Tag Archives: Mark Twain

A Stroll in the Garden

“Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.” – Harold S. Kushner

Calendula

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Calendula

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Calendula

“Kindness is like snow- It beautifies everything it covers.” – Kahlil Gibran

Creeping Groundcover

“I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.” – Lady Gaga

Cohosh-Racemosa Cimicifuga

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Cohosh-Racemosa Cimicifuga

That best portion of a man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. -William Wordsworth

Purple Coneflower

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

Purple Coneflower

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart

Purple Coneflower

“Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.” – Andrew Iskander

Purple Coneflower

Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

A Stroll in the Garden

I thought I would share a few of my garden neighbors with you.

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There is the common and beneficial garter snake.

Garter Snake

“Well, then, let it go, let it go, if you’re so bull-headed about it. We can get you
some garter-snakes, and you can tie some buttons on their tails, and let on
they’re rattlesnakes, and I reckon that ‘ll have to do.” Tom to Jim in The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Garter Snake

Garter Snake

Garter Snake

This is a discovery that my Hubby made when he noticed grass sticking out of the old abandoned barbeque and opened the lid to investigate.

Squirrel Nest

Turns out Mrs. Squirrel has a rather comfy home here.  We could not determine if there were babies by looking through the front door, and this nest is deep.  So we left well enough alone and closed the lid of the barbeque.

On another day, Hubby decided to take a second look.  Turns out that Mrs. Squirrel turns into a hell cat when the lid is lifted while she is at home.  Hubby is a good ducker, and we will leave the family in peace.

I wish I could get Mrs. Squirrel to pose for you, but she is in perpetual motion when I see her out and about, and I don’t seem to have the time to stalk her for a photo.

It’s easy to smile when you have a squirrel’s intellect. -Dylan Moran

Squirrel Nest

Mr. and Mrs. Flycatcher moved to the neighborhood back in 2013.  I have shared their family in several posts, which can be found under the Home and Garden Galleries 2013 tab2015 tab , and the 2016 tab at the top of this blog.

Western Flycatcher

One year, the resident bully hawks (Cooper Hawks, I think) destroyed the family, so Hubby built a bird house for them to reside in.  It seems that Mr. and Mrs. Flycatcher prefer to nest in the open (perhaps they are claustrophobic).  The barn swallows, however, love to reside in the bird house, and the two seem to make good neighbors.

Both residences are right there by the porch light…next to the front door to my residence.

Western Flycatcher

“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” -Henry Van Dyke

Western Flycatcher

I do not know where the residence of the Hawks is, but I do know that it is nearby.  They have left the flycatchers unmolested since the birdhouse was put there.  Hopefully, it shields them.

That seems to be the way of life…the bigger and more powerful preying on the small but courageous.

Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

Marriage Enrichment Retreat

What a happy and holy fashion it is that those who love one another should rest on the same pillow. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

The older I get, the less time I want to spend with the part of the human race
that didn’t marry me.  ~Robert Brault

 

Love seems the swiftest but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. ~Mark Twain

 

No internet, no cell, no tv; no distracting electronic gadgets whatsoever.

Just simple, fabulous quiet.

Hubby and I attended a marriage enrichment campout with several couples.  We had seminars and meals and chats together.

And lots of beautiful serenity.

We watched sunsets.

I stitched a little.  And read a little.

And watched the ripples in the water.

And watched the trees grow.

And now I am in email jail.

Was it worth it?

I did not want to come home.