April 3rd…

came and went,

my 4 year anniversary with WordPress, uncelebrated and with no fanfare!  And this was the anniversary when I was meant to decide whether or not to go on with my extremely limited participation.

Well…I have decided…to continue, but make no promises about participation.  Or what the subject matter will be when I do participate.

Today, since I’ve done some doodles and taken some photographs, I’m here to share:

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The Bow Legged Bird

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Coreopsis (container backyard)

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Broken Broken Broken

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I continue to keep my ‘eye’ on current politics…my head explodes at least once daily.  That’s MY new normal!!!

My little Point and Shoot camera demises more each time I use it, but I’m not in the mood to buy another one…yet.  Probably should buy a new pair of glasses first (my most recent fix to current pair was to superglue on an eyepad…LOL).  And I’m also saving for a new computer…I’ve been using this one for a while and it’s reaching the outer limit of how many years they usually last.  So once again I’ve talked myself out of a new camera 🙂

Baron has suffered mightily from allergies this year, early warm weather brought early pollen.  He still has patches where he chewed off his hair and it hasn’t grown back.  The beginning of April we celebrated his 9 year birthday.  I told him he’s catching up with me, he was apx. 63 in human years this year.  Two more years and he’ll zoom right past me.  ARRRRGH, I’m really not ready for him to be older than me.

The national debt and I appear to be on speaking terms since I had my front yard landscaped with Florida Native Plants.  So now I have plenty to do to keep me busy outside.  Weeding, oh yeah I remember, super fun 🙂

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till next time, love from Theanne and Baron

P.S. my son is a writer and tomorrow is Earth Day!

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believe it…

or not

this hugh electrical line, with the tree growing over it (as seen in my header), is located behind my next door neighbors backyard.  The electric company was here recently pruning back the trees behind our lots and when they left I realized they hadn’t tackled what appears to be a major problem for this electric line.  Surely it’s not a good thing to have the tree growing over the line, but on the other hand maybe it required more expertise than the tree pruners had.  So I figure if they don’t come back sometime in the next six months I’ll call and see what the electrical company has to say.

Regarding the weather, west central Floridians have had a warm winter this year.  My poor allergy prone dachshund has been besieged by pollen since February.  The good thing about the warmer weather is the lower heating bills and the fact that the humidity is down this time of year and I’ve been able to leave a window open during the day.  And to my delight I’ve heard the birds singing, I believe there must be at least one nest in the live oak tree…I’m hopeful anyway.

Resistance is NEVER futile!!!

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fear…

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Web Results for the word:

fear [feer]

NOUN

1. a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.

2. a specific instance of or propensity for such a feeling: an abnormal fear of heights.

3. concern or anxiety; solicitude: a fear for someone’s safety.

4. reverential awe, especially toward God: the fear of God.

5. something that causes feelings of dread or apprehension; something a person is afraid of: Cancer is a common fear.

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“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” -Mark Twain

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Sometimes, I try to remember when it was, exactly, that I first felt fear.  When did the dark fingers of fear first grip my mind, holding it in thrall for all these many years.  When did parents/adults saying, “Don’t do this,” “Don’t do that” morph into fear of doing that very thing.

There was a time when I climbed trees with no fear of height,  when I crawled into my toy box and went to sleep, with no fear of small spaces, when did that change?

Change it did though, until fear became an almost paralyzing force.

And aging has changed it once again, into prudence.  Of course I looked prudence up and found that it quite nicely fits my current attitude regarding fear.  What I fear today has less to do about me and much, much more to do with the state of the country where I live.   I was not blind sided by our current situation, I’ve seen it coming for years.

 But what to do now?

For me, I will begin with the COURAGE to MASTER FEAR and RESIST!

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my mission…

for 2017

For anyone still coming by my blog, be happy I didn’t post anything during the month of January.  The political atmosphere in this country (USA) has caught me up and wrung me out. And this is only day 18 of the new administration, with 1424 days left to go.

So far an in-law has stated that people that believe as I do are “whiny and hysterical.”  A senator from the state of Florida has stated that people who believe as I do are “left wing extremists.”  I offer no apologies for believing as I do.  I will understand if anyone ‘following’ me wishes to ‘unfollow’ me, that’s the beauty of the button.

I reserve the right (until it’s taken away from me) to state my opinions on this blog.  Be assured that I lean toward a subtle approach (most of the time).

So here we are…today…6 February 2017.  And after seeing the post of someone I follow I decided to take the quote they shared and use it as my mantra for the remainder of the year.  The quote,

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”  -Thich Nhat Hahn

I choose to spend my year photoing/drawing what’s happening at earth level. However, I will not be taking my eye off of what’s happening politically in the USA.

Thank you,

Theanne L Crossett and Baron

PS to Ste J, I’m rereading ‘1984’

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