A happy and prosperous new year! (That's Anthony snoozing in front of the fire). The cats' stockings are still hung up because, even though Santa filled them up on Christmas eve, they're hoping that La Befana, the good Italian witch who delivers gifts to children in Italy on January 6, will drop by with some more goodies for them. I think it's a safe bet to say that she will. ;)
I baked some cookies this morning (white chocolate chunks and macadamia nuts). Little Ruby must have followed the scent of them to my cottage. I heard a soft knock on the door and opened it to find her there, her cape billowing in the blustery winds we're having today. Well, I couldn't turn her away, it was only 31 degrees outside, and the wind made it feel like it was down in the teens.
So, I invited her to come in and sit by the fire and got out my newest Christmas china plate,
along with the mug that goes with it. I filled it up with ginger tea for her and sweetened it with honey...a lot of honey.
As she was eating the cookies, she told me that today is National Cookie Day. She said she likes to keep track of things like that. After she finished, she thanked me and said she must get on her way as she was catching the scent of almond spice cookies coming from the north. I told her I hoped she would visit often and bring her relatives...hmmm, maybe I shouldn't have added that part about the relatives!
Last night Crestline had its annual bonfire in the North Shore parking lot.
Across the lake the community tree shone above the message of "hope."
There was a tree with presents...
and Santa was there so the little ones could tell him their wishes.
This wee one wasn't too sure about the guy in the red suit.
The fire department was there to keep an eye on the bonfire.
There were people wearing necklaces of Christmas tree lights...I must get one of those for next year!
Of course, there were lots of tiny ones running around
among the grown-ups gathered around the bonfire. There's something very tribal about gathering around a bonfire. Everyone was well behaved, singing along to the Christmas carols and enjoying the free hot dogs and cocoa...
while the nearly full moon shone down on all of us.
A pile of dogwood and cherry leaves on my porch...
And on the forest floor. Most of the autumn colors are on the ground by now. I always hate to see autumn leave because of all the beautiful colors she takes with her, but she also takes the worst of the wildfire danger with her, too, so it's not all bad.
I hope everyone has a wonderful, happy Thanksgiving!
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We've had a little of almost everything weather-wise here the past few days. Marine layer fog dripping off the trees at night and early morning, then sun and patchy clouds for the rest of the day.
No real rain though, darn it.
I think that the only thing truly thriving in this forest is the parasitic mistletoe. That dark green blob just a little to the right of center and up a bit is a mistletoe plant, sucking the life out of this poor oak tree. Well, that's an exaggeration, just one plant won't kill a tree but too many of them definitely can.
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Santa Ana winds have scoured our skies to a beautiful shade of blue.
Golden leaves look so pretty paired with that deep blue sky, but the same winds that created that sky also made it hard to get a photo because the leaves were dancing around so much. The winds also increase the fire danger, but, like with most things in life, you have to take the bad with the good.
The trees up here in the San Bernardino mountains are getting some beautiful autumn colors...
Oranges, golds and reds...
Although some trees are getting their colors a bit at a time!
I can't believe it's been over a month since I posted here. Things have been a little crazy at my little cottage because I've been having a lot of work done on her. New roof (yay, no leaks this winter) and some other things.
I've done a little decorating for autumn...
but not too much for Halloween. I'll probably add in some Halloween things tomorrow.
I bought a new screen for the fireplace, and the kitties love it.
It fits flat against the opening so it gives them more room on the hearth. (That's Chester and Coco on the left and Anthony on the right). I hope everyone had a great Friday the 13th!
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And some other Wildings, big and little, who kindly share their forest with me:
Miss Sunni, a Grey Squirrel
"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Mountain Lion
A Black Bear
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
Courage, dear heart ~ C.S. Lewis
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
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
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Boulder Bay, Big Bear Lake
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Lake Gregory, Crestline
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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 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.