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Sunday 29th.

Heavy snow made it hard to see much, I basically decided it would be best to not attempt too much driving. When I left snow was falling lightly, but by the time I was back where the crows were, it was falling heavily.. temperatures were such that ice formed on the windshield blades.. and crusted on the windows making it hard to see.. the wipers left big crushed ice arcs just where I needed to see the road ahead. I had my Nikon today, didn’t do me much good tho’ you can see the snow was falling so heavily it was like trying to get their picture through a shower curtain of wet sticky snow.

The crows on my second visit waiting patiently for me to get out of their way.. they saw where the food landed, circled the area, but waited.

I did get pictures of the grosbeaks but… they were too blurred or distorted… I erased them. There was a whole host of the smaller birds (finch) that look like smaller evening grosbeaks today, they were all over the area grabbing up what they could. In fact, at both P23 and P22 it was the smaller birds that took over the diners.. they simply dived down and began to clean up. The doves and the squirrels stayed out of their way. It was interesting. The pesky little squirrels stayed clear of where the ground feeders were.

A couple of the little red squirrels are no longer really afraid of me, in fact, they like to tease me… waiting till I’m almost at them.. then lifting their little chins and giving me a little chirp before moving away only to wait for me to move on.. their little eyes watching me.. I swear sometimes I think they giggle.

The roads are messy, if you are tempted to go out… be careful.

PL Precept # 20 Live maintaining equilibrium between mind and matter
PL Precept # 7 Everything exists in relativity

Just because you can … doesn’t mean you need to!

Thursday 26th.

Good Thursday morning – People are perhaps starting to do their spring clean out, yesterday in my travels I found another poster, this time it was an old poster of Irish Doors, someone had mounted it – I wish I had the space… I simply don’t.. the other goodie I found was the small wooden door .. not sure what it would have been used for or if it was part of a house, you can’t tell in the photo, but it was all of maybe 6 inches.

The bottom two photos, Brent Micahel (Alabama, USA) had taken the picture you see on the left, then researched what the place had looked like before it was totally abandoned. My understanding is the owners of the old service station, shared the photo on the right with him.

I would also share a picture with you of a Raven, you all know my affection and affinity to the crows/ravens. These pictures were taken by a long time blogger friend from the UK Derrick J Knight.

Smiles are the world’s treasure. If you smile more there will be more smiles in the world. Be one of those who makes more smiles.

Perfect Liberty 2023.26

I was asked the other day, why Portuguese… I smiled .. in all the time I’ve been posting over 8 years now, no one had asked me why I use Portuguese calendar pages and sometimes Japanese, the reason dear friends, is that the Church of Perfect Liberty is headquartered in Japan .. yes, there is a very strong presence in Japan, the Holy Land ( as it is called) is headquartered some 30 minutes from Osaka. It is huge, PL has its own schools, the community also has its own hospital.

That said, it is also very well represented in Brazil, where there are a lot of churches, so much so .. there is a large teaching and Educational campus in Brazil. From there PL branches out throughout South American countries.. the calendars are also available in Spanish.

Again, PL altho’ called a church, PL is a philosophy and way of life.

OHHHH good show the plow has been by and one pass has been done in my laneway, I can get out. Yes we are having another snowstorm.

For those of you who do not live in areas that get a lot of snow. I am very proud of how we handle snow here. I personally use a service called JR Lawn and Snow.. this was their missive to clients first thing this morning…

Tractor Operator Update:

Our tractor operators were all dispatched as of 1:00 am this morning, are almost done with first passes, and are moving well through the area! Once the first passes are done, operators will take a short break before starting the second pass/following the city plows. Some will have a second pass before the city plows get to their street and some people’s second pass will happen as we remove the plow piles.

As always, with big storms like this, our main goal is to make your driveway useable. Moved cars and tidying driveways will happen tomorrow. **Note there was an earlier message as well.

Have a good day everyone, I’m off to feed my crows and other birds in the woods.

NB** for more doors click on the Thursday door logo. you will be taken to Dan’s No Facilities site.

wandering

Have you ever found yourself in conversation with a squirrel. How they will look right back at you in pure defiance. There are a couple of the little red ones that are just a little bigger than a minute.. they are loud, noisy, have a lot to say … and are determined that if you want them to go away, they are going to show you, they are going to stay. I recognize that behaviour…. Have been known to display “some” of that annoying stubbornness myself.

Compromise makes things more complicated. if you go against your intuition and compromise because circumstances or conditions, things tend to get more complicated than they need to be. Always focus on the priorities and act accordingly.

Perfect Liberty 2012,22

Express straight away once you’ve found it…” great!”.. Proactively express about others’ goodness. It feels great to be told so, even about things you already know.

Perfect Liberty 2023.24 (translated in Japan from Japaneses)
To the Moon and back!

Winter White

Not a soul did I meet on the trail. One young lad came along on a winter snow bike (wide tires made for biking snow trails) he disappeared within seconds, only to be seen in the distance later on when I was on the trail that loops back to the parking lot. It was overcast, skies were rather dull and the clouds were plentiful, never-the-less it was like a mini winter wonderland. The birds were quiet, it was a tranquil walk that led me past the familiar and loved winter white evergreen and trees, along the trail.

