Irma~Gone With the Wind

The Featured Image has changed a bit. After IRMA I have just one beautiful Palm to appreciate from my kitchen window.

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Today marks an entire month since Irma hit us as a Category 4 Storm. She didn’t just smack, she destroyed.
The Grotto of Saint Mary’s in Key West,Florida is said to protect us.

I now am a firm believer of this.

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Photo by Cynthia Martz

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Court House Photo Credit ~ Shaun Wilson

The Linesman from many States including Colorado, Michigan were Here and got us up and running within 8-10 days. Very thankful for all their hard work and dedication.

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On the Blvd (North Roosevelt)

 

Those from MM 10 and straight through the rest of the Keys Island Chain on into Georgia did not take IRMA as easily as we did.

Houses were completely blown off their concrete bases, cars floated upside down in the storm surge. Trees totally uprooted, debris scattered hither and yond.

The State Parks especially Bahia Honda took major devastation. It is a void wasteland with huge boulders hindering the roads to see the damage it done.
Such a beautiful park that I have spent many Sunday’s at over the years with my daughter and grandkids. Extended family and friends.

Than

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and

Now

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It will take some time to repair this beautiful sanctuary.

Photos from Key West.

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Little Dove Photo by Cynthia Martz

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Iguana Trees

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The recently renovated Dion’s on the Blvd.

Two tornado’s made a path down North Roosevelt.

True, we were spared much devastation but it did in deed put a dent in the Ole Conch Shell. We lost some of our oldest Banyan and Gumbo Limbo Trees.

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Photo Credit by Captain Tony’s daughter

“The Giving Tree”   is one of Silverstein’s best-known children’s books became a “Taking Tree,” destroying one of Key West’s literary landmarks.

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Martello Towers on the BLVD left a shambles.

The Bat Tower, gone.
The spirit of the locals (Key West) and the ones that evacuated and came back are persons that truly care about their little piece of paradise.

One day at a time.

After the four Storms that came back to Back in 2005 we have been spared.

Our Lush foliage and green trees were just coming back. Twelve years later we begin a new.

Others lost their entire homes, possessions and years of struggling. Gone with the Wind. Their homes were not so fortunate.

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Trailer in Big Coppitt Key MM 10

So many effected by earthquakes in Mexico, savage storms in Puerto Rico and neighboring Islands.

Thankful for all the lives spared.

Blessings to all of those who lost a loved one.

Mother Nature.

No matter where you live, there is always something that concerns us weather wise.

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It is cycles the Earth passes through, a cleansing of sorts.

Doesn’t make it any easier to cope with the aftermath of such onslaughts.

Source of quote

http://ossfoundation.us/projects/environment/global-warming/natural-cycle

“Is global warming a natural cycle? Or is global warming affected by human influence? What does the science say? Both are true. In the natural cycle, the world can warm, and cool, without any human interference. For the past million years this has occurred over and over at approximately 100,000 year intervals. About 80-90,000 years of ice age with about 10-20,000 years of warm period, give or take some thousands of years.”

Meanderings~Notes4


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9:51 PM 5/21/2017
Dinosaur Golf Gator
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/30/dinosaur-sized-gator-at-golf-course-turns-into-chance-photo-op.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article103394527.html

To those who struggle to tell the difference between an alligator and a crocodile it is really quite simple. One will see you later and one will see you after a while.

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Meandering on…

I was thinking about this last night as I laid in bed with the AC kicking and not wanting to get an extra blanket.

If you’re wondering whether the carcass-as-tent technique would work in real life, let us introduce you to Richard Dailey, 68, who is very likely one of the few Americans who has sheltered inside a horse.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/02/26/move-over-dicaprio-this-man-really-did-survive-the-cold-inside-a-dead-horse/?utm_term=.5c652cab97cf

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The Horse scene

The Bear scene


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One magical day a unicorn handed me a camera and showed me BeFunky. The rest is history.

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BTW mistakes are natures beautications

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when I said over again,over again and other again,like sneezing over and over you really need to clean your head out.

Excellent Masterpiece as always

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http://www.biography.com/news/pbs-dark-angel-mary-ann-cotton-murders

It’s amazing that Cotton and her crimes aren’t better known, as it’s believed she murdered as many as 21 people. By the time she was hanged at Durham jail on 24 March 1873, aged 40, it’s thought she’d killed her mother, three of her husbands, a lover, eight of her children, seven stepchildren and a friend.

