This is Chester (front) and Coco Rose. They were my sister's cats, and I brought them up here last March when it became apparent that cancer would take her. I was afraid they'd have a hard time fitting in, but my cats seemed to recognize that Coco and Chester had suffered a terrible loss. There were no fights, just nose bumps and love. They seem to like it here, and show no desire to go outside (not that I would let them), even though they had the run of my sister's acres for 16 years (they had their 17th birthdays up here in May). I think of this as their "retirement" home...maybe Chester and Coco view it that way also.
Two very young gray squirrels eating peanuts on the feeders attached to the huge old Ponderosa pine. They're such a delight. We have five (5!) squirrels visiting our feeders now. Thankfully, the squirrels seem to be making a comeback from the terrible plague of 2008 that nearly wiped them out.
Mrs. Primrose (on the left), Mrs. Rose's daughter, brought two of her babies to our porch to eat. This is their first visit; all three were pretty nervous even though Mrs. Rose was just a few feet away from them. I only took one photo and left, not wanting to scare the babies. Also, given what they were "facing" me with, I thought discretion might be the better part of valor! Hopefully I can get better photos when they visit again, although I'm not sure when that might be since DH is out there sanding the porch preparatory to painting it.
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 Was 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 Alyce Eloise at the top of the Halloween tree)
Feed the Hungry
A five minute walk from my door...
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
Give a Child a Book
What I'm Reading Now:
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.
Where there is tea there is hope - Pinero
Care for a cuppa?
Boulder Bay, Big Bear Lake
Click to visit Big Bear
Lake Gregory, Crestline
Click to visit Crestline
Click to visit Lake Arrowhead
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"
A Favorite Quote
"I don't want life to imitate art; I want life to BE art." Carrie Fisher
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.