shadow and light

April 20, 2021

picture of the day

in the shadows
taken July 26, 2020
f-stop: f/9; exposure time: 1/1600sec; ISO 3200
focal length 18mm
edited in PhotoShop
available at Picfair

“The real things haven’t changed.
It is still best to be honest and truthful
to make the most of what we have
to be happy with simple pleasures
and have courage when things go wrong”

~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

I finally got my USB to USB chord that I ordered! So I can start transferring photos directly, instead of going through the external hard drive. I found that I transferred photos from over a year ago – or more. Which is really no big deal, but I had to go through and search for my new stuff. So, I can finally start moving forward again!

Almost forgot… I think I saw a bear cub this morning! I had walked outside to get some pics with my cell phone, when I noticed some movement out in the clearing behind my house. At first I thought it was a fox, then maybe a dog…I grabbed the camera with the zoom lens on it and snapped a picture. It didn’t come out real clear…when I get the photos off the camera in a little bit, I’ll show you. I did walk around a little, on the lookout for it, but it disappeared.

See related image detail

This is kinda what it looked like… only I think it may have had mange
or was shedding its winter coat

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When we feel free enough to expose our shadows, that’s when we become free.


There is a plan and your soul knows what it is.

There is a plan and your soul knows it


see the good in all things


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much love

living life, loving life – truly and fully

April 19, 2021

picture of the day

love in a flower
taken June 18, 2020
f-stop: f/9; exposure time: 1/80sec; ISO 3200
focal length 55mm
edited in PhotoShop
“May joy and peacefulness be more than dreams to you
may they guide your heart and spirit in everything you do”

~ unknown ~
any ideas what this might grow up to be?
Could be Silver maple, most of the maple on the property are Red, I believe

The journey between who you once were
and who you are becoming
is where the dance of life really takes place

~ unknown ~

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From the Latin verb
aperire “to open”.
Open yourself up this April


whenever there is a big story in the media
Look for the story they are trying to distract you from


Let July be July
Let August be August
And let yourself just be
even in the uncertainty.
You don’t have to fix everything.
You don’t have to solve everything.
And you can still find peace and grow in the wild
of changing things.



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much love

easy like Sunday Morning . . .

April 18, 2021

Sunday’s Inspiration

You know it’s love . . .

love is…

meant to be an adventure (Gordon B. Hinckley)

being loved back

real love is rare

not what you say,
but what you do

Without respect,
love is lost.
Without caring,
love is boring.
Without honesty,
love is unhappy.
Without trust,
love is unstable.


take care
stay safe
much love

Vintage Postcard Red Roses True Love by Carol Anne's Boutique, via Flickr

Red Roses

True Love

Roses speak love
The whole world through,
That is why I send
Roses red to you.


7 Inspirational Quotes to Pin from Dr. Wayne Dyer

“Remind yourself that you cannot fail at being yourself.”

~ Wayne Dyer


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how lovely is the silence of growing things

April 17, 2021

picture(s) of the week

all photos taken with my cell phone

My gardens are coming to life…despite the fact that we had a cold snap later in the week. We’ve had the wood stove going off and on throughout the week, which kinda sucks for the middle of April, but it is what it is.

hosta leaves

“Step back.
Allow things to unfold.
There’s a beauty to be found
in letting things be.”

~ Tamara Levitt

I think I may have convinced my boyfriend to let some of the wildflowers grow. As long as there’s little to no grass…let it be. It’s beneficial to us…to the environment… It’s not like it’s the end of the world, and over the past few decades we’ve been conditioned to believe that the lawn needs to be perfectly trimmed to be worth anything. This is just not true…there was a time when dandelions were considered beneficial. Now they’re considered a weed and must be gotten rid of. Not my opinion… I want to get rid of as much grass as possible.

Let the wildflowers grow
Let the earth breath a little

that’s my intention anyway

I’m getting there, where it used to take me an hour and a half to mow, it now takes an hour. Two hours if I mow everything – used to take three hours when mowing the whole property. But, don’t ask me how long it takes my boyfriend to mow…sometimes it takes him all day! It’s ridiculous!!

