Eyes of sea foam green
Or softly clouded seaglass
Smoldering jade stare.
from Knock at a Star: A Child’s Introduction to Poetry (1982)
X.J. and D.M. Kennedy (editors).
As darkness falls from my window, it's amazing to note what a difference a few minutes makes and how cumulatively small, subtle changes add up to make a big difference ...
This idea applies to living one's life too, IMO ... that "one person can make a difference and everyone should try” (Robert Kennedy) because it will cumulatively make a difference.
On a lovely hushed walk through uninhabited woods, I found these fleur de lis shaped seeds, and was quite intrigued. They also look a little like tiny birds.
They were scattered across my path in a line from one side of the road to the other, like this
Look at these awesome burn savers!
Such a great idea and product. A very simple silicone fix for people like me, who reach in and get their hands, wrists and forearms caught on the metal oven racks. I no longer have to answer probing questions about 'life at home' when I have a medical check-up! 😄
And, we found a use for the off-cuts, that now seem custom designed!
I've been finding it hard to get good portraits of this all black kitty. She's sleek and glossy, as well as being very sweet and talkative, and hopelessly devoted to her 'serf,' but I kept finding that the photos I took didn't do her beauty justice.
I've been practicing, and kept trying, and have started feeling better now about capturing some of her allure.
This cute little panther is not so jet black when you get up close and personal, though it's hard to believe. This is her deer-caught-in-the-headlights look:
I was thrilled with the outcome of my latest bread-making attempt - a rosemary parmesan artisan loaf, to accompany my potato soup.
In fact, without realizing it until it was brought to my attention, I was positively giddy with the result, chatting and giggling like I was half-baked myself!
What a lovely thing to happen from such a simple activity! Who would ever have foreseen that bread making could be so rewarding?
The outer crust! Oh man, to die for! I could happily overeat on this simple staple. I think I'm going to have to sue The Great British Baking Show for my weight gain!
For all her yoga-flow followers, Pollyanna shares three of her favorite poses.
Here she is demonstrating the supine version of Twisted Chair pose (Parivrtta Utkatasana)
She advises following this up with her advanced version of Turtle (Kurmasana) to realign the spine after the previous arching. Hold this stretch.
This is Pollyanna, our houseguest
“One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right if the head is totally wrong. Only through the bringing together of head and heart- intelligence and goodness – shall man rise to a fulfillment of his true nature.”
I am so pleased I that found this product, and ordered one for myself, so thought it was worth sharing.
It comes with a small plastic insert that fits between your phone and case, and has a small metal loop dangling off it, to which one can fasten the wrist or neck strap that comes with it.
It is so useful, and also comforting, now that I'm less likely to drop my phone from my hand when I'm taking pics around water, or from cliffs, kayaks, couches, cars, ... providing I have the loop around my wrist, that is!
What an absolute delight this bottle of bourbon whiskey has been! It appears to be a collector's piece, having been bottled between 1961 and 1977 (no bar code in sight).
Now for the synchronicity scrapings - I was born in '61, recently turned 61 and drank whiskey that could possibly also be 61!
It's weird thinking that a 61 year old alcoholic drink has aged perfectly, whilst a human of the same age definitely has a different trajectory.
Creativity is intelligence having fun!
- Albert Einstein
I recently came up with a new word for a documentary that seemingly goes on a rant:
And then Linus had the idea for a TV show called:
"Britain's Next Top Monarch"
And here's a some pics grouped together - just to show how both words and pictures can be re-assembled to give different insights!
I don't have to wander far to see this beautiful little stream in the woods. Seeing as it's by the side of the road called Stony Brook Drive, I guess this must be THE stony brook it's named after.
Walking through snow-covered landscapes is eye opening. Fallen limbs and trunks, being off-vertical, collect and keep an outline of snow, making them distinct and eye-catching. Fascinating, and also, yes, so obvious!
I liked the shape of these raccoon prints - they look like stars to me, or maybe a lovely miniature sunburst, or halo, crown.
Whenever I see plates of snow crumpled up like this on the roads, I think of tectonic forces, mountain building and the shifting of the earth's tectonic plates (in miniature, of course):
Wow! I found my Mom's discharge papers from the South African hospital in which I was born - it distinctly says 'For Europeans' on the front cover, no ifs and or buts. This was a hospital run by the Salvation Army, too! Their current statement on racism reads "The Salvation Army believes that racism is fundamentally incompatible with Christianity" - perhaps back in South Africa in the sixties, apartheid wasn't about racism? Or they had no choice if they wanted to operate in S.A.? Or they've changed their stance over the years? Curious ...
I know that the Catholic school I attended, run by nuns, taught equality, compassion, love and acceptance, but their buildings and grounds were maintained and run by black servants, who lived in separate, austere and inferior quarters attached to an outbuilding, with basic utilities only. Something was “... rotten in the state of Denmark,” for sure - how do you preach one philosophy and yet live another?
Was their reasoning that they could work from within to help make non-European lives better?