Friday Freakishness

Watch this oil painting of a lizard come to life in 1 minute (time lapse)

Today was Leaping Lizards day! I was doing some gardening and lizards kept scaring the daylights out of me by popping out of whatever pot I was grabbing. One of them even leapt from where I was reaching to a chair a few feet away, just sailed through the air like an acrobat. I saw four different kinds of lizards in a variety of colors, and all of them were a bit crazy today.

There was also some people craziness. The trespassers I’ve mentioned before came back and this time, in addition to their unleashed dog, fishing-near-the-“no fishing”-sign husband, and her child, our famous texting squatter brought a CAT. Why? Why would someone do this? They stayed for about an hour or so this evening, with the cat just hanging out. When they wanted to leave, the woman put a leash on the cat and tried to get the cat to cooperate, which of course it did not do.

I was busy doing dishes, so I missed this pet show, but my daughter was watching it and laughing. She knows cats, and she thought it was hilarious that this woman expected her cat to agree to being led by a leash. When I took a glance out there the cat stared back at me, looking quite pleased with itself, just lying there all relaxed.

In other Friday freakishness… oh wait, this happened yesterday, but we can count it for today: I looked out the patio windows because a flurry of bird activity caught my attention. Two cardinals and a hummingbird were racing for the same feeding area at the same time. One of the juvenile cardinals, the really dotty one that looks it has a mohawk haircut, perched on my potting table shelf and suddenly I saw its head pop back. A hummingbird collided with it while blitzing by and buzzed it on the back of its bird head. This was even more hilarious to me than a woman who leashed her cat.

I didn’t catch these things on video today, so you’ll just have imagine the craziness this time. I hope all of you are doing well. Have a marvelous weekend!

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Are YOU in season?

Watch me paint this tree frog in about a minute (time lapse)

More about the tree frog in a few minutes…

As spring approached, I blogged that it was the season for seeing an elusive migratory bird called a painted bunting. That was just over a month ago. The bunting has since moved on and we aren’t likely to see him again until next year.

But the lizards are here to stay until it gets chilly again in the fall. I took a short video of this little guy, who looks a lot like the one I painted (see next video). Sorry he’s a bit out of focus. My camera apparently thought I wanted to film the grass. 😒 Watch his neck. He has a few cool dance moves.

My oil painting of a lizard, 1 minute time lapse

About the tree frog…

 

We haven’t seen any yet. They should appear on a sultry evening, stuck fast to our patio glass. Only one at a time, just hanging out as if listening to our conversations. The season of frogs is coming soon.

This blog posts poses the question, “Are YOU in season?

Do you feel as if you’re “back” from spiritual hibernation, or not quite yet? Have you already moved on to the next phase of your journey like the painted bunting, or staying a while where you are like the lizard, or have you not yet emerged, like the tree frog? At some point after a long winter, it is safe to come out. For every thing there is a season.

There’s no doubt that the world has experienced a “long winter” even if your winters and summers are different from mine here in the United States. Are we ready for a new season? How you define your winter is personal to you, but all of us have been affected by the long spiritual hibernation and harsh conditions we’ve endured. 

We are divided about what those harsh conditions are, and who brought them about. Even the heavily marketed phrase “in it together” is divisive. Some see it for what it is: propaganda. When government/media messaging is coordinated and pushed with an agenda, without unbiased concrete proof that the claims are real, and is designed to steer thinking, responses, and/or action, it is indeed propaganda. 

We can debate whether or not propaganda is right or wrong, but the fact that there is an organized campaign to push an agenda is undeniable. We can also debate the agenda. However, denying that there IS an agenda is not a healthy conversation at this point, as it seems destined for a poor outcome. If we want this to be a season of healing, we must let go of old unproductive patterns. We must see what “is”, and understand that our interpretation of it may never align, but we must insist that the parts of our experience that are as factually apparent as clearly as an Emperor who has no clothes on, be agreed upon by all but the biggest fools.

Beyond the obvious events we can plainly see, we may never agree about why things happened, or how they should have happened, or even how things should happen now. We can focus on what divides us, or on what unites us. We can also choose to remain rather neutral by not focusing on either end of the spectrum. We can choose to avoid any mindful analysis of the situation either way. But what we can’t do is opt out of the timeline in which we live.

However we see this oppressive and hostile timeline, no matter who we think is responsible for it, and no matter how we understand microbiology, technocracy, GMHs/hybrids/infusion/etc., reset/transition/build-back-better/globalism, or any of the other complex issues involving immune systems and manipulation thereof, regardless if occurring organically, steered, psychological-warfare-driven, or weaponized… the reality for us all is that we are impacted by it. We were forced into a spiritual season that we did not choose.

