Saturday, January 3, 2009

Arnold's Walk In The Hood




It's a joy to walk Arnold in my neighborhood.   We love the giant sycamores lining the streets. The walk is as much for me as it is for him.  In fact, without him I wouldn't walk as much.  

I often hear myself saying, "I'm taking Arnold for a walk" instead of "I'm going for a walk."  It's more fun with him.




Arnold looks to his left before crossing.



A well-manicured front lawn and facade...



Amazing color!




The first poem I ever memorized was "Come Little Leaves" by George Cooper.  I was 6 or 7  in Grade 2 at the International School of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo, Japan.  Even now I still mumble the words to myself when I see brilliant fall color...

"Come, little leaves" said the wind one day,
"Come over the meadows with me, and play;
Put on your dresses of red and gold;
Summer is gone, and the days grow cold."



Pit stop!



This blue door always catches my eye.  



And this majestic Tudor commands attention.



"Sit, stay," Mom says, as she takes photos.  I would normally keep walking to the
 nearest bush but by this time I'm too tired...






I love this white-picketed Hansel & Gretel house and its side yard...



And rounding the curb is this nice tropical red hot chili pepper house...




Homeward bound... 


"Look, Ma!  No hands!"

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maya,
I am at awe with your surroundings! What a beautiful place.

Please tell me where the picture of the bird in flight with the clouds came from. I have a dear friend who is an artist and she paints clouds...she would love this. You can see her work:
www.suzanscott.com

Thank you!
Donna

I am the I am that I am. said...

Hi Donna!

Thank you for stopping by! I would love to email you back but you didn't leave your contact info (listed as anonymous). I have many friends named Donna. If memory serves, the only bird in flight I have on this blog is a seagull. That was taken over the San Francisco Bay Area, over the water. The seagull was flying over the ferry.

You've just given me a story concept. I've been taking photos of the sky when I walk.

Thank you!

Joanna Hackley Davis said...

Maya,
Thanks for the e-mail!
I am usually fairly self-motivated, but I've found myself lacking exercise motivation lately.
Yesterday morning my Sweetheart suggested we walk to Perkins for breakfast.
I've pestered him to walk with me for years, and now that I've stopped pestering, he's suggesting it! Isn't it amazing how that happens? I release attachment to outcome, and the outcome happens on it's own.
So, we walked an HOUR to get to Perkins, spent an hour eating breakfast, and walked an hour home.
It was the sweetest, most companionable time. We enjoyed it so much that we did it again today, at HIS suggestion! On the way home, he was planning which Saturdays he'd be able to do it again.
I feel so blessed! When I am lacking motivation, the Universe comes along and provides me with a very loving boost.
Thanks for all the beauty you bring to the world!
Blessings, Peace, Love and JOY!

Jean M Fogle said...

Arnold is one lucky dog! My JRT Molly gets to go hunting everyday and since I work from home, she gets lots of walks!
You can see some pics of her at my blog
http://pixels-n-pen.blogspot.com
she has her own blog Mollitudes but I havent posted to it for a few weeks
http://mollitudes.blogspot.com