Saturday, January 31, 2009

We are home.

Through experiences of life,
you are growing and you are
unfolding the great potentials
that are within you. Everything
is working for good.
--- Mary Kupferle

We got home last night from our lovely get-away. The weather was fabulous and the ocean is beyond words. I have a few more pictures I will share over the next couple of days, but I wanted to at least get 2 posted now. (below) The whale pictures didn't turn out....too far away, but I tell you, it was a highlight of my life to see those darling little whale "puffs" out in the ocean. And then just the skim of their backs. A couple of times we did see their glorious tails too ! We hope to get back there next month while the motel is still having their "2 nights for the price of one" special. Hopefully it will be clear and some of the mother whales will be heading north with their babies. :o) The ones we saw were still heading south to Baja.


Thursday, January 29, 2009


I don't know what your
destiny will be, but one thing
I do know, the only ones
among you who will be
really happy are those
who have sought and
found how to serve.
--- Albert Schweitzer

I had to do a quick post. We ended up heading to the coast a day earlier (yesterday) and guess what? We saw whales today! Dozens of them ! This isn't a picture of mine, but you get the idea! :o) I have been going to the beach forever (Santa Cruz when I was a kid and teenager) and then for the past 25 years, I was always on the lookout for the whales and have never seen them. BUT this morning there they were! It was so amazing to see dozens of them all day....their little whale spout's spraying!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Fulfill your Life

Life is a promise;
fulfill it.
--- Mother Teresa

Another postcard from 1909 - one hundred years ago.

It looks like we will head over to the coast tomorrow...yippee! The weather is suppose to be in the mid-60's and clear. As you all know, I absolutely love the ocean and each time we go it invigorates me for at least a couple of days! :o) We are also hoping to see some whales as it is whale-watching season on the North Coast of California. (usually Dec. thru Mar.) Let's see, I can't remember if they are coming or going on their journey! Now if I can get everything ready at a decent hour so we can leave before noon. That is one of my challenges....getting out of the house with everything done and completed!


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Baby Steps !

We are all meant to shine,
as children do. We were
born to make manifest the
glory of God that is within
us. It is not just in some of us;
It is in everyone.
--- Marianne Williamson

Postmarked 1909

We are heading to the store again today and I actually worked a bit on my website last night. Baby steps.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Where did the rain go?

Come what may,
we can push on,
rise up no matter how
many times we fall down,
and turn even failure
into success.
--- James Dillet Freeman

Can you imagine the difference in the weather as Laura was in San Diego, California and Mary in Warren, Ohio? Especially in February! I guess just like today, but somehow it seems like it was even colder in 1911 without our "modern" conveniences. :o)

We are off to the store today and I will be going to Santa Rosa too. The sun is out, which is nice, but we need the rain !

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Let's go

Life loves to be taken by
the lapel and told:
"I'm with you kid.
Let's go."
--- Dr. Maya Angelou

My lab results were back last week (they didn't take as long as we thought) and I saw the doctor on Friday. Yes, the lyme's test was positive. So I do have some form of lyme's. Although that is what we thought all along, and the other test indicated, I still don't know what to think and feel very discouraged.
I will need to go on antibiotics, but will wait until the end of Feb. so I can finish up some of the other things I have been doing. I went off my sugar wagon on Friday and had a Starbucks and lovely chocolaty cupcake after 2 1/2 weeks of neither. One foot in front of the other and soon you'll be walking out that door.....remember that song from the 1970 Christmas special "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"?

Put One Foot In Front Of The Other
by Jules Bass
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking cross the floor
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking out the door
You never will get where you’re going
If you never get up on your feet
Come on, there’s a good tail wind blowing
A fast walking man is hard to beat
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking cross the floor
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking out the door
If you want to change your direction
If your time of life is at hand
Well don’t be the rule be the exception
A good way to start is to stand
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking cross the floor
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking out the door
If I want to change the reflection
I see in the mirror each morn
You mean that it's just my election
To vote for a chance to be reborn
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking cross the floor
Put one foot in front of the other
And soon you’ll be walking out the door
I never knew all the lyrics to that them!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Boldness and Begin

Whatever you do,
or dream you can,
begin it. Boldness has
genius and power
and magic in it.
--- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Friday, January 23, 2009

First Steps

Take the first step in faith.
You don't have to see the
whole staircase, just take
the first step.
--- Martin luther King, Jr.

From 1910. I love how Clara
invites Irean to "come down
next summer and we will have

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Kindness in words
creates confidence;
kindness in thinking
creates profoundness;
kindness in feeling
creates love.
--- Lao-Tzu

Postmark 1909. I wonder why "Mamma" took her out of school until next Feb.? That would have been a whole year.

There has been a bit of rain up our way, but not pouring. We still may head over to Mendocino tomorrow, rain or not. :o) How I miss the ocean. I am still working on items that reflect that love and they will be for sale soon.

Enjoying the sun from last week.
As you can tell from some of the cat pictures of past, there are pumpkins galore. We just threw out the rest of the pumpkins and decided to cover them with soil (and a fabric weed-covering so the cats don't use it as a toilet) and see if the pumpkins sprout this year. I got pumpkins once this way (actually we didn't even cover them with soil or anything, they just came up and produced pumpkins all by themselves) when we lived in Fortuna....what a treat that was! :o)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

How big is your heart?

