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new growth

new growth is carpeting the forest landscapes

Tell yourself “things happen” Even if something is inconvenient, once you accept it you’ll be able to move on to the next step

Perfect Liberty 2021.8

Be creative in your efforts. If something is not going well, take a step back and look at how you are tackling the problem. There is sure to be something you can improve on.

Perfect Liberty 2014.16

was/is

in the summer months, the area is teeming with boaters – now all is quiet

Let’s respond clearly. giving a proper response shows consideration towards others.

Perfect Liberty 2021

This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle: wonderful inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think it

Thomas Carlyle
Leon at the cottage

Lime kiln -Monday

Be very careful about doing things you really like. Do everything in moderation, when you overdo, you’ll lose your balance.

Perfect Liberty 2021.26

This is a good one for me to pay attention to. I have a tendency to get carried away if I start doing something that I really like doing. I can get lost in the project/moment, creating an issue or lack of time for something else I “should” be doing.

For instance today I was headed for Jack Pine trail, I wanted to add it to my list of nature trails that I have to too .. and to start a file on it… that I can expand on as the days/months roll by, Driving by Lime Kiln I thought to take a quick look at the cut trees that had been downed the other day. The quick moment turned into a better part of half an hour. There were black birds in the area I was .. I started to focus on getting a good picture of them.. then realized that if I did that, time would be taken from my trip to Jack Pine.. why did I have to watch the time… … I’d been to Costco, and had items in the car that needed to get to my freezer… like duh.. multi tasking has its own set of problems one has to watch for and pay attention to.

Have a good start to the new week everyone!

Monday musing

Lost in time

Welcome to my secret world – a place where time stand still

no two people who wander down the well walked paths, will see or feel the same things…

One can search and search for what is often, right before us

stand still, look around, a single baby shoot, breaking through the ground

is life at its finest. That is life awakening to a new season, a new cycle of beginnings

each day is a brand new canvas – be the artist in you, allow your inner self to shine

explore every dimension of your self. for you are a wonderful part of this world we live in.

Oyashikiri

PL Precept #18 Each moment is a turning point.

poetry in water

If only the music had been playing, these two gave me a wonderful performance, they showed off their graceful maneuvers with their synchronized ballet, it was such fun to watch them enjoying themselves. I wished there had been more of an audience.. alas it was me, myself and I…

See how clear the water is in this last picture, then scroll back up to the one above, the murky water is due to the geese dive bombing the bottom and stirring up the mud when they are searching for food. They stick their little faces right down into the mucky bottom. They focus, and are very intent on getting sustenance. I’m sure these are the same two that had a chin wag with me the other day.

With one thought, “the world” will change. Changing your way of thinking will make a difference on how you perceive the world.

Perfect Liberty 2021.24

Be easy going and live your life cheerfully and flexibly. Strong emotions can be the cause of various troubles. Always strive to have a cheerful and calm state of mind.

Perfect Liberty 2015.24
always and forever

drifting

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

a little treasure

Weak tired and weary, I took to my bed early. The activities of yesterday had drained me physically, and left me wanting to do nothing but take myself to bed. I was almost settled in, when I heard my phone ping. Usually I have it turned off, or down but I hadn’t done it yet. I checked my Instagram since that was the last app I’d used. Walloping kadoodle.. Num had posted these pictures of an ermine he’s spotted in the woods. I was so excited I got up and came into my office to see them on the big screen. I had to write him and congratulate him on his captures. I’ve seen them now a couple of times, they are fast, they move with the speed of light and are so agile and graceful… that he was able to capture this little one with three good pictures .. I was delighted, couldn’t wait to send him a message. Thank you Num you are amazing.

Isn’t she/he just the most darling of creatures. The one I’ve seen has been at Dewberry in the east end, if I recall he found this darling in the west end. I had been heading for Sarsaparilla trail on my way to church but had gotten sidetracked, and ended up at Beaver Trail. Ottawa is a delight for nature & wildlife photographers, we have dozens of woodlands, forests and green spaces within and all around the city.

It’s Okay! God is watching over you. things turn out for the best. Don’t be captured by momentary troubles but continue doing everything with sincerity.

Perfect Liberty 2021.19
you can see more of Num’s captures on Instagram – NumOttawa

Oyashikiri

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

Wonderful Wednesday

I spied two old tree gents having a chin wag…

Nothing wrong with my imagination. Wandering the back roads and nature trails, is fodder for my story telling, my imagination goes into a different gear, all on its own. I see the forest people the community going about its business, and I catch friends having a mid day chat. Come another couple of weeks and they will be harder to spot.

I know they think if they stand really still, no one will see.. But those of us who seek are always rewarded, especially if the sun/shadows work in our favour.

Have a “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

The Universe is continually in motion/movement. So are we, we don’t realize that even standing still, we are, or parts of us are moving. We are beautifully built. =^_^=. The weather forecast says tomorrow should be much like today, and today was basically clear if not always sunny, and it was mild. Means . I might try and do another “walk”. Come the very hot summer weather that Ottawa is famous for.. I will be not wanting to venture out, I will be a gal who keeps her central air company.

I found one of my marketing brochures the other day. On the cover it says “Rediscover the inner peace and quiet, of the mind, body and spirit. Oneness..” it goes on to says my sessions were “a self directed method of getting in touch with your inner calm” It is amazing that now, many years later ( this brochure is at least 20 some years old) I am still very much into believing and living my life, as I describe in in my brochure.

“Life is a dance, every step you take follows the rhythm of your “chi/energy”. It is your link to the Universe.”

Still today, I work at finding my inner calm, and for sure I try to cultivate a way of life that will unclutter my mind.

We are mid week dear friends.. “Let’s do it” One step at a time, let’s work towards “world peace” we begin with our Selves. Peace within, radiates a calm for everyone to enjoy.

wood fun

Knowing church was at 10, I made my way to the woodlands earlier.. I got there as the cleaning crew was leaving.. had the place all to myself. Still a little early but I did manage some photos.

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

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