Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Love In The Afternoon, or Anytime At All

Birds do it, bees do it, and I am doing OK .

 Spring has sprung and love is in the air. The bluebirds are making a home in the house we put up for them last week. The Robins are collecting twigs and strings for their nests, and the farmer's cats are in season and making a brothel out of my yard. 
Last year's baby Robin.

He is telling her he loves her. 
(how many ladies have fallen for that that line)

Vanna is a British Blue short haired
Our adopted 20 year old outdoor cat, Vanna Gogh (yes, I said I would no longer feed her because she belonged to the farmer across the road, but I could not help myself) has introduced our yard to her "many" friends

 This is Big Bucks (looks like an expensive, exotic breed),

She is a tramp.

This is Pretty Boy

He is a player.

 and a few other passing strangers. 

From what we have been seeing, not all of these cats have visited the vet.  The farmer told us that they all have been altered, so to speak, but apparently, during these difficult times, other cats have been dropped off at the farm - and now are looking to make a home here.  What to do, what to do.

With the action that is going on in my gardens, I fear that there will be some little ones soon.  When they come, I will be delivering them to my neighbor farmer and tell her to make her girls and boys  behave.

Meanwhile though, they leave the birds alone but our cat food bill may top our bird food bill soon.

Soon all the other woodland animals will appear.  Is there enough left in our pensions to provide?

Again, what to do , what to do.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lovin' that Guy

I am a grandma and I am doing excellent.

Today is my grandson's 12th birthday.  I have 6 grandchildren, but only one grandson - and he is a very special guy.  He is musically talented and plays the trumpet in three different groups, and - may I brag - is first seated.  Those of you who have played in school bands know what an honor that is.  He is athletic and with his 4'9" body, is a star and major player on his basketball team.  Most of all he has the heart of a lion and his kindness towards others and all species in nature makes a grandma proud.  I look at him and I see "hope" that the world will be a better place, that there is "thoughtfulness" in his generation and there will be a "better" tomorrow.  Yes, I am proud, and I know that I am slightly prejudiced, but when we see a light, when we see a hope, when we are confident that goodness is alive and will continue, we feel better about tomorrow.

Michael loves Lego's.  We have been giving him all kinds of these kits for years.  He completes a 2000+ piece toy in less than an hour. Great for him, but for the cost of these toys, you would hope it would take him longer.  Lately he has been putting together videos using the characters of some of the games he has been given.  Now his creations can live for infinity on You Tube.  Makes me feel better about the investment. 

I see a college scholarships in his future.  Either that, or maybe he can get a job with Lego.

12 years old, no longer a little boy, oh my, time is going by too quickly.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Beginnings of Life

Enjoying the warmth of late winter, and doing OK

"I am not aging, I just need repotting"  ... anonymous

Spring has come early and no matter how many years I have witnessed this occurrence, I am always in awe of all it brings.  The following is a tip-toe through my gardens (and a couple from my son's) and all the promises to come.
"Gardening is a way that shows that you believe in tomorrow"

"Never yet was there a springtime, when the buds forgot to bloom."
Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

"Each flower is a soul opening out to nature."
Geral De Nerval
"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly,
our whole life would change."
"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful
 than the risk it took to blossom."
Anis Nin
"A thing of beauty is a joy forever."
John Keats

"Every gardner knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle.
A garden is a lovesome thing."
Thomas Edward Brown
"The best is yet to come"
Robert Browning
 Roses are red
Violets are blue,
But they don't get around
Like the dandelions do.
Slim Acres


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Kindest Post of All

Blowing into March and doing OK
People around the world holding hands Stock Photo - 9257902
Last week, while trolling through Blogger Buzz, I clicked on a site that was recommended. It is called 366 Random Acts of Kindness   The title tells it all. The author, a young husband and father named Ryan, has decided that every day this year, he would make a conscious effort to do something kind for others.   Today is his 66th day and as I read through all of his posts, I see how easy it is to follow his path.  So far he has over 2000 followers (and growing fast) and I wonder about what a wonderful difference it would be if all those people would follow his example and do the same.

I consider myself a thoughtful person, however, making a plan to do something specific about it and keeping to it, has not been anything that I would have tried.  Now, though, I have committed myself to this journey.  I will take some of his examples and also try to come up with some of my own.  Everyday brings opportunities so I will look for those.  Sometimes it may be just a kind word or a pat on the back, but it counts, everything counts, kindness counts.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Laugh And The World Laughs With You

Tickling my fancy,  and I am doing OK

"A day without LAUGHTER  is a day wasted"
Charlie Chaplin

Tell me, could you keep a straight face while viewing this?  Hey, the hairdos alone are worth at least one belly laugh.

Hope you have a great weekend and that someone or something will put a smile on your face.