Monday, June 20, 2011

Entry #20: The Baby Quail's Purpose, June's Hosting of the Summer Solstice and Accepting the Unfavorable in a Positive Way

Dear All:
Every leaf of every tree is emerald in its state of velvet smooth green, chattering among themselves and their respective branches. Some of the flowers have come & gone already, like our delightfully blush pink peonies. The Cosmos Ladybird Scarlet flower is still waiting for the six second visit of a dazzling hummingbird's feed. June's lovely breeze is giving us a deep healthy inhale before the oppressive humidity inches its way into our summer days.

Nature continually tries its hardest to keep us alive & well on the planet. Our visit to Planting Fields Arboretum reminded me of that today. June's nature spectacular is as compelling as always. However, I've realized that there is no time (at this time of the year) to sit and smell the flowers that have worked so hard to bloom! Lastly, as I enjoy June's trance, I continue my pursuit of losing my self importance and work on Getting Over Myself when there is something I do not like, that I should be accepting in a positive way.

Early this month we arranged to have an nursery school type hike for Brady and his friends at The Seatuck Environmental Association. Seatuck is a non profit org that preserves & educates the public on the environment & wildlife of Long Island. 

While we waited (in the bird observatory room) for our guide to organize and get us out on the trails to study bugs and examine fox foot prints, there was was a glass tank of approximately 50 baby quail chirping up their own little storm. At the time I thought this could be a project for the local schools, but then I wondered why they were not baby chicks, so I asked our guide, Peter. He told me that quail eat ticks! I thought this is a one solution to our tick problem, yahoo! He added this idea will work if the fox population inside the sanctuary do not eat the baby quail for breakfast. I will honor the quails (and all life) everyday. Hows about we take the ticks down with those baby quail?

In my household we love June for its pure bounty & nature's delight, but also because it is host to the Summer Solstice party, to name just a few reasons. Mostly because it is beautiful Todd's birthday (6/21). Happy Birthday to my dear honey. 

The Summer Solstice is a major celestial event known around the world. It results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year.  One of the most enduring modern ties with the Solstice were the Druids celebration of the day as the "wedding of Heaven and Earth". Give me a wedding of heaven and earth and a couple of smashing birthdays (Happy Birthday to my amazing Deirdre McGinnis 6/23), and I am good to go!

My love affair with Twitter continues. Brady can be helpful with his ideas about life on Twitter  too!

  1. "I am dancing like water." - Brady 3 Years old
  2. "The wind is here." - Brady 3 Years Old
  3. "I make wishes."--Brady 3 Years Old

Lastly I am so thankful to Get Over Myself (can I get a trademark here Donna Henry?) every second of each day because then there is no point to any of this right? I am so lovely & easy to get along with when is all is going my way. But how about when Todd calls me on my distracted ways or my defensive behavior or there is a random situation that does not sit well with my silly rules, what a buncha crap, right?  Finally, how about my contempt toward people who toss their cigarette butts out their car window?  Honk honk and fuck you! This is when I can be snarly & self righteous which at the end of the day is a pity for me! I have to get over it if its bad, and I have to remove my "feelings" from the situation, right? 

I believe the most important lesson for me has/ is to accept everything the way it is even when it is not great. It takes practice, like pilates, yahoo! If I lose my self importance in just about everything I say & do, then I'm good, right? Here are some tweets that got me here:


  1. I Get Over Myself when I allow my loved ones to completely disagree with me. 
  2. I Get Over Myself when I realize that I must accept what I do not necessary "like" in a positive way! 
  3. Get Over Yourself if you care what others say about you good or bad, because they are right somehow.
  4. If someone I love is struggling for whatever reason, I have to let them have their feelings right?

Lastly, thank you for reading in your busy days. I am routing for those baby quail, I am going to worship this year's solstice til the cows come home and I am going to always look within for acceptance (of everything good/bad) in the most positive way that I can. Let's keep "hope" close to the heart & pray for the men, women, children & animals who need our fierce protection at all times. 

With Love & Sincerely,


  1. My amazing Deirdre McGinnis wrote:
    Thanks for my lovely Birthday mention on your wonderful Blog KK!

    Happy birthday to Todd too. We are both cusp babies and Solstice sinners :)

    Have fun at your solstice party. I used to have those. Back in the day. Will probably go up to Griffith Park to watch the Sunset instead.

