Spring Starts to Bloom ~ Photos, Gig Harbor, WA

One attraction in coming to the woods to live was that I should have leisure and opportunity to see the spring come in ~ Henry David Thoreau

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring ~ George Santayana

Despite the forecast, live like its’ spring ~ Lilly Pulitzer

The air is like a butterfly ~ With frail blue wings ~ The happy earth looks at the sky ~ And sings ~ Joyce Kilmer (Spring)

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush ~ Doug Larson

The spring wakes us, nurtures us and revitalizes us. How often does your spring come? If you are a prisoner of the calendar, it comes once a year. If you are creating authentic power, it comes frequently, or very frequently ~ Gary Zukav

A Hint of Spring ~ Photos, Gig Harbor, WA~ Quotes

Spring is a season of the soul to regain its strength ~ Lailah Gifty Akita

I can still bring into my body the joy I felt at seeing the first trillium of spring, which seemed to be telling me, “Never give up hope, spring will come.” ~ Jessica Stern

Spring: a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be ~ Anonymous

Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment ~ Ellis Peters

In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move ~ Henry Rollins

Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s party!’ ~ Robin Williams

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come ~ Robert H. Schuller

Beautiful Trees, Winter ~ Gig Harbor, WA ~ Quotes

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful ~ Alice Walker

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars ~ Martin Luther

Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit ~ Anton Chekhov

A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease ~ John Muir

God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools ~ John Muir

Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven ~ Rabindranath Tagore

I look out of this window and I think this is a cosmos, this is a huge creation, this is one small corner of it. The trees and birds and everything else and I’m part of it. I didn’t ask to be put here, I’ve been lucky in finding myself here ~ Morris West



A Beautiful Cat and Two Playful Kittens ~ Photos

Yesterday, I visited friends who recently adopted two kittens (Ivan and Yogi) from a local shelter. Their cat (Paco) has graciously accepted his two new energetic companions. They are all marvelous fun to watch and cuddle and we could not resist laughing at their antics. And of course, like all cats, they are marvelously photogenic.

A kitten is the delight of a household. All day long a comedy is played out by an incomparable actor ~ Champfleury

A kitten is in the animal world what a rosebud is in the garden ~ Robert Southey

Kittens are angels with whiskers ~ Alexis Flora Hope

The smallest feline is a masterpiece ~ Leonardo da Vinci

In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this ~ Terry Pratchett

Quotes ~ Photos ~ Snow ~ Gig Harbor, WA ~ Feb 2021

Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood ~ Andy Goldsworthy

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found? ~ J. B. Priestley

Winter is a season of recovery and preparation ~ Paul Theroux

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face ~ Victor Hugo

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind? ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer ~ Albert Camus

Armchair Traveler ~ Book: Secret Journeys of a Lifetime

The sub-title of this fabulous National Geographic book is “500 of the World’s Best Hidden Travel Gems.” The book does not disappoint ~ there are indeed numerous travel gems.

Magnificent photos will captivate the armchair traveler’s interest as well as information about the sites including when to go, how to find it, planning and websites. It is a treasure trove of places near and far, ranging from the “Frank” (Idaho) to the Wrangell-Kluane Wilderness (Alaska-Canada) to La Bagatelle (Paris) to Kerinci Seblat (Sumatra) to Galle Fort (Sri Lanka). Every continent is well represented.

On chilly, rainy days in the Pacific Northwest, this is a favorite book to browse. In addition to the photos and intriguing descriptions, there are marvelous off-beat “top 10” lists, including Odd Museums, Ghost Towns, Perfect Beaches, Ferry Journeys, Backwaters and Roman Sites.

In addition to looking at photos or reading about favorite places, it’s enjoyable to look at mementoes of your travels. Or asking friends about their mementoes – share your love of travel with others. Even if you currently cannot travel to a place you dream of, keep imagining.

Be an armchair traveler ~ learn about your favorite places: perhaps a language or cooking class, a history book or a good novel set in that county or city. You might well learn far more than tourists who travel but never become a traveler.

Most important, have fun and be creative as you “journey” to a favorite spot … even if for now, it is a dream.

Savor your journeys, near or far, real or imagined

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller

Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey. Pat Conroy

The journey not the arrival matters. T.S. Eliot

Armchair Traveler ~ Paris

Time to “travel” to one of my favorite places ~ Paris. I have visited several times and have many great memories, including enjoying a delicious pain au raisin early in the morning walking through a small park, walking along the Seine (browsing the book stalls), exploring the Louvre and Musee Marmottan and dining at special restaurants, one with a terrific view of Notre Dame.

As an armchair traveler, I start by browsing through favorite guide books, re-living treasured walks (Paris is for walking and exploring), while listening to Frank Sinatra’s “I Love Paris.”

Favorite movies set in Paris include “Midnight in Paris” and “Charade” ( I have to buy a new copy of “Charade” as I watched it so often my copy no longer plays).

Enjoy some of my favorite sites below. Of course, as an armchair traveler, your web browsing can be enhanced by a fabulous glass of French wine accompanied by delectable French cheese…..or pain au chocolat or …

Paris ~ Official website of the Convention and Visitors Bureau

Jardin des Tuileries – Paris tourist office (parisinfo.com)

The Louvre in Paris

https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne#tabs

Musée Marmottan Monet is located at 2, rue Louis Boilly in the 16th arrondissement of Paris and features over three hundred Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, including his 1872 Impression, Sunrise. It is the largest collection of his works.

Claude Monet — Musée Marmottan Monet

I took a train from Paris to the beautiful Chateau de Fontainebleau (easy to navigate the train) … 

Château de Fontainebleau Official Site Home Page (chateaudefontainebleau.fr)

To quote a favorite author: “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.” Ernest Hemingway

As an armchair traveler, you can begin to get a feel for this wondrous city … captivating any time of the year … make plans to visit (or re-visit) … and for now, indulge your senses in things French.

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual, near or far

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things ~ Henry Miller

Quotes to Ponder ~ Photos (San Juan Islands, 2019) ~ Jan 2021

A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled ~ Sir Barnett Cocks

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones ~ John Maynard Keynes

Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now, take what’s left and live it properly ~ Marcus Aurelius

New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common ~ John Locke

A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds ~ Mark Twain