Photographs and random musings from an artist living in the California mountains
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Christmas Collections...and Two (so far) Earthquakes
Toy animals dressed in their Christmas best.
And Santa figurines (there are lots more that aren't in this photo)
And, of course, ornaments...
The pink bell is nearly as old as the blue glass ornament (hanging from the wreath in the photo of the animals on the mantle). Grandma Edwards gave my mother a set of four to give to me three months before I was born.
My husband and I bought this one for our second Christmas together. We had one from 1977 but that one met it's end at the paws of a cat around 1983.
And this darling little squirrel is the newest. She came to live with us this December.
Well. There was just an earthquake here. The news said it was a 4.3 centered in Devore, which is to the south west of here. And an aftershock just now...I hate these things! Boy, they feel like they're really close to the surface. I think the tree would have fallen over if we hadn't already wired it to the ceiling to stop the cats from knocking it over, it was such a sharp, strong jolt. California...I'm thinking seriously of severing our relationship! (Update, aftershock was 3.8).
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 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!