The size of your body
is of little account;
the size of your brain
is of much account;
the size of your heart
is of the most account of all.
--- B.C. Forbes

My honey is home and for more than a week! We had planned to go to the coast for a quick getaway, but it is suppose to start raining and continue for most of this next week. (which is technically a YEAH! but I do wish our nice weather would have held 2 more days!) It is cloudy today, but so far no rain. We may still head over tomorrow and just enjoy the view and company. :o)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Yes, you can, Yes, we can !

He who cannot forgive others
breaks the bridge over which
he must pass himself.
--- George Herbert

I was touched and encouraged and pleased with President Obama's speech today. Realistic words that we can all practice within our own lives. "Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint." --- from President Barack Obama's inaugural speech.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Are you playing?

Lost! Somewhere between
sunrise and sunset,
twenty four golden hours,
each set with
sixty diamond minutes.
No reward is offered,
for they are gone forever.
I think this quote is not only meant for getting things done. It can also mean to enjoy your Life... make time to play, laugh, relax and have fun.

Another sweet image, this one by Frances Brundage. Date on the bottom front, 1912, but postmarked on the back, 1913. This will be my last New Year's postcard...on to Valentine's Day.

I wasn't going to do a long post today, but when Life calls, do we listen? Something I am trying to learn and practice. First, I hope everyone is reflecting a bit on Martin Luther King's Day and how it affects us all, not just in terms of equal rights and race, but in our own personal journeys of growth and fulfillment. I think this is the same with Barack Obama becoming our 44th president tomorrow. His call to service (very much like John Kennedy's) reflects a message of hope and truth. We can only be truly happy and successful when we are helping others, and in the process we help ourselves. It is a very fine line, yet really not a line at all, as we are all interconnected with each other, whether we want to believe it or not. As John Donne's quote includes "no man is an island", we are all in this together, for the purpose of fulfilling Life. What does that mean? I think it means that everything we do, our thoughts included, make up all of what is our life on this beautiful planet. (Someone once said that all of the thoughts that you have ever thought are here still, surrounding us. Yikes! That is probably not a good thing most of the time.) This is why the little things matter the most. Being attentive and courteous while you are driving.(no cell phones, use your blinker, no tail-gating, check your blindspot) Patience while you are standing in line.(make sure you have eaten and used the bathroom before errands) Calm when someone seems to get a rise out of you. (Breathe and bless this person because who knows what they are experiencing) and for you parents out there (I know, I have no children, but I do have eyes and a brain) what are you really teaching your children about Life when you, yourself, are frazzled, stressed, depleted? I will tell you, you are continuing the cycle of distress by example. What do you truly want to give your children? That next new toy or designer shoes or a sense of accomplishment, a love of helping others and the ability to keep themselves centered and relaxed during good or challenging times? Let us know that the sun, literally, will shine again (for those of you back East), the economy will be just fine (cycles of life) and that we can all contribute to the health, peace and joy of our planet just by being our true self (no ego and no worries of the future), the you that you are meant to be. (And deep down, each one of us really knows what that is.)
--- Isaiah 41:6


Today I planned to just post the below photos and instead ended up a bit preachy! (which is, I guess, what blogging is all about sometimes! :o) Anyway, I took these pictures yesterday morning as these 2 little goofballs were playing and carrying on. They are siblings, but I have no idea if they are male or female. They were sure having fun and as you can tell by the end, they both just sit there like, "now what do we do?"

Time to switch places, mid-playing.


Sunday, January 18, 2009

FOCUS on the task at hand.

Do not brood over the past
or dream of the future
but seize the instant and
get the lesson from the hour.
--- Orison Swett Marden

I love this postcard image!

From December 1907

I hate to rub it in, but the day is suppose to be a comfortable 65 again. Yesterday it said it was 70, but my thermometer said about 64. I'll tell you though, it was warm enough to sit out in the sun with a skirt and tanktop at 2:30 in the afternoon. (which I should have been doing all week and didn't!) I stayed out about 30 minutes and was warm all the way down to my toes! Which is such a relief as my toes are usually freezing! :o) To all of you east of the Rockies, hang in there! (I know, easy to say, but hey, would you rather have me say, "Ha, Ha"?) The sun and warmth will return before you know it. As you know, we need some winter rain here so desperately and hopefully we will start getting some this next week. This lovely weather is suppose to break on Wednesday and drop about 8 to 10 degrees. So as we start getting our rain and cooler weather, the rest of the country will warm up! :o) It always seems to do that every year. Remember?

- Hunting birds -

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Angels and a Alligator

Be not forgetful to entertain
strangers, for thereby some have
entertained angels unawares.
--- Hebrews 13:2

I was only going to post my daily postcard today, but then I received an email from my Dad showing the below photo! Yes, it is a true photo taken in March 2004 by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. The story accompanying the photos in the email is not accurate but the pictures in the water are. Go here
to read the whole story and see more pictures.
Go here to read what had to say. (love that site for checking stories) I have always had an interest in science (at 5 years old I thought I would be a scientist) and detective work ( I am a closeted detective ) so when I received this email I thought I would check the facts to see if it is true as now-a-days you can doctor any photo with photoshop. Isn't life amazing!