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For those of you who haven’t met him, this is Mr. Man. He is my constant companion in what we call the “North House” aka, the Bungalow, and keeps me feeling well-loved and snuggled when MKL is in the “South House”. Some people say he has a big nose, but I think it’s beautiful. As a Maine Coon, which people say is “the dog of cats”, he is a vocal fellow. If he loves you, he will give you headbutts – after smelling your forehead to be sure no imposter is disguising herself as his Mom. Mr. Man, also known as Mr. Boo, has only had one other owner besides me in his whole life. I adopted him when he was 13 as a birthday present to myself three years ago. Yes, he’s 16 now, and has had a few problems with pancreatitis, from which he almost died two years ago. That experience – my helping him get better – was a turning point in our relationship. He finally came to trust me, eight months after I’d adopted him. Now, I don’t think we can imagine our lives without each other, though having had cats before (my first one lived to 20), I know that one day, I will have to do so.  But I hope that’s a long time off.

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Lafayette, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” — Terry Pratchett

Daily gratitudes:
A successful chainsaw massacre with no loss of limb
An old favorite movie
MKL
Strong arms
True love

 

When you think about it, we all start as seeds, in a way. And we grow, impacted by the circumstances of our lives, as the growth of a seed is determined by the soil in which it is rooted, how it is cared for, and the forces of nature that cause it to thrive. We can see each other’s changes on the outside, but it is a rare blessing when we can peek inside of a living thing and see all the petals that surround its core, its heart. As this image gives you a peek inside a rose, this blog gives you a peek inside of my spirit.

Inner Rose

Lafayette, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “There was something rather blousy about roses in full bloom, something shallow and raucous, like women with untidy hair.” — Daphne du Maurier (and I am most often a woman with untidy, tousled hair.)

Daily gratitudes:
A lovely day
Winning the battle with the lawn mower (but not with the voles)
Mr. Man feeling a tiny bit more like himself
Clean sheets
Showers digging in the dirt.

 

I am wordless tonight.

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Nederland, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”  —  J.K. Rowling

Daily gratitudes:
Being in touch with my cousin Tamara after so many years
MKL
Writing
Planning
Memories

The chrome of a 1950’s BelAir reflects the blue sky and history of Cripple Creek.

Cripple Creek, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.”  —  H.P. Lovecraft

Daily gratitudes:
Road trips
Horse days
Beautiful days
Red earth
Laughter

 

You were thinking the other kind of grill, because of the Fourth of July, weren’t you?

Boulder, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds.  We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil.  Serenity is contagious.  If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back.  And a smile costs nothing.  We should plague everyone with joy.”  —  Swami Satchidananda

Daily gratitudes:
My nieces
Early birthday presents
Lace
Old quilts
Sweet dreams

Photo title: Peach Frill

Lafayette, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly.”  —  Margaret Mead

Daily gratitudes:
Friends
Sunshine
Not spending money on things I don’t need.
Sleeping in
My new recycle bin

Photo title: Conch Close-up

Somewhere in the Caribbean.

Quote of the day: “The possibilities are unlimited as long as you are true to your life’s purpose.”  —  Marcia Wieder

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