Feel-good Friday: to hear a Mockingbird

Every single morning while I was away I woke up to the intriguing sounds of what appeared to be many different types of songbirds right outside my window.  Not only birds, but frog sounds too.  

While there were plenty of other types of birds in the area, especially dainty little hummingbirds, the pleasurable noise as it turns out was made by one ordinary looking little bird.  And now I know the name of the specific type of bird – it was a mockingbird.  Which makes sense since it made a variety of sounds mocking other animals and noises, even that of a car alarm (heard in this video).  On my phone video the sounds are awesome but the picture didn’t come out very clearly so instead I found one on youtube (below).  I also came across one that calls out a dog’s name.  Amazing creatures.

After listening to these captivating sounds it made me question why in the world anyone would want to kill one.  Kiss one maybe.

WATCH:

Then I came across a post I did 3 years ago re: birds of a feather from photos I’d taken of birds from my travels:

https://girlwhowouldbeking.com/2014/10/17/feel-good-friday-birds-of-a-feather/

And I came to this conclusion….

Birds are Paradise

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Feel-good Friday: MARCHing right along

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens, Great Expectations.

Making any March Resolutions?  Lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, drink less, become vegan, meditate more, stress less,  give more, motivate yourself……food for thought.  More, Less, More, Less.  Less is More.

Because time marches on and maybe New Year’s came and went so fast that you have to catch up with your resolutions which you’ll have a hard time resolving if you put too much pressure on yourself  intending to fulfill all of them at once.  You can only try to do your best.

Best of the weekend to you!

No Pressure.

ART Facts

Words to the Wise

Art is not a pleasure, or an amusement, art is a great matter.  Art is an organ of human life transmitting man’s reasonable perception into feeling. Leo Tolstoy – 1898

Mark Rothko, Four Darks in Red

His (Tolstoy’s) definition of art is in the inverse of the truth; the task of art is to transform not perception into feeling, but feeling into perception.  Sir Herbert Read – 1960.

I found the above phrases transcribed by perfect penmanship into a beautifully gifted art book from a gallery in Washingon, D.C. I hadn’t opened up the hard cover book in a long while and re discovered it again recently as it was tucked away amongst other belongings.

The nice thing about art is that it never gets old.

ART is an appreciated respite from all the craziness in the universe right now.

How do you feel about that? Yup; me too!

 

 

Little things

Life is a good teacher and a good friend.  Things are always in transition, if we could only realize it.  Nothing ever sums itself up in the way that we like to dream about.  The off-center, in-between state is an ideal situation apparently , a situation in which we don’t get caught, and in which we can open our hearts and minds beyond limit.” – from When Things Fall Apart.I am now the proud mom of Siamese Twins

And the little camper that could go practically any place, from beach to rocky road and everywhere in between

It’s all BIG!

Feel-good Friday: Give Thanks

For a little Inspiration from A-Z.  DARE TO . . .

Ask for what you want.

Believe in yourself.

Change your mind.

Do what you love.

Enjoy each and every day.

Follow your heart’s desire.

Give more than you receive.

Have a sense of humor.

Insist on being yourself

Join in more.

Kiss and make up.

Love and be loved.

Make new friends.

Nurture your spirit.

Overcome adversity.

Play more.

Question conformity.

Reach for the stars.

Speak your truth.

Take personal responsibility.

Understand more, judge less.

Volunteer your time.

Walk through fear.

Xperience the moment.

Yearn for grace.

Be Zany.

Meiji Stewart (A taste of Chicken Soup to Inspire a Woman’s Soul)

And some darn cute photos of my pooches.  

Wishing a wonderful Thanksgiving to my Canadian cohorts.

 

 

 

 

 

Feel-good Friday: lighten up

Chanelling Anita Pallenberg

For those of you not familiar, she was the original ROCK CHICK!

A muse ing

Anita Pallenberg, Actress and Longtime Paramour of Keith Richards who passed away in June of this year at the age of 73. I bet she had some good stories to tell being that she was the ‘It’ Girl to the Stones. Why has she not written a book?

How blonde can you be?

You know those blonde jokes…well I think this is as far as I want to go!

Feelin very rock ‘n roll in these photos taken by my hairdresser (who decided to make me even more unnaturally blonder than before) because he felt  I needed some lightening up.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feel-good Friday: It’s here!

SUMMER has officially arrived in all its sunny glory.  Here is how I celebrated the very first day.

Not exactly diving into the first day but still enjoying the pool and wondering where have all the ducks gone?
A girly get together for another birthday celebration. L-R Sylvain, Louise #2, Rosa, Louise #1 (birthday girl), hostess Colleen (in her stunning  garden).
Rosa & Jia Jia.  I’m so relieved he didn’t jump fall into the pool like he once did in Las Vegas.

Louise, Colleen, mango cake & local strawberries
 Shady Lady Selfie (RAEN, LA Durante Sunglasses from Summer Box of Style; yeah! – gotta get my plug in)

How did you celebrate?

Photos: d. king