Have we yet emerged from that dark brutal winter? Are YOU in season, or still in spiritual hibernation? Is it time yet for you to feel the air under your wings like the beautiful bunting? Do you want to dance to life’s music like the lizard? Or are you like the tree frog… lying low somewhere, hidden, not ready yet?

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."
- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 KJV

Take your time, but don’t miss your season. Every life makes a difference. There is something missing when YOU are missing.

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“Lizard”

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“During our first summer in Georgia, the thing I feared most happened: the air conditioning went out. We had to deal with the intense humid heat with no AC! The days and nights dragged on as we waited for the situation to be resolved.

The weeks before this happened, I’d made a new friend: a cute lizard on the glass patio door. He kept me company while I was working on my computer nearby. I named him Henry.

On one of our sweltering nights without air conditioning, I left the glass patio door open, which exposed a small gap in the seal of the sliding screen door. The hour was late night, nearly midnight, and my husband was working the night shift. That’s when Henry got IN. I chased him until I was overheated and sweaty. Finally, with the help of a spray bottle of water, I corralled him out the open door, while yelling, “Get out, Henry, you bast-rd!” I realized too late, that our new neighbors didn’t know “Henry” is a lizard.

Since then, I’ve rekindled my friendship with our patio lizards, as they keep the doors free of bugs. I’ve watched a lizard eat an entire pesky moth in two seconds time. As long as they stay on the other side of the door, we are good pals.”

Lizard oil painting by Natalie Buske Thomas
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List of Oil Paintings in this Collection, linking to their pages here on the site, and also citing physical pages in the hardcover book:

  1. City of Savannah
    1.1 “City of Savannah” page 6-7
    1.2 “Natalie at the Fountain” page 8-11
    1.3 “House in Savannah” page 12-13
    1.4 “Guardian Lion” page 14-15
    1.5 “Autumn Angel” page 16-17
    1.6 “Steamship Savannah” page 18-19
    1.7 “Boiled Peanuts for Sale” page 20-21
    1.8 “Bulldog” page 22-23
    1.9 “Serenity Piano” page 24-25
    1.10 “Painting Colors” page 26-27
  2. Tybee Island
    2.1 “I Love Life” page 30-31
    2.2 “Living Sand Dollar” page 32-33
    2.3 “Matthew the Sea Turtle” page 34-35
    2.4 “Fungie the Dolphin” page36-37
    2.5 “Angel Releasing Dove” page 38-39
    2.6 “Flag on Tybee Island” page 40-41
    2.7 “My Kids at the Beach” page 42-43
    2.8 “Lighthouse near Tybee Island” page 44-45
  3. Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians
    3.1 “Gator and Snake” page 48-49
    3.2 “Tree Frog” page 50-51
    3.3 “Lizard” page 52-53
    3.4 “Blue Heron” page 54-55
    3.5 “Hummingbird” page 56-57
    3.6 “Painted Bunting” page 58-59
  4. Flowers and Trees
    4.1 “Pink Flower” page 62-63
    4.2 “Porch Flowers” page 64-65
    4.3 “Clover” page 66-67
    4.4 “Butterfly Tree Flowers” page 68-69
    4.5 “Savannah Tree” page 70-71
    4.6 “Dancer in a Floral Forest” page 72-73
    4.7 “Come to the Garden” page 74-77
    4.8 “Cherokee Rose” page 78-79
  5. Faith and Food
    5.1 “Floral Cross” page 82-83
    5.2 “Lenten Flower” page 84-85
    5.3 “Celtic Cross” page 86-87
    5.4 “Mary of God’s Favor” page 88-89
    5.5 “Lion and the Lamb” page 90-91
    5.6 “Breakfast with Friends” page 92-93
    5.7 “Peaches in a Bowl” page 94-95
    5.8 “Peach Cookies” page 96-97
    5.9 “Peach Pie” page 98-99
  6. Seasons and Weather
    6.1 “Pumpkins and Mums” page 102-103
    6.2 “Autumn Cottage” page 104-105
    6.3 “Spring Lambs” page 106-107
    6.4 “Peach Tree Hurricane” page 108-109
    6.5 “Eye of the Storm” page 110-111
    6.6 “God’s Promise” page 112-113
    6.7 “We Gather Together” page 114-115
    6.8 “Savannah Snow” page 116-117
    6.9 “I Believe in Santa” page 118-119