I sent Valentine messages and photographs to my young adult children yesterday and their father’s parents, who are in their 90s. I got messages back: a lovely Valentine.

Last Saturday was sunny and I hung a chair in the tree house at the right height to look at the windows. It warms inside in the sun fairly quickly. The tree is just starting to bud. It was cosy and delicious to sit and read and look at roof tops. A sanctuary.

Prayers for everyone who is trying to find safety and sanctuary and peace…..


The bird napping in the tree is a great blue heron. In the last two posts, the heron had its head tucked under its wing. I did not try to get closer because I did not want to disturb the nap any more. The clue from a distance was that the heron is only about 30 feet up in the tree and looked huge: too big for an owl or a hawk and not an eagle.

The Kai Tai Lagoon Nature Park is right down the hill from my house, about 5 blocks, and near Safeway and two blocks from our busiest road. And we have lots of birds….