nature’s peace

March 29, 2020

Picture of the Day

green azalea leaves
taken February 4, 2020
F-Stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/80sec; ISO 500
focal length 55mm
CANON EOS Rebel T6
Amazon: The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs

“Allow nature’s peace to flow into you
as sunshine flows into trees.”
~ John Muir

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linked to Amazon: The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs by Tristan Gooley; available on kindle (15153 KB) , audiobook, paperback, hardcover, audio cd; 416 pages, published by The Experiment; Reprint edition (August 26, 2015); “When writer and navigator Tristan Gooley journeys outside, he sees a natural world filled with clues. The roots of a tree indicate the sun’s direction; the Big Dipper tells the time; a passing butterfly hints at the weather; a sand dune reveals prevailing wind; the scent of cinnamon suggests altitude; a budding flower points south. To help you understand nature as he does, Gooley shares more than 850 tips for forecasting, tracking, and more, gathered from decades spent walking the landscape around his home and around the world. Whether you’re walking in the country or city, along a coastline, or by night, this is the ultimate resource on what the land, sun, moon, stars, plants, animals, and clouds can reveal—if you only know how to look!” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Associate and may make money with qualified purchases. Thank You!

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FB Let the Wolves run free
“Enjoy the little things in life
for one day
you’ll look back
and realize
they were the big things.”
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“Bloom Where You Are Planted”

March 28, 2020

This photo was taken while we were on one of our camping trips in Pennsylvania. For a couple of years we did a lot of cemetery hopping, trying to find lost relatives. This particular one was from 2011.And we found some… but we also had some interesting adventures. Going down gravel roads we were glad to not have met anyone, meeting unique people, making memories…

both photos taken June 20, 2011
AMAZON: West From Home

“All flowers grow through dirt.”
~ ?

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower,
our whole lives would change.”
~ Buddha

“It is the sweet, simple things in life
which are the real ones after all”
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tomorrow is …

March 29
National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day
National Mom and Pops Business Owners Day
National Nevada day
National Vietnam War Veterans Day

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where ever you may be!
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linked to Amazon: West From Home, Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder, San Fransisco, 1915, by Laura Ingalls Wilder; available as school and library binding and paperback; 192 pages, published by HarperCollins; Reissue edition (October 20, 1976); “This fascinating firsthand account of life and travel in the early twentieth century includes 24 pages of photographs. “It is like a fairyland.” So Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the beloved Little House series, described her 1915 voyage to San Francisco to visit her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. Laura’s husband, Almanzo, was unable to leave their Missouri farm; her faithful letters home, vividly describing every detail of her journey, have been gathered here.” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Associate and may make money with qualified purchases. Thank You!

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Abstract Shower Curtain featuring the photograph Minimal Black And White by Holly Morris
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“Your eyes show
the strength of your soul.”
~ unknown

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Meant To Be

March 28, 2020

Picture of the Week

taken March 26, 2020
f-stop: f/9; exposure time: 1/1250sec; ISO 640
focal length 55mm
AMAZON: You Belong Here

You are a dream that the world once dreamt,
And now you are part of its song.
That’s why you are here, in the place where you’re meant,
For this is right where you belong.

~ M.H.Clark

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linked to Amazon: You Belong Here by M.H.Clark, available as a hardcover book; 32 pages, published by Compendium Inc; First Edition edition (July 1, 2016); age range: 5-6 years (or older!); “The stars belong in the deep night sky, and the moon belongs there too, and the winds belong in each place they blow by, and I belong here with you. So begins this classic bedtime book, richly illustrated by award-winning artist Isabelle Arsenault. The pages journey around the world, observing plants and animals, everywhere, and reminding children that they are right where they belong. A beautiful title for new babies, adoptive families, and children of all ages.” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Associate and may make money with qualified purchases. Thank You!

“When we live inside our purpose
our path is smooth.”
~ Rolling Thunder
(Cherokee/Native American)

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. . . imagine . . .

