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Coyote territory

Surrounded by overgrown lush vegetation I ventured into what I call Coyote Territory it is a large expanse of land that runs along an old railway line and the river. The access is off a dead end road, usually I take the trail on the left today I decided to do the trail on the right. Both are gated, no cars or vehicles allowed One has to park and then hoof it along the trails Big signs DOGS MUST BE ON LEASH.. there have been reports of the coyotes ambushing and attacking dogs, the smaller dogs are easy targets.

There is a path, in the spring this a favourite area for birders, some of the path is still visible as you can see, now with the summer almost over, there are spots where you have to tread carefully to stay on the path. There were a zillion birds calling and singing in the trees, but don’t ask me what they were, I did look up into the trees and I could see their shapes now and then, but aside from that.. I haven’t a clue.

There was city sounds, conversations, kayakers drifting down the river, children across the river playing along the water’s edge, but strangely enough, on the side I was on… it was only the call of birds, the rustle in the brush of small animals getting out of the way of human footsteps, and my movements as my elbows or waking stick (hung over my shoulder) hit the foliage of protruding branches.

I hadn’t been to this location since early spring, I was happy to see the makeshift bridges over small ravines, were mended or replaced.

I did get to the water’s edge, and will post that another time. Suffice to say, the up and down walking, stopping, starting, and very uneven paths made for a good morning’s workout. I cannot express it enough just how totally refreshing and engaging it is for me to spend time in Nature There were only two other people out in the area I was in this morning, a woman and her 6 month old Great Dane, and another gal who I startled when I came out from a side trail… we had a giggle and I let her get on ahead, since I kept stopping to take pictures, that was easy enough to do.

Today being the 21st. is (in PL) a day set aside for special prayers and service – we give thanks for the blessings of the past weeks, and express our appreciation, for life is full of wonderful moments, for this I am truly grateful.

PL Precept #1 Life is art.

PL Precept # 2 To live is to express One’s self..

PL Precept # 11 Always be with God.

This morning’s walk in Nature was truly a time of reflection and wonder. I may be tired, but I feel totally blessed to have been able to experience quality time embraced by/in Nature’s bounty.

Oyashikiri

and then…

Walking the trail this morning, I found a lot of interesting “pieces” it took me forever to walk any great distance. I did get to the row of what I call the “giant” trees. Enough leaves have fallen, and brush cleared that we can now see the trees, soon we will be able to get a much better view. I will do my best to practice patience.

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

Perfect Liberty 2021.21

Q – do you create an image for yourself,? This procedure presumes a difference between public image and who we really are. Outwardly we project an image, but it is not who we really are…. What lies behind the image? what is the substance.. I don’t want to know the answer, it is one I ask you to think about, and answer for yourself.

I was recently on a road trip with a friend, and as we always do, we chatted and got caught up on what had been happening in our lives. During the trip I met with family that I don’t often get to see.. I found myself in a social situation that was “different” from my daily day to day .. ie when I go about my activities when I’m home… I felt different, I saw myself differently. It has given me pause. I found myself reflecting on how different it was for me, and how seeing myself in a different “circumstance/environment” also gave me different perspective on other aspects of my life.

PL Precept #7 Everything exists in relativity

PL Precept #15 All is a mirror.

PL Precept # 18 each moment is a turning point.

Everything happens for a reason. Certainly a time for reflection.

Till soon

Monday

just picked*

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

Perfect Liberty 2021.20

The blossom cannot tell what becomes of its odor and no one can tell what becomes of its influence.

Henry Ward Beecher
Have a great day!

Oyashikiri

*photo H.T.

walk with me

Today I took another path, one I had never been on before. I saw it when I got out of my car, it has been there, I guess I’ve just not been inclined to explore it. Today I did. I thought I’d try to present some of my findings today in video format.. my first attempt =^_^=

Sept.17 video from Sarsaparilla Woods

Will wonders never cease. Tried something new. Now I’ll post and see how it comes out. Thanks everyone for your patience while I learn.

Oyashikii

Saying good-bye

Once more I have come face to face with the unexpected “goodbye” of a fellow traveler .. someone who brought smiles into your day when he would walk by, share a moment, or simply wave. always a lopsided smile, a big wide eyed grin.. There are such people in the world, they radiate happy… during a winter storm, you are trying to dig through the big dump of snow at the end of the laneway, and along would come Johnny, “not to worry” he’d day, I’ll get that. And he would. He’d stop what he was doing and come over to help you clear the way so you could get out.

