Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Cutest Thing, Like, Ever

I absolutely adore hummingbirds. I see them most every day of my life, and will never, ever get bored of watching them. For so many reasons, what extraordinary creatures they are! I love the wee critters so much that when deciding upon what I should get as my next tattoo - wanting something representative of my life on, and love for, the island I call home - I chose to get a copy of a beautiful First Nations carving of a hummingbird we picked up on Thetis Island a few years ago. (I get my new ink in May.)

So, all this said, imagine my squeals of delight and how hard I had to bite my bottom lip when recently stumbling across the incredible video below. I have seen thousands of cute animal videos, but in all my days I have never seen anything even remotely approaching the impossible cuteness of this clip. I'm not sure I will ever see anything so damned cute again! Even the photographs I saw just yesterday of twenty newly hatched chameleon babies - perfectly mini versions of their adult selves - can hold a candle to this awesome piece of film. As if I could not love hummingbirds anymore, just look at this...

The (B)log Lady

When Twin Peaks was originally screened back in 1990-91, I was working long hours away from home (in Belfast), so missed pretty much all of it. Only now, all these years later, am I finally catching up and seeing what all the fuss was about. Susan bought the deluxe boxed set of both seasons a while back, and we are now watching episodes of it every other night. I'm finding it utterly compelling, especially a few years ago having visited Snoqualmie Falls and the Salish Lodge & Spa, which feature heavily in the show.

There are many fascinating characters in Twin Peaks, one of whom, the Log Lady, introduces each episode with a few lines of wisdom or veiled clues as to elements of the episode's content. As a writer, I particularly enjoyed her spiel preceding episode 10:

"Letters are symbols. They are building blocks of words which form our languages. Languages help us communicate. Even with complicated languages used by intelligent people, misunderstanding is a common occurrence. We write things down sometimes - letters, words - hoping they will serve us and those with whom we wish to communicate. Letters and words, calling out for understanding."

And on that note...