Mirror or Mirrored


The “Merchants of Cool” first aired in 2001.

Teenagers are growing up in a world of marketing.

The census bureau in 2008 there were 21,469,780 teenagers in America

These are the true demographics:

Gen X: born 1965-1981

Gen Y: born 1982-1995

Gen Z: born 1996-present.

Magic Carpet Ride


Death, Grief and the Magic Carpet Ride

Keep the precious in your heart always, You have to keep them alive, Don’t forget…!

Life is short, enjoy the journey…that’s all we have!

Moreover, there’s no such thing as death, only shape shifting.

The body dies.

The spirit stays.

Angels are everywhere, yearning to help us.

We need only tune into their frequency, acknowledge them and ask.

They always deliver.

In fact, they’re the ones who help us maneuver the magic carpet.

I cannot envision traveling through life without an entourage of accompanying angels wherever I go for comfort, guidance and protection.

Imbuing myself with magic carpet consciousness, which is, in essence, an abiding connection to the universal Force of Spirit and the Divine, I have understood the greatest truth of all: the only thing that really matters in this world is love, love of self first and love of others, as a reflection of the One Love.

I believe now the only real failures in life are not loving fully and not developing our gifts and talents.

The magic Carpet Ride. “Hmmm….” a moment of contemplation. “Hmmm…yes…what makes me think I’m driving anyway?”

Excerpts taken from this site:

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Type Magic Carpet in the search

Source:

http://ezinearticles.com/?Death,-Grief-and-the-Magic-Carpet-Ride&id=931649

http://ezinearticles.com

Lullaby of Pi


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Just finished watching “Life of Pi”  Tears are still fresh on my face.

To describe this move is not an easy feat. It is a fantasy adventure of a young man’s journey.

His name is Piscine Molitor

Shipwrecked, the heartache of losing his family,alone on the vast ocean of Life.

He realizes on his small life boat he has travelers. A huge Bengal cat named “Richard Parker”

How the tiger got it’s name and the tale of alternating stories to satisfy insurance mongrels, is left for you too see.

Of course the story of the animals and how they were portrayed in metaphors is THE Story.

The soundtrack is mesmerizing and hauntingly beautiful.

My favorite is the Lullaby.

My Minnie Cat Cries like a Baby


Minnie is almost ten. She celebrates on Heart Day, the 14 th.

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She is petite, soft, cuddly and lovable purrfection.

She has always allowed me to throw her over my shoulder or carry her in my arms.

Her tale rattles like a snake with out the sound. I call her rattle tail.

She has a Om sound she makes. It, rather emanates on its own. It is the primal sound of the universe.

China is called Curley Tail. She is almost two.

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China is more aloof. She bullies poor Minnie.

She speaks too me…sounds French and I do not comprehend the language. I swear it sounds like “Hello” She chatters non-stop at times.

Yesterday she finally allowed me to cut her razor sharp talons that were a hazard to herself and others.

They both are my babies. They share there Den with a brother called Shy Guy. His sister Cinnamon Swirl went to Rainbow Bridge in 2010.

Feed Me Now~If you do not get up I will bite you harder till you do. Minnie is missing three canine teeth.(the pointy front ones that look like fangs)

Dreamscapes


Listening to “Taken by Trees” Dreams~ from Other Worlds
I made a new playlist called “Scapes” 🙂

I know it’s Not a dream

The Sound of the Trees

I WONDER about the trees.
Why do we wish to bear
Forever the noise of these
More than another noise
So close to our dwelling place?
We suffer them by the day
Till we lose all measure of pace,
And fixity in our joys,
And acquire a listening air.
They are that talks of going
But never gets away;
And that talks no less for knowing,
As it grows wiser and older,
That now it means to stay.
My feet tug at the floor
And my head sways to my shoulder
Sometimes when I watch trees sway,
From the window or the door.
I shall set forth for somewhere,
I shall make the reckless choice
Some day when they are in voice
And tossing so as to scare
The white clouds over them on.
I shall have less to say, But I shall be gone.–
Robert Frost

 

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