Saturday, December 08, 2012

Autumn Amas Veritas

"I didn't ask for it to be over, but then again, I never asked for it to begin. For that's the way it is with life, as some of the most beautiful days come completely by chance. But even the most beautiful days eventually have their sunsets."


Alan Silvestri - Amas Veritas play

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Alan and I were driving down Grizzly Peak Blvd this evening, on our way to do some Christmas errands, but I couldn't think about the things on the to do list, because there was the most amazing sunset happening over the bay, so vibrant, so striking that I kept expecting it to make some kind of noise! Music I think.



Amas Veritas

I wish the photos were sharper. I wish I could have held each and every turn. I wish I was looking at that amazing sunset right now, because I know I will never see it the same way again. I wish autumn would never leave. Sigh.

"I didn't ask for it to be over, but then again, I never asked for it to begin. For that's the way it is with life, as some of the most beautiful days come completely by chance. But even the most beautiful days eventually have their sunsets."

That's the way it is with love and autumn I suppose.


~Me :)

Friday, December 07, 2012

Autumn Fingerprints

From For Ellipsis Album 2

"You can't stop the future. You can't change the past. The only way to learn the secret is... to press play."

~Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why


I think I like the pink leaves the most. :)






I think this year I need to challenge myself to find the beauty in winter and really dwell in it for as long as possible. That should make for plenty of adventure the next three months or so.

"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone."

~Pablo Picasso



Thursday, December 06, 2012

Happy St. Nicholas Day... Did The Krampus Spank You?

"Your dreams are your spirit, your soul and without them you're dead. You must guard your dreams always. Always. Lest someone steal them away from you. I know what it is to have your dreams stolen. I know what it is to be dead. Guard your dreams. Always guard your dreams."

~Brom, Krampus: The Yule Lord

Today is St. Nicholas Day, but yesterday was Krampus Day... were you bad this year? Did you get spanked? Or were you good, and therefore alluded the Krampus! I guess the more important question is... Have you ever heard of Krampus Day?

You have? Okay, then you know all the ins and outs of one of my favorite days of any calender year. I like odd holidays days like Krampus Day. It has a rich history, but it hasn't been over told, or commercialized to death, yet it does serve to remind one to mind their manners. I mean consider this, if you don't behave, Santa will merely ignore you on Christmas, but on Krampus Day, if you haven't been good, you will have a demon following you around with a paddle. That's unpleasant. 

Someday, I hope to be able to go to an actual Krampus Day festival in Germany. It's definitely on my personal Bucket List of must see, must do experiences someday. There are a lot of different festivals and special days I would love to see and be a part of, but for now I will just have to settle for YouTube. :) That's okay, someday could be just around the corner... right?

I better be good, for goodness sake.



The Story Of Krampus Day...

Note: I have been having some difficulty with the embeding link for this video, so here is the link to the YouTube channel as well.  (Krampus Day Special)

~Me :) Happy St. Nicholas Day!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Pinkie's Bad Day

"Life is like an onion; you peel off one layer at a time and sometimes you weep."

~Carl Sandburg

I think I mentioned in a previous post about how much my two cats love their Zhu Zhu pets. Both kitties have 2 pets of their very own, although neither cat gets upset if their brother wants to play with their pet. Well... almost never.

Hendrix's two pets are Shamrock and Chunk. Dylan's Zhu Zhu pets are Pinkie and Rocky. We haven't seen Rocky for a while, as Dylan enjoys killing his hamsters, multiple times; and then he tucks them away for resurrection at some later time. It's a mystery as to where Rocky might be, but I know where ever he is, Dylan will more than likely dig him out soon.

Why? You ask...

 Well, because Dylan's beloved Zhu Zhu pet Pinkie has met with an unfortunate end. Poor Pinkie had a bad day yesterday, and then drowned. It seems that earlier in the week, Dylan had tucked Pinkie away behind the toilet in the bathroom, a safe place most of the time because I keep the bathroom as clean as can be, but yesterday it wasn't a good idea to lounge there because in the event of a sudden bathroom tsunami, like the toilet overflowing, a hamster could... you know... drown!



The toilet overflowed.

And Pinkie was caught up in the tsunami.

And sure enough... he drowned.

As the multiple gallons of aue de toilette flowed out of the bottom, top and sides of the bathroom utility, there came Pinkie, flowing out of the bathroom, and into the hallway.

It was very sad, but FUNNY AS HELL!

Pinkie's usual dialog of  "Well, well, well. Awww. Love me." but now sounded more like "Meh, meh meh. ErrrErrr. Glob E." Poor little Pinkie, his pink fur soaked to the bone... um... hard outer shell. My boy witnessed his friend, floating battery chamber up, riding the wave into the previously dry hallway, and it was clear, DYLAN was NOT amused.

