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Friday, September 30, 2022

Autumn update

It's been a few months since I last posted. I've been busy with lots of things, including trying to save a wetland that I think of as "Tiny's Water Hole". I found out about construction plans to bulldoze it to oblivion, and I decided that it was my calling to make a difference. Saving it is still a work in progress but I'm optimistic that it will still exist when the construction is over. I will write more about it in the future.

I've also been "working on myself". After the years of my dad's illness and several other major stressors, I found that I had a problem with anxiety. I've been working with a counselor on the anxiety, and I've also taken up meditation. I am on the road to a less anxious life but I still struggle at times.

And, alas, the construction on the house has continued. We are almost finished for this year with one more big renovation season planned for next summer. Our new house is getting closer to our vision for it. While the land has always felt like home, the house is gradually feeling more and more like home.

In addition to all of those things, I've taken the time of not blogging to work carefully on my photography. I am taking far more landscape photos now than ever before, trying to show how nature provides glimpses of brilliance even when life is hard. Here is one from about 9 days ago on a soggy, foggy, and cold day. It wasn't what I would call a "beautiful day" but the nascent autumn colors made me love it. I feel so lucky that this spot is a 1 minute walk from my door.


  1. Glad to see a new post! I really enjoy the pictures you post, and the stories about the dogs. I thank you for sharing them!!

    --Jean Marie

  2. Home renovations are stressful, on a scale of 1-10, I would rate them at 150 !!! The mess, dust, upheaval, not finding what you want, where things can be put in the meantime, I think meditation and counselling are great ways to cope with all this. Those Autumn colours are a reminder that the seasons will always continue, no matter what else happens.So good to see you back here . From a cold day down here, snow expected in the far south later next week, and this is our spring.!!!

  3. You do what is best for you. Anxiety is crippling and I find some peace of mind.

  4. How great to hear from you, although it sounds like the time not blogging is being well spent. And the 'glimpse of brilliance' photo is truly lovely.
    All the best,
    Gail and Nobby.

  5. It's wonderful to see a post from you, KB, and your photo is just beautiful and so dreamy.

  6. Hari Om
    I join the chorus!!! Having seen some of your wonderful shots on IG, it is a joy to have another appear here. Looking after yourself is primary and blogging is just the frilly side of life; but it is also connection to something other that can help lift us. Your 'battle of the bog' sounds like a worthwhile, if fraught, event in life and send wishes to you (and any others involved) for full success! Meanwhile, keep taking these incredible photographs for there surely is therapy in them. YAM xx

  7. It's good to see a post from you. We've been busy here with our own home remodel. It's fun, but dusty.

    I hope you succeed saving Tiny's Water Hole. You rock.

    Have a fabulous weekend. Scritches to the pups. ♥

  8. It's so great to hear from you and we completely understand why you haven't been blogging. We still look at your videos on your YouTube channel when new ones are posted. Our paws are crossed that you can keep the construction from being destroyed.

  9. Love Ya - Stay Strong - Absolutely Brilliant Snap Shot - Like WoW


  10. Stunning! Meditation has changed my life. I hope it helps you. Thinking of you as you take on all you do! And a big thank you for being the voice of nature! Lee and Phod and their Lady

  11. So happy to see your back for a post. I was wondering how you were doing. Dealing with the illness and death of a loved one is difficult. It sounds like you are taking the right steps to deal with your grief and anxiety.
    The photo is gorgeous!

  12. You're making good choices, KB. So much stress over such a long time = cortisol overload and all its ramifications. Glad you're taking time to take care of yourself - and Tiny's water hole.

    What an evocative photo!!

    Chris from Boise

  13. Hi KB
    So good to see you and your post today. Good luck with the wetlands project and self care.
    What a beautiful photo hugs to you and your pack

  14. You capture nature beautifully. I too struggle with anxiety (and depression), which I've had for some time. So glad you are taking care of yourself. I too, am taking a break from the computer. Much needed respite. Glad to hear Tiny's hole will be saved. You are awesome girl!!

  15. Ir's so good to see you back. The photo is beautiful and reminds me that nature is a great healer. I suffered from anxiety when I lived in my hometown, Stockholm, Sweden, as a young woman. Strangely, coming to America cured me. But I still remember how awful that was. I wish you healing and peace.


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