Grateful Grasshopper 6/7/17

Little grasshoppers of different sizes hopped away when I tried to take their portraits.They seemed grateful that I didn’t pursue them.  It was early in the morning and the light was dim.  I felt grateful to get a couple of photos that weren’t blurred.

sitting on lemon
balm and mint you flee swiftly
grateful grasshopper
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
Bright Blessings, Namu Amida Butsu, Namaste
Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven

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It’s Raining on Trees and Twigs 1/12/15

“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.”
~ Anne Lamott
1:12:15 d t sigFlashback Thursday, January 12, 2012 – Stella and Dorzie sleeping (note: Dorzie, smaller one curled up in the back, crossed the Rainbow Bridge in the late autumn of 2014. I miss you my little friend and so does Stella).
January 12, 2012 sigFlashback Saturday, January 12, 2013 – Sunflowers in snow hats day two.
January 12, 2013 sigFlashback Sunday, January 12, 2014 – Melting snow falls from an icicle 🙂
January 12, 2014 sigMonday, January 12, 2015 – Today we have had life giving rain which has also gotten in to the wires of my landline/dsl connection.  Mixed blessings indeed as I’ve never had a cell phone and it’s hard to talk to customer service for your actual physical phone/dsl line when they are in another country and you can barely hear over the static in the line.  I’ll try and get my pictures uploaded of the lovely rain drops on the twigs and trees, before I lose connection again!  I try and post my daily photos each day, usually in the evening, so if you notice that it is not up to date I may be having technical difficulties.
1:12:15 g d sig 1:12:15 trunk sig 1:12:15 drops sig“Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.”
~ Anne Lamott
1:12:15 two drops sig 1:12:15 ab sig 1:12:15 d 1 sig 1:12:15 a l d sig“falling rain nourish
the earth and living things here
leave me connected”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
1:12:15 almost drop sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven

Grateful Bees 11/27/14

“And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart:
Your seeds shall live in my body,
And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,
And your fragrance shall be my breath,
And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.”
~ Khalil Gibran11:27:14 b 1 sigFlashback Tuesday, November 27, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today of the almost full moon of Reed.
November 27, 2012 sigFlashback Wednesday, November 27, 2013 – his is my pick photo for today and it stars zinnia seeds 🙂November 27, 2013 sigThursday, November 27, 2014 – Happy Thanksgiving (US friends and family) and I hope you are having a safe and wonderful holiday!  While the sun didn’t come out today (at least at the time of this post and it probably won’t), it was warm enough for the ladies to come to the oasis for water.  I’m pretty sure they are grateful for the mild temperatures and the ability to get water and do their housekeeping!  I appreciate being able to take their portraits as they came in to collect the blessed water 🙂
11:27:14 oasis closer sig 11:27:14 two bees 1 sig 11:27:14 b back sig 11:27:14 d f sig“Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks.”
~ Thomas Goodwin11:27:14 two oasis sig 11:27:14 b 2 sig 11:27:14 b sig 11:27:14 side sig “I give thanks for bees
and all my many blessings
my heart overflows”
~ Raven Ariana Simons11:27:14 oasis sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven

Bees In Color 11/26/14

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
~ Alphonse Karr
(I am grateful that stings have bees ~ Raven)11:26:14 color bee closer sigFlashback Monday, November 26, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars an aspen leaf. I love how the shadows on the wall in the background are reminiscent of the patterns on the leaf. November 26, 2012 sigFlashback Tuesday, November 26, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a mule deer buck in the mist by the Jordan River at dawn this morning 🙂
November 26, 2013 sigWednesday, November 26, 2014 – Today the weather was warm enough for the ladies to get out and do some housekeeping.  I also saw some wasps (though not featured).11:26:14 shell 1 sig 11:26:14 leg up 1a sig 11:26:14 color bee butt sig“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.
Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”
~ Thomas Merton11:26:14 sippin 1 sig11:26:14 shell sig 11:26:14 leg up 1 sig “housekeeping ladies
take care of business and drink
coloured by the sun”
~ Raven Ariana Simons11:26:14 watercolor sig 11:26:14 side water sig“Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.”
~ Mandy Hale11:26:14 color bee sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven

Bee Thankful and Raindrops 11/22/14

“Eternity hums with every beating heart, with every up-lifted voice, with the crash of waves, the whirl of wind across the shifting dunes, the cry of sea birds, and the trumpets of heavenly angels.”
~ Janell Rhiannon11:22:14 three leaves closer sigFlashback Thursday, November 22, 2012 – On a happy note my pick photo today is a honeybee and hubby calls it “Bee Thankful” This bee is very thankful for her blessing of water in this picture and I’m very grateful for my loved ones and the many blessings in my life including my wonderful friends and family that include the finned, feathered, scaled and furred, and my virtual friends I’ve never in person met!
November 22, 2012 sigFlashback Friday, November 22, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a mallard duck pair that hang out by a pond by the Jordan River 🙂
November 22, 2013 sigSaturday, November 22, 2014 – Today it rained off and on and later snow is expected.  It is already snowing at higher elevations.  I have drops on leaves during the day and on the bare twigs of trumpet vine at twilight.11:22:14 drops leaves sig 11:22:14 drops leaf sig 11:22:14 drops and leaves sig“falling from the sky
here the form of flowing rain
snow on lofty heights”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
11:22:14 a drop sig 11:22:14 twig 2 drops sig 11:22:14 three drops sig“The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too. ”
~Teresa of Avila
11:22:14 twig drops sig“November brings us
fallen leaves and pretty drops
prelude to winter”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

11:22:14 eyeball drops sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven

Two Hummingbirds 9/30/14

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
~ Thomas Merton

9:30:14 close front 1 sigFlashback Sunday, September 30, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and stars an aspen leaf on the twig as it is turning into its fall colors just in time for October 🙂  I love how you can see the veins in the leaf!
September 30,  2012 sig Flashback Monday, September 30, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars BooBoo the Cockatoo. He was riding on his owner’s shoulder on a scooter at the drive-up window at the burger place hubby and I love (Crown Burger). I asked the lady if he ate fries and she says he loves a lot of things he’s not supposed to eat, though his very favorite is pizza!
September 30, 2013 sigTuesday, September 30, 2014 – Little crooked beak and the other hummingbird are still with us and haven’t migrated yet.  They continue to drink at the feeders and eat small insects.  I am enjoying them 🙂
9:30:14 crooked beak sig 9:30:14 crooked beak 1 sig 9:30:14 hum sig 9:30:14 close front looking up sig“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”
~ Thomas Merton
9:30:14 hum back close sig 9:30:14 looking up sig 9:30:14 insect hum sig 9:30:14 back close sig“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.   Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”
~ Thomas Merton
9:30:14 detail 1 sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven

Honeybees 9/28/14

“Where there is love there is life.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
9:28:14 hb side sigFlashback Friday, September 28, 2012 – My pick photo for today stars a goldfinch and an unknown little insect.
September 28, 2012 sigFlashback Saturday, September 28, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars the first and only green metallic sweat bee that I’ve seen in my garden this year.
September 28, 2013 sigSunday, September 28, 2014 – After the rain the honeybees came out.
9:29:14 sipping sig 9:29:14 face sig 9:29:14 farther asters sig“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”
~ Maya Angelou
9:29:14 hb sig 9:29:14 honeybee drinking sig“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
~ Maya Angelou
9:29:14 close sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Bright Bee Blessings and Namaste ~ Raven