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Sunday, June 16, 2013

our backyard...

Our backyard is a a constant source of entertainment... whether it be feral cats and their kittens, wild birds, raccoons, possums, etc.   And I have to say that we are a constant source of entertainment for them also... as the outside critters enjoy looking in through the windows and french doors at us.  Not a day goes by that there isn't a little face staring in through the glass watching what 'life on the inside' is like. And I'll be truthful that I'm not sure who have the better life.  One may offset the other.  Our inside cats are safe from predators, disease, and cars... but they don't have the freedom and the joy of mingling with nature that the outside critters have.  However, they generally live longer lives... but possibly not as full. Which is best? I wouldn't begin to guess.


handsome crow


raccoons coming out of 'magic rabbit hole'




You need to click on this second picture to see what we call *the magic rabbit hole* from which all critters emerge.  My grand daughter once crawled down this herself and said it was pretty neat down there.

This particular mama raccoon has 5 babies and one is a runt.  He was so-oo tiny for a while, but seems to be getting bigger each day now.


the runt


She brings her kits up at least twice a day to eat, play around in the kitty pool or water bucket, and relax.  The youngsters want to play with the black and white kittens, but the mama cat won't allow it.  She hustles her kittens off to the side or steps in between them if the raccoon babies or mama get too close.

Now on to another subject.  When I got up this morning, it is my normal daily routine to say good morning to all the cats that have gathered in the kitchen by the Aga awaiting breakfast.  I sit on the floor with them, pet them, and give them all a little attention. Then I get up, give them each a treat, and make my coffee. DH will feed them in a few minutes. So I then take my coffee and head for one of 3 places; the den to watch the news (weather mostly), the front porch to sit out there and drink my coffee while watching 'the joggers' and 'walkers', or the computer room where I catch up on my blog reading.

This morning I happened to turn on the TV (it being Sunday) in order to "record" the Sunday night BBC Comedies that I enjoy (As Time Goes By and Goodnight Sweetheart). I record them since they come on so late... that on occasion I fall asleep and miss them.  Anyway, this morning when I turned on Public Television, Dr. Wayne Dyers was on giving a talk.  I don't generally listen to talks on TV, but I have read a few of Dr. Dyers books and do like his way of thinking, so I listened.

It was definitely interesting.  He talked about the importance of our *imagination*.  Something I strongly agree with. And he said something that I will remember... even though my subconscious mind is aware of this, my conscious mind tends to forget... "Don't let any one's good intentions or opinions affect your imagination."

He also said (and I'm paraphrasing) to use imagination like 'currency'.... to purchase what you want from life. Assume the feeling of your wish fulfilled. Feel it!

  Feel the *I am's*.

I am WELL!

I am CONTENT!

I am GRATEFUL!

I am LOVED!


So I will leave you with this thought.  Have a wonderful Sunday! And Happy Father's Day to all you fathers out there!






















18 comments:

  1. That magic rabbit hole is terrific. I'd have loved to explore that as a young girl. :-)

    Master Runt is a cutie! I know raccoons are a problem and can be nasty, but they ARE adorable, at least the little ones.

    Great quote re: imagination. That's the problem with so many of us, as we grow up. We grow out of imagination, and that's sad. (Not everyone, of course, but life often takes its toll.)

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    1. Kim, I think it takes an active intent on our part to keep our imaginations alive. Being around kids helps... or grown-ups that have kept their 'playful' qualities, or animals - young or old - my cats love to play, some more than others (just like people).

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  2. Nice post. Aren't those babies cute.

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    1. Babies almost always make me smile...

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  3. i agree that imagination, creativity, are vital parts of being human.

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    1. Yes, Olga. Imagination and creativity make us feel alive...

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  4. Why don't I see any *Hole*????? Or do you mean, that kind-of-a-hole in the greenery? But if a kidlette crawled down there, it must be a Hole-Hole.

    I love that quote!

    Sad thing is though.... Most children have *let* other people's good intentions or opinions, already affect their imagination, before they get the chance to choose. For most people, me-thinks we have to take back our right to have an imagination, for ourselves. Later in life.

    Perhaps that's why I am drawn to Pagans.... They seem to have a much more vivid concept of "things", than many others.

    And why I love blogs, which incorporate an appreciation of whimsy and magical thinking and bright colors and sparkles and the lovliness of Nature, etc.

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    1. Auntie, it's that *hole* in the greenery. There's a raccoon is heading back towards it. It drops down about 5 feet to another level and then leads out towards the creek. If you'll look to the right, there's a foot path.... and way over to the left side (you can't see this) there are stone steps that lead down. But all the critters use this (what we call) magic rabbit hole... ??

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  5. But! That being said! :-)

    Are you the Dear Reader who commented that her poor DH, had hardly any work shop room in his garage? Because you had not been strong enough, to pass on, things from relatives...? Hmmmmm.... Hmmmmmm...

    *Naughty*!

    Get to it. Keep pictures of things. Keep some tiny items. Keep few things, so you won't pass 'stuff' on, down to your own children, and then make them go through this sorting-of-Mom's-and-Grandma's-and-Great aunt lucy's things....

    Please... Let all these items go..... Let them go..... Happily.... Do/give your children, this Gift. And give your husband back, the garage space. To use for his shop.

    Please...

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    1. Yes, of course you're right. It's been 5 years and I still don't want to go through my mom's things. But I should... and will. DH deserves his space and I've put it off long enough.

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  6. Oh, I love your morning routine, Rian. Just lovely. And I agree that we can "imagine" many things, and I'm hoping good health is one of them that works for many years! :-)

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    1. Yes, DJan, I hope so too. I heard someone talking about 'old age' (probably Dr. Dyers) and he mentioned that he considered himself (in his late 60's or early 70's) ready to take 'the finals'...

      It's a good concept. And like all finals, we probably should prepare.

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  7. I would love to sit and watch all the activity in your back yard. I enjoy the critters that visit us....the few that they are. I am sure your grand daughter will never forget her rabbit hole adventure. I enjoy all the BBC comedies too.

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    1. She does remember her trip down the 'magic rabbit hole'... wanted me to go check it out. Told her that I wouldn't fit down that hole.

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  8. Hi Rian,
    I'm so happy you stopped by this morning and left a comment! I think your property must be a little bit of paradise to have all those darling critters visiting. My son and grandson would just love that! They inherited my love of nature and critters. :)
    Imagination is something I have plenty of but lately it's been lying dormant it seems probably because of all the meds I'm on for my back. I like that phrase to 'use your imagination like currency.' A very cool concept indeed! Thank you for your most entertaining post and have a joyful week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. My grand daughter also inherited my love of nature and critters. It has become quite a bond between us. She loves to come here and share the joy, but since she lives on several acres, she has quite a host of 'critters' at her place too.

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  9. Oh bless those baby raccoons ...and the little runt. The imagination part was definately food for thought ....I feel sad those with none. xx

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    1. Angie, watching all the babies interact is fascinating.

      As for life without imagination or creativity, it would be dull indeed.

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