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Angry Birds

"If you have one true friend you have more than your share." - Thomas Fuller

The snow had melted in the gritty birdbath that stands in my backyard and is full of broken needles, dirt and leaves.

Judging by its expression, the bird was none too happy with the untidy conditions. Nonetheless, it splashed in the tub for several seconds while I took its picture through the glass window from an upper floor of the house. Suddenly another bird appeared.

 
It was its turn to take a bath but the first bird (below) wasn't budging. A conversation ensued. It didn't take a translator to figure out the issue was being resolved with a rapid flapping of feathers. The second bird was given a chance to wet its wings alone. 

Before long the companion birds flew off ... still friends who would squabble but travel through life sharing everything but a wash in a birdbath too cramped for two. 

Humankind are birds of a feather, too, who must share and work together yet some could not shower, bathe or drink recently in Texas due to a man-made disaster caused by extreme weather and an infrastructure failure foreseen but denied for years. It resulted in some very "angry birds" having to melt snow for water. 

At the same time, man and womankind were profoundly proud that a scientific global community exercising friendship, ingenuity, perseverance and common sense resulted in a touchdown on Mars. This is how humanity will fly off Earth together one day.   

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From The Heart

It snowed on Valentine's Day while the Buddha outside my window stayed calm. Seeing it across the yard was reassuring somehow. The tilted cap on his head was modest in contrast to the tall snow cone hats he has worn in other winters. It was amazing to think every falling flake gathering in clumps of snow was unique on a molecular level, although the human eye sees 35 somewhat similar patterns. 

There would be no sitting out on the patio just yet but spring is around the corner and spring cleaning was something I began earlier in the pandemic. In the process, I gave away the old cabinet (below), with patterns of a different sort, to make room for another cabinet. The stranger who took it will hopeful make good use of it.
I didn't like letting it go because of the sentimentality and the charm of the hand-painted designs created by the husband of a friend. Both since passed away so I felt responsibility to care for their treasure. 

It was time to save the compelling carefully drawn art electronically in a file where I could view the shapes on a screen and print them on paper with a simple click. To keep and share a memory with a photograph is one of life's most remarkable treasures.  


These one-of-a-kind snowflakes will not melt so easily.



Nor will my wish for an extra sprinkling of Valentine's sweetness over what sometimes can seem like a heartless world.

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Still the kid I used to be


Visit Postcards From Penelope Puddle and Penelope Puddlisms: BC Life Is A Whale Of A Ride to view more West Coast scenes.

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Small Reminders Of Big Things To Remember

"Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all." - Alexander The Great

 

I confess. Remembering is getting tougher as I get older but there are some things I can't forget. A year into the pandemic it seems natural to keep a distance from others as these men have done. Their pets were free of such concerns, however. 
    
Side-stepping a few puddles as I walked the path at Kwomais Park in the community of Ocean Park, I noticed a tiny flash of red on the fence to my right.

Remembrance Day, celebrated in November, was short-changed last year and the usual fundraising was mostly done virtually. Lest we forget ... someone painted a bright red poppy (above) on the metal fence post and it lasted into the new year.

Later in White Rock, the man perpetually waiting for a train in front of the historic train station museum had a splash of colour land on his suitcase. The butterfly was painted on a stone with the words be kind. It was a surprisingly good find during this strange time when being grumpy under stressful covid resitrictions can seem justifyably fine.


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The Couch Art Where Bernie Came To Visit

 "On the Web we all become small-town visitors lost in the big city." - Alison Gopnik

President Joe Biden's inauguration was bursting with inspirational speeches and events. 

Heaven knows many who now breathe a sigh of relief also needed a good laugh. 

That's when Bernie stepped in with his cool attitude and awesome mittens. 

I couldn't resist joining so many others who included him in various ways in different spaces.

I think he looks super cute and cozy on a sofa designed for the cover art of my Couch & Company story.

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Still the kid I used to be

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The Art Of Serenity

"Optimism means better than reality; pessimism means worse than reality. I'm a realist." - Margaret Atwood

 
Most were happy to see 2020 end, knowing that much of what happened in the unfortunate year would squeeze into the next. Masks will still be worn. I remember when I couldn't find a single one and tried to make my own. Now I have too many. 

The calendar page turned; a new door opened. The welcome mat came out to invite in better days for 2021. Instead, accidents happened and, shockingly, rioters appeared at the US Capital Building doorsteps, storming entrance ways and smashing glass. 

The future is knocking at its inevitable pace and the healthier more peaceful world we craved eludes us. There is an art to the serenity we seek on stormy days. As I found with Penelope, sometimes it's actual art, creating it or being inspired by it.     

A Mother's Love by Tammy Smart
Our Christmas gift of a painting (above) shows loons in their natural setting. The pair entwine past and future in a very beautiful and present way. A Mother's Love by artist Tammy Smart reminds me that it is Mother Nature that keeps us afloat. (My apologies for the potted plant and other reflections in the glass.) I love the calming work. Not knowing what will be can be stressful. Many had high hopes for 2020 that didn't materialize. The challenge now is to carry that optimism into the New Year. 

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Still the kid I used to be

Visit Postcards From Penelope Puddle and Penelope Puddlisms: BC Life Is A Whale Of A Ride to view more West Coast scenes.

Because the state of our planet is the most pressing issue of our time, link up and learn about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report.