Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Past Two Weeks

The past two weeks have been crazy.  Fourteen of my New Jersey cousins (a small part of the Italian branch of my family) came to stay.  We had a great time but it went by too fast.  I have to admit though, I was exhausted after they left on the 29th.  My cottage had that empty, echoing feeling it gets after family leaves. 

I spent all day yesterday at the computer doctor's office because my poor computer had come down with a terrible virus.  If I ever find out who wrote that viral program, I will send a couple of my New Jersey cousins after them. It took the computer guy 8 hours to fix it!  Of course, part of the reason it took him so long was my fault because I have over 15,000 photo files (who knew?) and, apparently, that makes for a long scanning time.  I have GOT to clean up those files. 

Anyway, I hope everyone had a nice two weeks, and I hope those of you in America had a nice three-day weekend.  Now I'm off to catch up on my blog visiting! 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday Sunlight

Taken 7-8-2008 from the top of the ridge west of my cottage.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Faeries Friday - Amie

This little rabbit has a hurt paw, so he has come to Amie because he knows she will heal it.  Many Faeries are friends to the animals and will help them when they need it, but Amie is well known as a superior healer.  I'm sure she'll have him healed and happy in no time at all!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lilacs

They're blooming all over here.  Some put out leaves and buds too early and have no blooms, just new leaves coming out.  Some, like the one above managed to save a few blooms.
Others, like this one, and the one below, did pretty well considering what a crazy Spring we've had.
The air is wonderfully scented with lilacs.
                  
I wish they would last longer, but I'm very grateful that I have them.  They won't grow down in the valley where my sister lives, so I take huge bouquets to her every spring.  Funny...I won't cut them for myself to be in my house but I can justify cutting them for her since she doesn't have any.  Ah well, I suppose we all have our little quirks.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I'm Watching You...

This is a Steller's Jay.  I love their beautiful blue colors; unfortunately I can't say the same for their voice.  They have a harsh sounding caw most of the time, but sometimes they do make quiet little whortling, churring, and squeaking sounds.  They only make these sounds when they're by themselves, so I suppose they're talking to themselves.  They're great imitators.  This one (I don't know if it is a male or female since, unlike most bird species, they both look the same) always imitates the sound of a hawk when it comes to the feeders.  Of course all the other birds flee and it has the feeders all to itself.  Clever bird! 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dreams

The greatest achievement was at first, and for a time, a dream. 
The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, 
And in the highest vision of the soul, 
A waking angel stirs. 
Dreams are the seedlings of realities.  ~  James Allen

Art by Gillian Gamble Illustrations and Photography

Monday, May 14, 2012

A Belated Mother's Day Gift

The best kind!  I haven't seen Mr. Darcy, one of the feral cats, since October of 2010 and I had guessed that he had passed away.  But he showed up this afternoon, sitting in his 'asking for food' spot and giving me his 'well, I'm here and I'm hungry, hurry up' look! When I called to him, he came, meowing, and sat down about two feet from me, which was exactly the way Mr. Darcy would do.  I couldn't really believe it was really the same kitty until I got back in the house and compared this cat's appearance to a photo of Mr. Darcy (the one above, taken in 2008).  He has the exact same notches in his ear, the same large orange freckle on the left side of his nose, and the same orange band around the top of his left leg. The only thing that had changed was the size of the two large ...er... round things on his bottom. They have shrunk considerably, so I'm guessing that someone finally managed to catch him and have him neutered.  I wish he could talk!  He didn't look thin, in fact he looked like someone has been taking good care of him, which made me even more ecstatic.  What a happy day!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

To Everyone...

who is a mother, whether your children are human or of the fur baby variety, I wish you a Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Vandalism

I just finished this commission for a client who is also a good friend.  She showed me a picture of the style of painting she wanted.  This is not normally the style I paint in, but she likes it, so I said I would design something.  Then she said she wanted me to paint it on her antique butter churn.  I said, "Annie, you can't be serious.  That must be over...well, I don't know how many years, but I don't think I can deface it, even if you are going to call it 'art.' "  As you can see from the photo, she's very persuasive.  Most importantly, she loves it.  But, I still feel guilty.  I feel like I sealed all its stories under layers of paint.  I feel like I committed vandalism.  If it had been anyone else but Annie, I would have declined the commission.  But, she loves it.  I just keep repeating that to myself...

Monday, May 7, 2012

A Quotation and a Question



The tree which moves some to tears of joy,
Is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way.
Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see Nature at all.
But to the eyes of the human of imagination,
Nature is Imagination itself. ~~ William Blake, 1799, The Letters

My apologies Mr. Blake; I changed 'man' to 'human'.  Perhaps you meant it to be all inclusive, but then again, perhaps not, considering the time in which you lived. 

Why is it SO hard, even in these supposedly enlightened times, for so many people to add the two simple letters 'hu' to the front of the word 'man' when they are speaking of the human race?

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Perigee Moon

I had a terrible time getting a photo of tonight's moon.  I wanted a photo of it rising over the lake, barely clearing the trees, but I foolishly listened to the scientists about the time she would make her arrival.  When I got down to the lake, she was well above the trees. 

My camera was behaving very badly, too.  It would do ok in the close-ups, but I could NOT get it to focus when I tried to get the moon and her path on the water.  I had my DSLR with me, but I didn't have the tripod with me, and it's just too heavy for me to hold and get any kind of a decent shot. 

Oh well....

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Blossoms

"If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom."  ~  Terri Guillemets

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Gorgeous Grosbeaks

The Grosbeaks are back, so maybe Spring is here to stay for a bit.  That's a little female in the photo above and below.  They're slightly smaller than the males and more of a peach color than an orange color.
A male Grosbeak letting me know he's keeping an eye on me.  The two pictures below are also of male Grosbeaks. 
The last few days have been wonderful 'Spring Cloud' days, foggy and drizzling lightly.  I, along with everyone else up here, am hoping that we have a very wet, long Spring.  It certainly would help lower the danger of forest fires.
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