Saturday, December 8, 2018

Milagro the Monarch

Last week, a  friend invited me to pick the cocoon hanging from a dead basil branch in his yard.  
We both surmised that the critter inside didn't survive the recent hard freezes that came to our area.


The cocoon was like an exquisite gem with its jade color and gold accents!  I wondered 
if there was a way to preserve it.   Perhaps apply some type of clear base coat.


But something happened overnight in the warmth of my house.  A surprise - unexpected life.

I named her Milagro!  She stayed in my home for three days and brought me such joy!  
I took her out every day but she wasn't ready to fly.  Days were sunny but nights dipped cold, 
so I brought her back inside each evening.

Female markings - a male has spots.
This was my last glimpse of her just before she flew away.
I wonder how far she went?  How long she lasted?  
She made it through freezes in the cocoon
and experienced emerging in a home
with a human staring at her.

It was magical for me.

A small miracle. 

A reminder of resilience, freedom, joy, wonder, beauty, life and a journey. . .

Sunday, November 25, 2018

A House and a Forest

mini foraged edibles - chickweed, henbit, yarrow, sage, and juniper

If it survives firing, this house will shine its light and grow a garden. 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Lifting of My Spirit


"Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 
'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' 
and does not doubt in his heart, 
but believes that what he says 
is going to happen, 
it will be granted him."
Mark 11:23

Do you see the mountain, or do you see the mountain in the sea?

Sunday, October 28, 2018

October Celebration

 O u r   a n n i v e r s a r y   m o n t h !
A bit of funky/spooky at Evil Dead musical, 
where Greg directed music.
 
8   y e a r s   o n   t h e   2 3 r d !  
A little dress up for us - The Sheriff and Prairie Hill Belle
Oil painted Prairie Hill necklace
Fall celebration on Prairie Hill
Tiny spider and web inside a grass tendril


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Mid October


 

I'm not sure I've ever seen so much rain here during an autumn season -  
but a couple of dry days now with sunshine and I'm out!

Prairie Hill is full of asters, golden rods and apparently
snake skins.  This one made a nice bow for my bouquet.

 I turned my prairie bouquet into a huge sage mix bundle, to include
the shed snake skin.  It's such a nice reminder to join nature
in letting go.  I've outgrown certain circumstances and I'm 
preparing for a new season.  

"A beginning can be long time in preparation."
-John O'Donahue


Sunday, October 7, 2018

October Refreshing

Zody (circa 13) and I still walking together. :)
My jeweler friend, Rita, made this ring from our local ancient granite. This gift feels so right on my hand. 

This month is off to a spectacular start. Abundant rains have covered plains and even graveled areas 
with happy sunflowers.  Sunsets and sunrises are as colorful as the changing leaves, and everything feels vibrantly fresh.  The new season feels optimistic; October feels good and right.