Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Ask thyself, daily, to
how many ill-minded
persons thou has shown
a kind disposition.
--- Marcus Antoninus

Love is patient and kind;
love does not envy or boast;
it is not arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice in wrongdoing.
Love bears all things, hopes all
things, endures all things...
so now faith, hope and love
abide, these three; but the
 greatest of these is Love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Be the change you wish
to see in the world.
--- Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, December 5, 2016

In a Tree House

I just came across this poem though Dr. Wayne Dyer.  I hope it touches your soul as it has mine.

In a Tree House by Hafiz
Will someday split you open
Even if your life is now a cage,
For a divine seed, the crown of destiny,
Is hidden and sown on an ancient fertile plain
You hold the title to.
Love will surely bust you wide open
Into an unfettered, blooming new galaxy
Even if your mind is now
A spoiled mule.
A life giving radiance will come,
The Friend's gratuity will come -
O look again within yourself,
For I know you were once the elegant host
To all the marvels in creation.
From a sacred crevice in your body
A bow rises each night
And shoots your soul into God.
Behold the Beautiful Drunk Singing One
From the lunar vantage point of love.
He is conducting the affairs
Of the whole universe
While throwing wild parties
In a tree house - on a limb
In your heart.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Baby ducks on the move !

We had a duck nest at the cottage
 (right by our kitchen door)
 and here they are finally making 
their way to the water, after approx. 27 days.
11 little ones hatched out of 17 eggs.
April 19, 2016.
I'll be sharing more later.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Postmarked Providence, RI  Dec. 22, 1910
To Miss Laura Osborn, San Diego, Calif.
Dear Cousin,  This will be a little late for Christmas greetings but I will wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year as well.  Your Cousin, Herbert

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Summer is coming to an end.

It's been a challenging summer for us here at the cottage.  I won't go into too many details yet, but I feel I have turned a corner and I am very grateful for it.  I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer and will continue to grow and change as needed.    We did get to the coast 2 weeks ago, but just for the afternoon.  (We were in the middle of a large wildfire in the area which I am sure you heard about, the Rocky fire in Lake County, California.  It was 20 miles away so we were not in any danger, only lots of smoke on most days and worry about our fellow citizens and animals friends in the area.   And of course the firefighters safety too.)  The smoke was all the way to the coast, but at least you could smell the freshness of the ocean air.  It was a glorious day, 75 degrees with no cold breezes...warm and comfortable to sit in the sun with your toes in the sand. 
One of our lovely views on the beach in Fort Bragg.  After a couple of hours we headed to Mendocino for a bite to eat and to wander around the village.  One of my favorite things to do!  (Click on photos to enlarge)

Our view during dinner on the outside deck.  Again, the weather was warm and calm at 5 pm, which doesn't happen very often.

A couple of gorgeous plants you will find on your visit to Mendocino Village.
One of the many fabulous hydrangeas on our walk.   And look at this fabulous succulent wreath!  It was almost 2 feet in diameter. 

After our stroll around the village we headed out to the Headlands for a quick walk along the cliffs.  

Isn't this a lovely tidal pool? 

Lovely sunset off the Mendocino Coast. 
August 16, 2015

We didn't stay to watch the sun go down completely, but as we were heading home the sun was a bright red because of the smoke.  I wish I had gotten a photo...it was very mysterious looking.
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
--- Sir John Lubbock