I had to take care of the flowing toilet water first, so by the time I got around to retrieving Pinkie from his watery drama, it was too late. Pinkie was gone.

I felt sorry for the little guy, so I put Pinkie on the counter in the bathroom, with the intention of attempting to dry him out today. Nah, it couldn't be done. Pinkie was indeed deceased. I know that because at about 4:45 am, I heard Dylan pick up Pinkie, and throw him to the floor as he always does when he wants to play. Except this time, Pinkie didn't respond. When he realized that Pinkie wasn't in any condition to play, Dylan did what all little boys do when they need help, he came to his momma.

Dylan grabbed Pinkie, jumped onto the bed, and tossed the hamster hard, right at my face, hitting me in the nose.

Me: Ouch!
Dylan: MEOW!


Pinkie had a very bad day yesterday!

So did Dylan!

And my day was no barrel of hamsters either!

Tomorrow will be better though. I will head out to Walmart, and see if I can purchase Dylan a new hamster friend. Maybe this time we will get Scoodles, or Moo. But I already know Dylan loved Pinkie, so I will probably just replace dead Pinkie with another live Pinkie. We'll see.

Little boy cats, little boy humans... there is no real difference.

I love my boys!

"No day is so bad that it can't be fixed with a nap."

~Carrie P. Snow


~Me :)

Tuesday, December 04, 2012


North Fork, Feather River, Belden, California
October 27th 2012

 "Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day."

~Winnie The Pooh

Another series of photos that I didn't have a chance to get to last October, after my visit to Plumas County. This is the Belden Town Bridge, in the town of Belden in Plumas County. It's a small community of about 22 people, which is amazing to me, because the area is absolutely breath taking! Of course the entire county of Plumas is gorgeous! I have only been there in the autumn, but with a little luck I will be able to do some photography there is winter. I need to build a new file of winter scenes, and this seems like it would be a perfect place to visit with my camera, my mittens and lots of time. 

Plumas County, October 2009

Plumas County, October 2009

Plumas County, October 2009

Plumas County, October 2009

 I have fallen hopelessly in love with the whole county since I first visited several years ago. It really is the go to place in Northern California for serious leaf peepers such as myself. On my last visit, Alan and I drove into the county from a different route then we had previously, which took us along the river as it weaves it's way through the county. On our first visit we took a route through the hills, so we didn't have a view of much of the river, but the farms and hills were so rich in autumn tones, that I could have stayed a lifetime and never gotten bored. I would have been too busy, editing all the autumn photos I would have taken during that season alone!

North Fork, Feather River, Belden California, Plumas County
October 27th, 2012

Plumas County is the place of daydreams!


~Me :) 

Visit the Plumas County Visitor's Bureau website to learn about upcoming events!
Plumas County Visitor's Bureau

Monday, December 03, 2012

The Art Of Walking It Off

"I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

~Noel Coward


Parks. I like parks. There are leaves in parks. Sometimes it's autumn in parks. I like autumn in parks because there are leaves everywhere. Did I ever tell you how much I love leaves?


Did I ever tell you that I have an immature BRAT neighbor?

I don't like my BRAT neighbor because he does BRAT things like letting his dog bark for hours on end.

I like his dog. His dog is just lonely.

I have that pups back if he ever needs a friend.

The neighbor could burst into flames... and I wouldn't put him out.

Unless the dog is in danger from the flames he just burst into.

If the BRAT would.. I dunno... take the pup to the park the pup wouldn't get lonely.


Parks. I like parks. There are leaves in parks.




"You cry... I cry. You laugh... I laugh. You jump off a cliff... I laugh even harder!"

~ Unknown (But they must have had a BRAT neighbor)

~Me :)

Sunday, December 02, 2012

A look Back At November 2012

"Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It's going on all the time."

~Charlotte Perkins Gilman

It's time to remember November. When I was deciding which images to choose for my November review, I found myself wanting to go back so badly. I loved being on the San Francisco Bay on November 5th, watching that wonderful golden autumn sun fade behind the bridge. I wanted to be back in Union Square on Black Friday, enjoying that amazing hot chocolate we get every year at Il Cafe, and playing with Dylan as he hugged his favorite brush. Ahh... but I know... there's no going back. But just for fun, let's say I could. Just for a day. Which one would I choose? The Eco tour of the bay? That awesome election day? Thanksgiving?

I couldn't choose, and that is the real problem.


I will just stay here in the present thank you.

But while we are here, let's enjoy the view, shall we?

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


~Me :)