I wish you a new year filled with joy, blessings, abundance, love and good health! It's a very cold new year's eve here, snow is covering everything and that snow is covered by a layer of ice. Every so often an icy-fingered breeze plays with the branches of the pines and cedars, making them sound like a million fragile crystal wind chimes. (About the title...we celebrate all twelve days of Christmas which makes Christmas last until the 6th of January).
Little Gloria (left) and Malcolm are happy to be home from the vet's...
(look at the smile on Malcolm's face)
and so is their brother, Merlin, snoozing on the floor after getting reacquainted with his Christmas toys. All three are healing well. And me? You know I'm happy to have them back at home!
This is what my laptop's monitor looked like after Gloria killed it. Scary, huh?
But it came back home today! I'm almost as happy to have it back as I am to have Merlin, Gloria and Malcolm back safe at home. . . nah. Having a computer doesn't come close to making me as happy as Gloria, Malcolm and Merlin do, along with the rest of my fur babies.
Could you please send good thoughts and wishes to Merlin, Malcolm and Gloria? (That's Merlin (grey) and Gloria (black) in the top photo, and Malcolm (grey and white) and Merlin in the bottom photo). All three of my babies have just left with their Dad to go to the vet's to be spayed (Gloria) and neutered (Malcolm and Merlin). Arrrrrgh! I hate this whole process, the being away from them, knowing how frightened they will be, worrying that everything will go all right (being spayed is just like a human woman having a hysterectomy, being neutered is not quite as risky). I know it's necessary, all my other cats are spayed or neutered, but I will be one worried mama until they are all back home with me safe and sound!
(These are previously posted photos, I still don't have my computer back from Dell....sigh).
In an earlier post I said I was dreaming of a white Christmas. It's snowing lightly as I write this and the weather forecast says it will snow heavily all day tomorrow and tomorrow night. Yay! :)
The photo is from Pinterest...I will be SO happy when I get my computer back from Dell. I don't think that will happen before the first of the year though. Bless my husband for letting me use his computer (however briefly) while mine is being repaired.
"Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts. They preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life." Hermann Hesse
I'm so used to posting photos from my files, that I forgot I can post from the Internet via URL.
I found this photo of a gorgeous Russian Santa on Pinterest. I've never seen a Santa suit quite like this one; the embroidery (if that is what it is...maybe some sort of applique?) is so beautiful. It almost looks like a Scandinavian form of painting called 'rosemaling.'
No Fed Ex person came today to pick up my poor, temporarily (I hope) dead computer. Maybe tomorrow...
I'd post a picture of the perpetrator, but I'm using my husband's computer right now and I don't have access to my photos. The little stinker who murdered my computer was my darling little Gloria, the little black kitten that is the newest addition to our family. She jumped up to the top of my laptop monitor (it was open), causing the whole thing to crash down from my desk to the floor. I'm so grateful that it didn't fall on her because she could have been badly injured.
After 3 intensely frustrating hours on the phone with Dell, they finally told me that FedEx would come to pick up my computer and take it to them. They think (hope) it can be fixed...for a little over $350.00. I was so rattled that I didn't think to ask them if I would get my money back if it can't be fixed.
So, when my husband isn't using his computer, I will be visiting your blogs but I probably won't be posting anything on mine.
Thank goodness I have everything backed up to an external hard drive, because I've heard some scary stories about Dell's service department. I've also heard some good stories about them, too, so I'm going to think positive thoughts and hope that my own dear purple 'puter will be back here soon with all damage fixed.
This little one is just adorable. (I found the photo on Pinterest, attributed to Squirrel Hugger on Flicker). I wish I could convince the squirrels who come to my feeders to pose in a Santa hat. Or, I wish I could at become proficient enough in Photoshop to put a hat on my photos of squirrels.
My studio was full of sparkles and stars today (no, I didn't hit my head on anything...honest). I'm sure the sparkles were made by the Christmas Faeries who are everywhere this time of year, zipping about sparkling the world with Christmas happiness. If you see a tiny twinkle from the corner of your eye, or think you've spotted a stray piece of glitter, chances are good that you've caught a glimpse of a Christmas Faery.
There is one sure way to tell, however, if you've been in the presence of a Christmas Faery: you'll feel a nearly overwhelming feeling of joy, quickly followed by an absolutely irresistible urge to go out and commit random acts of kindness.
That's how I'm getting the Christmas/Yule decorating done. First the garland goes up around the top of the living room walls, then my husband winds the lights through it, then I add the sparkly apples and snowflakes. Then comes the top of the armoire next to the fireplace and, right now, my husband is assembling the tree.
And, just 10 minutes later, the kittens have knocked the tree over! Now, where did we put the wire that we use to anchor the tree to the ceiling and wall???
And some other Wildings, big and little, who kindly share their forest with me:
"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Young Steller's Jay
Common to high altitude forests all over the west
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Our task must be to free ourselves...by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~~ Albert Einstein
June Is Adopt a Cat Month
But, there are always strays who need a loving home - so don't shop, ADOPT! Click the photo for helpful tips on adopting.
If they breathe, they live. If they live, they feel. If they feel, they love. If they love, they are aware. If they are aware, they have a soul. ~ Williams
I love cats because I enjoy my home and, little by little, they become its visible soul ~ Jean Cocteau (That's Malcolm O'Mewy on the chair)
Feed the Hungry
I think we are bound to, and by, Nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there's a snowstorm or drought we know our fate is tied to the world around us. ~~ Alice Hoffman
What I'm Reading Now:
Give a Child a Book
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers.
Charles W. Eliot
A person who collects or is fond of books. Also, a person who immediately feels safe, happy, even euphoric, when holding a favorite book.
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Where there is tea there is hope - Pinero
Boulder Bay, Big Bear Lake
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Lake Gregory, Crestline
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A Favorite Quote
"I don't want life to imitate art; I want life to BE art." Carrie Fisher
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. ~ John Muir, from "The California Mountains"
I'm three-quarters Native American (Oglala Sioux and Cherokee), and one-quarter Northern Italian. I live in a little cottage with my husband and our furry "children" in a beautiful, high altitude, California mountain forest where we enjoy daily visits from the little wild creatures. I love animals (you probably guessed), books, photography, tall trees, rain, snow, tea, the moon, creating all kinds of art...and, I'm proud to be a Crone ~ I never thought I'd make it!