Our Pyracantha tree and Heavenly Bamboo are filling up with berries. I can tell the berries are ripe when the birds and squirrels start eating them. It’s a bountiful crop this year. I spotted a squirrel munching on the Pyracantha berries and caught a photo before he/she scampered off. (Click on photos to enlarge). I can tell when the squirrels are in the tree, even before I see them, because the branches start shaking. They have been known to perform acrobatic stunts, like hanging by their feet upside down while eating. They are able to clean all the berries off the tree in a couple of weeks or less with the help of the birds. Psst, I think I see a branch shaking.
Large clusters of pyracantha berries
Squirrel munching on berries
Heavenly bamboo berries
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. The worst for today is an attention getting sound and/or “psst.” Featured imaged ‘Gray Squirrel’ via wikimedia.
Recently saw an ad for an inn in Santa Cruz that mentioned the Monarch butterflies which migrate to winter in California at this time of year. One of the sites mentioned was the Natural Bridges Preserve. I know they migrate closer to me in Southern California as well. In October a 70 mile-wide swarm of butterflies showed up on weather radar in Denver, Colorado. You might automatically think of Monarchs but these were Painted Ladies which look a bit like Monarchs but are smaller.
The first video is by Bear SF showing two places to see Monarchs in California on You Tube:
View through binoculars at Pacific Grove, Ca. Butterfly Sanctuary
A swarm of butterflies, a swarm of dragonflies, or a swarm of honeybees; better than a swarm of locusts or a swarm of fleas.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt word for today is “arm.” It may be used alone or as part of a word. Featured image of Monarch butterflies via wikipedia.
‘Selfie Perspective’ Fooling around in my powder room and noticed the perspective in my closet door mirrors while playing around with selfies.
I don’t like selfies of myself because they usually show my wrinkles and I don’t like selfies in general because I think they are kind of vain but I liked this photo.
Wanting to get some perspective on all the terrible revelations in the media but there are no short cuts. And I don’t think I should cut short my processing of these painful things. One story after another leaves me reeling. Wondering why this is all coming together now. Could it be because it has built up to a critical mass of evil deeds and the universe is saying, No more! Maybe it all needs to collapse of the rot so it can be reformed into something that raises us all up. ‘It’ being Hollywood, business, the news media, the art world, politics, wherever this oppression ( of women and children) has been fostered and has festered. No more.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. Prompt words for today are shortcut/cut short.
I really like the comics by Marzi the creator of Introvert Doodles. I follow her on Facebook and can really relate to her comic drawings about what it’s like to be an introvert. There are so many cute, and funny ones. I saved one recently that I will share. It is a bingo game and I could relate to most of these squares. Yes, I have been guilty of sniffing books. I like new ones with quality paper and binding. Heavy quality paper smells better than cheaper stuff. Take it from me, a paper connoisseur.
Let’s see what others on this bingo card I am guilty of doing:
- Can name a book that changed my life..probably several
- Know the head librarian of my local library by name ( Nina)
- Read until the sun comes up ( and the morning dew)…many times with a good page turner
- Wept over tragic plot twist..many times
- Posted a review
- Spent a lot on books ( Barnes and Noble, Amazon) trying to get them from library now.
- Joined a book club
- Used emergency book marks
- Own signed copies
- Tried to write a book ( just starting to try short story)
- Recommend books
- Secretly judged someone’s literary tastes ( sometimes)
- Follow authors
- Fell in love with a character ( Darcy)
- The “book” was better ( many times)
Marzi also writes about mental health issues like anxiety. She always make me smile and laugh.
Marzi says on her website that I can post up to 10 of her cartoons on my blog but I need to link back to her website and mention her books that are on sale. So to give her her due, I have already pre-ordered, ( did you notice this is another square on the bingo card?) her latest book The Introvert Activity Book and hope to spend some quality time with it.
Do you relate to anything on the Bookworm Bingo card?
