May1

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Happy May Day

Seattle is notoriously spunky on May Day. I hope today is full of spirited marches and activities without violence or looting or destruction. As for me, I am going to do some writing and gardening. So far I have planted four dwarf trees, strawberries, chives, beets, radishes, peas, Brussels sprouts, arugula, corn, sunflowers (a wide variety), zinnias, cornflowers, dahlias, and scabiosas. I figure SOMETHING will bloom or grow. This is only my second year attempting to garden. Last year I started a garden in pots but then had to move and lost it all. Pity. That is okay. If at first you don’t succeed, try…try again. I don’t mind the pitfalls. I am excited to see what will come up! So, I will avoid the city this May Day and take care of my garden.

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To a great May Day!

May1

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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Taken at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Taken at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

We decided to go to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival this year. We went the very last weekend, so we missed the daffodils and many tulips. But, it was still worth it. We saw a lot of tulips and irises. And we had fun together, so I won’t complain! Here a couple of the photos I thought worth sharing…

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February4

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Remember Me?

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I have been quiet.

I have been busy with birds, books, writing, silence. Sometimes, silence is good. We need to regroup. So, enough about me…what have you been up to? What have you been reading? What have you been doing?

July22

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This made me cry…

I have always thought we shouldn’t wait to say what we feel. So, I say how I feel all the time. You should too.

June14

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Brave!

This song is just GREAT! It makes me smile so big… I even well up with tears… yes! I wanna see you be brave!

“Brave”
(Sara Bareilles)

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
And they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

Innocence, your history of silence
Won’t do you any good
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you

April25

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Thanks, Rosie!

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I read an article in Spinner magazine written by Rosie Thomas and it brought me to tears. Here is a piece of it,

I felt small and insignificant and embarrassed. “I was so brave once,” I thought, and now I was so afraid. It’s hard to describe to someone what anxiety feels like: I felt like I was invisible and the world around me looked so normal and I just couldn’t find my place in it anymore. Nothing made me feel better — escaping my body would have been my only relief — so all I could do was endure it.

There are times in life when we can’t get around what we are going through, when there aren’t any side roads or backdoor exits or short cuts, and all we can do is get through it. I think of fishermen on a boat when the storm is coming — it’s too late to turn back, so all they can do is hope for the best, tie everything down and pray that they endure.

My anxiety was with me all day long. I would wake up with fear and panic in the early morning and it just never went away.

You can read the whole thing here.

I have felt this way.

I feel this way right now. It has been such a strange few years. I just sort of lost myself in this dark isolated place within my own mind. And if I had a nickel for every time I’ve thought, “I was so brave once”… it is almost as if it has become the motto to my self-berating for not being “so brave” right now. I think often we forget how much health can affect us and how, at the end of the day, we must find value in our intrinsic worth, which is not and cannot be tied up with anything we do or anything outside of just exactly who we are…

So, thank you Rosie for sharing this with us and for being so brave in doing so. And for coming back to all of us fans. You are enough, even if you don’t sing again. You’ve touched my life for so many years–I’ve felt so connected to your music, the lyrics. Your voice has soothed me in so many dark hours and celebrated with me in so many happy, sunny ones. Thank you. Really, thank you.

April24

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I love Rosie!

It is less than 15 minutes, watch it. It’ll make you laugh and maybe cry. =) I love Rosie…

Rosie Thomas – Like Wildflowers from FREDNULA on Vimeo.

 

“Like Wildflowers”

If I place my hope in all things that pass away
What have I shown for myself?
If love shows her face, and my life’s out of place
Will I be kind to myself?

Where, where will I go from here?

If it’s all about timing
Then I’m right where I should be,
And there’s no room for regrets
But often times I find
That my thoughts play in rewind
And won’t free me from the past

So, where will I go? Where will I go? Where will I go?

If my life had its way
Oh how simple it would sway
Like wildflowers in the fields
I wish I could learn from the flowers and the ferns
How to take things as they come

And how, how will I grow?
Oh how, how will I grow?
Oh how, will I grow from here?

February14

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Happy Valentine’s Day 2013

With love, so much love…

 

A SHORT LOVE STORY IN STOP MOTION from Carlos Lascano on Vimeo.

October1

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National Book Month 2012 Begins!

Supplies -- Check, Enthusiasm -- Check, Check =)

(Read more here.)

September9

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The lost book



The lost book, originally uploaded by Siréliss.

Oh. My. I love it.