Me and my kiddo

Me and my kiddo

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

My Latest Forest Stroll Theme... Purple Flowers!

Of course, I begin by stepping out of my little, yellow house at the bend of the road and looking up and being filled with sunshine:

Ah... and then I set out and see what forest wonder captures my delight on the particular day. I'd already met Creeping Myrtle / Periwinkle (although for quite awhile I had it mis-identified as Mountain Laurel). Now, I'm quite certain of this lovely ground cover and I've learned all sorts of crazy things about its magical uses in the process!

I was delighted with this little one and almost thought it was Hound's Tongue, but the leaves were too far up the stem. I searched a bit more and found these are Forget Me Nots. So pretty.

Then I was presented with two that I didn't know at all.

I'm pretty sure this one is Wild Geranium, Cranesbill and...

... that left this one to perplex me. I'm getting nowhere. I shall ask my plant wisemen/wisewomen for help. 
Doug says, "Four petals in an X-shape always means Mustard family! (Violets typically have at least five petals.) This one looks like one that goes by a lot of different names; one I've heard is "Sweet Rocket." Scientifically it's in the genus Hesperis, I think. It's probably a magenta variety of this species:"

Finally, I turn around at the oak forest (with the white fence below)... this walk has been enchanting me for years now, yet I always find something new to enchant me further :)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Puddle Reflections

I headed out intent on forest bathing and hoping to curtail a brewing migraine. I fell in love with puddle reflections.  I started by enjoying all the shadows, sparkles, and swirls in this particular puddle... then contemplating the reflections.

Then it was like every single puddle was this exciting mirror to explore!

Here we have a zooming out series of four:

Sometimes I could see them from the side:

But more often, I needed to get close to peer inside:

Then I took a few pictures comparing the reflection to the real thing and what a delightful show!

Happy reflections delight :)

Friday, February 10, 2017

To Highway 17 and Back Again

It's been quite the run of storms recently which have caused mudslides and road closures. After Andrew got to work this morning, a slide closed Highway 17 completely south of us.

I knew that all the backroads to access Laurel were blocked by slides or flooding. So, while this is still my favorite walk, I turned left out of our driveway to walk to the highway and back again. I hoped to see if there was a way to enter Laurel Rd from 17, if someone was able to come from the north. (As the screenshot gives away, there was and it worked... albeit not quickly.)

However, I have been developing themes for my forest road strolls and this time I picked fluorescent green. You see, it doesn't seem to matter if we're talking about edge-of-the-road asphalt 

or trunks

or stumps

or red-wood needles

or even whole trees...

my forest has some seriously happy moss! Noticing it made my uphill trek to the road much more pleasant. 

On a side note, but in the glowing theme, have you noticed how raindrops glow silver on leaves on a gray day? They get this glorious, metallic luster that's quite different from the gem-like sparkle of sunny-day dew drops.

The road was empty but not blocked and my husband made it home. Hoorah for a successful trip "To Highway 17 and Back Again"!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Last few FaceBook Posts = Latest Chez Miner. Tomorrow... presents and feasting!

And... we have a blue belt! This is the face and hand movement for put-the-camera-down-and-don't-take-my-picture.


Rachel Miner with Andrew Miner.
The best of my son's un-prompted answers to a list of questions that was going around FB. Illuminating! I love the honesty... and I suppose I love the cheeky kid too :)
*Do you think you could live without me?
From C about Mom: with Dad and with a lot of grief, yes. And also I’d have a more unpleasant time with the stricter firmer parent. I’d be less inclined to argue.
*What is my favorite food?
From C about Mom: some vegetable filth
*How do I annoy you?
From C about Dad: your rigid certainty about everything that leaves no room for argument
*What is my favorite food?
From C about Dad: some kind of steak. I don’t know which. With bones in it probably.

If one has completed the Thursday Pilates class and grocery shopping and is doing the five minute ocean visit and… one recalls that one does not need to hurry back for homeschooling this once, aught not one extend one's walk to go to the best place to see the waves? And if one is passing the steps down to the beach on the way back, aught'n one take the time to walk in the surf? And, if one sees the tide pools exposed, might it be a good idea for one to explore? And, hypothetically speaking, after one has tiptoed over the gravel back to the car and arrived home grungy and sore-footed, aught one take an epsom salt bath scented with Bergamot before afternoon chores? Mmmm, I think, hypothetically of course, I'm going to be feeling quite cozy soon... might even have to add a tiny rock in the hammock into this, uh, imagining!

Oooo, I like it 😊

December 23 at 6:06pm

Power out all day, we've been flipping on the generator for a bit to keep the fridge/freezer cold and use electronics every few hours. Now that it's night and they're saying 2:30am "maybe" we'll get power back... let there be light! Off to get some lentil soup ready 😋

December 24 at 6:06pm

I'll admit that middle-of-the-night migraines two nights in a row is less than ideal. But, it doesn't seem to matter how crumpled I start out... when I walk my forest, I am filled with gradually more and more love and gratitude and joy and I don't seem able to come home without bubbling over with smiles and good cheer. It's so beautiful. It's so precious and worthy of cherishing. Every soaring redwood and sun-warmed moss and glowing oak trunk enchant me. May your days be merry and so beautifully bright.
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." -Maya Angelou
"The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live." - Ayn Rand
"Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence."
“The happy life is thought to be one of excellence; now an excellent life requires exertion, and does not consist in amusement. If Eudaimonia, or happiness, is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence; and this will be that of the best thing in us.” -Aristotle
Happy holidays to all my dear friends... may they be deeply happy, drawing on the best within us!