Friday, December 20, 2013

Better Watch Out...Holiday Karma is Real!

It doesn't matter which holiday you celebrate this time of year, Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday, keep one thing in mind Holiday Karma is real.

I have spent the last couple of days running around taking care of the Holiday shopping. As usual it's crazy out there. People are rushing around frantically trying to get things done. But in their rush some some people have forgotten Holiday Karma is real!

It is better to be Nice! Santa is coming to town Candle Wrap.
In this holiday season you see the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly! I have been very lucky this year and most of my encounters with my fellow man have been been good. I am sure not all bad things are because of Karma. Bad things can happen to good people anytime for no reason, all the more reason to remember the Holidays are a time to take care of one another. Not only because you don't want coal in your stocking or because you fear Karma but because it feels good to be nice to to people. 

It always makes me happy to see a surprised smile on someone's face when I wish them a "Happy Holiday" or let them in front of me in line or give them my shopping cart because they have an arm full and I only have two little things. It can also makes me a little sad to see how surprised they are and makes me wonder, "Is it that unusual?". I hope not.

The gift I got in return this holiday season was to find myself surrounded with a lot really happy, joyful people who smiled, talk and were generally pleasant. It really has been a Happy Holiday!

A Very large Cat Tree in the Car.
Let's not forget Karma, remember I said Karma is real! It seems because I made the effort to make the day go well for others, everything has gone well for me. I found all the gifts I was looking for. I had a lovely young man help find a hard to find DVD and someone else helped me load a very large cat tree into my car, and all done with such holiday cheer!

The Package we were waiting for.
If that's not enough to prove that Holiday Karma is real how about when I got home, there on the front porch was a package my husband and I had been waiting for. "Thank you FedEx man wherever you are and Happy Holiday:-)"

Later, I watched the news and heard about the Target Hacking. I and several family members had shopped at Target. I was safe having shopped after the date and my family was also safe having used cash. Thank you again Karma!!!

So before I start wrapping and finish making holiday candy, I just wanted to say to anyone who might want to hear it..."Be Happy, Spread Joy and have a Very Happy Holiday" and remember even if you don't believe in Santa, Holiday Karma is real!!!

Amanda and Frogbird, wherever he is:-)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I saw the shifting colors today...Autumn and Halloween are on the way:-)

I love Autumn! It is that quiet time when the Earth prepares to rest. It gets out its brightest fabrics of leaves then shakes them with soft breezes so they fall in quilt patches to the ground. The air is crisp with the smells of the harvest and the soft nights yawn with frosty breath as winters sleep approaches.

Today I saw the first shifting of color that announces the beginning of Autumn. The summer dark greens of the forest lighten with a overlay of yellow accented small touches of color at the tip the tree tops. In a few weeks they will be ablaze!

In a few weeks the woods will be ablaze!

Produce stands are filling with a new crop of apples, bails of straw and pumpkins. Children have started back to school. The school buses roll along through country roads, town and city neighborhoods. If you listen carefully as they pass you can hear happy plans for Halloween.

Baroque Bat.
Halloween, the last big block party before we must hide from the cold winter winds. There will be Thanksgiving of course before winter comes calling but it will not bring out the joyful kid in all of us quite the same way as Halloween.

For children Halloween is fun, scary, a mystery, skeletons, black cats, jack-o-lanterns, bats flying past the moon and witches beckoning us to watch and listen to the night. It is a flashlight under the blankets when we should be asleep. It is sitting at the top of the stairs to listen to grownup talk and then being afraid to walk down the darkened hall to bed. When I was a girl it was sneaking into the living room and sitting by the radio, turned on just loud enough to hear if your ear was pressed close, to dark stories of the night.
Black Cat and Witches Hat.

For anyone who thinks childhood has passed them by, this time of year can bring you back to magical times, walking through the leaves, making the breath of dragons in the frosty air, sweet treats, dressing up, the last block party of the year... Autumn and Halloween.

Halloween, for the kid in all of us!

Amanda and Frogbird, wherever he is:-)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Re-Joining the party...There is an App for that!

I started this blog over a year ago and I must say I have been remiss in keeping it up. I often think of things to blog about but sometimes I seem to get stuck in the past when most of us didn't share our thoughts...

I was born in the time of radio and books, not ebook, but paper and print books. My Google was the Public Library, National Geographic, News Papers, Magazines, and when I was 10 years old my parents bought us a used encyclopedia. We had typewriter but the children were not allowed to use it. So if you had a thought you got a #2 pencil and a piece of paper.

There wasn't a good way for the average person to share their thoughts except with individual letters to their closest family and friends or you where very lucky you might meet someone to share ideas with at school, work or a party.

Frogbird Says: You are as young as our thoughts.
Today we have email, blogs and social media. Things have changed and for the most part the changes are good. This new virtual world is  making our "Earth Lifeboat" smaller and is bringing us closer together as we learn about each other.

Much of what I have found in this virtual new world has been instructional and educational. Many of the people I have meet have been intelligent, witty and charming. I find, in this virtual, shall we say "Party", I can "mingle" to find people with whom I have a common interest, and meet new people that broaden my horizons.

 With this in mind I am going to make an effort to re-join the "Party". We learned from Frogbird to make the most of what we have around, so with that in mind I will make an effort to use the virtual world and be more prolific. I am trying a new App called "Posts" on my iPad and using dictation on both my Mac and iPad. I learned to touch type years ago in high school but find dictation to be much more fun.
Wrens in Frogbirds House and How He Got His Name

I hope you will enjoy my efforts and would love to hear from you. "Be Calm and Party On!"

Amanda and Frogbird, wherever he is:-)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Spring on Frogbirds Farm

 It is Spring at Frogbirds Farm. After last years drought we are glad to see the rain. Granted it might be a little to much rain, with all the added snow melt from the north and west, some of the rivers threaten to spill over their banks. But, when you live in the Ozarks you learn to take life as it comes and this year it is a wet Spring.

Crocus, Lilacs, Violets and Herbs all bloom in the garden as the moss on the forest floor turn Spring green.
Frogbirds pond is full again and in spite of all the rain it is still a beautiful spring.Just a few weeks ago the Crocus blooms where the first to announce the coming of Spring. Now the Dogwood takes it turn splashing the forest with white. Everywhere you look the Earth is awakening from the first wildflowers, the greening mosses on the ground to the leafing out of the trees. The herbs and early flowers in my garden are coming to life with color.

The Dogwood is in bloom and the wild turkey feed by the edge of the woods.

We have also seen an abundance of wild creatures. Turkeys browse through our yard and along the forest edge, the males fanning their tails to attract the females.  All the wild creatures seem to be on the move. The deer feed at the edge of the woods and we have been lucky enough to see three little red foxes and even though they disappeared into the brush to quickly to get a picture they are a lovely sight.

Red Wing Blackbirds call for a mate by the edge of Frogbirds Pond.
 All the world is abuzz with the sounds of Spring as well as the sights. The spring peepers have started their call on the warmer nights and the birds fill the days with song. The Cardinals call from the tallest trees to claim there territory and attract a mate. Not to be outdone one of my favorites the Red wing blackbirds sit in the tops of the trees and fill the air their call to the ladies, spreading their wings to show off flashes of red. The females chirp with excitement as they search through the cattails for a suitable place to build nests and raise their family's.

Mother Earth Candle Wrap

  I have seen many Springs come and go and never get tired of them. Like many I suffer from allergies but I welcome the season with glad sneezes because I know this is the promise of life renewed from Mother Earth. In turn we should not only enjoy all she gives us but protect our Earth and all the life that lives here with us. 

Amanda and Frogbird, wherever he is:-)

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