Photographs and random musings from an artist living in the California mountains
Monday, November 24, 2014
A Quote for Monday
"November comes and November goes,
With the last red berries and the first white snows.
With night coming early and dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket and frost by the gate.
The fires burn and the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest until next Spring." Clyde Watson, from "Father Fox's Penny Rhymes"
A few days ago we had our first snow. It was just a dusting, melting quickly and then turning to rain. We got one and a quarter inches of rain! But today? Today it's back to climate change insanity. It's cold, but very dry, with high winds and extremely low humidity. That puts us at high risk for wildfires, so all of Southern California is under a Red Flag Warning.
During the rain/snow storm I checked the humidity levels: Even though it was pouring down rain in buckets, the humidity was only 82 percent! Apparently, when it's been so dry for so long, it takes an extended period of wet weather to bring the humidity up to 100 percent.
I'm still putting up Christmas decorations, trying like mad to get it all done before Thanksgiving. Well, except for the dining room; I leave the autumn things up in there until after Thanksgiving dinner is over. It just feels strange to me to eat Thanksgiving food from Christmas plates in a room that's decorated for Christmas. I'll try and post some pictures of how the decorating is coming along tomorrow...if I haven't fallen off the ladder! It seems like the older I get, the higher and more wobbly the ladder is, even though the ladder hasn't changed...
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.
Care for a cuppa?
Where there is tea there is hope - Pinero
Boulder Bay, Big Bear Lake
Click to visit Big Bear
Lake Gregory, Crestline
Click to visit Crestline
Click to visit Lake Arrowhead
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 furry "children" in a beautiful mountain forest where we enjoy daily visits from the little wild creatures. I love animals (you probably guessed), books, photography, tall trees, clear lakes, rain, snow, tea, the moon, and creating all kinds of art.