Barn Cat Beware – P.L.A.Y. in Practice

See a sweet “Barn Cat Beware”  video on Pinterest HERE!

P.L.A.Y. – Passionate Learning All Year is a daily practice we can put into place while engaging with nature and especially when making connections with animals (and humans!). We have this opportunity often at our home in a farming community.

This outdoor barn cat, Mitzi, very much likes to be around humans when it is on her terms.

When she first arrived we had to place this “don’t pet” sign at our front door so that all visiting humans knew to look and not touch even though she looks so furry and friendly and even acts as if she’d like to be petted.

Her owner, my daughter, has been able to make great strides in gaining her trust and is now able to pick her up and give great purring cuddles. However this relationship is only with her owner at this time and the rest of us continue to work on earning her trust, learning what works for her, and approaching with respect.

Mitzi has become a much loved addition to the farm atmosphere here at our home and does well at keeping the rodents out of the barn and with out a doubt provides another opportunity for us to engage in P.L.A.Y. daily.

May you and your family also be finding plenty of P.L.A.Y. in Place adventures!

A Simple Gift: Nature Nurtures

Passing forward this Simple Gift to inspire and encourage everyone on their

naturally curious and creative P.L.A.Y. journey. 🙂

Our family has the good fortune of living in an intentional community situated on over roughly 80 acres and the moment we step outside our door we have access to fields and meadows, both a babbling brook and a river, mountain and ridge, forest and old orchards and gardens. And there are animals too. ❤ ❤ 🙂 ❤ ❤

Goats, chickens, ducks, cats and a dog all share our homes and community spaces as well as the wide assortment of woodland creatures that visit us outdoors both day and night like wild turkeys, coyotes, deer, skunk, woodchucks, porcupines, foxes, birds, owls, and so much more.

Living up here in the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts provides daily opportunities to explore, make connections, be in awe of nature, and follow the P.L.A.Y. path.

Each time I take my daily walk I chance upon a new delight and inspiration for my work. Wandering about in wonder and being present always provides the simple gifts of creating new thoughts or connections. Nature always seems to have a wonderful nurturing effect on the mind, body, and spirit.

Looking forward to snowscape season . . . just around the corner! Hooray!


Nature can also bring about the playful, childlike essence in all of us like creating a dam down at the brook, stacking rock cairns at the river’s edge, or building gnome homes in the woods. Racing to see who can sled down a snow covered hillside first, frolicking about with the playful baby goats, or simply getting curious with your Capkin to see what new ice sculpture appeared overnight, are all ways that  nature nurtures that desire in us to be curious and playful and to *be a kid again* or quite simply to be a kid.


Exploring, getting curious, and being present out in nature daily are all wonderful and necessary parts of the P.L.A.Y. journey.

Are you in?

Time to gather up your family or a few P.L.A.Y.-mates, all ages are welcome, step out your door, and begin the adventure today!

And no worries as it is guaranteed that mother nature will have plenty of magic and mysteries, in any season and any outdoor location, just waiting for you and yours to P.L.A.Y.-fully discover if you are simply present to receive the simple gifts.

Sending smiles,

Karen ;0) 🙂

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