Surprise! It Snowed! 5-17-17

I woke up to snow this morning and had to wait until first light to take some photos to
share with you.  It was swiftly melting and I discovered how challenging it is to take photos in the gloaming dawn.  It is also my anniversary today for the 28th year I’ve lived with my husband.  We celebrate 26th years of marriage in August.  Here is his gift.
I love it!  So cute and I so enjoy the dandelion and little pollinators and refreshing innocence.  When we met I wanted him to be my playmate and would sing him a little song my grandfather (the one in my photo in the “Cultivating Compassion and Kindness (About)” page of this blog) would sing to me, called “O Little Playmate“.  I’m grateful to have found the little video in the link to share with those of you who’d like to check out the song.
o dearest playmate
you came out to play with me
and make sweet music
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
I feel so very grateful to you, o husband of mine, even in the cold rain and snow 😉
together for years
so very long yet so short
the passage of time
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017
adventures we’ve had
exciting sometimes scary
nature comforts us
~ Raven Ariana Simons ©2017

Like every couple we’ve had mixed blessings through out the years and it takes work to make a coupleship and a marriage.  I appreciate that we both have love in our hearts, work on gratitude, compassion, and kindness.  Strive to forgive.  Appreciate Grace, Mystery, and Beauty.  Love our family, pets, friends, and the creatures in our yard (that star in most of my photos) and the world at large, while appreciating trees, fungi, soil organisms, water, air, and all that keeps us alive on mama Earth. Work on realizing mistakes are information and opportunities to learn and grow (great because we both make lots of mistakes).  Love to play and create. Love lifelong learning.  Desire to foster creativity in others when we have a chance and do other acts of Service.

Happy Anniversary, Hubby, may we enjoy many more years together and continue to be blessed with double celebrations (insert heart here)!
Bright Snowy Blessings, Namaste, Namu Amida Butsu
Our hearts give thanks to the Grace in the Universe!
~ Raven


Rain (3/2/15) and Snow (3/3/15)

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“A day of spring —
wherever any water is,
in darkness lingering.”
~ Kobayashi Issa

Honeybees collecting crocus pollen on 3/2/14.

Honeybees collecting crocus pollen on 3/2/14.

Click here for photos for March 2, 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Mourning dove on 3/3/14.

Mourning dove on 3/3/14.

Click here for photos for March 3, 2012, 2013, and more 2014.

Monday, March 2, 2015 – We had a little bit of lovely rain today and it is supposed to snow tomorrow, so I think I’ll put these two days together with a song covered by several famous bands and based on an old Celtic traditional song that migrated to the mountain places of the US where immigrants settled from the British Isles.  I really like the way The Lonesome Sisters interpret it and you can find a link to a youtube recording at the end of the post with lyrics.  Pentangle also did a lovely version. The Celts are a passionate people.  In some traditions water is connected to emotion. If allowed emotions can flow like water and if dammed can build up and overflow.  Many of the old songs from these areas are washed with what we think of (in the western culture) as the “darker” emotions.
3:2:15 b street sig 3:2:15 b drops j sig 3:2:15 b f sig
“Early spring –
stream flows
toward my door

~ Kobayashi Issa3:2:15 b drops j 1 sig 3:2:15 b reflection sig“precious raindrops fall
bringing life to thirsty land
much needed water”
~ Raven Ariana Simons3:2:15 b forsythia sigTuesday, March 3, 2015 – Today it snowed and we are on track with our song theme.  I have also added some haiku from a Japanese master, Kobayashi Issa. I learned a little about him today at a book club meeting that I am new to.  Here’s a link where I found some of his poetry 🙂3:3:15 b street sig 3:3:15 b f opening 1 sig 3:3:15 b calendula sig“Seeming as though
this would be the last of it…
so much spring snow”
~ Kobayashi Issa

3:3:15 s fennel sig 3:3:15 b hazel leaf sig “cold snow is falling
water in another form
some love, some avoid”
~ Raven Ariana Simons

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Here you can listen to the beautiful rendition of “Rain and Snow” by The Lonesome Sisters

Rain & Snow
Traditional, arrangement & last verse by Debra Clifford

Well I married me a wife, gave me trouble all my life
Run me out in the cold rain and snow,
rain and snow, run me out in the cold rain and snow

She came on down the stairs throwin’ back her yellow hair
and her cheeks were as red as a rose,
as a rose, her cheeks were as red as a rose

she came into the room where she met her fatal doom
and I aint gonna be treated this old way,
this old way, and I ain’t gonna be treated this old way

I shot through the head and I laid her on the bed
and I ain’t gonna be treated this old way
this old way, and I ain’t gonna be treated this old way

Her baby cried all night I know that what I done ain’t right
the wind howls her name oh so low,
oh so low, the wind howls her name oh so low

Debra Clifford © 2004

The Lonesome Sisters Lyrics
Sarah Hawker & Debra Clifford

Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste  and Nama Amida Butsu ~ Raven

Snow 2/26/15

Streetlamp in the snow on 2/26/15.

Streetlamp in the snow on 2/26/15.

“In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.”
~ Mark Twain
Click here for February 26 past photos (2012, 2013, and more of 2014).

Honeybee on duckweed in urban oasis on 2/26/14.

