This month’s almost full moon rising over the eastern hills. I love to see Herself in the daytime.
There were some interesting mid-level clouds hanging around last week. Our poor, parched hills are starting to green up, but they won’t stay that way unless we get lots more rain this winter. So far, our rain total amount is only 15 inches.
Took a drive down the desert side of the San Bernardino mountains to Cleghorn Canyon. Not much water in Cleghorn Creek, but the sky was a beautiful blue.
This has been a hard winter so far...and there’s still three months to go! Thanksgiving was pretty much canceled up here by a huge storm that dumped nearly four feet of snow and knocked out the power for five days. This was the first time the power had ever been out for this long. I didn’t move anything out of the refrigerator, because I was thinking the power would be back on any minute, so lost everything. This storm also killed my trusty, dependable 2003 Ford Eddie Bauer Expedition by knocking a tree down on her. Killed her DEAD. Thankfully, no one was in the car when the tree came down and it missed my little cottage.
Things were just getting back to normal by Christmas when another huge storm swept in on Christmas Day dumping two feet of snow. The kitties and I had our Christmas dinner however, because I roasted our turkey on Christmas Eve. Ha! Take that, crummy weather! And this time I lost nothing from my refrigerator because I had a large ice chest ready in case the power went out, which it did for three days. Happily my Christmas present to myself made it through this storm unscathed.
Her name is Ruby Subee, and I love her. She’s a 2020 Subaru Ascent Limited and she has so many gadgets she practically drives herself! I was a little apprehensive because she only has all wheel drive, not four wheel drive, but she did very well in the Christmas storm.
I’m hoping the rest of the winter isn’t as bad as November and December, but we still need all the precipitation we can get, so I’m not hoping too hard. I’m just hoping it comes as rain instead of snow!
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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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 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.