    Lots of love


  2. Loving the Solstice Energy. Am gonna get over myself for sure on the longest day. Nice words.

  3. Another poetic post. I love how you tie in your own personal spiritual path with caring and love for the animals and children. Just yesterday Deirdre and I were wondering how and where you've been - and here you are.

    I love the baby quail story. And Brady's tweets are brilliant.

    Happy Birthday, Todd! And to Deirdre, too, but hopefully I will get to tell her in person this week.

    Love you, Kristen. You're doing such great work on your path, keeping it honest, keeping it real for the rest of us. It's inspiring.

  4. Hi Deirdre Lamb!
    Thank you for dropping in to wish us well during this Solstice, it was bright until after 9pm here last night. You are the best dear girl ever and we love you and Miss Susan in LA together.
    Love you and never surrender and never ever ever ever give up.

  5. Hi Susan:
    My lovely and beautiful Susan. I love your paragraphs, I have to say. Thank you for always dropping in & commenting with love.

    When you come home some time we will take you to Planting Fields which is a magical, heaven like Aboretum in Mutton Town Long Island. There were more huge and proud trees that I have ever seen, royal like fountains and also we met a photographer who was waiting for a hummingbird to come and suckle a tall red flower. There is a bird sanctuary there too!
    Happy Birthday to all and let's have a Solstice Party some day! Thank you for all of your support.
    Much Love,

  6. Thanks for the thoughts of summer. Happy Birthday to all Solstice babies and what a pleasure hearing about the baby quails. I also want to thank Brady for his tweets and insights. It's the simple things in life that provide much meaning. Enjoy the longest day and shortest night. ~Patricia

  7. Oh, I would love to visit that Arboretum! Yes, let's do that. Not sure when I'm visiting yet but will keep you posted. Happy Summer Solstice! Happy Birthday, Todd! Love you guys

  8. Happy Birthday Todd & Deirdri! Kristen thank you for your lovely June fragrances. You constantly remind me to stop and take a moment to enjoy what nature is always providing! Don't we love more when the simple things in nature give us such pleasure! Love you girl, will most definately be thinking of your female energy on this Summer Solstice! Cindy

  9. My lovely Patricia:
    Hi darling and I am sure we had some party at the Summer Solstice at some point in San Francisco. Hows about the baby quails? I am going to hatch some now, right? chirp chirp. love you goddess of light and energy. Keep the positive energy coming our way.

  10. Hi Cindy Lou:
    Me darling how we love that Summer Solstice and its marriage between heaven and earth. Many cultures enjoy this natural occurrence. All we can say at the end of the day is that heaven is right out our window.

    We observed a hummingbird waiting on a tree that would feed off of a tall pretty red flower - and it would only last 6 seconds (we learned this from a photographer) and the zip off they go. Hummingbirds have the appearance of insects but they are birds.

    Love your girl and enjoy your moonlight party this Summer Solstice 2011.


  11. Here is my darling sister Abby dropping by:

    Good job Darling.

    "What other people think of me is none of my business" . This is a VERY strong message from AA. First time I heard it, made me want to scream!!!

  12. Hi Abby:
    Oh girl that shit is right on and so true. Get over what people think too cause you can't win everyone's heart - but you can always try!
    Krissy Boo

  13. The talented and lovely Donna Henry writes in:

    Amen sister. Thanks for the positive thoughts. Happy Birthday Toddy! Luv, Donna

  14. Right on Honey... This was your best yet! B-boy and I continue to be inspired by you everyday.

  15. Dear Daddy:
    Your birthday is the best day ever. Thank you for the magical, heavenly walk around the Planting Fields Arboretum.

  16. Me Dearest and Sweetest Jenny Ford writes in:

    Hi Kristen and Todd:
    thank you for the fun hiking and picnic at seatuck...we had a ball, happy birthday to you todd and love and kisses to all keep the blog coming love to take a break and read it...xoxojenny

  17. Hi Jenny and Darrell and Eammon:
    Oh girl we are so happy to treat you and Eammon to bugs and fox foot prints. How about those baby quail taking down those ticks! We will see you for the Fourth of July we hope - remember Drums in the Sky - for the fireworks?
    Love you all

  18. Kristen dear,
    Just getting around to catching up on your lovely anecdotes...

    You speak to me. I have so many similar feelings - a kindred spirit you are.

    I am just getting over myself today. Better things tomorrow. love.