The Real Treasures are Happiness and Love and Friendship


October 6 2012:

“I’m going to write a book about the real treasures being happiness, love and friendship” said Thomas earlier today …

Reminded me of something he said back in August … “The only real treasure is love and friendship …” – Thomas Darnell 8.4.12 …. When we’re HAPPY we just think differently y’all … In a DARN good way!

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Notice Nature by Camilla Downs

Thomas Walking Bartley Ranch Summer 2016“Notice”

Notice nature.
Feel and smell the air.
Study the clouds and the trees.
Listen to the birds.
How many different kinds of songs can you hear?
What kinds of birds are they?
Injoy a sunset.
Notice and smell freshly bloomed flowers.
Notice and study new buds on a tree.
Notice the smell of newly fallen leaves.
Study the moon, stars, and clouds.
Walk barefoot in the grass, dirt, or sand.
Watch the waves in the ocean,
Or the ripples in a lake,
Or the rushing water of a river.
Notice the glimmer of freshen fallen snow.
Watch the sunlight dance and sparkle on the water.
Study all types of trees.
Get up close. Touch them.
Go for a walk for no reason other than to commune with nature.”

-2016 Camilla Downs – Author, Lessons from Nature


Love and Purple Carpet and Shadows and Reflections

April 24 2017:

Solo walk this afternoon … At least two messages of love and one amazing carpet of itty bitty cute purple flowers. xoxo

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April 25 2017:

Walk with Lillian this afternoon. Shadows, ducklings, egrets, reflections, wind, and sun. Perfect. xoxo

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Walks and Gifts and Cookies


May 27 2013:

Just back from a refreshing walk with nature … Look at the beautiful gift I found waiting for me! Had the entire trail and walk to myself …. PERFECT!!

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May 27 2013:

It’s a homemade almond cookie kinda day! YUM!! I experimented this time and made some substitutions to the recipe I usually use. Turned out GOOD! Sending y’all warm homemade cookie hugs!

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May 27 2013:

Team TLC had dinner at The Romano Casa tonight … Yum!!!! That Romano Duo is so good to us!!

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Windy and This Time of Year

December 14 2016:

Wonderfully windy walk with Lillian this afternoon. The clouds and wind put on an amazing show. Nature is her own gallery! xoxo

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December 15 2016:

Lillian shares why she loves this time of year ….. The wind had quite a bit to say too so some is muffled. Yet, I think you can hear most of it!

Grow Where You Are by Camilla Downs

(San Antonio Riverwalk July 2016)

“Grow where you are,
Lest you spend precious time
Waiting to grow
Until you arrive someplace else.
For when one reaches the
Someplace else, there will
Always be the next someplace else.
Grow as your heart desires
from within,
To allow without to miraculously
Support ones growth.” –Camilla Downs – Author, Lessons from Nature