Sunday, March 26, 2017


Nature for my eyes and heart and a rattlesnake warning: you are entering my space.

B-Day Angel, journal collage

I had a perfect birthday, except two birthday cakes gave me a belly ache.  

My heart aches from God's whisper to me this morning.  
"Your life is a gift to Myself."  


  1. Happy Birthday!!
    Those boulders look so intriguing and even a little mystical. What a great place to hike! (Except for the rattlesnake, that is.)

  2. Happy Birthday, belated! Such beautiful textures here... and the rattlesnake warning - good that they warn!

  3. You spent your day in nature. Even a rattler sighting! I often wonder what the snake represents. Honestly, I don't know anyone else who happens upon snakes more than you do. I like them. Probably an "awareness" omen, yah?
    Cakes and bellyaches. Sweets are hard to resist. But, it was your BIRTHDAY! You HAD to eat them!
    Every year, when your birthday comes around, I always think about that particular day when Greg took you for a horseback ride! So fun.
    Happy Birthday, prairie sister.

  4. happy birthday, bellyache and all..!!

  5. I stumbled across your blog by accident when I googled "Elk Mountain hike directions to Apple and Pear." I live an hour and a half from you just across the border in Texas, and I hike at the Refuge several times a year. I even recognize some of the hiker faces in your pictures from hiking with the regulars on the group hikes a couple of times. It has taken me a few weeks, but I have enjoyed reading every single post on your blog. I would like to thank you for the reminder you have given me to slow down and enjoy all the beautiful things ~ the flowers, nature, sunsets, art, health, and people. I knew nothing about art, but now I know so much more just from reading your blog and am interested in learning more. I love your little town of Medicine Park and always take a drive through there every time I am at the Refuge. What a lucky girl you are to be able to live there! I still want to hike to Apple and Pear someday. My son and I tried with friends to find them from the top of Elk Mountain just a couple of weeks ago. We could see them but couldn't get down to them. Maybe you could share directions either from the top or from the Valley of Boulders below? I am happy to have found your blog and am looking forward to more posts.