I post this because I can

Sitting down at the computer to write this and share images
is like sending a letter to a good friend.  Maybe
you can imagine opening the envelope and just enjoy 
the view of my little slice of heaven out here in Missouri.
Here are a few things I have noticed…
Goldfinch on sunflower
 Those sunflowers featured in my last post are withered and gone now.
Before they faded away there was a host of birds feasting on those seeds.
BW, the black and white kitty
 This wild little kitty comes by each day for food and a little attention.
Yes, I keep feeding him.
Sun tea on the window sill
Sometimes of a morning I set a jar of tea to brew in the sunny window.
There’s nothing like the flavor of gently brewed tea.
It’s even better when I can sit on the porch to enjoy it.
Butterfly and marigolds
This little beauty appeared one day. 
The garden is mostly dried up now as we’ve had a dry spell for a few weeks.
That’s okay.  This was my year to learn just how much I do not know about gardening.
Next year will be better.
Birdhouse gourds drying in the sun
What I do know now is that gourds love lots of water.
And all that rain was good for the gourds.
They are all drying now and will someday become bird houses.
Sunrise on our street
The days are shorter.
The angle of the sun is different.
Today as the sun came over the tree tops I had to step outside
and just watch the light play on the drops of dew on the grass.
I post this because I can, because I think we need these simple things,
these little snippets of beauty to remind us of the good in this world.
You can read or hear of all the horror and heartbreak, all the wars and battles,
all the politics and hateful words on any number of devices that you may have in 
your possession.  And soon you will have your fill of all that and wonder how we 
can go on living like this.
You can step away from those screens and simply look around in your own back yard,
or watch the sun rise or set, or listen to the laughter of children playing. 
Choose your own adventure, or mantra, or meditation.
Find your way to be renewed and uplifted,
and share it with the world.

The Cat in the Window

She surprised me, looking out the window of that other house.
Sitting there, watching the world go by,
The gray of the window matching the gray of her coat,
and the reflected sunlight matching the gold in her eyes.
What would you say to her on this winter day?

Rest and relaxation

Sometimes you just can’t help it.  The eyes just won’t stay open any longer.
 I had to imitate Yeller and Rossfeld this weekend.
After a busy week and Saturday’s events, I was just like these guys. 
How about you? Did you find time for some R & R the last couple of days?
Sending you peace and blessings on this Monday.

Relaxation pose

I have a new 50mm f/1.8 lens.
And I’m quite smitten with it.
Had to test it on the cats today, 
so I caught them in relaxation pose. 
Rossfeld (the gray one) likes the back of the couch.
Yeller (guess which one…) prefers a blanky on the big blue chair.
I’m noticing that these guys seem to blend in with my decor.
And I also see that Yeller has one ear twitched a bit…as if to
say will-you-please-quit-clicking-that-!-thing-I’m-trying-to-relax.
Okay, okay.