He was young, only in his early 50’s. He walked into the bedroom to change (he and his girlfriend were going to paint the bedroom) keeled over and died. Presto! gone! He’d been looking so good, he was walking every day, his colour was wonderful, I saw him just the other day, he was beaming, when he came to the door, I tell you, he was so genuine in his outlook. Now that light is gone, and we, family, friends, neighbours, will miss his delightful energy.

A shared passion .. love of nature, being outdoors, simply taking in life. As I walked along the edges of the forest yesterday, I took in the changes that were taking place… the season is changing, the weather is cooler. Where the big thrasher had gone along and cleared all in its path, new growth was taking over, the remnants of bigger stumps of wood were scattered … I spent time wandering, head down, intent on the wood left behind, looking for clues, messages from beyond.

It is that time of year, for some it is Yom Kippur, for me this time of year, is one where the clock turns over for me and I enter another phase/chapter – so the life long tradition of meditation on what was.. what is.. and how I am doing is all happening .. it has been a lot to take in. So much has been happening around me. As we age, we say goodbye ..far too many times. Unlike in the Jewish tradition there is fasting along with the reflections.. I spend time reflecting, and meditating on how and why I am in the “frame of mind” I’m in.

The time spent in nature helps me a lot. Yesterday I gathered wood, and spent time rearranging pieces (like a puzzle) to build a picture.

Life IS, we ARE no more no less

Oyashikiri

Stand still and consider the wonderous works of God. Job 37:14

Wednesday

PL Precept #7

Everything exists in relativity.

May you always walk in sunshine. May you never want for more.

Irish blessing

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom

Marcel Proust

My evening meditation that came in from Japan last night, was something I very much needed to read, and contemplate on. I will share it with you.

It is about Listening. To be honest with others is not to do as they say, but to try to understand their feelings with a blank mind. Don’t listen to the other person’s story on the surface, but listen to the other person’s heart.

PL quote translated from Japanese as sent to me.
Oyashikiri

ambulance and red flashing lights

“Mirrrors o the soul” Kahlil Gibran ” One day Gibran asked, “suppose you were compelled to give up – to forget all the words you know except seven – what are the seven words t hat you would keep” Barbara replied ” I named only 5, God, life, love, beauty Earth, ” and then asked Gibran what other words he would select. His answer -“The most important words to keep are: You and I … without these two there would need to be no others.”

Taken from the book A third Treasury of Kahlil Gibran – Citadel press 1978

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly may alight upon you.

Nathanial Hawthorne
always and forever

Let’s do it

Have “let’s do it attitude” Even if a task is difficult, keep in mind it is given by God and accomplish it

Perfect Liberty 2021.14
Oyashikiri

filming @ P23

isn’t this an interesting find? will have to watch the series to see how it fits into the storyline -CBC Radio Canada French telly .

fyi. Youth science fiction filmed here in Ottawa. This fall on ici tele and/or IciTou.TV Extra Its called Makinium, stars three young people who live in Mecanopolis a metal town on an almost desert planet.

It was nice to be in the dense woods and not encounter flying insects.

Let’s begin today with a smile. Let’s start the day with a positive outlook, looking forward to what we can discover.

Perfect Liberty 2021.12

There is no wilderness like life without friends. Friendship multiples blessings and minimizes misfortunes; it is a unique remedy against adversity and it soothes the soul.

Baltasar Gracian
Till soon

Friday 10

when life takes over..

If you stand still long enough, it is amazing what happens around you. When we are in motion, we see what is around us as we pass, but if we stop.. then the focus is on the immediate.

For the sake of others, society, and world peace. Always live keeping in mind everything you do is for the sake of others, society and World Peace.

Perfect Liberty 2021.10

I thought it was a nightmare. I woke up and actually got the vacuum and used it. then by rearranging a few things, I cleared out an area beside the bed allowing me to make more efficient use of the space/area. What a dangerous way to live!

Discover the joy of transforming yourself. When you realize how much you have changed for the better, it fills you with true happiness. Strive each day to improve yourself.

Perfect Liberty 2014.8
I agree, we can’t make this a habit.

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