March 28, 2020

Picture of the Day

abstract
original image taken February 21, 2020
abstracted sometime after that
AMAZON: The Book With No Pictures

Wisdom begins in wonder
~ unknown ~

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linked to amazon: The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak (a children’s book); available on kindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook; 48 pages, published by Dial Books; 1 edition (September 30, 2014); “You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . . BLORK. Or BLUURF. Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY. Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.)” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Associate and may make money with qualified purchases. Thank You!

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“Listen to the wind
it talks
Listen to the silence
it speaks
Listen to your heart
it knows.”
~ Native American Proverb

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The Protector of Things

March 27, 2020

Cell Phone Picture of the Day

Kalimba
on my laptop and books
taken today
March 27, 2020
with my LG Cell Phone
AMAZON: Edgar Allen Poe: The Complete Tales and Poems

“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.”
~ James Herriot

Tomorrow is…

March 28
National Something on a stick Day
National Black Forest Cake Day
National Triglycerides Day
National Weed Appreciation Day

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where ever you may be!
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linked to Amazon: Edgar Allen Poe: The Complete Tales and Poems; available on kindle (7461 KB) , paperback, audiobook, and hardcover; 807 pages, published by Kathartika (March 24, 2020); “This book contains the complete Edgar Allan Poe’s tales and poems —over 135 works— in the chronological order of their original publication.” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Associate and may make money with qualified purchases. Thank you!

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“Hope is like a bird that senses the dawn
and carefully starts to sing
while is is still dark.”
~ unknown

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Birthday Book

Birthday Book Tag

I got this tag from mybookworld24. Thank you!!

Original Tag Here 

Since yesterday was my birthday I thought about doing this tag. So, here we go!

Hope you enjoy!

Questions:

1. Count your birth day along your bookshelf and then subtract your birth month. What book does it land on?

One of my – many – bookshelves…

and the 26th book is…

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larson
definitely a book worth reading
and not my usual genre

2. If you could spend your birthday with any fictional character who would it be and why?

There are way to many to list, as it seems I fall in love with all the characters I read about.

  • Alice, from Alice in Wonderland just because
  • Bilbo Baggins, from The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, I’d love to see Middle Earth and the creatures

just two of the characters I’d love to join…

3. Find a book that takes place in the season you were born in.

Spring

“A Walk in the Spring Rain”
by Rachel Maddux

4. Find a book that is the color of your birth stone.

March – aquamarine (light blue)

well, it’s not light blue, but it has light blue on it…

5. Is their a series with the same number of books as your age? If so what is it?

I thought that there wouldn’t be any series that had 43 books in it. But there is… Dear America. It’s a series of children’s books that chronicle major events in American history.

6. Pick a book set in a time period, world or country you would like to have been born in.

Lady of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley…

Actually, any of the Avalon series

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isolation

March 27, 2020

How much more “self isolated” can you get than this…?

on the Potomac River

so…

peaceful
relaxing
quiet
tranquil

every once in a while…

the sound of the train
rumbling by
taking people
and products

somewhere

a beaver dam?

Since it was my birthday yesterday, my boyfriend decided we needed to go fishing. Can’t really go anywhere or do anything besides fish, hike, or just stay home.

We didn’t catch anything, but that’s ok. Just to be able to get out, on the river was good enough for me. There were people on the trail – the C & O Canal Trail – but, everyone was keeping their distance. Down on the river, we didn’t see a soul. Which is/was perfectly ok with me.

And somehow, time got away from us. We left the truck around 12:30pm…and the next thing we know, it’s 4! Which is fine…we stayed for another hour, packed everything up and headed for the truck. Luckily, it only takes about a half an hour to get back home from where we were.

Hope everyone is doing well,
stay safe,
take care
much love

“Slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.”
~ unknown

Can you see me now?

