Sunday Stills – Free movement

For Terri’s Sunday Stills — Freedom

“I ask only to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind surely will not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterfly.” Charles Dickens — Bleak House

True freedom can be found anywhere, under any circumstance for it is an attitude of spirit ~JPP

As above, so below
as the universe
so the soul

6.28.20 freedom
Ocean, mountains, clouds, and sky — Kaikoura, NZ
6.28.20 Kyomizu
Kyomizu, Kyoto, Japan
6.28.20 open range
The open vastiness that is Wyoming

Ruby Tuesday — The Rolling Stones

Til next time ~Peace and freedom ~JP

Monday Windows – Hobbits

For Ludwig’s Monday Window

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold,
it would be a merrier world.”
JRR Tolkien

Windows come in all shapes and sizes, from square and barred to round and gilded. Here are a few we shot on a trip to Matamata, NZ aka Hobbiton

5.26.20 hobbits

Yes that’s a hobbit hole

5.26.20 hobbit windows

curved window on another hobbit hole, the fuzzy quality of the photo is caused by a sudden deluge and we all know that “it will continue to rain until the rain is done.”

5.26.20 hobbit hole from inside

Inside a hobbit hole, looking out. My favorite aspect of this pic is the “xray vision” effect of the people outside in the single patch of sunshine that day.

Concerning Hobbits – Howard Shore LOTR video

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

A to Z challenge and SOCS

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A to Z Challenge “D”
For Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is β€œdeep.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

4.4.20 deep memories

Deep Memories

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep
but I have promises to keep
and miles to go before I sleep”
~Robert Frost

Deep and dark have always equated to trouble in my lexicon. As a child, caught in an undertow, pulled out into deep water, I watched the shore slip away. I struggled to stay afloat as I fought against panic and waves. Until he was there taking me in strong arms, hooking my little arms around his neck issuing a command to “hold on” as he swam back toward the shore. Then standing in hip deep water, pulling me around to his chest and carrying me back to solid ground. The next day, he taught me to body surf and what the different surf warning flags meant. Just like always, Daddy was there. Until the day he wasn’t.

I’ve Been Watch You — Rodney Atkins

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

A to Z Challenge, What Day Is It Anyway? Coping with Covid day 13

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My contributions for the A to Z Challenge – Anti-Social and What Day Is It Anyway– Coping with Covid – day 13

“I am not anti-social, I’m anti-idiot” ~ Sherlock Holmes

In a sudden irrational act of antimicrobial, antihistimine inspired social distancing, I caught myself waving to one of my soon to be co-workers from my window this morning. He didn’t wave back, then I remembered, I have tinted windows, you know those shiny mirror things that block the view so I can see out but no one can see in. Drat! That’s what you get from inhaling too much sanitizer! Wonder if that could be considered huffing?

We ventured out into the wilds of semi-suburban Rapid City to our local Health Food Coop today. It wasn’t half bad. Special “immune compromised” hours and a very small store with fairly high prices led to an almost serene atmosphere. No toilet paper, no wipes, no rolled oats, but filled most of the rest of my list. Got in, got out, got home, just in time for a Spring Squall complete with snow. Ahhhh Black Hills in the Spring.Β  How y’all holding up?

Til next time ~ Keep your head down and your pantry full ~JP

From a Distance — Bette Midler

What Day Is It Anyway? – One Liner Wednesday – Coping with COVID

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For Linda’s WDIIA and One Liner Wednesday and my own Coping with Covid-19

3.25.20 bill the cat

“In my defense the moon was full and I was left unsupervised.”
~Unknown but probably adapted from Lee St. John

Coping with COVID-19 – day 6 — Errand Day

It’s been a busy day. We ran errands, yep, put on pants, drove to town and used the drive thru pharmacy. Woohoo!! Take THAT boredom! Seriously, I don’t really have a problem with being bored but I do get stressed about running out of important things like vegetables …. and coffee …. and chocolate. So, I asked a friend to pick up some frozen veggies and eggs for me next time she goes to the grocery, ordered more coffee from Amazon. I’m still staying away from stores. My “case nurse” from the health insurance company called last night to make sure I’m getting my meds OK and asking me to “stay out of public as much as possible.” I’m touched by their concern … no really I am. I’m a high risk patient; they know it and they don’t want me to get sick … like they REALLY don’t want me to get sick $$$$. πŸ˜‰ So after the grand excursion I’m taking some good advice and keeping my mind occupied. I’ve done my chores (lots of sanitizing). It’s raining/snowing so no outdoor walks today, yoga however is still on the agenda, trying to stay active.

Sleepy Santosha – Grounding Practice

Til next time ~Namaste ~JPP

One Liner Wednesday – Small things/great things

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From Linda’s one liner wednesday β€œAll difficult things in the world are sure to arise from a previous state in which they were easy, and all great things from one in which they were small.” ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“The first half of this quote is becoming all too obvious in the world we live in. But the second half remains a challenge. Think about it. What small things in your life do you now have time to make great?”

Funny you should ask Linda, at my age time is a constant companion. No matter what I have to do, or how much leisure I have, there’s never, ever enough time. So, every day I try to do small things with great love. Perhaps that’s the real lesson to be learned from the current crisis (no I’m not naming it, could be like Betelguese πŸ˜‰ tomorrow is never promised, don’t wait.

3.15.20 sunrise

“Saruman believes that it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I have found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”
~ Galdalf the Grey

I hope you dance ~ Lee Ann Womack

Til next time – practice random acts of kindness and senseless beauty ~JPP

One-Liner Wednesday – Changes

For Linda’s One Liner Wednesday

2.12.20 anywhere
Sterling Point, NZ 5133 km south of the equator

You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes,
you can steer yourself in any direction you choose
~Dr. Seuss

So having had my business trip pulled out from under me, I’ve decided to makes some different plans, sounds like vacation time to me. πŸ˜‰Β  “Good times, riches, and son of a B****s, I’ve seen more than I can recall.”

Changes in latitudes — Jimmy Buffet

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

One Liner Wednesday – a Cup of Tea

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Yesterday was crazy, I mean all day at doctors, pharmacies, running around, getting home half hour before dinner kind of crazy. So for today, I shall keep in mind the sage wisdom of an unknown artist

2.5.20 cup of tea
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“Always remember that, nine times out of ten, you probably aren’t having a full-on nervous breakdown — you just need a cup of tea and a biscuit.”

For Linda’s One Liner Wednesday

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP