Love The Planet Productions by Maria Pavlik in B.C., CANADA: With camera in hand and often an umbrella, I explore the creative spark rippling through everything. (Header shot is by NASA.) "Even the slightest glimmer of light casts a magic spell on the night." - Penelope Puddle
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.
"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. Hope you enjoy it and explore more of the artistic side of life at Paint Party Friday . 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 .
There it was ... a bright dollop of sunshine in a tangle of forest greens, browns and silvery grays. The yellow door snuggled against a tree said Fairy Hall and, in tiny faint lettering beneath, No Trolls . Oh, how I'd love to know what goes on inside Fairy Hall. I wanted to tap on the door but, a giant by comparison, I didn't want to cause a scare. I often take the Sandy Trail with its gravelly path, woodsy stumps, well-trod stairs, rabbits, birds and squirrels. I know every twist and rustling sound. But I hadn't noticed the small door before. This unexpected bit of whimsy magic tucked into the forest floor made me curious about what else was in the mysterious thicket I'd yet to explore. When I continued on my way, the trees leaned in ... as if they had something to say. Later, I found another door (below), welcoming but equally as difficult to enter. See OUR WORLD to explore more sights from around the globe and SIGNS, SIGNS . Still the kid I used to b
"The climb might be tough and challenging,but the view is worth it." Victoria Arlen DO YOU see them? It wasn't easy for me to spot this youthful brigade of five raccoon brothers and sisters clawing way up a ragged maple tree that has seen better days. They camouflaged nicely amid the grayish/brown bark, leafy shadows and flashes of sunlight. Although said to be nocturnal, these neighborhood critters remain active around the clock. Seeing five means there are likely 500 nearby. Their movements are sometimes comical and destinations repetitive similar to that of humans who routinely trek the same trails every day. Raccoons are trained to be great climbers almost from birth. Watch as one scales a 25-story building HERE . See OUR WORLD to explore sights from around the globe. 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 p