Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming “Wow, What a Ride!”

Monday, September 27, 2010

Lion Cub and Meerkat Best Friends

   One of the most memorable friendships from Disney's "The Lion King" is now being acted out at a game park near Sun City, South Africa.

    Zinzi, the tiny lioness, was brought into Predator World Zoo and Game Farm at just a day old; her mother refused to feed her, according to the (U.K.) Telegraph. Marcell Tournier, owner of Predator World, took the little cub in, much to the delight of Bob, a 2-year-old meerkat who, Tournier told Telegraph, "likes having anything cuddly and cute around." Sounds like Bob is our kind of people. Erm, meerkat.

    The pair barely leave each other's sides. We can just picture them frolicking in the fields until, exhausted, they hunker down for the world's cutest nap, as evidenced above. Now what do we need to do to bring a friendly, if slightly gassy, warthog into the mix?

(article from AOL's PawNation)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

books, books, and more books...oh my!

just one of many walls for our books
Some people buy shoes, some purses, some just knick-knacks, nevertheless, my financial downfall is books, books and more books. A chuckle always escapes whenever a Moving Company comes to estimate packing and moving… releasing a small gasp when they see all the books; and let me tell you, books are expensive to pack and move.   

I had been getting rid of many of the books I acquired over a few years when writing a series of an historical-fantasy, a Saga actually, consisting of five novels, and they have yet to be refined and published, got no time.  Let me tell you, can this person go to the library for research information? Nope, I gotta have the books to touch, smell, and see. Therefore, a couple of years ago I started donating, selling, and trading some of these not needed items (that was before we bought the ranch…which has a library for all those books.)

I do not regret giving them up; would I even use them again? Perhaps, but when I started those novels I used a typewriter because… there were no computers then, and now with the world wide internet, I can find information I would need for research; no the books will not be missed.

Now, back to my original purpose, I had downsized my library and promised that for every new book I purchased I would give up one or two I had in possession. THEN, the Kindle came on scene and oh-oh I didn’t have to get rid of any, because no matter how many I bought, my Kindle still only took up the space of one book. “I love my Kindle!”

Then another thing happened, we bought the Ranch and now I need more books, not Kindle books, but books that we can see, touch, and smell…ha! Books about having wildlife webcams, raising Alpacas, weaving Alpaca stuff, making soap, raising burros, bees, honey, ducks, books about Aspen trees, solar whatever’s, building greenhouses, having a root cellar, growing a greenhouse garden, growing at high altitudes, growing in snow, just plan damn growing…. OMG… in the last year I have purchased over 25 books, lost count and really not sure I want to tally the total. Moreover, have I gotten rid of any others?…of course not.

If you happen to see me sitting quietly; my head hung... in shame….?
no, probably just reading about my newest interest or obsession, and BTW: the Kindle is now designated for fun fiction books…which I have no problem finding either.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

pictures of our CO Ranch

check back frequently, for there are more to come
the house, studio, & barn

the driveway and our hidden place "flat rock"


Monday, September 20, 2010

10 New Thoughts on Whole Living

1.  If you can successfully change one bad habit
         YOU'RE LIKELY TO CHANGE ANOTHER
2.  Don't assume you know what someone needs you to do.
          ASK
3.   Sometimes all it takes to get through a tough time is...
          A SINGLE, POWERFUL WORD
4.   Be Courages
         ENOUGH TO LISTEN TO THE TRUTH
5.   When you shine a light in a negative thought
          IT LOSES ITS POWER
6.   While you can't shut out illness entirely, 
          YOU CAN MAKE YOUR BODY A PLACE WHERE HEALTH THRIVES
7.   Do something that makes you sweat.
8.   Embrace frayed edges, worn pages, and laugh lines.
          TRUE BEAUTY LIES IN IMPERFECTION
9.   Remind a loved one...
         THAT THEY ARE NOT ALONE
10.  LEARNING TO LOVE REQUIRES AS MUCH OPENNESS AS IT DOES STRENGTH!