Monday, December 23, 2013

December 23rd-31st, 2013

December 23rd, 2013
Mackerel sky ~Venus winks 

December 24th, 2013
O Holy Night
Season of light
celebration of life
for peace we must strife
O Holy Night
enriching our life
bringing blessings our way
adding joy to each day
O Holy Night
may your lives be calm and bright
may your eve be filled with joy
as you celebrate this night

December 25th, 2013
Sunny Christmas Day~bees are flying
visiting the rosemary~sipping and diving deep
into pale blue blossoms~though flowers are few
they offer their gratitude~humming in the key of honey
thankful for this sunny day~away from the dark hive
we too are outside~basking in the sun~watering the garden
though enjoying the balmy weather~it's rain that we need

December 26th, 2013
Angry scolding in the shadows above
emerald jewel defiantly dives in
ignoring the strident voice raining down
he sips~contend~insolently taking his time
All day the battles rage against a brilliant blue sky
winter's sparse offering of nature's nectar
brings squadrons of hummers~urgent buzzing fills the air
as they dive and turn~their aerial displays a thing of wonder
Jeweled fighter pilots~each determined to refuel
the resident hummer stakes out his claim
sitting in branches above~guarding his space
his outraged squeaking falls on deaf ears~still they come


December 27th, 2013
Sitting motionless~willing herself to be invisible
shiny bright eye regards me~alert to any threat
not a whisker twitches~tail forms a question mark
as if to say~are you safe or do you mean harm
she waits until I leave~then resumes the harvest
gathering the last black walnuts 

December 28th, 2013
Bamboo welcomes sunrise with open arms

December 29th, 2013
Seven for Sunday
Mindfulness Bell chimes ~I pause and breathe
Chiming of the bell
redirects my busy mind
returning me for a moment
to perfect mindfulness
breathing in.......PEACE

December 30th, 2013
Golden delicate flowers of Mentzelia Pumila~long gone 
merely elegant skeletons remain~fragile cups holding the promise 
of seasons to come~ripe seeds will spill onto the creek's bank
when the time is right~once again they'll thrive~growing tall
ready to provide nectar for bees and exquisite delight for our eyes
 we appreciate what remains~a thing of beauty~even in death

December 31st, 2013
Year's end~already Nature readies herself
for new beginnings~Alder catkins dangle
muted colors
dangling down cheerfully
dead branches coming alive

Monday, December 16, 2013

December 16th-22nd, 2013

December 16th
Early morning stars
Luna slips away 
beneath silver wings

Basking in warming rays
soothing tired old bones
last sunbath savored
We head to town ~hearts heavy
it's the last trip for our girl, Tiny
today she'll cross the rainbow bridge
Nearly 17~a long life fully lived
though often solitary in nature
her quiet affection will be missed
Held safe in loving arms
last words murmured
rewarded by raspy purrs
she's gone............

December 17th, 2013
Waking to a magical world
where flocks of fluffy sheep
cuddle with the moon

December 18th, 2013
Luna caught in the embrace of branches 
held tight~she still spills her light
nights of yearning~tossing and turning
sleepless nights~up long before dawn
woken by restless dogs~aching to go out
we go wandering in the silvery light
not a cloud in sight tonight~just velvet skies
in the distance rooster crows at the moon

December 19th, 2013
Despite the creek's still icy rim
intrepid Petey plunged right in
Tess soon behind in hot pursuit
their joy could lift the darkest mood
we breathe in deep the morning air
wishing you too could have been there

December 20th, 2013
The ridge is ablaze
setting sun's last rays
create a firestorm

December 21st, 2013
Season's wheel turns again~bringing light

December 22nd, 2013
Up in the Hawthorn tree~Praying Mantis ensured the future
a cocoon~hidden in plain sight~ holds treasure of a special kind
next year's young~safely tucked away in their tree branch nursery
only chance allowed me to find her intricate handiwork up high
my eyes drawn up to a leaf~trembling in the wind ever so slightly
and there it was~rustic woven cradle of  life~snug for the winter

Monday, December 9, 2013

December 9th-15th, 2013

December 9th, 2013
Third day~Snow day

#2 MM
Gust of wind~leaf ice skates

#3 MM
Looking on the sunny side....of life

December 10th, 2013
Cold fingers on the keyboard pause~looking outside
makes me feel colder yet~words seem frozen in my brain
for days now our morning world is coated in layers of ice
birds huddle in feeders~pecking at seeds~trying to stay warm
maybe I pined for snow and winter with too much enthusiasm
which just goes to show~be careful what you wish for
even in  sunny California ~icy dreams come true!!

