Monday, November 30, 2015

Things I am Remembering: [of cooler climes]

A  L  O  H  A !
Good things 
happen slowly. 
                                 Abigail Thomas

I am learning how 
to speak up when 
something's wrong 
without being motivated 
by anger and becoming 
part of the problem.

We are settling into 
this house, this life
by the wetlands.
No crowding, no traffic, 

no sweating! 
 It is like being on 
a cruise all day 
with waterbirds and 
sea birds, nearby 
flying right over. 

Pixie Cat is loving it too 
and realizing that she 
really has room to run!
[and relax]

 It is very sunny, bright 
and gorgeous like a perfect 
Trade Wind day in Hawaii,
but a bit chiller - 
nicely so I think.


Things I am Remembering:
[of cooler climes]
Warming one's fingers to play.
Things one touches or picks up 
being cold to the touch, not warm!
Washing hands with long sleeves.
The silence when the heat shuts off.
The comfort when the heat turns on!
Smell of woodsmoke, and the sounds
of the country, when I step outside
in the evening to take it ALL in.

This is very much like the country
outside of Philadelphia where
I spent the first 10 years of my life.
Memory is stirring - or perhaps it
is just a function of growing older.
Life and Earth are
Lovely things!

Thanks For Visiting,
for *Charing!
                Fondly, cloudia

*Charing is caring & sharing

Shop Window

A  L  O  H  A !
North Beach, San Francisco

“He's not pining, he's passed on. 
This parrot is no more. 
He has ceased to be. 
He's expired and gone to 
meet his maker. 
He's a stiff, bereft of life, 
he rests in peace. 
If you hadn't have nailed him 
to the perch he'd be 
pushing up the daisies. 
He's rung down the curtain 
and joined the choir invisible. 
This is an ex-parrot!”

                         Monty Python 

Linking to
City Daily Photo


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Freeze Warning

A  L  O  H  A !
"Be like a tree 
and let the 
dead leaves 

It is not Antarctica,
or Chicago.
This is COLD weather
for the Bay Area.
But I can handle.
In fact I ADORE
wearing clothes!
After 30 sweaty years,
I am digging this!

Let The FUN Continue!
"Let no one 
ever come to you
 without leaving happier."
                            Mother Teresa


Thank YOU!
            Warmly, cloudia

Monday Mural

A  L  O  H  A !
Back to the alley between North Beach 
and Chinatown, San Francisco

Linking to 
in that great 
city across the Bay:

               Warmly, cloudia

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Northern California Flavor

A  L  O  H  A !
“The whole culture is 
telling you to hurry, 
while the art tells you
 to take your time. -

Always listen 
to the art.” 
                         Junot Diaz

“Art is when 
you hear a 
from your soul — 
and you answer.” 
                       Terri Guillemets

"All do and are 
done to in 
accordance with 
their nature."
                   Duke of Chou


Thank You!
             Fondly, cloudia

Shadow Thoughts

A  L  O  H  A !
 Bar Shadows

“The unfed mind 
devours itself.” 
               Gore Vidal

Dusk Shadows

"When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight 
is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's 
off with her head
what the dormouse said
Feed your head
Feed your head"
"White Rabbit"

Linking to

Thank YOU
for making it
worth while!
               Fondly, cloudia

Friday, November 27, 2015

Wonders of the North Bay

A  L  O  H  A !
 Vallejo across San Pablo Bay

“What do you do there, 
moon, in the sky? 
Tell me what you 
do, silent moon. 
When evening comes you 
rise and go contemplating 
wastelands; then you set.” 
                                Giacomo Leopardi

 Alcatrace (Pelican) Impersonates Pterodactyl

"A wonderful bird is the pelican, 
His bill will hold more 
than his belican, 
He can take in his beak 
Enough food for a week
 But I'm damned if I see 
how the helican!"
                        Dixon Lanier Merritt (1910)


She's DOING it!

Especially Click on This One to Enlarge

"The rollin' hills seem 
to do something for you
It seems they're meant to be 
looked on by you
And when the sunshine 
is doing it's thing
Then you know that 
all you see is true
Every day every night the 
same old groovy feelin'
People that live a lot
 love a lot
And everything there 
is so good 

Look at California
Look at California"

                    (Frankie Beverly &) Maze

Linking to
Saturday Critters


Thank You!
           Fondly, cloudia

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Aloha Friday

A  L  O  H  A !

" God visits us often, 
but most of the time 
we are not home. "
                 French Proverb

" Our greatest strength 
lies in the gentleness 
and tenderness 
of our heart.” 

" A gentle word 
opens the 
strongest lock. "
                 English Proverb


Thank YOU!
Warmly, cloudia

Yellow Rose

A L O H A !
"Always be on the lookout 
for the presence of wonder."
                           E.B. White

Linking to

Thank You!

Sky Watch

A  L  O  H  A !
Marin Wetlands, Calif

I had forgotten the 
pale pink beauty of 
an early winter sky.
 Especially as rippling 
across duck inflected waters 
with  geese flying punctuation.

Thank You !

Linking to 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Nature of Gratitude

A  L  O  H  A !

 'Any fool can be happy.
 It takes real heart to
 make beauty out of 
the stuff that 
makes us weep.' 
                     Clive Barker

Linking to
Good Fences

Open Road

“Carpe every damn diem.” 

Justine Musk

"There are years
 that ask questions
 and years that 
             Zora Neale Hurston


In the USA, today is
a holiday dedicated
to gratitude.

The earliest Europeans
on these shores
would likely have
perished if not for
the generosity of the
First Nations 
already here.
The settlers were grateful
to their God, and to
their neighbors.
[one hopes]

I have given thought
to gratitude. One starts
by noticing things to be
grateful for, noticing,
and expressing it.

It became a habit with me,
and a nice one that
certainly improved my life.

But is gratitude a feeling?

My habit of feeling grateful got
somewhat pushed out of the way
in all the folderol of moving.

I was preoccupied with finding
new ways, places clothes, routines.
How could I be grateful for
what was still overwhelming?

So I started to wonder if
it is valid to express gratitude
when you are just not feeling it?

Is that insincere and false,
or is it lovely and powerful?
Saying 'Thank You'
to the universe, to God,
to your subconscious, is a
powerful and insidious thing!

Saying 'Thank You' for arising,
even though I was just
going through the moves
caused chemical reactions
and soon I FELT
grateful again!

Feelings are valuable guides,
but I think we make them
too important. Carry on.
Don't wait till you feel like it.

And who knows?
Maybe soon you 

Thank YOU!
              warmly, cloudia