Honeybee on duckweed in urban oasis on 2/26/14.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 – Today it snowed, which must have been a bit shocking to the birds, bees, and blossoms that have been enjoying a rather mild February.  It wasn’t too cold, though, and the snow melted off of sidewalks and streets quickly.  Living in a desert, I’m happy we are getting some precipitation 🙂
2:26:14 a catkins sig 2:26:14 nice catkin sig 2:26:14 a catkins 1 sig“First a howling blizzard woke us,
Then the rain came down to soak us,
And now before the eye can focus —
Crocus. ”
~ Lilja Rogers

2:26:14 snow 1 sig 2:26:14 juniper cl sig 2:26:14 chickadee sig“little chickadee
yesterday it seemed  like spring
then today it snowed”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
2:26:14 forsythia cl sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven

Three Days – 2/20/15, 2/21/15, and 2/22/15

2:22:15 bee glass sig“pollinating fire
as we pray for all of life
each one connecting”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”
~ Pema Chodron
I didn’t to get my daily posts up from the 20th until today so I have added the hyperlinks in the dates in case you’d like to go back and see the photos and adventures on those past days (each post will have a photo for 2012, 2013, and at least one, maybe more, for 2014):
February 20, 2012 – 2014
February 21, 2012 – 2014
February 22, 2012 – 2014
Sunday, February 22, 2015 – Friday was cooling down, Saturday we had a little bit of snow, and today it is windy with snow expected in some parts of the state over the next couple of days.  One of my long time friends told me today that it looks like winter may be back.  I guess we’ll see from moment to moment, day by day.
Friday, February 20, 2015 – Definitely getting chillier and more wind, though the birds were out, but not a lot of the ladies.
2:20:15 robin 2 sig 2:20:15 crocus 1 sig2:20:15 g f 1 sig“waiting for your seeds
sitting on forsythia
while other birds eat”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
2:20:15 crocus op sig 2:20:15 g f 2 sigSaturday, February 21, 2015 – I woke up to snow, though it did melt pretty fast and there was only a small amount.
2:21:15 catkin drops 1 sig“the drops are perfect
holding upside down tree dreams
in the melting snow”
~ Raven Ariana Simons 
2:21:15 drop 1 sig 2:21:15 o g drop sig 2:21:15 dandelion drop sig 2:21:15 drop sigSunday, February 22, 2015 – Today was cold and so windy that the wind chill factor made me want to stay in the house.  I took a few studies of some of the leaves of my plants that live by my window with some colorful glass.  The honeybee votive candle holder at the very top of the page is part of the arrangement.
2:22:15 leaf detail sig 2:22:15 st fran 1 sig “such life in my home
and I don’t have to go far
to share, love, and care”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
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“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
~ Paul Coelho
2:22:15 odd leaves sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste and Bright Bee Blessings ~ Raven

A Little Snow (and a Lot of Patience) 1/13/15

“Patience is not sitting and waiting, it is foreseeing. It is looking at the thorn and seeing the rose, looking at the night and seeing the day. Lovers are patient and know that the moon needs time to become full.”
~ Rumi
1:13:15 b f 1 sigFlashback Friday, January 13, 2012 – Creeping bearberry from the extra photos of the day.
January 13, 2012 sigFlashback Sunday, January 13, 2013 – What was super fabulous about today was the blue skies! There was still smog down in the lower parts of the valley but where I live I was a little about it This means that these hawthorn berries with their snow hat really look nice!
January 13, 2013 sigFlashback Monday, January 13,  2014 – I had beautiful adventures with birds today and I thought I’d share this bald eagle with you 🙂
January 13, 2014Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – It snowed lightly in the evening and early hours and when I went out it was already melting.  The big part of my day for practicing patience and compassion is trying to connect long enough to make this post and then get it out.  I’ve been at it for hours 🙂  I’ll be praying that the technician that is supposed to visit sometime  tomorrow can find where the squirrels have chewed the wires!
1:13:15 snow d 2 sig 1:13:15 dr c sig 1:13:15 b f sig 1:13:15 many sig“patiently I wait
focus on the melting snow
practice compassion”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
1:13:15 side sig 1:13:15 dr sig 1:13:15 s d sig 1:13:15 d 2 sig“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
~ A. A.  Milne
1:13:15 m ds 1 sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven

It’s Snowing 12/28/14

“I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas: It brings people together while time stands still. Cozy couples lazily meandered the streets and children trudged sleds and chased snowballs. No one seemed to be in a rush to experience anything other than the glory of the day, with each other, whenever and however it happened.”
~ Rachel Cohn
12:28:14 snowing 1 sigFlashback Friday, December 28, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars some icicles hanging on my neighbor’s evergreen tree looking sparkly in the sun 🙂
December 28, 2012 sigFlashback Saturday, December 28, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars ice crystals on lavender 🙂
December 28, 2013 sigSunday, December 28, 2014 – It has been snowing on and off today and I was even able to get a few portraits of snowflakes 🙂
12:28:14 h sig 12:28:14 feathery sig 12:28:14 snowing side sig 12:28:14 two rlf 1 sig“snowflakes, winter’s art,
are beautiful when seperate
or joined together”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
12:28:14 snowing sig 12:28:14 tip sig 12:28:14 stem sig 12:28:14 fl edg sig“Snow was falling,
so much like stars
filling the dark trees
that one could easily imagine
its reason for being was nothing more
than prettiness.”
~ Mary Oliver
12:28:14 ice drop sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven

Sunflowers in December 12/27/14

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
~ Robert Frost
12:27:14 s 1 sigFlashback Thursday, December 27, 2012 – This is my pick photo for today and stars a pair of sunflowers with some super stylie snow hats 🙂
December 27, 2012 sigFlashback Friday, December 27, 2013 – Hubby picked out today’s pick photo for today and it stars ice crystals around hazel with an awesome shadow on the rock behind. This is the structure of the hazel that holds the nut.
December 27, 2013 sigSaturday, December 27, 2014 – Today a few of the sunflowers had some snow hats left, though most had lost them.
12:27:14 s sig 12:27:14 three sig 12:27:14 s 3 sig“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
~ Mark Twain
12:27:14 s 2 sig 12:27:14 sf sig 12:27:14 s 4 sig“sunflowers are cute
even without any seeds
birds have been busy”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
12:27:14 side sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven