A Snowy Staycation

~ rain, sleet, and snow to the Ozark Mountains we go winter drab becomes winter wonder snow-covered fields to explore and plunder browns contrasting with pure white bring out the children and delight sleds and snowmen quickly appear bursting with heart-warming cheer ~ I received my wish for some winter snow. After starting with rain,…

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Lakeside Lullaby

~ the gentle movement of water a sweet balm to my spirit good energy flowing cleansing body and soul water rippling, light reflecting, birds singing, geese feeding cyclists zooming, hikers strolling sights and sounds of lakeside lullabies bring gratitude for nature and my health ~ I enjoyed another weekend hike at Lake Fayetteville, a city…

Balmy Beginning 2023

~ lakeside adventures dogs, geese, and hikers in force enjoy a respite ~ On the first two days of 2023, the temperature reached nearly 70F! A rather dramatic shift after our arctic blast around Christmas. I took full advantage of the weather with a hike at the lake one day and a bike ride the…

Frosty Toes

~ geese walking on ice waddling across the pond frozen edge to edge ~ If you count the frozen pond, we had a White Christmas. There was only a light dusting of snow that mostly disappeared by Christmas. But we had record cold from an arctic blast that affected much of the country. I think…

The Muse Before Christmas

~ ~ Twas the night before Christmas and all through the night not a paper or pen was stirring, my muse was nowhere in sight the inspiration to write was missing along with poor Rudolph it seems my temperamental muse would rather be playing golf neither dinner nor treats had any effect on his attitude…

Soulful Music

~ timeless rhythms flow fingers and guitar as one open hearts unite ~ I’ve been on a music jag lately, listening to Estas Tonne and many other artists. I’m grateful for the wide variety of music available online. Mostly, I listen online since I have so few CDs left. Estas’ music is soulful classical guitar…

Feeling Groovy

~ the album begins music washes over me soul connections fire tingles ignite my body feeling very groovy now ~ I had forgotten how much music can impact me. I listen to music all the time, especially while driving for my courier job. But rarely do I sit and listen to an album like I…

Fungal Forays

~ nature’s clean-up crew decompose, connect, and feed fantastic fungi ~ ~ These are a few of the many mushrooms that I’ve discovered during my hiking forays through the local parks and woods. Here are a few more fun facts about our fungal friends from Dr. Robert Fogel and Patricia Rogers of the Utah State…

Fantastic Flowers

~ delicate blossoms sensual shapes and colors vibrating with life nature’s beauty unfolding a symphony for the heart ~ Flowers have gotten me through many a dark time. They bring me such joy with their vibrant colors, delicate petals, sensual shapes, and ephemeral beauty. Flowers remind me to cherish the moment and give thanks for…

Summer Daze

~ summer days living in a haze relentless heat dragging my feet existential threat dripping with sweat an irritating motif longing for relief my mouth agape fantasy landscape cool mountain air a refreshing affair alpine meadows sudden joy arose ~ ~ The dog days of summer continue to drag on. Never before do I remember…