March 27, 2020

Picture of the Day

Northern Mockingbird
taken February 2, 2020
f-stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/125sec; ISO 100
focal length 55mm
CANON EOS Rebel T6

“My favorite weather
is bird chirping weather”
~ Terri Guillemets

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“The best and most beautiful things
must be felt with the heart.”
~ Helen Keller

time

March 26, 2020

AMAZON: Happy Birthday To You!

time

to laugh
to cry
to sleep
to dream
to travel
to stay put

to love
to let love go

so much
has happened
in the years gone by
birthdays
anniversaries

a birth
a death

a wedding
a trip
to here or there

life has started
life goes on
life cut short
the highs
the lows

tears have been shed
and laughter has been heard

A year has come
A year has gone
Make it the best
A time to remember
A time to reflect

A time to hope
A time to be
the best you can be

It’s not about me
or the years in my life
But rather about time
and the memories
that are made

~ HCMorris ~

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linked to Amazon: Happy Birthday To You! by Dr. Seuss; available on kindle, hardcover, paperback, board book; 64 pages, published by Random House Books for Young Readers (August 12, 1959); “Celebrate your unique self with Dr. Seuss and the Great Birthday Bird in the ultimate birthday book!” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Associate and may make money with qualified purchases. Thank You!!

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I wish we could do what they do in Katroo.
They sure know how to say “Happy birthday to you!”
~ Dr. Seuss

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ready for company

March 26, 2020

Picture of the Day

but , please do keep your distance!
taken February 3, 2020
F-Stop: f/5.6; Exposure time: 1/800sec; ISO 160
focal length 55mm
CANON EOS Rebel T6
AMAZON: Cold Fire

“Always remember
to set a place at the table
for the unexpected guest.”
~ Linda Ellerbee

Today is…

March 26
National Epilepsy Awareness Day
National Nougat Day
National Spinach Day

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linked to Amazon: Cold Fire by Dean Koontz; available on kindle (716 KB), audio book, hardcover, paper back, mass market paperback, mp3 cd; 436 pages, published by Berkley; Reprint edition (December 7, 2004); “A man on a mission must come to terms with his forgotten past in this gripping thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Associate and may make money with qualified purchases. Thank You!

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“The soul that sees beauty
sometimes walks alone”
~ unkown

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my dad’s story – A Year in The Life

March 25, 2020

Since I told you a little about what the last year (months) of my dads life was like a couple of days ago, I figured I’d expand on it a little. So, if you don’t want to read it, click off the page. Here, I have only gotten as far as September, when he had his first fever… the last six months will come next week.

At this point, I’ve gotten so I write down stories and/or memories as they come to me. His actual story is in order in Word, and I will more than likely make a page for his story. Soon… although I do have his stories linked so you can read it in chronological order.

Hope you enjoy!

this tree had come down a week or two earlier
in April 2016
just missing the deck and the pool
a straight wing took it out

A Year in the Life

One morning, in April of 2016, I woke up to find my dad sitting at the kitchen table staring out the window. He had an empty bowl in front of him, he had already finished his oatmeal. He was fully dressed. I took one look at him and knew something was wrong.

Apparently, his RA doctor had called around 6 o’clock in the morning…his liver enzymes levels were extremely high, around 4 times the normal level. I had taken him to have bloodwork done only the day before, the lad started calling the doctor at two o’clock in the morning. He needed to get to the hospital…but he waited for me to wake up and get motivated.

Little did I know what the next year had in store… at the hospital, they couldn’t find anything wrong. He was admitted and stayed for a couple of days.

My dad and his cousins
dad is second from the left
he has lost a lot of weight at this point

For the next several months, things stayed pretty normal. We would go out and work in the yard, family reunion in June, church outings. Life was pretty normal, with the one exception that we were going to the doctor’s more often. Oncologists, family doctor, gastrointestinal doctor ( he had been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2011), RA doctor, getting lab work done.  

Then in September, 6 days after celebrating my sons 18th birthday, the first fever hit. In the morning, it was 99.9…I called the doctor and made an appointment for that afternoon. By the time it came time to leave, his fever had skyrocketed and I ended up taking him to the hospital instead of the doctors. This was the scariest drive in my life – he was hallucinating, telling me we weren’t going to make it Arizona (his liver doctor was in Georgetown and one road we had to take was Pheonix Drive), trying to take his seatbelt off. I drove the whole way with one hand on his seat belt so he couldn’t take it off.

