I came across interesting thoughts and conversation this morning while responding back to bloggers who have visited and liked my blog or post. The topic for discussion that grabbed my attention involved photographers and artists. http://leannecolephotography.com/ and http://cristianmihai.net Thoughts expressed were both interesting and complex, I really enjoyed all that I read and saw. Leanne Cole has fantastic photography and Cristian Mihai is an exceptional writer. In order to comment on the post I searched my mind for thoughts to share, this is what I said… Continue reading I am much more than that
Do you love your dog so much that you just want to squish her silly? I do, and sometimes I do… and sometimes I just hug her warm and tight.
I have to be careful with my Maddy, though she is a French Mastiff http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/doguedebordeax.htm and absolutely without question the MOST sensitive dog I have ever seen, she is very sensitive.
Sensitive and scared, maybe she’s better described as suspicious, yes suspicious…who am I kidding she’s sensitive and scared.
Other than two more dogs in our home Trooper my Rottweiler http://www.canadasguidetodogs.com/rottweiler.htm and Shadow a Wheaten Airedale cross there is only myself and my husband, kids are gone and they were long gone before Maddy joined our pack 2 years ago, yet she is instantly alarmed then growls and barks at every noise we make; whistling, walking, coughing, choking and occasional bean soup butt puffs.
She is a sluggish sloppy drooly mutt but yet freakishly fast on the draw. Her fast and fearless base tone alert for the danger we present in our every day living sends my heart into a blood pumping panic without fail through the entirety of each day.
In-spite of the bear brawling history representative of her breed http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/doguedebordeax.htm my Maddy is a chicken through and through. I am forced to project a gentle soft sweetness when I discipline her in order to achieve any success in obedience at all, otherwise she’ll drop and tail tuck, you can’t move a Mastiff when they’re down.
With all her quirks and oddities and yes the goober slime and slobber that is sure to swing my way, I am completely smitten by her every move and tender way. A sweeter dog I’ve not had nor one so calm and gentle once simple threats subside and she gentle brushes near, submits and dwells beneath my gaze, that’s when with passion I’ll embrace her face give kiss and softly say, Maddy don’t be scared my sweet, I love you.
ummm I see this didn’t work either
this post is not in the post slider position, my garden pictures were suppose to be in the slider, can’t get it to work. I made it work before but not anymore, anyone out there have any help for me.
YOU SEE THIS IN THE SLIDER SHOW NOW HIP HIP HOORAY…I FIGURED IT OUT
I’m not a professional photographer but I wanna bee I just love nature and stunning photos so I’m always snapping shots. I have a decent camera but I do not know how to apply all it has to offer me. Kinda like my blog theme, I’m still trying to figure it out to.
I won’t have names for some blooms because I just don’t remember and looking them up is going to take a while so for now enjoy the color and variety along with a few really neat close-ups of pretty bugs.
BLACK EYED SUSAN
HENS & CHICKS
JOHN CABOT ROSE
LILIUM ASIATIC HYBRID ASSORTED
CHEEKY LITTLE CHICKS IN A RED SNAP BEAN FOREST
FIRST TRY FOR PUMPKINS…OVERTOOK MY FRONT YARD
PUMPKINS IN A WADING POOL…IT WORKED!
RED SNAP BEANS
HARDY ROSE BUSH AND ASSORTED LILIUM
I HAD A NICE CROP OF PUMPKINS
SPARROW FAMILY THAT LIVES IN FRONT YARD TREE HOUSE
ROBIN LEAVING LUNCH TO GO HELP BATMAN
HENS & CHICKS JUST POPPIN THROUGH
ALLIUM BUDDING OUT
PRETTY DRAGONFLY EARLY IN THE MORNING… HE WAS JUST WARMING UP
TRYING TO GET CLOSER
TOO CLOSE THINGS GOT BLURRY
Beauty and The Beast
as I sat at my computer window enjoying my yard and dogs a family walks by….
The other day I met a woman while walking my dogs. As I approached her I started chatting as I saw she wanted to talk. It was obvious to me she was a special needs person, her speech was slow mixed up and simple, her walking gait awkward and unbalanced.
She spoke of how school was not a good place when she was younger; but still she stood in front of her high school reminiscing.
My heart went out to her for I also felt the pain of rejection in school and know how it can destroy you, we parted ways.
Maddy Trooper and Shadow…the Muts we love.
Hope you enjoy these shots as much as the fun I had taking them. Trooper is a fabulous guardian for my Maddy. Shadow is getting too old for Troops heavy duty ways so I thought a heavy duty girl was in order. She is my little lover girl and Troop is my handsome lover boy. Shadow still has it in him though to keep the mice population down and keep an eye on everything that moves.
I am dedicating this post to God.
Only He could show us the beauty and wonder in the otherwise dull grey common sparrow.
His wonder fills me, satisfies me and moves me.
Thank you Lord
The perspective of many towards the common sparrow is that they are nothing more than a nuisance and destructive. Known to farmers as flying mice. I can understand and except that opinion but to me they are beautiful. I am captivated and endeared to them.
In my post “why I’ve been gone so long” I talk about work I’ve done in my yard. I show a picture of my front yard creation. My initial idea was to create a bird paradise to attract beautiful song birds. I attracted sparrows instead with the odd song bird, a few larger birds such as the collared dove, pileated woodpecker and a predator hawk. They are all magical and I have been truly blessed by their appearance. At first I was disapointed in the sparrows as they did chase off the song birds but as time went on I realized how fortunate I was. The common sparrow, they are indeed a gift from above.
Re-designing my front yard consumed the better part of spring/summer 2012. I had a decent front yard at first.
until the day I decided to separate my dogs from each other. My smaller terrier Shadow was getting too roughed up in battles with Trooper my new Rottweiler. Trooper wasn’t aggresive but Shadow was bent on proving he was pack leader and would continually start a scrap…he never won and would end up beat up so I put up a fence in my front yard and settled him into his new home.
When we bought our home the front was a hodgepodge of dirt and scrappy plants so we added grass and I put in a pond. Shadow was just a small dog, how much damage could he really do other than wear a strip along the fence yapping at people as they walked by. Continue reading Trade good enough for spectacular in your front yard.