Monday, December 29, 2014

Driving in the Clouds

What a blustery night. The wind's bitter flurries swarmed around the car and across the road, giving the feeling of driving in the clouds. It was an awesome experience and unsettling at the same time when a gust would suddenly rise, covering the guiding lights and lines surrounding us. What a blessing it is to live in this magical place. I just hope that the sickness besetting so many of the little ones at this time will pass so that peace can be restored to the hearts and homes (and hospitals) where the virus is attacking and making victim its little hosts. Hold on and be strong! I hope that the medicines and medical care will adequately supplement the prayers raised up in behalf of the little ones most susceptible to the virus' attacks. <3

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

On My Way & Merry Christmas!!!

On My Way

On the one hand this photo feels a little off-centered, and it is. On the other, I love the lines from the waves to the sunset. I absolutely love it. I hope you enjoy it too. I took the picture with my phone's camera. The quality could be enhanced by a better lens; I'm so glad though to always have a 'decent' camera with me now, and can settle for an occasional sacrifice in quality as long as the beauty still enraptures my heart.

My family's first Thanksgiving Tree

Courtesy to my sister Emily for the idea/initiative, and to my niece also for her creative partnership in designing the tree.

Christmas is this week, though the theme of Thanksgiving carries over and I have so much to be grateful for, hence the Thanksgiving Tree. I'd just like to say that I am really grateful for my grandparents--my Mom's parents, and I guess more specifically her dad and step-mom. They are just the best. They bring me so much joy--ever since I was a young girl I have so many memories of barbecues, camping, boating, baptisms and other special days, recitals, concerts, chili, Christmas, bread and soup, hugs, candy, cards, so many cards, for every special day throughout the entire year, every year, every single year. That's kind of a big deal because who does that? My grandma does. I love them <3 I am so lucky to have them.

I am so lucky for my Mom that she knows what love is, and she has shared that with all of us; it's because of her too that I have all of these memories. It's easy to cut others off when the going gets hard; I am grateful that my mom still loves my family though--all of us, through the thick and the thin of it. Life is not perfect but it is sooo worth it. Relationships are not perfect, and sometimes they are so wrong in so many ways, but oh I am so grateful that my mom loves and that because of her I have so many wonderful memories of family throughout the years. Nothing can replace it.

And then of course there's my Dad. He is always there. Always. I am so grateful for him too, and for the priorities he has set in his life. It really is something.

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, and that whether or not you are with family that you can think fondly of the memories shared and look forward to many more to come.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Can you find the beavers?

Hint: There are two. 
I am too tired to write anything else up, or to share one of my pretty pics, so this is it for the day. Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

There can be miracles, if you BELIEVE

Recap of the week (copied & pasted from my letter to my brother):

I know that in order to have hope for achieving something you must do something about your goal and be determined in reaching it. Faith without works is dead. However, without the atonement such hope would yet be futile for we are yet inadequate. All of us. With faith in Jesus Christ, in His atonement, then there is actually substance to our hope, for that which under no conceivable circumstances would be possible or achievable becomes so through Him. He is our only hope, if you will. Any other focus than the atonement of Jesus Christ will take us away from the beauty of His love and grace, and ultimately destroy our hope, turning us into bitter and unhappy persons, though you may find a certain measure of contentment for settling, if you will, for something which may require less of you--less time, less stress, less thought, less expectations--thinking that perhaps less is actually better, when you really have just given up ... hope ... that in spite of you, the Lord will pull through, if you will just believe and continue in faith.

Today's picture is of a turtle. Can you see it?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Perfect Mountain Bumps!

Oh I love this picture. I love it! I love it so much! There is so much beauty around us! Today I was thinking about it, about all of the things that I love. I think that as children we are in tune with what we love, and that which we love and are inspired by is not hinged on others as much as it comes from within. There is so much joy to be had in living! And looking forward to the beauty that surrounds us. And there is so much of it! Even in the desert lands I traversed on my way to California to visit my sister and her family for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

"If there is anything virtuouslovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, . . ." I ". . . seek after these things" (The Articles of Faith verse 14). Oh do I! It is what fills my cup to overflowing.

