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Wild and Crazy Cemetery Visit

Posted in Beauty, Birds, Cemetery, Death, Funeral, Nature, Wildlife with tags , , , on June 4, 2014 by Morguie

Oscar C Meyer — not the same guy who invented lunchmeat

I discovered where they put old Oscar Meyer!




Warning sign posted at the entrances of Glenhaven and Sholom –DO PAY HEED



Right when you least expect it, something wild and crazy happens to you…


One of many species of trees which beautified this place


In April, I spent a good part of my afternoon in a cemetery — actually, two cemeteries, which are actually side by side on the same property. I took lots of pictures of the beautiful parks…so peaceful and still. The expanses of trees there are stunning. In the backdrop, the Valley and beyond that, greater metropolitan Los Angeles.   It was a warm spring day with a slight breeze stirring. I witnessed a burial from afar. I liked that I was able to notice the attendees, mourners, joining hands and singing while they stood around the graveside. This was not unusual; what was unusual was the actively working backhoe.

As the mourners stood by, the backhoe was busily taking care of business, filling the hole.

Most times, this final work is done after the service and out of sight of onlookers.

Mourners witnessing the final burial at the graveside

But, the “wild and crazy” happening wasn’t this.

I departed this cemetery, drove a few yards down the lane and turned into the Jewish cemetery. I noted the sign warning of the snakes, smiling to myself. Yeah, sure, I did believe there would be that possibility. These parks were indeed along the foothills and edge of the National forest.






However, as I was selecting a shady spot to park, at the top of a slope, it was a huge bird that caught my attention.

At first it looked like a Golden Eagle, it was massive. It was atop a pine very near my parking place. I fumbled with my camera, hoping to snap some great pics.

The bird was not an eagle, it turned out to be a large red-tailed hawk. I saw the bird literally jumping about on this tree’s most top part, the tip. A great flurry of activity…I dropped the camera onto the floorboard, cursing as I attempted to retrieve it and turn it on. I thought I might be witnessing an act of mating, however I saw no second bird.

Just as I was about to get engaged with the camera, which unfortunately was not cooperating, the bird suddenly rose off of the treetop, and what I saw next was the wild and unexpected…

The bird had been killing a snake in the tree! When the bird rose up it was grasping a 4-ft. long serpent!!

Damn! My camera was of no use. The bird lofted, snake in talons, over the slight slope and down a ways…landing a few seconds later in a tall pine. I could see a nest there. AND, two people at the foot of that very same pine, apparently visiting a grave there. I was stunned.


Looking toward the hawk's tree--note the two figures standing below

Looking toward the hawk’s tree–note the two figures standing below

I jumped out of the car, heading quickly toward them, to tell them about the hawk and the snake directly over their heads, in case the snake were loosed or dropped, placing them in possible harm’s way— ( pictures below. I labelled to show where the nest was in proximity to the visitors, sorry it isn’t my better work…I am a novice with photo edits, as you can see)












I got to them as they were moving toward their car, and they were in no danger by then. I talked with them about what I’d seen, and they were happy to know they missed the scene. The lady hated snakes, and the gentleman just didn’t hear well, so he began to ask me who I came to pay respects to, instead.


They say ‘ignorance is bliss,’  well, I’d have to agree here.

We visited a little longer before I gave up on taking in another spectacular “Wild Kingdom” moment to capture on film.

I doubt I shall see another such moment like that again.

Caveat to prospective visitors of this lovely place:  DO watch for the rattlesnakes! One may be right over your head.

©2014, C.S. Thompson.

Tortoise Tuesday

Posted in Animals, Beauty, Children, Family, Friendship, Humor, Inspiration, Life, Love, Musing, Nature, Pets, Relationships, Sheldon the Tortoise, Wildlife with tags on June 3, 2014 by Morguie


We decided to create a seasonal aspect here. Maybe. For now, while we are fresh on the topic of CJ’s desert tortoise, Sheldon, we are simply going to allow him to be center-stage. For today, anyhow.


As promised, we present to you….


Sheldon’s face. In terms of tortoise beauty: he is a handsome little devil.   The operative word here IS devil.

Always have to realize he will be up to something when back is turned.




The pics show “somebody” attending to the duty of locating that darned old breach in the super-max penitentiary fence perimeter.


CJ catches somebody in the act of scaling the fence.

Uh oh. Mommy spoiled the plan again.

What?   That wasn’t ME.   The impostor  that’s who it was, Mom.


Here, Mom, a smile just for you, because I’m always so happy to see you.

Foiled again! But there’s tomorrow, hehe.


Yup. Operative word here:  D-e-v-i-l.








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Look In The Mirror

Posted in Beauty, Depression, Faith, Friendship, Future, Gratitude, Hope, Humor, Inspiration, Life, Loss, Music, Musing, Philosophy, Relationships, Thought For Today, Video Clips, Wisdom with tags , , on May 8, 2014 by Morguie



Sometimes life can really get us down…pretty soon, everything seems wrong with the world as it directly pertains to YOU. You suck, basically.


I can admit I am my harshest critic…and NOBODY can beat me up more viciously than I CAN.   NOBODY.  I hate those times when I fall into that awful place…the one that makes me feel like I just can’t win for losing, for Pete’s sake!



We all have times like that, on occasion, where we have no idea of our own power, goodness, or even ‘beauty.’

Me? Beautiful? Sure, if you have cataracts.  I feel old, fat, washed up, over the hill, and unloveable as any human life form can feel about themselves.

It helps not, the fact that I am officially able and elderly enough to be a full-card-carrying member of AARP, which I cannot tell you, has been the goal since I was 35.

No! Not MY goal…AARP’s.   They had the audacity to send me a “pre-membership” card when I turned 35.  Talk about rounding up the herd and steering the cattle toward that slaughterhouse just up the road.  Nice that this heifer got fattened up just in time.

When nary is heard, a discouraging word…and the cows grow plumper each dayyyyyyyy.  See? Self-deprecating, is me.  Such a hard habit to break.

Like the cigs I am determined to quit before too much longer.  I have had it. No more.  Don’t like smoking and will be so happy to break the chains that bind me to nicotine.  Blech! I hate to stink. I am not fond of wheezing as I catch my breath after a little activity.  I won’t be tossing nearly $8  at them twice a week.

Cheer up, I say to myself. I am bound to have a better view of things…tomorrow.



That’s why it helps me so much to hear a small word of encouragement, something which lends a little hope for the new day of tomorrow.

Tomorrow is just a day away. What a difference a day makes. One day at a time, Sweet Jesus. Sleep on it tonight, things always seem clearer in the morning.

Whatever the case…I always know that things can be a whole lot worse. So, yeah, they could also do to improve a little, too.


This song in the video clip helps me realize that one should not give up hope on one’s self just because of a dark, down day or two. There is plenty in you that will make tomorrow worthwhile. The beauty lies within you.


Just…Look In The Mirror, Baby.

©C.S. Thompson, 2014.




Special Feature: Love Monkey

Posted in Animals, Beauty, Books, Comedy, Fiction, Friendship, Gratitude, Humor, Inspiration, Kindness, Life, Love, Musing, Relationships, Thought For Today, Video Clips, Wisdom with tags on April 25, 2014 by Morguie


Happy Friday All!


Today we simply share with you…


An original animated film by Edward Monkton. A story about how to find true love, and how to make it flourish and grow with your own special Love Monkey. Send it on and SPREAD the LOVE….






We wish you all a great weekend…meanwhile, we are really hoping to get caught up on reading your posts!




C J  and Morguie



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