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reflections by Issi – part 2

prints in the snow

ohhhhhhhh…………..what do we have here?

……………a straight line to where…………?

.…………..can it be my beloved……………….

….the handsome neighborhood stud muffin?

~ words by Issi as told to mommy ~

** Note from mommy: We live on the Des Plaines River Trail, which is another word for an interstate highway for all sorts of wildlife. One in particular is ‘stud muffin’, who we know to be a coyote. We see them on occasion and Issi certainly smells them. They have the coolest tracks – single file. How they manage to walk in a single file line with 4 legs/paws is amazing.

February 22, 2019 at 1:52 am 3 comments

reflections by Issi – part 1

post walkie rest

as I walk in the snow

with my mommy in tow,

she sings a song

while I sniff along………………………………..

………….to be continued….

~ words by Issi as told to mommy ~

**Isabelle is still working on this piece – this is her first installment.**

February 18, 2019 at 8:21 am 7 comments

lesson learned at a soccer game…



a floppy hat



under stadium bleachers,


at the ground







~ words ~





photo 2

the hat, the klutz and the ding brain




September 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm 15 comments




quietly staring

waiting for lunch to swim by

Pshaw – GOTTA GO!



in flight

interrupted by a certain someone and her mommy – unintentional, of course…



July 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm 7 comments


gazing at the ground

slab after slab of concrete

very hard and coarse

riddled in cracks and worn-out

truly what i see is – me

May 16, 2014 at 2:19 pm 4 comments

a midnight stroll


under a lamp-post

desires begging to be dreams

a tired, lonely soul








April 24, 2014 at 3:12 pm 10 comments

a saturday stroll…

big barn, big animals

tiny barn, tiny animals

amongst the singing hills

and swaying prairie grass

big barn

the big barn

bird barn 1

the tiny barn

The Singing Hills Forest Preserve located in Lake County, IL.

This preserve began in 1942 as a 541 acre farm – Singing Hills Farm.  The name Singing Hills comes from the number of birds that inhabit the land.  Lake County Forest Preserves acquired it in 1997 and it is now part of the Millenium Trail – for walkers, cyclists, runners, horse back riding and the countless animals that live, walk on and fly by…  

March 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm 14 comments

a nebulous course


no line on a map

blind faith guides each step i take

leading to somewhere



an unmarked path
Moraine Hills State Park
McHenry County, IL

March 24, 2014 at 2:48 pm 8 comments

Dear Mr. Frost…


sweet sting of his kiss

cheeks blossom like red roses

a courtship with Jack



cold night 2

Hot Cold night for a date.

December 9, 2013

December 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm 2 comments

a chance meeting

their world has been touched

sprawling humans from afar

surprise encounters

four legs cross paths with two* legs

dangers of coexistence


*two can be four or, in Sydnee’s case, three legs

Quite simply, there is a coyote in my neighborhood.  (My neighborhood borders a farm with no fencing) I have had my suspicions – seeing a long four-legged ‘something’ walking at night without a leash or owner about.  Last night, my suspicions came true.  Face to face.  Fortunately, I saw him/her in the lamplight.  I stopped, he/she stopped.  I stood still, he/she stood still.  (Sydnee was oblivious – sniffing grass was way more interesting.)  I then proceeded to yank Syd’s leash once and walked quickly in the opposite direction.  Our new neighbor did the same, in our direction, but kept its distance.  We did not run because I did not want to startle the coyote and, chances are, Sydnee’s fierce stubbornness would kick in and she would instantly come to a halt.

So, I have come to the conclusion that I must change our walk route at night and early morning.  Away from the woods and the field, which then leaves us in the neighborhood, which then means too many distractions for Sydnee Pee, which then means our walks will take twice as long 🙂  It is okay.  I am all for coexistence!

December 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm 7 comments

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