I arise this day
With love in my heart,
Through the warmth of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
Freedom of the wind,
Joy of rushing water,
Splendor of fire,
Stability of earth,
Serenity of stars, and
The wisdom of silence.
I embrace this day,
Through the grace of life to guide me
And the promise of love to inspire me.
Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.
CRASH! SCRAAAAPE DOWN A WALL! CLUNK! BANG!
What the? That’s what I woke up to a few mornings back. Waaay too early. I sat up to figure out what I heard and there was MORE crashing and banging. I lunged out of bed to see the back of my son turning the corner to the kitchen. YIKES! It must be bad if it woke him up! BANG AND SCRAPE! And then I was in the kitchen looking at my son holding a punched out window screen.
“What’s going on?” I asked. “Rose had her head stuck in the screen and was fighting to get it out,” he replied. “She went through the screen???” “Yep.” (Thank heavens I had the windows cranked almost closed or there would have been a one story drop for her to the ground.) “Do you know why?” “Nope, maybe it has to do with that moth or something that just flew by.” My son wears glasses and without them everything is fuzzy.
We put the screen back in its frame and then back in the window. “Well, aren’t you going to go see what it is?” he asked. “What do you mean?” “It’s over by the kitchen window.” I had “ass-sumed” that flying by meant the window so I walked over to look out the window and promptly got smacked in the face. By a BIRD flying around IN the house. Not outside. CRAP. I immediately started blocking and attempting to catch the bird. The last thing I needed was to get into a smack down with my three cats and my dog over that bird. I was successful, but that poor bird was panting and stressed to the max. Poor thing! But I confess I was thrilled to be able to hold it. I adore birds and it was a treat to have it nestled in my hand.
My son grabbed the camera as I took the bird outside. He was able to get the following shot because the wren didn’t fly away immediately when I opened my hand.
This incident solved one problem for me. I have been sorely missing my feathered friends in the morning since my old lady maple fell. I have been trying to figure out a way to put a feeder off the window sill (like a window flower box) that would still enable me to open the windows (crank-outs suck). But I will just have to do without. I don’t want my cat launching herself through a window one story up nor do I want her attacking the birds. *Sigh*
And on a side note – it wasn’t the cat that woke me and my son up initially. It was his phone falling, scraping and rattling down between the wall and the headboard of his bed. I’d have been on my own otherwise, I’m sure. 🙂
It took 3 days the first time and 2 days the second time, but this little fern survived my neglect.
Time for me to pick a pot and get this sweetie in a proper home!
July 1st is THE day! Yep, it’s that time of year again! YAY!
Le Tour de France. The toughest bike race in the world. Twenty-one days of racing in 21 different places, 22 teams, 198 riders risking their various body parts 4-6 hours every day on the flat and in the Pyrenees and the Alps, averaging 23 – 54 kph (14.3-33.6 mph) depending on terrain, 3,540 km (2,199.65 miles) total, and just 2 rest days. For 3 weeks I will be watching online mesmerized by one of sports most breathtaking and grueling spectacles. I love it!
My dad got me hooked on the Tour de France as a child. Every July, every day, we looked for news of “Le Tour”. It was the only bike race covered on the news channels in the U.S. at that time. And all we got were the highlights. Later came cable. But that got way too expensive. And then one year I found out you could get it online. Swoon! Every summer I pay to watch Le Tour de France online. Live and on demand so I don’t miss a thing. So don’t talk to me in July. July is for “Le Tour”!
Here are some numbers: There will be 4,500 people making this happen, 500 hotels in four countries (Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, France), 635 cities visited, 17 medical personnel, 7 ambulances, 2 medical cars and a radiology truck, 7 planes (some passenger, some signal relay), with 2000 journalists providing 6,300 hours of coverage for 190 countries.
Fun Fact: There is a Caravan of advertisers that precedes the race start by 2 hours. Think Macy’s Parade for the whole length of the stage. That’s around 200 km (124.2 miles) a day. 170 tricked out vehicles that are spread out over 12km (7.5 miles). Over the 21 days 14 million goodies tossed to 10 – 12 million spectators.
But what’s really fun? (Not so much actually.) These vehicles have to be stripped down to street legal every day for the road trip to the next day’s start and then reassembled. So, too, all the media booths, awards stages, advertising booths, and staging areas for the race. Every single day.
So there’s virtually a small army moving around the country of France for 3 weeks every year. Have I mentioned how much I love this race? 😀
Here’s video showing the ambiance! Enjoy!
Let “Le Tour” begin!
“Some people could look at a mud puddle and see an ocean with ships.” – Zora Neale Hurston