Have a wonderful week everyone! I hope that you will see the beauty in the life you live and in the life all around you. What a gift it is to live and to love and to explore all the gifts from Heaven above!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Today I Set a Bird Free

I was out for a walk to the ponds with my dog and as we passed a flowerbed on the right I noticed a little ruffle among a few of the brown leaves in the bed. I paused to see a cute little bird flitting about, fly-hopping maybe a couple inches or so to protect itself. I thought it odd that the bird didn't just fly away so I bent down to have a closer look at what its trouble might be. There was a small piece of wood near its foot that followed the bird where it hopped to. When I reached down to see how the wood was attached, the bird hopped away from my hand..taking the wood with it. The wood turned over in one of the bird's futile hops to reveal a mouse trap on the other side. The bird had been caught in a mouse trap!

I still couldn't see if it was the tip of its wing or the bird's foot that was clamped, but I saw what looked to be blood near the edge of the wood where the bird was caught. Of course when I reached down to pick it up the bird hopped away again, this time stranding itself near the plants. Standing in a crouch in the flowerbed now, I lifted the wood up slightly so as not to cause more injury to the bird. I now saw clearly that the bird's foot was caught in the trap and had bled onto the board. Feeling for the bird, I lifted the metal trapping pinning its foot, expecting the bird to fly right off. It was several seconds, however, before the bird took lift. I don't know how a bird's system of recovery works, but I hope that since the feet are so tiny that it will survive the injury and make a complete recovery. The bird will likely need to learn to cope with standing on one foot. Poor bird. I am glad that I heard it fluttering. And to think that the residents of the house were just trying to catch a pestering mouse--or who knows what--but instead injured a little bird. How unfortunate.

I did not capture any of this on video or camera, though I had my phone with me. Yes it would be interesting to view, but I couldn't make the bird suffer any longer for my own pleasure, or the pleasure of others who may be reading this. I'd rather attend to the bird, which I did.

I wonder how many of us are like the little bird, though, and get caught in traps that are intended for other people, or things. It's really sad. (I suppose I have a bias for birds over mice and other vermin. Oh well. Vermin are vermin, and birds are birds. But for the analogy ...) I feel for those who get caught in traps made for other purposes, and I hope that recovery and healing will come to ease the wounds and injuries incurred. I hope that there will be those who will notice the little birds fluttering about in the corner of our eyes, making futile attempts to hop away for safety.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Road Trip Takes

I'll be opening up a new page for road trip pictures. I'm not one for taking pictures much, except for when I'm traveling. I don't know why. I just like to enjoy being with people, I suppose, and living in the moment. When I am with people I feel like having a phone or camera out is more of a distraction--unless taking pictures is a joint activity and is done more for comedic effect.

This picture was taken near the area of Battle Mountain, Nevada. I absolutely love these mountains! I love the folds! Maybe someday I'll draw or paint the image. Maybe :) It is so beautiful!

I won't always have the location of the pictures I post. That's something I'll have to work on. This just happens to be a lucky example, I suppose.

Have a wonderful Monday everybody! Good luck getting a great start to the week ahead of you!

Side Note:

The new page (to be created) is partly owing to all the other artists who have shared their pictures on social media pages. Pictures can really open your mind to a whole new world of beauty and wonder. I am grateful to the inviting artists I have come across who have captured the gift of life in its many different shapes and forms, and then opened their treasures to share it with the world. I have desired to give back for some time, in somewhat of a similarly personal way. Facebook collections just don't cut it for me. They're a bit impersonal for my tastes, so you won't find much there from me. I hope you enjoy the artwork, most of which will be unedited/unaltered by photoshop or other such programs, and I don't own a fancy shmancy camera so the quality won't exactly be pristine! I really just don't have the time or money for that kind of editing or work, and I believe that, when viewed in its best light, mother nature doesn't need that kind of editing to capture us with her beauty. I have seen some magnificent edits, though, and I do appreciate that form of artwork as well--especially when the photos are old or in decay, or need an improvement in lighting, etc., in order for its beauty to reveal itself :)