a jolly bee

I love taking photos of flowers after the rain. Rain droplets are awesome. Each and every one of them contains a clear miniature reflection of images. And they glitter like crystal beads.

But.. one photo gave me a surprise. Did i’ve just taken a photo of a bee? I zoomed it in and there it was… a bumble bee.

Did you see it? It’s at the upper right side of the photo. Here it is…

Today’s weather is awesome. The sun is shining but i could feel some cool breeze in the air. A lot of birds are flying by and made my front yard a stopover. Since i still have lots of leftover birdseed and sunflower seeds, i usually scatter some in front of the main door. While the birds are busy eating, the kitties are so happy watching them.

Here’s Ashton and Kuting having a wonderful day watching live cat tv.

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The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: GLOW

priceless things i could afford

A Hermes Birkin designer bag is priceless for an ordinary person like me. I couldn’t buy an island nor have my own jet.  But the rich and the famous could afford them and they don’t seem to be that priceless. Lucky me, i do have priceless things that i really could afford.

Time. Yes, i could afford to live every moment of time. With so many bad decisions in the past i need to be really careful now in the choices that i make. What’s done is done and i cannot turn back the time.

Happiness. The key to achieving happiness depends upon one’s outlook in life. I may have endured a lot of challenges and problems because of a failed relationship but the power to be happy rests on me alone. I choose to be happy in spite of everything. As they say, happiness should not depend on things that we don’t have but appreciate and be happy on things that we have.

Family. I am thankful for having a wonderful family. It is a busy world and we all have our own lives to live but we do make it a point to celebrate every occasions together.

Nature. The gift of seeing nature is priceless whether it is just a pocket garden of flowers or just a tree in the yard. I love watching the birds that occasionally visit my one and only citrus tree. I love butterflies that hover from one flower to another. I love the bees that make stopovers from one flower to the next. I love watching the sky on a clear night. I love to watch the phases of the moon. Just yesterday i managed to take a photo of the sky and saw that the moon is almost full. Maybe tonight it would be.

Oh wait, i almost forgot… My cat Star is PRICELESS too.

red velvety flower and gingers

This LOCAL red velvety flower is called cockscomb. While some really grow these plants i also see them as wildflowers and commonly growing in vacant lots. I was surprised to see some of these plants on my planter just outside my fence and i remembered that a neighbor has been growing these in her garden and i’m sure that some of the seeds were just blown by the wind. I am not protesting though as they are so gorgeous.

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And… speaking of reds, my gingercats are happily modelling a red collar. (Note: red cats are also referred to as gingers, marmalade or orange cats.) This collar is TIGER’s but i let KUTING wear it too. Let’s see who wears it better.

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Looks like my adorable models are having fun. Yes, mommy is having fun too because they look so handsomely cute.

 

good morning sunshine

As i am typing this, i could hear the roll of thunder. Is it going to rain? Weather is so unpredictable these days. The sun is shining and yet dark clouds loom nearby and sometimes will just be blown away by strong wind. But on some days, a heavy downpour ensues.

Today’s weather is gloomy but i see the sun peeking out from the clouds.

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My MORNING routine is chaotic (but in a nice and funny way). The kitties are following me everywhere i go… in the bathroom, while i am making my coffee, as i go back and forth to the fridge, while i prepare my morning toast… okay now, kitties first before my breakfast meal or sometimes doing it simultaneously… ahh they are fun, they are so cute as they beg to be fed, meowing in chorus and so demanding. “Right away please. What’s taking you so long mom?”

While all the kitties are having a rumble Boots is the only one who just sits and waits patiently on the table. Such a well-behaved sweetheart worthy of a thousand PRAISES. “Good morning mom. I just sits here and waits and just be cute..”

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Happy weekend everyone … from all of us.

 

they brighten up my day

Flowers make me happy. It lifts up my mood and makes me cheery. If only i could display flowers inside the house then i would be happier. But i am afraid the kitties will just make a mess of it as i have experienced having one of my indoor plants in a glass vase got broken because of their wild chasing. For now i would just enjoy taking photos.

Flowers are beneficial to a person’s emotion. I believe that it’s because of their bright colors and a connection to nature. Nature also makes us feel better as it soothes and eases our stress and anxiety away.

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There’s also one very important part of my life that always brightens up my day.. It’s Star. Here’s a photo i took of her in the morning when i woke up. She’s up and about and greets me hello with a soft meow and an invitation to caress her soft fur. Isn’t she lovely?
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Star stays most of the time in my bedroom . She is not FORBIDDEN but free to go downstairs as she pleases but she seldom stays longer. My only princess definitely hates rough play and wild chasing among the four princes. She is the mellow and laid back type and my bedroom is her peaceful refuge.

It’s #TBT or throwback Thursday. Here’s another photo of Star playing with my ipad when she’s just about 7 months old… actually we were both enjoying answering the word hunt game.

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Happy Thursday to everyone. I hope i made you smile today.  🙂

clear blue sky

We marvel at the scenic landscapes and the spectacular breathtaking formations that we see on this planet, but looking up there are also magnificent things that we could see and admire.

Yesterday while playing with my dog in my backyard, i looked up and was smitten by the clear blue sky. I was fascinated by the movement of the clouds looking so white and fluffy and how quickly they changed their shapes. And for that fleeting moment i was captivated.

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The top part of the cloud on the left looks like a head of a tiger, or that of a dog. Can you see its fangs?

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The right cloud resembles a head of a lion, hmm… maybe a dog (again?) wearing a hat with a feather and its mouth open…

Every living things on EARTH are interdependent on each other to survive. One single deed of protecting the environment no matter how simple or small it may seem would have a massive impact if done by a lot of people. This is our home. We are all responsible for keeping it clean, happy, healthy and a sustainable place to live in. And for as long as we do our share, we and the many generations to come will continue to enjoy the BEAUTY and the BOUNTY it has to offer.

a wildflower for you Ajay

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pink wildflower

This post is dedicated to a good blogger friend Ajay (Ajaytao2010). He will always be remembered as somebody who enjoyed nature and who loved flowers. Don’t worry Ajay, in heaven there are lots and lots of beautiful flowers. You will surely be missed. Rest in peace Dear. He calls every blogger friends Dear and i know we will all miss that too especially his favorite lines “Thank you Dear”. And from all of us your blogger friends, thank you dear for sharing us your wonderful nature photos and inspirational quotes.

weekly photo challenge: texture

As i tried to clean up the mess that the typhoon made to my garden, i found lots and lots of skeletonized leaves on the grass. I collected some and thought that they are so good to be photographed…  these are textures made by nature.

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weekly photo challenge: sea

With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live.– Sylvia Earle

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