Wednesday, December 03, 2008


Ted Andrews, in his lovely book Animal Speak, says this about the butterfly:

Butterflies appear to dance as they light upon flowers and such. They remind us not to take things quite so seriously within our lives. They awaken a sense of lightness and joy. They remind us that life is a dance, and dance, though powerful, is also a great pleasure.

Butterflies bring color and joy with them. When butterflies come into your life look at how much or how little joy is within your life. Lighten up. Look for change.

And here it is - a butterfly for all of us!

Victoria at Teachings of the Horse awarded this yesterday, and I'd like to say thank you to her both for the award and for her blog. I had to laugh when I read that she starts her day with coffee and a visit to Linda at 7msn, Arlene at Grey Horse Matters, and here. I do the very same thing. It's a little bit of blogging synchronicity every morning, and I think it adds something of value to my day.

This butterfly award is meant to be passed on. I have an image of the lovely little thing flitting and darting, making its way across the country and around the world, from one blog to another.

I'd like to send it to four blogs:

jme at Glenshee: jme writes eloquently and succinctly about riding, and I get completely absorbed in her explanations and descriptions of things. It's like an online graduate class in the art of riding, and while I'm not at all sure I'm a graduate level rider, she makes me feel like I am and gets me thinking about the details. Thanks, jme!

Sheaffer: Sheaffer is a miniature donkey whose blog makes me laugh out loud on a regular basis. He is brilliant and funny and his philosophies about life and animals and "the woman" are always enlightening and entertaining. Sheaffer should have a lovely TV show on PBS, where he sits in top hat and waistcoat, introducing his audience to the day's adventure.

Janet at Talk 2 the Animals: Janet is an animal communicator with a wonderful perspective on how animals can teach us about ourselves. She offers information about specific animals each week, and she also shares her own experiences with the animals in her life and those she encounters. I especially love reading what her horse Shiloh has to say. Janet has inspired me to ask questions and to listen to the animals I live with. I've learned that Keil Bay will get down to the bottom line very quickly for me. Thanks, Janet!

We Three, Ginger Cat Tales: This is one of my favorite blogs to visit when I need to escape for a little while. The photographs and the writing provide a window into another world (Wales) and I leave feeling like I've taken a mini-retreat to find creativity and imagination. Thank you Ginger Cats Three!


The Ginger Darlings said...

Many thanks to you for our award. We do love butterflies here. Not even moths about at this time. It is getting very cold outside.
We rest in the house, curled in warm places while She paints whales and stars and the sea.
love from Jackie and the gingers

Grey Horse Matters said...

Congratulations on your award. I love the definition by Ted Andrews, because that is exactly how I think of butterflies, flitting and dancing through their lives.
I'm with you and Victoria, I always check out the same blogs in the morning with my tea.

Mamie said...

I knew something had been missing in my days, lately, Billie! I put the blogs I read on Google Reader and forgot to list yours. I had a lot of catching up to do here at Camera Obscura, and as always, loved every word. I'll be more regular now that I have you on the list.

jme said...

thank you so much for the award and for your kind words - it really means a lot :-)

"Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."

~Nathaniel Hawthorne

billie said...

You are most welcome, Ginger Darlings - I love the new sheepskin you all got!

billie said...

Arlene, it's such a nice thought that we're all reading blogs "together" in the a.m. :)

billie said...

Mamie, I'm glad that you enjoy reading here - and vice versa. Your current photos of shadows are just lovely!

billie said...

jme, you're welcome and thank you for the wonderful quote!

Janet Roper said...

Thank you so much for the award! I am honored to be included in the company of such terrific & wise bloggers.

The butterfly of transformation.

billie said...

Janet, you're most welcome. Thanks for your wonderful blog!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oh no. I'm a little bit red-faced over here. I'm not a morning person, so I tend to do my blog reading late in the evening. Like a Hoot, Hoot! heheh

But I'm with you in the am, if only in spirit, Billie :)

Congrats on the award. Your blog is a breath of fresh air, a radiant rainbow of light, and a twittering song of a wild bird.
I always visit here, and feel an instant calm.

Looks like I may have a few more new blogs to investigate, too.

New Mexico

billie said...

Lisa, I'm up late too so I can probably join the hoot owl club with you. :)

And congrats to you as well, b/c I know you had a butterfly light on your blogsite as well!!

(oh, and thank you for the very very kind words... I am so glad you visit and enjoy what you find here)