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. This Saturday my friend Dan Antion of No Facilities is filling in as host. The prompt words for today are: Do/Dew/Due. To see the rules click on the link. Featured Image of Doodle by Amy M Lavine on wikimedia.
“A picture can speak louder than words” or has a greater impact than any spoken or written word. Or “this speaks volumes” which is some hyperbole for the impact of a thing, its ability to express something so completely. I recently finished reading a non-fiction book Picture Bride Stories by Barbara F. Kawakami about Japanese Picture Brides in Hawaii who came to Hawaii from Japan and Okinawa during the 1885-1924 Immigration of Japanese laborers. The author immigrated to Hawaii with her parents from Japan as a baby and lived near the pineapple plantations. In her book she documents her interviews with sixteen women who were picture brides*. There were more that 20,000 of these women. On the publication of this book in 2016 the author was 94 years old. This book recounts the tremendous struggles and hardships these women faced in a place they thought would be paradise. Sometimes the men used younger photos of themselves or a photo of a more handsome friend to obtain their bride. On first meeting their husbands some women wanted to return to Japan, others had no choice but to make the best of it. These women labored long hours in the fields of the sugar and pineapple plantations with their husbands along with raising their children, and yet they were able to gaman, (persevere and endure). In this case the photos of the Picture Brides did not speak louder than their own words faithfully recorded by this author. Their poignant stories are an important part of the history of immigrants to our country.
In modern times many couples meet on internet dating sites. Their images are posted and become part of the selection process. The difference in this process to that of the “picture brides” is that the people go on to meet in person before making a permanent commitment.
Would you like to marry someone based on a picture and move to another country often never seeing your friends or families again?
* A practice of arranged marriage where the picture of the woman was exchanged with a picture of the man between the families. The bride and groom usually never met each other in person before agreeing to the marriage. The women who were married in this way were called “picture brides.”
This post is my contribution to Stream of Consciousness Saturday hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is “vol.” Featured image of Traditional Japanese Woman and Mountain from Public Domain Pictures.net
Panther, Puma, Cougar, Mountain Lion, P55 is what they named you, beautiful cat. You were fitted with a tracking device and crossed the freeway at night. They want to build you a bridge not too far from where I live so you and other Mountain Lions can cross the freeway safely and so your species can survive here in Southern California.
“Los Angeles is one of only two megacities in the world (the other is Mumbai) that have big cats living within the city limits. In a place more often associated with freeways and traffic, the fact that the city can support such large-ranging animals is a testament to the quality of open space and the habitat connectivity that still remains.”-National Park Service
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. Prompt for today is “pant.” Photo of P55 ( captured to outfit him with a tracking device) by the National Park Service Santa Monica Mountains. California Mountain Lions info. Slideshow photos from National Park Service.
‘All or nothing’, that is a good motto for a perfectionist. If something does not meet the ideal standard it is worth nothing. It is definitely not synonymous with flexible, easy-going, having self-compassion. Like trying to force a square peg into a round hole and I have the bruises to show for it. It is good to be able to recognize that something is not working for you and allow yourself to move on. Not keep trying to get yourself to fit into something that doesn’t suit. It is not being a quitter or failure to acknowledge something isn’t working out for you or you are not working out for it. It would have been better to realize it is not ‘all or nothing’, success or failure, but that there could be something else waiting out there for you.
“Set aside the old traditional notion of female as nurturer and male as leader; set aside, too, the new traditional notion of female as superwoman and male as oppressor. Begin with that most frightening of all things, a clean slate. And then look, every day, at the choices you are making, and when you ask yourself why you are making them, find this answer: Because they are what I want, or wish for. Because they reflect who and what I am.
This is the hard work of life in the world, to acknowledge within yourself the introvert, the clown, the artist, the homebody, the goofball, the thinker. Look inside. That way lies dancing to the melodies spun out by your own heart.”
― Anna Quindlen
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today ‘all or nothing.’ Featured image by Kate Ter Haar on Flickr.