Throughout the summer I will more than likely be showing some of my “wild gardens”.

Not sure what this flower is, it was mixed in with some of my daffodils…Maybe once the flower grows in, starts reproducing, they’ll be able to stand up. There’s two of them right now, and are top heavy…

Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything.
Maybe it’s more about unbecoming what isn’t really you
so you can be what you were meant to be in the first place.

~ unknown ~
three of my five Tetras

I got some new fish yesterday – Thursday. I was going to get a Platy, but the pet store didn’t have any…and when I mentioned that the three Tetras I had seemed to be a little aggressive towards the Platys, she suggested I get a couple more Tetras…with the aggression, the school wasn’t big enough for their liking. So, I now have 5 Tetras and if they survive and the aggression goes down, I will get another Platy or two…

“The love for all living creatures
is the most noble attribute of man.”

~ Charles Darwin

Sunburst Platy - Medium/Large

An example of a Platy

(google image)

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༺Wildflowers Cottage Way༺

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day.

~ Native American Proverb ~


“The garden is a love song, a duet between a human being and Mother Nature.”

~ Jeff Cox


PERSPECTIVE - The only difference between a flower and a weed is a judgment. - Dr Wayne Dyer

“The only difference between a flower and a weed is judgement”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer


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do you suppose she’s a wildflower? ~ Alice In Wonderland

April 16, 2021

picture of the day

camouflaged caterpillar
taken August 19, 2020
f-stop: f/9; exposure time: 1/25sec; ISO 3200
focal length 40mm
edited in PhotoShop
available at Picfair

“But, I nearly forgot,
you must close your eyes
you won’t see anything”

~ Alice

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When you touch a cat with your spirit, in return they touch your soul with their heart.


Why did the cowboy adopt a weiner dog?

He wanted to get a long little doggy.

(link to Get Along Little Doggies by Roy Rogers on YouTube)


“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor”

~ Charles Dickens


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time to play

April 15, 2021

picture of the day
Throwback Thursday

Since I’ve been working on moving photos from one place to another, I decided I’d try something new for me…a throwback.

cat’s in the window
April 14, 2016

I played a little with the photo, adding some animation…specifically zoom in. What do you think?

Anyway, this is Kalimba – in the kitchen window, which he never did. As far as I can remember, this is the only time he did this. Yes, it’s April and I still have Christmas decorations up! Back in 2016…my dad was having liver problems, at this time we didn’t really know what was going on, except that his liver levels were through the roof! He initially spent a few nights in the hospital, without finding out anything. We didn’t really “know” anything until September of the same year, when he had his first fever.

“Behind every great person
is a great cat”

~ anonymous ~

Anyway, Kalimba was 9 years old in this photo…he passed away last June (2020), and of all the cats that have passed through my life, he’s the only one that grabbed my heart. He was special…and a character for sure!

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she believed she could but her cat was asleep on her lap so she didn’t…


“I am no longer afraid of becoming lost, because the journey back always reveals something new.”

~ Billy Joel


Ailurophilia (noun)
A fondness or love for cats


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much love

The real measure of our worth is not determined by our wealth

April 14, 2021

picture of the day

money plant
taken April 26, 2020
f-stop: 1/9; exposure time: 1/250sec; ISO 800
focal length 36mm
edited in PhotoShop

Life is an opportunity
Benefit from it
Life is beauty
Admire it
Life is a dream
Realize it
Life is a challenge
Meet it
Life is a duty
Complete it
Life is a game
Play it
Life is a promise
Fulfill it
Life is sorrow
Overcome it
Life is a song
Sing it
Life is a struggle
Accept it
Life is a tragedy
confront it
Life is an adventure
Dare it
Life is luck
Make it
Do Not Destroy It
Life is life
Fight for it

~ Mother Theresa

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there are some things money can’t buy…
like manners, morals and integrity.

I try to live within my income so that I can afford to pay taxes to a government that can’t live within its income.

~ Facebook


May the blessings of each day be the blessings you need most.

~ Irish Saying ~


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much love