December 11th, 2013
Burnished red gold
brightens and warms
cold night ahead

December 12th, 2013
Milky Luna~slowly adding girth
her once maidenly crescent shape
gently bulging~pregnant with promise
full moon~coming soon

December 13th, 2013
On the way home~heavy gray clouds draped the winter sky
thick roman shades~layer upon layer to horizon's edge
suddenly shades are pulled up~ revealing sky once more
tangerine streaks with periwinkle blue~vibrant ripples of color
replace the somber hues which saw us home not long ago
what treasure our Universe holds~so infinite and wondrous
reminding us how minuscule we truly are~just specks in time
blessed  to experience such moments of amazing grace

December 14th, 2013
Herself the Elf~so very endearing

December 15th, 2013
Christmas is near~ trimmed tree
glows in golden splendor
warming hearts on cold nights

Sunday, December 1, 2013

December 1st-8th, 2013

December 1st, 2013
Thus begins another Christmas season~the first candle of Advent lit
starting the final journey toward the shortest day of the year
I light it in memory of a childhood long gone~years filled with seasonal magic
leading up to the big day when the Christkindl came
As the candle flickers delicately~throwing shadows on the wall
I drift back to a childhood filled with the singing of songs 
earnestly playing my wooden recorder~eyes following the musical notes
eating Lebkuchen~ the taste and smell of the season ~so well remembered
Nose pressed against icy windows filled with delicate frosty vines and flowers
breathing to make a small round peephole~watching the snowflakes fall
neighborhoods slowly changing as all is enveloped in a blanket of snow
sledding and snowman building~laughter all around~the sheer  joy of it
Simple pleasures that filled the hearts and nourished the soul
not this new rush with everyone pushing and shoving~frantic to shop
fighting in lines~running from sale to sale~ the season filled with stress
I am starting to understand the old ones~ as they look back wistfully 
Looking back to simpler times~hardships forgotten
just the remembrance of hearts filled with joy so long ago
dark memories pushed aside as we focus the light 
which glowed so brightly back then~ when we were small
May your hearts be filled with gladness and light
may your days glow~illuminating  these shorter days
simple pleasures can still be found~even now~slow down
this morning's lighting of a single candle led me back to peace

December 2nd, 2013
Trusting eyes~depending on us to make things right


December 3rd, 2013
Broad stripes of clouds race across a pale blue sky
briefly embracing the morning sun~hiding her face
moments later they hurry on~eager to make their way south
oak branches shudder~releasing flurries of small coppery leaves
the year's first hard freeze will settle tonight~icy breath of  winter


December 4th, 2013
Cold December morning~warmed by happiness
our new girls are settling in~Petey, Tess and Poppy
race in wild panting circles~ around and around
snouts wide open~laughing~not feeling the cold
we watch from the window~sedate Sally by our side
they return with lolling tongues~taking turns~noisily drinking
collapsing into their beds they rest~toes twitching~recharging
it's early yet~stiff cold North wind rattles nearly bare branches
we sip hot tea~ savoring the warmth~courage will come soon enough
then we'll  bundle up and  head out~harnessing our team of four
leaning into the wind~striding out................but not yet!!

December 5th, 2013
Nearly midday~ yet at the creek Jack Frost still holds court
frozen pieces of art~ a tableau of his creative work on display
we admire the exhibition~rosy cheeked~moving from piece to piece
puffs of breath escaping into the chilly air~we linger briefly
then move on~eager to return home to another cup of hot tea

December 6th, 2013
Perched above the frozen fountain
two ducks huddle
birds fly in and out sipping ice water

December 7th, 2013
Snowy morning
color splash
Robin feasts


Winter Wonderland
Just after dark~first whispers of snow
the gentle rustling of tiny flakes
as they drift through bare branches
and onto the carpet of fallen oak leaves
Early morning sun reveals a winter wonderland
boughs heavy with snow~glittering in golden rays
icing sugar everywhere~gentle sifting to the ground below
excited bird chatter sounds from every tree and shrub
We celebrate this rare event~snow in the valley
not on distant peaks~but right here~in our garden
dogs skeptical at first~cautiously tip toeing~sniffing
but soon they play like children~barking~whirling
Nearly a white Christmas~certainly close enough for us
this morning's splendor will see us through for many a day
the crunch of snow underfoot~bright blue skies above
gilded branches~ baroque palette of color~feast for the eyes