Look.. this is the red belly woodpecker, .. sorry no. it is not the one hanging around the feeders, but one that Photographer Hien T. Nguyen ( Neihtn2012) took, I have permission to share it with you. https://neihtn.wordpress.com/2023/01/22/five-seconds/

Yes, patience is a virtue. Birders at P23 yesterday found our little guy flying around enjoying himself yesterday. Be aware that the feeders have also been drawing a few sightings of not so welcome guests… but then… to meet the very diverse community, you’ll have to drop by won’t you. =^_^=

Being asked for a favour is a chance. When someone asks for a favour from you, this is a chance for you to help others. Face the chance proactively.

Perfect Liberty 2023.23

Oyashikiri

Moving forward

Move forward with confidence. Experiences you have acquired through efforts so far are wonderful. Give it all you’ve got.

Perfect Liberty 2023. 20

The skies are cloudy and overcast – we have snow falling again..but it is mild. yesterday I did get my walk around the bog in. The above is the winter landscape that faced me. The world was quiet, the bird were busy at the feeders enjoying the fresh sunflower seeds with bonus tidbits of a variety of worms. The woodpeckers were showing their appreciation for the new suet blocks. We all enjoyed the comfortable community we were able to share. An early bird photographer came along, other than that, it was quiet on the home front.

Check with your church – all the snow should be cleared in time for service tomorrow, but check with Rev. Eugene San if you are in this area where there is a winter storm warning in place.

Oyashikiri

Stay safe everyone!

If you are travelling for the Chinese New Year, please be careful.

17th.

Snow, blowing snow, high winds, visibility is not good, roads are not all cleared, the cold temperatures means that under the fresh snow is the possibility of black ice, there are hidden dangers out there.

The path to achievement is “to start with what you can do” try to find out what you an do towards challenges in your own situation. This will pave the way for achievement.

Perfect Liberty 2023.17

Today is a brand new day! What adventures will we have today!

Jan 14th.

Respect the existence of each other The world consists of people with different circumstances and different lifestyles. Respect and understand each other.

Perfect Liberty 2023.14

Snow1.13.

Others are others, I am I. If you force your values about anything on others, it can be self righteous. don’t be overeager and have a sense of “Others are others, I am I.

Perfect Liberty 2023.13

Small changes can bring about a fresh outlook. Are you just living each day and getting into a rut? By making small changes in the things you do, your day to day life can become fresh and exciting

Perfect Liberty 2012.24

Today being a Friday and the 13th. it has the promise of being a grand day. The temperature is rising, yes there is snow, but it is not freezing cold out there, it is nice. If you can’t get out, find something to do that you’ve been putting off. I know I am not alone.. there are a lot of other people out there who thrive on enjoying the 13th when it rolls around and on a Friday!

What was will be again, never the same as it was, but it will BE.

walkin on water

When I arrived today, I was alone … there were no other cars parked along the road.. As I walked through the entry it seems so eerie, no ducks, birds, wild turkeys, not even a squirrel. There was a path, others had been by recently… I saw that animals had been walking along the shoreline… I pondered my situation, how often would I have Mud Lake to myself. I realized not often… this was a fluke. I wandered off the path to the water’s edge.. yup, it looked solid enough, there were tracks (animal/fowl). I stepped gingerly unto the frozen surface, and then slowly started to make my way towards the other end of the lake.

I took my time savoring the silence and the landscape. During any other season, this would be teeming with wildlife, and the water would be a deterrent … there would be no seeing the shoreline from this side of the lake. It was wonderful. The sky was cloudy, not the greatest for good pictures, especially with my new Pixel 7 that I still don’t know how to use properly yet. I said a small prayer of thanks, I was filled with a gratitude that was very soothing/comforting. It was so strange to be at Mud lake and not hear a cacophony of bird/duck sounds. I realized that I likey have never been there in the winter before.

Maybe about 15, 20 minutes into my “adventure” I heard footsteps and the sound of a walking pole hitting the ground as the walker made his way along the trail on the other side of where I was. We didn’t speak, I don’t even know if he realized that I was there. I had never before been on the lake, nor had I ever seen some of the shoreline I was seeing.. when walking on the trail, there are times the trail is a good distance from the shorelines… and the landscape/terrain between the trail and the shoreline is littered with fallen trees, thick shrubs and dense vegetation and rock.

I made my way to the “lookout” I think I’ve only ever been on it a couple of times .. certainly has a different feeling/air to it when you come at it from the water’s edge. It was here that I got off the frozen lake and found my way to the trail. On my way back towards the car I came across the lone walker who told me he was trying to find the wild turkeys, He hadn’t seen them since the holidays.. No sign of them at all, not even their tracks.

The only other people I met were a couple who were there to see if they could see/hear any birds. It had been strangely quiet. not even the chickadees made an appearance, it really was truly as one friend said “haunting” . I think I encountered maybe 3 squirrels on my way back to the car… big black ones.

Walking on water was a good meditation for me. It was time I needed to reflect and allow the world to wrap the solitude of nature around me, and to let me hear the natural silence of the day.

Enjoy what happens. People who can enjoy anything happening to them receive wisdom for the next step. Try to work on things without being over concerned.

Perfect liberty 2023.10

snap, another tree is down

Life is an accumulation of events… In my world, I encounter fallen trees, and learn to adjust and work around them, So that I can revel and enjoy the beauty of such moments as the other morning.

“Thank you” again and again. It feels great if someone tells you “Thank you”, even many times. By repeating this, become a person who comes up with the words “thank you” naturally.

Perfect Liberty 2023.8

Small change can bring about a fresh outlook. Are you just living each day and getting into a rut? By making small changes in the things you do, your day to day life can become fresh and exciting.

Perfect Liberty 2012.24
Oyashikiri

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