An awkward scene unfolded this morning as my daughter was getting ready to go to school. As you can see by the picture, our cat is sitting in the window. The rabbit, who is always trying to hang out with him, was trying to figure out a way to get onto the ledge so they could share the moment together. Unfortunately for the bunny, she slipped and fell off of the desk. Now before you freak out and wonder if the beautiful bunny was hurt, take a look right below her. That’s right, it’s my daughters laundry bag. Thankfully she fell into it and it was pretty much filled with clothes and that cushioned her fall.
“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”
“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.”
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in New York.
“Happiness starts with a wet nose and ends with a tail.”
“Dogs are not our whole lives but they make our lives whole.”
One of my favorite things to do besides hiking is taking photos of my animals. We finally have a day with clear blue skies and a temperature hovering around 60 degrees. When it is as beautiful as this, our dog Jase knows that he will be able to partake in the warmth with us. He is quite the handsome fella!!!!
Every day I walk into class and I think today’s the day.
All of my students sitting attentive, waiting for the fray.
Pencils out, minds alert, I’ve seen it all before,
I think that they are ready to learn, history, maybe more.
But one or two they can’t sit still and it drives me kind of crazy,
The fact that they disrupt my class strikes me as just a little bit lazy.
But the rest of the class, they make me smile,
They want to learn, they tell me so, and they go the extra mile.
They said that spring was in the air and I believed that to be true.
But the days they pass and nothing changes, I’m ready for something new.
Winters chill is hanging on, refusing to let go.
So every day I open the door and hope there is no more snow.
But springs arrival keeps being thwarted, this we know is fact,
To expect some warmer days and greener grass we have to make a pact.
Let’s agree here and now, by decree or proclamation,
That spring has sprung and is here to stay and to all else fire and hell damnation.
The skies are frigid, a cool cobalt blue,
Winter won’t leave, we know that much is true.
As I lay in my bed with my eyes closed so tight,
I think of a warm spring all through the long night.
But then I wake up and look out the door,
I sincerely believe winter will be many weeks more.
Every day that passes spring should be in the air,
Where is it you ask, this really isn’t fair.
The air is still frigid with snow in the sky,
It will be here shortly you say with a sigh.
Yet another day slips past and you still hope it comes soon,
But by the way that it looks it won’t be until June!
The seas they did churn, with obvious delight,
Boat fairly bouncing amid winds though the night.
Up and down in the water it rolled,
Mother nature was never so bold!
So I held on and hoped that I would live till the morn,
Sails on the mast ripped, frayed and torn.
As the sun slowly rose and the winds did die down,
It then slowly dawned on me, I wasn’t going to drown!
“When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go.”
Looking across the Hudson River and directly above the bridge is Anthony’s Nose, a favorite hiking destination for many folks in the Hudson Valley and beyond! The Nose is accessible from several starting points, all which offer varying degrees of difficulty.
Why is this my favorite place? For over 20 years, in good times and bad, the Nose has been a place where I could go for peace, quiet and when available, solitude.
“We are beyond words.”
Taken after several days of rain, I was out hiking and when I stopped for water I looked up and saw the most beautiful blue sky with puffy white clouds mixed in. Since all I had seen for days were grey skies, the sense of relief I got when I looked up was remarkable.