December 8th, 2013
Seven Word Sunday
Creek's edge~Icosaurus Rex hatched last night

Monday, November 25, 2013

November 25th-30th, 2013

November 25th, 2013
delicious island
delightful fragrances rises 
on a sea of tea
On a sea of tea
fragrant yellow island floats
Meyer lemon harvest


November 26th, 2013
Dog walk along the creek
collars jingle merrily
excited snuffles accompany as they explore
Trio of buzzards
above our heads in the blue sky
follow us home
Morning ritual complete
dogs curled in their beds
our day moves on


November 27th, 2013
Early morning
twinkling stars in velvet sky
owl hoots softly

November 28th, 2013
Coyotes sing
under a setting crescent moon
Orion's Belt sparkles

November 29th, 2013

Once again our little creek sings it's sweet song
as it makes it's way toward the Sacramento
Across the creek cattle dot the hills
their lowing blending with creek's song
Last leaves quiver on nearly bare branches
brilliant sunshine spills unseasonal warmth 
Our morning walk after Thanksgiving
so much to be thankful for each and every day

November 30th, 2013
Cold and clear
yet still tempting
Creek is running cold and clear
Petey doesn't mind~cheerfully taking the plunge
racing in and out~exuberant in his joy
the girls stand and watch~no doubt fueling his bravado
but then again~his big grin tells another story
crazed wild abandon shines on his face
as he comes tearing out~one more time
exhilarated he shakes~eager to share his joy
arcs of sparkling diamonds radiate around him
then fall~finding their mark~soaking us all
infected by his happiness we head home smiling

Monday, November 18, 2013

November 18th-24th, 2013

November 18th, 2013
A gliding of buzzards

November 19th, 2013
Rainy morning~ fine delicate shrouds of moisture
spill from pale silver skies~saturating the earth
last colored leaves glow brightly~lit from within it seems
delicate droplets hang suspended on jeweled Hawthorne
Nature drapes herself in simple elegant splendor

November 20th, 2013
Outside the window
eagerly scratching and pecking
Rufous-sided Towhee
Towhee pauses~tilts head
red eye looks up at me
such a charmer~out in the rain


A brief offering brought about by a challenge on SS to write about someone we secretly admire
I secretly admire those who in a few words
can bring across a sense of peace and comfort
a sense of being seen and heard
Those who can see past negatives 
and bring the good out in most everyone
thus spreading a sense of rightness and joy
The ones who can make us feel cherished
who can soothe and hold us in their hearts
giving us hope in a sometimes unkind world
Those are the ones I secretly admire
because they not only make our world a better place
they infect and inspire us all to be our very best


November 21st, 2013
Nearly empty trees dance wildly in the howling gale
flinging off the last of their colorful autumn attire
exotic dancers~they gyrate and twist~baring all

November 22, 2013
A bowl of conkers
not quite the deep mahogany 
of the horse chestnuts of my youth
yet the fat brown fruit of California Buckeye
take me instantly back to my childhood
all that's needed are toothpick legs and acorn heads
for a herd of deer to appear

November 23, 2013
SWS Trio
Big changes today~new dogs arrived
Rescue Remedy will ease their hearts
Venturing forward bravely and with love

November 24th, 2013
The adventure begins~our pack has grown
this morning's walk~ enjoyed by all
each blade of grass eagerly sniffed 
trails of night wanderers explored
alert they listen and look
senses alive~ ready to go
but leashes keep them safe by our side
two can be trusted to run free and return
but the newcomers have much to learn
for now the leashes represent safety
returning home~dog beds are found and sorted
then gentle snuffles and snores fill the air 

Monday, November 11, 2013

November 11th-17th, 2013

November 11th, 2013
Like dark ominous fruit vultures flock
sitting in the trees ~quietly announcing death
we slow~uneasy~searching the woodlands
and there it is~a deer~stuffed hastily into a bag
then thrown out like unwanted garbage
our hearts break as we stand helplessly
all we can do is send words of blessing
to honor a life~cut short for naught
we walk on slowly~our sunny morning walk
darkened by sadness~such wanton cruelty
such disrespect of nature and her creatures
yet from this act of terror comes sustenance
for the vultures~ who will erase this evil deed
life and death~side by side~loss and gain
we find some comfort  in that thought

