Sunday, November 21, 2010

Monday..Blue,Mellow Yellow and Mosaic


The Whale... 
If you read a recent front page story of the  San Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the  Farallon Islands (outside the Golden Gate ) and radioed an environmental group for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her. When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around as she was thanking them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.
May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you.  And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.  I pass this on to you, my friends, in the same spirit.

What started out to be a normal Monday..
Blue skies..
tolerable temperatures..
quickly became this..
swirling , blowing snow..
big, wet, floppy flakes..
the wind tossed Yellow Delicious Apples..
from overhanging limbs of the neighbor's tree..
leaving me yet another several hundred apples to deal with!
nope.. too mushy and acidic for applesauce..
now my roses are finished..
the trees are bare..
leaves still need to be raked..
before the snow returns again..
But.. I am mellow as considering my blessings:
.*.am fortunate to have good health
which enables me to rake the leaves..
dispose of the apples..
and if need be, to shovel the snow.
*.my eyesight is good..
to appreciate the beauty of blue skies..
the warmth of bright winter sun..
or the wickedness of a sudden storm..
the delicate beauty of falling snow..
*.I live in a country where being neighborly is a way of life.
we share the bounties of Nature..
and the freedoms to worship the religion of our choice..
May you each enjoy the bounty of this holiday season..
and be thankful for all our blessings!
Please join our gracious hostesses..
Smiling Sally at Blue Monday
Mary at Mosaic Monday
Drowsy Monkey at Mellow Yellow Monday


  1. Oh my - what a wonderful story about the whale. So inspiring and uplifting. Beautiful post.

  2. Even for a whale that had to be frustrating. Glad you are enjoying the snow. I think it is pretty to look at, but glad you do not get it very often in Texas.

  3. We are blessed, Loui.

    Happy Blue Monday.

  4. That has to be one of the best posts....Have a great week and Happy Blue!

  5. Lovely post. The whale's freedom part is beautiful.

  6. Beautiful mosaic. Love the colours and the yellow framing.

  7. What a lovely post. the poem is great. We are so glad we live in a county where we can openingly worship our Lord God. I hope it stays that way!
    Getting ready for the Holidays

  8. Dear Louie, thanks so much for sharing the story of the whale. It is a great example of gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving♥O

  9. The story about the whale just gave me goosebumps. What a lovely thing to do for one of God's creatures. I'm not a "tree hugger" type person but I always like to hear about stories like this.

  10. Did I see snow? Or just a frost? Lovely collage. Happy Monday!
    Blue Moon

  11. I had not read the whale story - it was just beautiful, brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing it.

  12. I am blessed with having friends in our blogging world like you! Lovely post and lovely sentiments. Happy Thanksgiving to you my dear friend!


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where time is not measured..
linger leisurely..
sift sugary white sand between your toes..
Make and take those wonderful memories..
leaving behind..only your footprints...