suddenly it was Friday.
Trooper had a good vet report this week.
X-rays to make sure his heart, lungs and joints were all good.

A job opportunity as a substitute teacher.
Most of the week was spent getting my application and fingerprints done.
Wrapped up the week relaxing with friends.
Watching the sun set at Mexico Beach.

I'll try...

     I'm so tired of that word "try."  I've heard it so much in the past two years ... always followed by "but I tried" as an excuse for why there wasn't success.  As if just "trying" was enough at times to make up for not "doing."
     I don't want to just try.  I want to do.  I want to be.  I want to succeed.  I want him to do ... be ... succeed.  I don't want to give up or fail ... I don't want him to give up or fail.  I want to take the word "try" out of our vocabulary ... I don't want there to be an option for not succeeding ... an option to fail.  Don't just try ... do.  Trying ... sounds like there is less effort in it than doing.  It feels like doubt when it rolls off my tongue ... or when it rolls into my ear.
What do I wish to do?
I want to do it all.
I want to be a successful author.
I want to go to travel to Italy.
I want to live in a small house with a HUGE yard.
I want to succeed.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Water Watch ~ Stormy Day

I woke up to wind gusts up to 35 knots.
Gale warning... meaning gusts can get up to 47 knots.
I was expecting whitecaps and rough water when we got around to the beach this morning.
But found this.
Slick, smooth water.  Hardly any wind.
Sheltered by the curve of the bay and the buildings behind me.

I wish I could move my view.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

To Do list...

     How did it get to be Tuesday already?  There are still things to do on my do-do-to-do list for Monday. 

     Yesterday was one of those Mondays that you don't expect ... it started with the unexpected death of the one-day-old kitten I was fostering/rescuing.  A good feeding at 5am, then at 7am it was long gone.  I stared at the unmoving tiny being, wrapped in a warm towel and wondered how could it be that life could come and go so quickly.

     There were still things on its to-do list.  Like growing up.  Being cute.  Purring more.

     Next came a visit [the 3rd this month] to the car service station about repairs to my [lemon close citrus relative] car.  It was not as painful as previous visits, or as the first event of the morning.  A decision was made to NOT do a repair and the offending part was permanently disabled.  A minor inconvenience should Trooper decide to place an order at a fast food drive-thru window, but I think it would be best if I did that for him anyway.

     Suddenly more than half of my day was gone, and there were still things on my to-do list.

     I was able to check off one or two more things on my list before dark, then realized that this morning would be an early day ~ Trooper had an early drop-off at the vet's office for a dental and chest x-rays.  I yawned talked to Mom for our nightly call, and then crawled into bed.

     As I looked over my do-do-to-do list this morning, I realized that sometimes we go through life just worrying about what is on our to-do list.  Whether it is a "Bucket" list or a shopping list, we seem to get caught up in "doing" more than "being."

     There will always be things to do on my list.  Things to remember.  But I realized this morning that I need to also put me on that list.  I need to remember to just be happy.  To just be relaxed.  To just be satisfied.  To just be grateful.

     To just be.

A is for...

     I'm officially joining a new meme this week.  I played a little while they finished out their last round... and I was anxiously anticipating the arrival of the date I could start at the beginning!  Welcome to ABC Tuesdays!  The actual meme is called ABC Wednesdays, but since I often partake of Jamie Ridler's Wishcasting Wednesdays... and the whole time around the world issue, [especially for my friends in Australia] I have opted to participate on Tuesdays.

     Annie, the abandoned beagle that I rescued in November is doing well... her story is on the tab above with her name on it.  This past Christmas, she was rockin' her hot pink t-shirt while sleeping on a pillow that says "My dog adopted me."  Which she did... and we're all the better for it. 

     If you ever want to make a difference in a life ... adopt.  Whether you open your heart and home to an animal or a child, you have made a difference in at least two lives... yours and theirs. 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Friday Five

It has been an interesting week.
I've missed out on two opportunities because of my honesty.
[I'd still rather be honest.]
I made a decision to move forward on something I'd been procrastinating.
[The path I need to take is no longer the path someone else can share with me.]
My creativity came alive again.
[Frankenstein~ish my fingers and hands want to write and create as if they have their own mind.
I worry that one morning I will awake and find eyes at the ends of my fingers.]

A rescued hound was given a second chance.
[Everyone deserves a second chance.]

For those two missed opportunities ... two more appeared.
[Desert or Snow? Which way shall I go?]
I have a feeling that more doors and opportunities will appear before the month is over.
[I shall buy a hat and toss them all into it.]

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Animal Control picked up Beau this morning.
It took me 48 days to gain his trust,
but now he will have a better chance ....
... to get healthy ...
... to get adopted ...
... to get a forever home,
with people who will not dump him in the woods on a cold November day ...
... a chance to be loved ...
As soon as I find out when he is available for adoption, I will post a link.
Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Because he deserves a chance.

Fleeting memories...

     Today would have been my father's 76th birthday.  He's been gone now for almost six years.

     In 2003, a few years after I moved here, Dad was helping me with some home repairs and Father Metsy, one of my neighbors, shuffled up to us.  He was a sweet man, a retired Catholic priest, who had also retired from the Air Force the same year Dad did.  He was in his 80's, and was a familiar sight shuffling back and forth to his mail box each day.  Occasionally I would see him with the stub of a cigar in his hand.  On that particular day, he wanted to know if Dad could help to get his bird house cleaned out and put back up.

     He loved to sit on his back porch and watch the sparrows flying in and out along the beach as they hunted for small insects and raised their young.

     Of course, Dad stopped what he was doing to help him, and the two of them talked about life in the Air Force, living near the water, carpentry work, and birds.  It was an interesting conversation to listen to, but what has stuck in my memory is the easy flow of words between them.

     When Dad passed away, Father Metsy said a Rosary for him.  I'm not Catholic, and neither was Dad, but it touched me deeply that Father Metsy would do that.

     Father Metsy had a major stroke in May 2008 while I was away on vacation.  I went to visit him as soon as I got back, and several times after that until he was transferred to a Catholic care facility.  He never recovered, and eventually passed away on the 23rd of January 2010.  He was 89 years old.  I went to the Rosary that was said for him.

     His birdhouse still stands in the back of the townhouse where he used to live.  I see it every day when I take the dogs for a walk along the beach.  And every day it brings both of these men into my thoughts ... and the easy flow of words between them, like the waves washing along the shore as I walk.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Open doors...

     It can sometimes be a good thing to leave a door open for a little while.  Take today for example ...

     It has taken me 48 days to earn the trust of this paparazzi fearing hound.  But today he let me scratch behind his ears and clip a collar around his neck.  He's camping in my garage, much to his displeasure, while I try to find a rescue organization to help me re-home him.  He hates being in there alone, but when he is around Annie he tries to mount her, which could be extremely dangerous for her since her surgery Saturday.  I go down and comfort him when he yelps for too long after waking from a nap [my garage is pretty boring compared to life running wild in the field and woods ~ but it is much safer for him right now].  I'm hoping that tomorrow someone will be able to take him and get him vetted and safe in a foster home.

     Today also opened a door to a job in NM ... I have a phone interview on Wednesday.  I'm one of four being interviewed for two possible slots. 

      Doors opening...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Day Sunrise

Even the sun seemed reluctant this morning to push back the covers and get up...

The clouds seemed to rise with the sun, as if it was pulling them under its chin as it tried to sleep in.

At last.