Even the Wind Likes to Read While Beautiful Buds Listen in the Shadows of Us and Birdsong

April 23 2019:

A book.
An egret.
A flowering bush.
All discovered on the walk yesterday. When I came across each one, I was moved to stop and take in the scene. Most especially, the open book with pages being turned by the ghostly wind. Even the wind likes to read. 😘📖💨🌸💖 (To clarify, the book is not mine … it was simply sitting on the rock with its pages being turned by the wind .. Struck me as beautiful!)

April 25 2019:

It was the long walk today. Will need to start getting out there earlier. When it warms up here, it don’t mess around!! Loved these beautiful buds!!

April 25 2019:

Sunset walk with Thomas … Nice and warm with a light breeze. Beautiful and peaceful. Largest family so far … 23 or more goslings!! He’ll let me take a photo of his shadow. I’ll take whatever I can get!

April 26 2019:

Today’s walk. Sat for a bit underneath this tree. Listened to the birdsong and the ducks and the geese. Felt the silky air against my skin. Smelled the smells. Haven’t done that in way too long. Ahhhhhh …

 

When I Know It Is Time for a Lillian Break

April 24 2019:

Reasons I KNOW it’s time for a Lillian break:

I’ve been can’t-move-my-body exhausted (with a side order of pounding headache) every night this week.
I turned the heat on last night instead of the air conditioner … it was a balmy 75 degrees almost all night! 🤪😂 Realized what I had done not too long before getting up.
One of the 3 times Lillian woke me up, she asked for throat spray (homemade with cold spring water and peppermint essential oil) …. She got one good spray directly up her nose! Oops!!! Sorry Lillian …
I had a peanut butter & jelly sandwich for dinner tonight.

The Romano Duo picked up Lillian this afternoon after our library volunteering. She’s off to spend 3 nights with them; rejoining Thomas and I on Saturday. Just in time for movie night! Hallelujah … It’s break-from-Lillian time! Love you to infinity Lillian! And, grateful for our breaks!! (Photo from May 2018)

Saying Goodbye to Different iz Good Website

April 28 2019:

On May 4th, I’m going to let go of the last remnants of something I worked very hard at creating. In 2010, I created and set up a 501(c)3 Nevada nonprofit corporation by the name of Turning Views Foundation. With a slogan of “Different iz Good” … (slogan inspired by the amazing and very missed Susan Moran).

The nonprofit was inspired by Lillian when iPods and iPhones were first beginning to be used as Assistive Technology. Insurance did not cover these devices at that time (for using to communicate) and I saw a great need to help others have access to this technology.

During our 3 years we gifted either an iPad, iTouch or iPhone to about 20 recipients who were in need! After 3 years, insurance companies finally began to cover these for people in need and the Foundation was more than I could handle alone; along with my other responsibilities. I chose not continue with it at that time.

I have continued to pay to renew the domain every year for the past 6 years. It’s time to let it go … If you were a part of all we did, you may want to head over and see if there’s anything you want to save from the website. And if you’re interested to know what it was all about go check it out! (website on the attached logo image)

This post is not calling for sadness. It calls for rejoicing in what can be accomplished when we come together! It calls for making way for the new and beautiful things to come! It’s about purging the old to welcome the new … And, so it is! Much and deep love for everyone that was involved in the Foundation for those 3 years! ❤️❤️❤️

 

Latest News: Coming Soon – Words of Alchemy

April 25 2019:

Celebration time! I finally finished Round 1 of filtering through writings for the next book! Many more rounds to go. Yet, getting that first one completed is nearly the hardest!

“Words of Alchemy” is under way and is a collection of poetry written from 2013 to current – the words that alchemized my life experiences over these past 6 years. I have the book cover designed in my mind. Hope to get an actual digital image soon.

I cannot believe I wrote that first poem in May 2013 …

Latest News: Words of Alchemy – Coming Soon

Earth Day 2019 – Making Wishes and Sunset Beauty

Mother Nature showed up in a beautiful way for Earth Day. She called me out for three walks. One with Lillian. One by myself. And one with Thomas.

She knew after I spent the morning looking into how much to replace the radiator in our car, I would need some Nature Love. 💙 🌏 🌏 🌏💚

Made wishes with Nature Made wishing “flowers”. Isn’t she beautiful?? Just can’t get enough of her loveliness.

Loved these wispy clouds. Lillian had a great time taking photos.

Earth Day sunset walk with Thomas yesterday. Absolutely gorgeous!!

Easter Sunday 2019 – Hoppy Hoppy Joy Joy

April 21 2019:

Happy Happy Joy Joy

Beautiful flowers at The Romano Duo’s place …. 🧡🧡🧡

Getting ready for some yummy delicious food and laughter at The Romano Duo’s place.

Almost didn’t make it! Rosey, the car, now has crack in the radiator and was overheating on the way here! Ugh!! All filled up with coolant again and ready for the drive home.

Now for the food post!!! Look at this cute cake my mom made! Thomas and Lillian each enjoyed pieces of the ear!!

And Frank made me a refreshing virgin Bloody Mary for starters. And, check out these amazing vegan “deviled eggs” she made just for me!!! I was pleasantly surprised!! They are yummy too (made from potato)!!

And, and, my very own vegan potato salad …. squeal! What a great meal this was! I brought the baked beans with chunks of “pork” (jackfruit). That was a hit!! Two more … check out that cucumber salad and roasted sweet potatoes!! Good food heaven!!!

More photos from Easter to include a couple of bloopers. I was tickling Thomas’ back. The last picture cracks me up! Lillian looks so innocent and I’m tickling Thomas.

The last of the photos from Easter Sunday. To include more silliness and bloopers!

Movie Night: The Lady in the Van

April 20 2019:

Team TLC movie night: My choice – “The Lady in the Van”

I say, “I adore Maggie Smith. An absolutely touching story … based on a true story. ‘It is in writing that we find ourself.’ – Alan Bennett … You got that right Mr. Bennett. I didn’t even realize that one of the main two characters is a writer. Well. Hot damn! Double touché! …. I loved it!”

Lillian says, “It was good and I liked the music.”

Thomas sat this one out.

Tasty Thai for Thomas and Camilla at Moon Rabbit Cafe

April 20 2019:

Thomas and I enjoyed dinner at Moon Rabbit Cafe’s Pay-What-You-Can Community Cafe! It was a “Tasty Thai” experience specially created by chef Evan Berry!

For starters we enjoyed corn/tofu fritters and veggie spring rolls with sweet chili sauce and peanut sauce. The coconut limeaid was so good! Thomas had Thai coconut chicken curry and I had veggie yellow curry with a side of Jasmine rice. Thomas completed with a homemade mango pudding; which I skipped as it is made with gelatin.

Grateful to Reno Buddhist Center for facilitating this every other month. Yum!