This morning, on my morning walk to the Marina, a seagull with a broken wing crossed my path. I couldn’t ignore the fact that his left wing was dragging on the ground so I followed him. I flagged down an employee in the Marina area and she said she’d report it. Somehow, I didn’t believe her (there was no urgency in her response) so I kept following him and stayed with him until help arrived. Which wasn’t soon - it was surprisingly very challenging to find the correct number for injured birds. I googled, called, emailed several rescue services but they were either too far away, or only rescued marine life. Finally, after 40 minutes, I was able to talk to someone and they dispatched help. They weren’t sure when they would arrive - could be 10 minutes or 3 hours. But I vowed to stay with my little friend, who I’ve now named “Swifty”. Swifty and I became friends and I followed him around as he walked the park, picked at garbage and relaxed on a sunny patch on the grass. He even inched a little closer to me, which made me smile, thinking that he trusted me to help! Finally, I got a call that Officer Romero arrived to help take Swifty away! He caught him quickly and gently and wrapped Swifty in a towel before putting him in the truck for a bird rescue where a vet will check him out. There was even another seagull around with a busted wing (though not as bad as Swifty’s), so I’m glad I was there to help rescue two birds!
Lately, I've been so obsessed with herbs and succulents. I've killed a few but recently went to Orchard and bought new herbs (jalapeno, basil and mint), pots and special soil. I re-planted them with care and extra love, so I hope they live and thrive!
This weekend, we had a birthday party for my sister's boyfriend's daughter, Jamey, who is turning 6. My parents had it out at their house since there's plenty of space and a pool. Lots of kids, plenty of babies and thirsty adults were in attendance and big fun was had by all, especially the vodka shots my dad initiates! Today, the house is clean and quiet and back to normal. I love sitting by the pool in the morning sun, reading, reflecting and relaxing (the three R's!).
Very sad news to report: the baby bird egg that was nesting on my balcony didn't make it. I noticed some twigs and a good part of the nest on the ground outside and when I came out to investigate, I found the broken egg on the ground. The mama bird was not in the nest and I don't know what happened. Perhaps another bird (a predator) came along and tried to eat it? Or maybe the mom or baby was sick and she sacrificed it? I'm not sure but I was very sad to see it. I was excited for a baby bird or two to hatch and live here. I was coming outside everyday and saying hello to the mama and asking how the baby was doing. She would just stare at me, as if she knew what I was saying. She was not threatened by me at all and never flew away.
On a brighter note, mama did come back to sit on the rail and was soon joined by another bird (perhaps the papa?). They were looking around, at the nest, as if trying to figure out what happened. Then she flew up and sat in the nest for a moment before flying off again.
I really hope they come back, rebuild and a healthy baby hatches soon.
This morning, Vick and I went on a hike at Mandeville Canyon that Brody and I used to do all the time and spread his ashes from the top of the mountain. Surprisingly, I felt at peace and didn't even cry! I knew Brody would be so happy to be free and spread in one of the places he loved so much.
It was a beautiful hike and bittersweet, knowing I will never to return.
My sweet little Bird sure does make his presence known! I now know why I have so many birds come visit me on my balcony - I have a bird nest on my light! How sweet is that!? I love it so much and find great comfort that my Bird is always with me.
I took a nice long walk to the marina this morning and I think this will become my new morning routine! It look me about 45 minutes and I walked all the way around, checking out all the boats from every angle. I just love my new home and all the places I can walk to!
Day trip to Ojai with my friend, Marie. Her father recently passed away and she's been feeling lost, so I thought a trip to Ojai would help her soul. She's never been before and I find Ojai so magical and healing. She loved it and can't wait to go back! We lunched, shopped, meditated and of course, wine tasted! Just what the soul needs - some sun, friendship and wine!
I am moving at the end of this month, out of Santa Monica. I'm not sure where yet.. I want to stay on the westside but maybe I'll do some traveling around before settling down. I've been living in Santa Monica for 14 years now, and in my current place for 7.5 years, so it's definitely time for a change! I'm looking forward to the next phase in my life with a new home! In the meantime, I'm fully enjoying the beach and the close proximity I have to it!
This morning, I woke up just after 5 am, meditated and set out to Santa Monica beach with friends for a sunrise New Year intention setting. It was so beautiful to see the sun come up while everyone is still asleep. I've never done anything like this for NY day - I'm usually hungover and in bed the entire day! So this was a healthy and peaceful healthy way to start the New Year!
Happy New Year and may 2017 bring everyone peace, love and magic!
Being a triple water sign (Cancer sun, Cancer moon and Pisces rising), I need to live by the water. I actually get very out of sorts if I'm away from it to long. True crab. That's why I'm so lucky to live in Santa Monica, Calif. and in walking distance to the ocean. Whenever I feel sad, anxious or overwhelmed (which I felt my share of this past year with all the loss and grief), I walk to the beach and just sit and stare at the waves. It instantly calms my soul and know that everything is and will always be, alright.