Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
And some of my favorite foods.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Now, should I show you what the squirrels were doing? Naw, that would probably push Mary right over the edge. But it does seem that love is in the air here Amongst The Oaks.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Sunday I finally remembered my camera and got this photo of one of the birds perched in the tree. Then while I was watching, it swooped down to the lawn and after digging around a bit, ate something.
I watched it for quite a while and got this shot of it on the ground. Isn't it beautiful?
When I got home I looked it up using Cornell's excellent site and discovered that it is a red shouldered hawk. They eat small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and crayfish. They are a year-round California species and live in forests and riparian areas, often near water. They drop down on their prey from the canopy just like I'd observed. So you kids better shape up, 'cause there's a new playground supervisor, and he looks serious.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Look at the fresh green of these delicate new ivy leaves.
Remember this luscious peach colored daffodil?
And these cheerful pink shamrocks seem appropriate for today.
Even the floor is decorated for spring thanks to the crystals hanging in the window.
I just love Spring, how about you?
Sunday, March 16, 2008
5. I used to live on a boat. It was a 35' sailboat that we eventually sailed to Mexico and back. It was a very interesting way to live. Beautiful in some ways, but very difficult in others. This was before cell phones, internet, and GPS. When we went out the Golden Gate and turned left, we were on our own. The experience changed me in profound ways; it made me realize what was really important in life, it made me more self reliant, and it made me question American consumerism.
6. I have different ideas about food. I think if God had intended us to eat highly processed, chemical laden carbs, He would have made cookie bushes, potato chip trees, and donut vines. And there would be rivers flowing with carbonated, high fructose corn syrup beverages. But that wasn't the plan. So I try to eat fresh veggies, fruits, nuts, whole grains, real cheese, milk, butter (yes butter), fresh meats and fish. I never buy anything that says Diet, Low Fat, Lite, or Non Fat on the label. When the food manufacturer (I hate that term) took out the fat, they put in carbs and chemicals and that's what's killing us.
7. I don't enjoy shopping at the Mall, but love antique shops, flea markets, and estate sales.
I tag Morning Has Broken, Covered Porches and Screen Doors, In The Garden with Miss Jean, At Home with the Farmer's Wife, Across the Pond, Days Missed on a Hammock, and Elizabeth Hill. And thanks to all you creative bloggers who help to make my day.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Here is a door in Nice, France.
Here are several doors in Lucca, Italy.
Bicycles seem to be the preferred mode of transportation in the walled portion of Lucca.
Here is a grand door in the tiny village of Civita de Bagnoreggio, Italy.
And another door to a mysterious garden in Civita.
And this last door is also in Civita.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
"Are you talking to me?"