Wednesday, November 27, 2013

First Snow

Greetings from a snowy forest

Our first snow arrived the end of last week and lasted until Monday of this week.  We got about 15" of snow but with the wind the drifts were some 18-24".  Did you know shoveling snow for 30 minutes I burned some 350+ calories.  My fabulous neighbor, Rick, plowed my driveway twice!  Not once, but twice.  Very nice of him and if he hadn't plowed I would not have been able to get out on Tuesday to get to the office.

I love the snow.  Yes its cold, yes its messy, yes the dogs get all wet and snowy but it is so beautiful and so peaceful.  Maybe someday in years to come I'll get tired of it but for now I look forward to the next time it snows!

Here are a bunch of pictures I wanted to share with you -

Max watching it snow
Rick plowing.  He is just the best!
Happy hour on the deck?  You get the chaise.

Heading to the office and hoping I can get down the driveway.  

Watching something?

Oliver is not the happiest.
When it grows up it can be a Christmas Tree

Trinidad Lake

Max loves the snow!
So I was gathering my thoughts as tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I wanted to share what I am thankful for-

I am thankful for my family, my friends (both old and new), for my good health, my home in the forest, my puppy dogs and for the laughter and love that is so plentiful in my life.

Love and Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Animal's Lesson

Greetings from the snowy forest,

So my last blog, I was told, seems disjointed.  Busted.  Shouldn't write when I'm in a rush.  Thank you friend for being honest and telling me my haste showed! lol.  Hopefully I'll do better today...

I was given a book as a gift many years ago.  Medicine Cards is a book that comes with animal cards that you can draw daily or do a look into your future by picking cards.  The cards correlate to a lesson relating to that particular animal.  The book describes the concept of animal medicine in the Native American way as our fellow creatures, the animals, exhibit habit patterns that will relay a message of healing to anyone.  Rather than pull a card, I have found it interesting to look up the animals lessons as I see them in the forest.

Today I thought I would share the message from a couple of the animals I've seen this week.

The Deer.  According to the Medicine Cards, the deer's message is to find the gentleness of spirit that heals all wounds.  Stop pushing so hard to get others to change, and love them the way they are.  Apply gentleness to your present situation and become like the summer breeze; warm and caring.  This is your tool for solving the present dilemma you are facing.

Just as a side note, I always seem to see the deer when I'm racing to somewhere and I try to always stop to take a photo and remember the message from the deer.

The other animal I saw, yesterday actually, was the Horse.  Native American medicine says the horse was the first animal medicine of civilization.  Humanity owes an incalculable debt to Horse.  When humans first climbed on the horse's back they were free as the wind.  Today we measure the capacity of engines with the term "horsepower", a reminder of days when Horse was an honored and highly prized partner with humanity.

Medicine Cards say that understanding the power of the Horse you may see how to strive for balance. True power is wisdom found in remembering your total journey.  Wisdom comes from remembering pathways you have walked.  Compassion, caring, teaching, loving and sharing your gifts, talents, and abilities are the gateways to power and balance.

And finally, the Dog. (You knew I had to do this, right?)  Dog represents loyalty and service. Dog's message is that you must delve deeply into your sense of service to others and look at how ready your sense of loyalty is.

I so hope I haven't bored you with this blog.  I find it fascinating because it seems to hit home with the message when I see certain animals.  Thank you for letting me share.

Love and footprints in the snow,

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The forest is brown and green

Greetings from the forest

Gone are the golden leaves of fall.  Replaced with brown bushes or bare trees.  I never really understood the fascination with the approach of spring but the other day driving down the road I got it.  Everything is brown.  Ok the pine trees are still green as are the junipers and pinions but the oak brush is brown giving everything else a drab look.  So, we (ok maybe just me) look forward to winter snows because then its not brown, its white and the green of the trees look so much better with white than with brown.  Then we wait for spring.  But for now, I wait for snow.  Don't get me wrong, brown or not, it is still a beautiful place to live.  Quiet, crisp, the wind rustling the trees and the peacefulness.

Life in the forest has been busy and the past few weeks included at trip to Arizona.  Always good to see friends and family and even better that it wasn't 110!  A little work, a little chemo, a few friends, my sister and her husband, and a great time, albeit a short visit.  And thank you sister Deb for taking good care of my boys.  Why yes, they did miss me.

Oliver looks like a little old man after grooming

Max looks handsome and goofy

Waiting for someone, anyone to come down the drive
The real estate business hasn't been bad here in Trinidad.  Considering I'm a newby I'm pleased. Can't complain.

Going to go to a ladies brunch this coming week and yes I'm very excited.  I was assigned muffins, which most of you know is not my forte, baking, but I'm going to take a fabulous (oh I so hope they turn out) muffin and will post the recipe next time along with photos. I figure if the muffins don't turn out good then next time I'll be asked not to bake. lol.

Can you believe Christmas is right around the corner.  Boy oh boy I must get busy.  Have some fun events to attend and some serious gift making to do! I'd best get busy.

A couple of pictures of my friendly deer neighbors.

This little guy didn't move while I rolled down the window and took his photo

Thats all for now.  Thanks for letting me share - another day in the forest.

Love and muffin tops,