This first fever was just the beginning of what was to come over the next six months.

boots and hat
* I will more than likely at some point take the background out,
but for now, it works

more to come….

Please don’t be sad…he had a good life, a fun life and while he may have been taken to soon from this earth, I will see him again!

to read his story from the beginning, click here

Take care
Stay safe
Much love

camping – 2011

March 25, 2020

First things first… It took me forever to get this to where I could show it to you! I’ve pretty much been working on it since my first post this morning – and I’m starving! And am suffering from an eye migraine ( An ocular migraine is a rare condition characterized by temporary vision loss or even temporary blindness in one eye. Ocular migraines are caused by reduced blood flow or spasms of blood vessels in the retina or behind the eye.)

So…I hope you enjoy! I’ve linked to you tube videos…you’ll see! The music is all over the place… but nothing “bad”, depending on your likes. Country, classic country, classical, humor…

It’s been a while since I shared any memories from days gone by…so here are some from our camping trip in 2011. For quite a few years we went camping in Schellsburg, PA, a tiny town with a state park called Shawnee State Park. You will be seeing more photos, hopefully in the near future.

We saw this buffalo herd while out “sightseeing”…

Ya can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd
But you can be happy if you’ve a mind to
~ Roger Miller
“Let me tell you about the birds and the bees
And the flowers and the trees
And the moon up above
And a thing called “Love””
~ Jewel Akens

The Old Bedford Village, Bedford, Pennsylvania…

we were told that this cat my son is petting doesn’t like people and if you got to close, he would attack…they were amazed that he let us get so close. (Usually he would run away first…I guess he didn’t feel we were a threat.)
“Crazy cat peekin’ through a lace bandanna
Like a one-eyed cheshire, like a diamond-eye jack
A leaf of all colors plays a golden-string fiddle
To a double-e waterfall over my back”
China Cat Sunflower
Grateful Dead

someone’s been bad…now, where are those rotten tomatoes?

just kidding! Dakota is my son – you know him better as “Son of a Leprechaun”. Just, please, don’t tell him that I gave you his real name… 🙂

There was an Old West event going on, which is why we went. But, we didn’t see too much action…a bank was robbed and a stage coach went barreling through the streets. Other than that, we got to see how life was back in the day!

“Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam
Where the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day”
Home on the Range
~ Gene Autry
in the jail house now…
~ Johnny Cash
these boots are made for walkin’
~ Nancy Sinatra
It’s good to touch
the green, green grass of home
~ Tom Jones
time for bed…
Lullaby and goodnight, with roses bedight
With lilies o’er spread is baby’s wee bed
Lay thee down now and rest, may thy slumber be blessed
Lay thee down now and rest, may thy slumber be blessed
Lullaby and goodnight, thy mother’s delight
Bright angels beside my darling abide
They will guard thee at rest, thou shalt wake on my breast
They will guard thee at rest, thou shalt wake on my breast
~ Brahms Lullaby
written in 1868

The way we eat while camping…

dinner time

“It’s funny how it’s the little things in life that mean the most
Not where you live, what you drive or the price tag on your clothes
There’s no dollar sign on a peace of mind, this I’ve come to know
So if you agree have a drink with me
Raise your glasses for a toast
To a little bit of chicken fried”
Chicken Fried
~ Zac Brown Band
a good place to rest

“To lay me down, once more
to lay me down with my head in sparklin’ clover
to lay me down, on e last time, to lay me down”
TO LAY ME DOWN
~ Grateful Dead

Well, there’s more – so much more, but it’s time for me to go! Gotta get stuff done! I’m working on my dad’s story to share with you…this afternoon. I would normally share it with you now, but I’m just not ready!
Our world’s seem turned upside down, and as much as I am staying home and in self isolation, life does go on.

Hope you have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by!!

“Let go or be dragged.”
~ Zen Proverb

Take care
Stay safe
Much love

“Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence”
The Sound of Silence
Simon and Garfunkel

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