Monday, 1 May 2017

furry visitor

Welcome back to the ongoing saga.
Documenting our little lives here in Nova Scotia in a world of so many human stories may seem trivial in a world that seems so full of real life drama and relevance. But we keep it small on purpose.

The famous Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, who created small vastly moving paintings out of her own suffering, once said, "Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing."

Another quote from her that succinctly ties it up: " Pain, pleasure and death are no more than a process for existence. The revolutionary struggle in this process is a doorway open to intelligence."
I believe the revolution is reinterpreting our fear and pain as a portal to enlightenment. Enlightenment? I'll leave that to someone more eloquent.

Here is Muji on a mid-morning romp that he and Babu do before breakfast every morning.

Muji, after high fiving me,
a fairly recent gesture in the sports world compared to the ancient cat world

Wally amid the crazy book clutter and donation boxes, getting ready to take apart the old shed floor.

Starting with a reciprocating saw

he moved onto a chainsaw and promptly hit a nail which sent us onto our next venture
to get a chainsaw file, a specialty item I never knew about.

As I documented Wally's progress I barely caught this starling whizzing by the old chimney on Forget-Me-Not Cabin. Wally is torn about rescuing it or replacing it with a cupola.

Suddenly I caught a movement out of the corner of my eye.

a furry little groundhog

also known as a woodchuck, I didn't know that they belong to the classification of ground squirrels

Curious, he begins to rummage about in Wally's unfinished project

then scales the rocks

and reaching the summit

his round furry descent

and departure

This day's events are not over as we must head off to my favourite health food store in Greenwood,
a trip I've taken you along with in other posts.

Our day was somewhat extended so I'll share those pictures tomorrow.


Bill and dogs said...

I wholeheartedly subscribe to your theory of the importance and dignity of our seemingly small lives, that keeping them small is a worthy goal, perhaps even the path to enlightenment. I too, however, will have to leave that subject to those more eloquent and insightful than I.

Enchanted Blue Planet said...

We live in unusually wealthy times here in the west. It's easy to get distracted by external things in a culture that often "cannot see the forest for the trees". I take inspiration from folks such a yourself, Bill, who take care of others and draw pleasure from simple things.

Jeanne-Sylvie said...

I absolutely agree with you both,our small lives matter and they are rich of so many simple but meaningful things. Being able to rejoyce viewing a wild critter is beautiful and important. Well guys, it is so good to meet with like minded spirits!! Be well and happy.

Enchanted Blue Planet said...

Thank you Jeanne Sylvie. It may sound contradictory on our blogs that can reach around the world and back that we believe in a simple life. We are lucky for such outrageous technology while keeping our values intact. blessings

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