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I went in search of wood that I can try carving. I first went back to Petrie Island to see if I could find a small block of bass wood on the ground in the mulch, under the dead vegetation. I was on a mission. Found lots of water logged, wet, or burnt pieces of wood, a lot of it was decaying, some in worst stages than others. Wanted something the size of a brick. Found lots of twigs, dead branches, often with huge splits or splinters. As a form of exercise I did pick up a log about 3, 5 pounds, that I carried while I walked. Kept changing from my right to the left arm. Had to find something that wasn’t too round, my hands are on the small side.

Again the bird that I kept coming across was the robin. I did have two chickadees that came around looking for food, but I had none with me. Saw several little chippies too, they are small, takes awhile to recognize them as they silently slip in and around the underbrush going about their business. I saw some kind of water “rat” it was plumb maybe the size of a football, not pretty or cute at all. It dove into the water when I approached and didn’t resurface. (that I saw)

I also found a new trail to explore, Flood Line Kiln Trail in the west end. Not far from Jack Pine Trail. I walked to the end to see the ruins of the old buildings. (the trails did continue, leading out to another part of the west end) I returned the way I came, back to my car.

It is amazing that I have driven by this location many many times, just never knew it was a green space open for the public to enjoy, The parking sign is there and once you know where to look, it is obvious, but it has gone unnoticed by me for years, I knew of the other three sites further down the road, but not the Flood Line Kiln. The ground was still wet and muddy in places, there were even patches of snow on the ground, will go back in a month or so.. should be very interesting.

The pathways are there, it is up to us to be present and aware, when the time is right, the opportunity will present itself. Only in extending ourselves, do we grow.

Multitasking reduces your joy by half. When doing something, give it your all. There is joy in everything.

Perfect Liberty 2021.23

Don’t rush or allow yourself to get flustered. When you rush, it limits your ability to pay attention to detail, and often leads to careless mistakes. With a prayerful mind, take a deep breath and act calmly.

Perfect Liberty 2016.22

Oyashikiri

forever – always

shades of gray

The walk wasn’t that long to reach the water’s edge, but it was cold, and my fingers were not happy. The old arthritis just broke out in song, loud and clear … it wasn’t pretty. Still I soldiered on, I could hear the geese honking I knew there would be activity on the water.

They heard me coming and loudly protested the intrusion, flying up to where they could see who was coming, the actually up and flew away.

Here we are, mid week, it was cold, but I was not to be deterred, I still am getting used to walking the landscapes, it will take me more walks to build my stamina. I walked beyond where I usually walk today, really worth the effort to see what I will have to explore at another visit. Coming back though, I hoofed it right proper, my hands were so cold by now, the arthritis was not being kind … and I had not one pair of gloves with me. The good weather the last couple of weeks, lulled me into a false sense of security.

PL Precept #18 Each moment is a turning point. Postamo-nos sempre na bifurcacao entre o bem e o mal.

PL Precept #1 Life is Art. Vida e Arte.

Petrie Island .1.

this is where I wanted to be

There is nothing as enjoyable as a quiet walk along the water’s edge. Early morning before the hustle and bustle of the day begins in earnest.

Express your appreciation with enthusiasm. Appreciation is the driving force for progress and development.

Perfect Liberty 2021.21

Feel joy in doing things for others. We all live helping one another in our daily lives. Let’s find joy in helping others first.

Perfect Liberty 2011.10

Oyashikiri

20th

Change your mind, thinking “It will be alright” Do the best you can without being overly attached.

Perfect Liberty 2021.20

Pl Precept #20 Live maintaining equilibrium between mind and matter.

Oyashikiri

daffodil was outside a church in Orleans – breath of fresh air. (Ontario,Canada)

Petrie Island

Sometimes, my mind is not always present. This was my first visit to Petrie Island in a long time. I parked and walked across to the inlet, and was startled by a black bird who few right up to me and landed just a heart beat away. He puffed up his chest opened his wings and I was delighted at his welcome, managed to grab a picture, and then took a few more of the water behind him and the activity in the bay. Guess who had not put her memory card back in her camera.

I grabbed for my cell phone but of course, by the time I did all that the bird and his partner were long gone. I continued on the trail chastising myself.. mutter mutter… I did get some pictures with the cell, but the cell is not my Nikon or the Canon .. The two ducks I came across were no interested in me, they basically ignored my presence. I am not standing all that far a way from them when I was taking their pictures.

I will go back. I went out today because the forecast calls for a nice temperature today, and sun, the rest of the week till Friday, is overcast with rain, and in the low 40’s. This was the first time I’ve ever not returned my memory card to the camera when done with the transfer of pictures from the card to my PC. Hopefully it will be my last.

In the summer, this location is full of people enjoying the island and the waters around it. Today it was quiet, there were people but not too many. It was ideal for a relaxing wander … I could hear all kinds of birds over head, but I lack the zoom lenses that my wildlife photographer friends have, so .. I just took my time walking the trail and listened.

meet the robin that walked along with me for part of my journey.

Oyashikiri

PL Precept #1 Life is Art

succulent you say!

photo Shirley Keen, NZ

Succulents, I remember when they were a passion and I scoured every nursery around for miles to acquire another variety for my indoor garden. Where I live in Canada, they were an indoor plant, could be put out in the summer months but for sure had to come back in come fall and winter. Eventually I moved on, but I still stop and admire them when I see them being offered in the plant section of a shop I’m in.

Interests, hobbies, change over the years, at least for me they have. I always said, I don’t have time for hobbies, but I am sure that friends who have been around me for years, will rolls their eyes and simply give a snort, should I be heard giving voice to such a statement now. Of course I don’t see all my creative interests as a “hobby” I see them as simply a part of my every day .. a way of expressing a thought, expression or to make “statement”. Words, can be so ambiguous. Mean one thing to one person, and something else entirely to someone else.

I think I am a visual person, I like to create with my “tools” for the visual results. Yet someone will argue, you are a writer, you love words and use words to create and tell “stories”. hmmmm that is true, I do that. Still I think I lean more towards being a visual person. Any thoughts on this? Are words not visual?

Today is Sunday, we have service at 10 a.m. with LIMITED capacity. I know Rev. Eugene sent out a notice earlier in the week, for those of you who will not be attending physically due to the limited physical seating, please join us in prayers this morning, from the comfort of your homes. If you are able to connect to the service in Brazil, use the link provided by the church Hokyoshi and enjoy!

Do everything willingly and joyfully. Your upbeat attitude will make things more cheerful and enjoyable.

Prefect Liberty 2021.18

Today 17th

Make today a different day. Instead of doing the same old thing be creative and do things to improve your day.

Perfect Liberty 2021.17

No effort is ever wasted. Even if no one witnesses your actions, God is watching you. No matte how small your effort, your Makoto (sincerity) will always be rewarded

Perfect Liberty 2011.22

Oyashikiri

obrigado thank you

photo by Num Ottawa

The power of kindness is overwhelming .. I thank you all so much for the kind words and good wishes sent to me yesterday, and to my friends here in the city who rallied around lending support. I had no idea that the surgeon would require that I have constant attention after the surgery, I expected I would come home and go to bed. But no, the curve ball was that I had to have someone with me until the sedation had gone and I no longer had dressing in my mouth. Bonnie my efficient and very capable friend who was with me, was given the instructions.. I was totally ( my attention span) not present.

With Bonnie in charge, she had everyone knowing what was happening with me, and what was to happen. LOL I was too busy trying to deal with the freezing and my body’s reaction to what had just happened to it. Anyway, my heartfelt thanks to each and everyone of you who wrote, texted, (everyone except me I guess knew I wouldn’t be talking) My friends coordinated their visits, food was prepared/and or arrived ready for me to try and eat, my dearest friend Christianne stayed the night to make sure I behaved, I’m sure.

It was after nine before I could consider actually lying down. No lying down while dressing was being used.. sigh.. after all the pain meds had disappeared into my body, I slept.

Today I will listen to the wise and rest, my mind on waking thought it was going to get going again, but my body had another thought, one that has over ruled the mind. REST is what it will be. Thanks again everyone.. I do appreciate each and every one of YOU.

where I’d like to be – but not today =^_^=

normal

endless hours of work

What is “normal” is different for each individual. Everyone has a different way of thinking and doing. It’s important to understand others feelings.

Prefect Liberty 2021.16
acrylic doodle
a fun card from the past
must be Friday..

Thursday 15th.

the newness in the green as it is being bathed in the spring sunlight.

There is beauty in every direction you can look, look up, look down, look all around. there are not bounds to the wonders of this Universe, and that includes the wonder in YOU – in fact – YOU are part of this vast Universe, and your presence in it.. is what makes it even more magical. Q

Have a great day today everyone – be kind to others and yourself. ” smile, and the world will smile with you”

Please if you are looking for doors, visit Dan’s site.. Thursday doors will be well presented there today. https://nofacilities.com/2021/04/15/naubuc-and-broad-thursday-doors/

I’ve posted this door before, but since I am unable to really do a full Thursday Doors today, I am going to share this one with you again.

Welcome to all those who enter – Peace lives here

In the top picture, for me the doorway was the invitation to enter the glade that was provided to me by Nature herself. This second door is a physical one, and one that is recognized by many as a place of worship, at one time such doors were always open, sadly … this is not the case any longer.

But Nature – is always ALWAYS right here with us, all around us.. part of our every day, whether or not we acknowledge Nature/s presence, it is there . one need only “look/feel”

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