November 12th, 2013
Heart of burnished gold
trembles in the breeze
so delicate~yet so strong

November 13th, 2013
Early morning sunrise~fragrant wisps of coffee rise
warm comfort of a purring cat in my lap
looking out into the garden I watch first rays
kiss autumn leaves~they glow in appreciation
Birds land in Mulberry's branches~chattering~flitting
as they take to the air~leaves are released one by one
gently twirling~drifting down~then settling
Mulberry stands serenely~a pool of molten gold at her feet

November 14th, 2013
Across the creek~basking in the sun
berry bounty glows 
how the birds will feast at harvest time

November 15th, 2013
Season's wheel slowly turns
moving toward the end of the year
bringing with it shorter days~ cooler nights
everywhere leaves are turning~ then falling
Yet already the promise of renewal is evident
Alder trees~ while readying for rest~ are quietly preparing
knowing that renewal will come as the wheel turns yet again
the dark months are here~but so is the promise of spring

November 16th, 2013
The Mothership approaches~beam me up


November 17th, 2013
Mid~November~early mornings now spend in the dark
huddled over my cup of tea~waiting for the house to warm
candle flame flickers~ illusion of fire~satellite heater glows warmly
bravery consisted of a simple act~ peeling back  toasty duvet layers
 Bare feet find cold slippers ~I venture forth into the chilly house
swiftly putting on the kettle~eager to replace the warmth left behind
 body and soul yearn to return~ into the cozy cocoon recently shed
not yet ready to fly~needing the sun's warming rays for courage
Hands wrapped around the hot mug~ drinking in welcome heat
sipping slowly~ savoring the warming of body and soul once again
finally first golden rays appear~morning sun rises and illuminates
breathing deep~my wings unfold~ready to seize the day

Monday, November 4, 2013

November 4th-10th, 2013

November 4th, 2013
Pink Flamingo Sunset

November 5th, 2013
Striped cloudy sky
rising sun peeks through layers
kisses pine briefly

November 6th, 2013
Delicate sliver of silver
against an indigo velvet sky
waxing moon glows radiantly

November 7th, 2013
I sit~sunshine streaming through the window
watching a polarbear mother and her cub rambling along
making their way through a wintery landscape~far up north
on the other side of the country~three thousand miles away
What marvels there are to be seen as we can 
bring these live streams and images into our homes 
Now owls, eagles and polar bears are daily visitors
technology allowing me a close up and personal view
bringing nature's marvels~ a world away~into my life
They seem so close ~I can almost feel the cold air
hear the wind whistling~see the snow falling
their icy breath~the crunch beneath their giant paws
as winter settles on those far lands and they migrate
in search of ice and sustenance~such a blessing
that we can still experience this~but how much longer
with the race for oil and the every growing population
changing their world and ours~can we stop it in time????
I pray we can and will~such treasures must be saved
for future generations to view and experience 
first hand~close up and personal~LIVE!!!

November, 8th, 2013
Soul Searching
Have I done my job too well?
Have I learned to hide my true self for protection
for so many years that no one can see me any longer?
All they see is a brash, outspoken, no-nonsense person 
with a mind of her own ~never showing fear 
It troubles me, because inside I am the same
tender, romantic, easily wounded~ absorbing energies
around me~ be they good or bad~lover of animals
and nature~yearning for peace and a better world
But it's a tough world out there~I donned my suit of armor
long ago to keep myself safe and sane~untouchable
Only here~in this safe space do I allow myself to be
who I am inside~sharing the soft center~hidden under a hard shell
forged by life over the years~new layers added with every hurt
Yet I feel hopeful~sure that slowly~ as I share my inner world
with words and images~ the shell is cracking~letting in light
allowing that person in the shadows to grow and emerge
like a butterfly from a chrysalis~taking flight~feeling safe
leaving the shell~which served it's purpose behind
I am finding courage~writing my way home

November 9th, 2013
Forgiving and blessing freed me

November 10th, 2013
Scanning the bleak wintery landscape
a head lifts briefly~scenting the air
then disappears~melting into the background