Thursday, November 24, 2011

Fall Fantasies

The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,
The humble sheep a threat’ning horn;
While the Lily white shall in Love delight,
Nor a thorn, nor a threat, stain her beauty bright.

~William Blake, ‘The Lily”

As most of you know I love gardening and especially flowers. This time of year I start to get a little sad without my garden to poke around in. My guys don’t buy me flowers quite as often as I might like so I have to take things into my own hands occasionally. The last time I was at the grocery store I picked myself up a small bouquet; and while they’re lovely they’re just not quite enough.

With fall here and winter just around the corner I know my flower fixes will be few and far between for the next several months. Each year right about now I have a little fantasy about becoming a florist; then all my days would be spent surrounded by flowers....aahhh, just thinking about it always makes me smile.

I love this poem by William Blake so much that I’ve often thought about making the first words the name of my floral business. ‘The Modest Rose’ would make a lovely name for a florist I think. This little fantasy, the odd bouquet here and there and my plans for next summer’s garden will just have to satisfy me through another winter I guess.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The First Snow Fall

Yesterday morning was bright and sunny with clear blue skies and this morning is grey and blah....just like November is ‘supposed’ to be. I jumped out of bed this morning when I saw the snow. I love the first snow fall of the year and this one’s a good one!

Technically this would be our second snow fall because we had a crazy 15 minute storm one day last week that left mini snowballs everywhere, but they only stayed a few hours so it doesn’t really count in my books.

I was curious how Astro would react to the snow because she’s so skittish about everything but she bounded out and played like she remembered it from last winter. It was so much fun to watch the dogs romp around in the snow. I haven’t been out yet but I’m looking forward to a walk through the field with all the girls. It will be our first trip this year to the creek and I know it will be a barrel of fun.

I love our changeable weather – to me it’s one of the wonders of this part of the world. I can’t imagine every day being the same. I’ll take sunny and bright one day and a storm the next any day over sunny and warm all the time. 

My front yard Nov. 22nd.

My front yard Nov. 23rd.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

November Beauty

I’ve heard November described as ugly, blah and grey. That’s not what I saw this morning on my tour around the yard. The beauty in my own yard moved me so much I have to share with you some of what I saw this morning....

Frost even makes the weeds beautiful.
I love milkweed.

My self portrait ;-)
I know you've seen it before but I
just love my falling down barn.

Astro is so cute somedays!
I think the ice crystals are beautiful.
This is why I live in the country!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thank You

I’m sure you’ve heard about the law of attraction - whatever you focus on grows. With that in mind today I’m going to focus on saying thank you. It’s often also said that with gratitude love flows and I’m very grateful for so many things.

Today I want to thank you for reading. I’ve been trying to grow my audience a little and so far it’s not going quite as well as I’d hoped. Although I enjoy the writing and the photos I don’t necessarily enjoy self-promotion. I don’t even know how to answer the question “what do you write about?” without sounding (to me) ridiculous.

I know I have a small group of loyal readers and I want to say thank you to all of you for reading and for your encouragement through (the occasional) comment, facebook and emails. I really appreciate you taking the few minutes it takes to read my ramblings. I’m looking forward to the process of growing and I hope you’ll continue to be a part of it. Without you guys I’m just talking to myself, and I’m very grateful that’s not the case.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Day We’ve Been Waiting For!

Not only do I try to notice life’s small pleasures and record them here I also often anticipate them and today is a day I’ve been waiting for for months. The corn in the field surrounding us is being combined.

Summer Corn

Our house is in a 100 acre field, and this year it was planted with corn. I’ve never really given corn a lot of thought – until this year. I don’t like being surrounded on three sides by it. It’s like having a 10’ sentinel around the house and yard all the time.

The corn yesterday

Last  fall and winter we used the field as our own back yard. We’d romp around it with the dogs, the girls and I would snowshoe almost every day (well, I snowshoed and they ran around!). When it’s not planted it’s like our property goes on and on and with the corn there since mid-spring we’ve been feeling a little closed in. Not anymore!

The combine

It’s a small thing for sure; but a big thing too. I’m really excited about it and now I can’t wait for the snow. Listening to the combine do its thing right now reminds me how much I love living here and how grateful I am to be able to step out of my door and have all the space I enjoy so much. 

After...isn't that better?!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Misty Morning

It’s a misty morning here today and it makes me feel all cocooned and cozy sitting here in the kitchen beside the woodstove. I like days like today; days where I have nowhere to be and nothing pressing to do. I can putter around the house and the yard to my heart’s content.

I was supposed to be off this morning to my brother and sister in law’s place to have tea and talk shop but my car broke down yesterday so I’m stranded for a day or two until Jon can get it fixed. Although I was annoyed about it yesterday, today I’m going to take as a sign to relax a little and enjoy the solitude.

I’ve already had a few moments of joy this morning. I had a little walk around the yard with the dogs and my (newly repaired) camera, I hung out the laundry and pondered how much longer I’ll be able to do it this year and I watched the chick-a-dees at the bird feeder.

Right now I’m going to enjoy another cup of tea in my rocking chair by the’s going to be a good day J

The view out my front door this morning
and in the other direction....

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Merry Christmas

Halloween is over for another year, which means of course that it’s now the Christmas season. Once all the Halloween candy has been bought it’s a mad retail rush to let us know it’s time to start shopping for Christmas.

Jon was at Lowes one day last week and on an end cap as soon as you walked into the store there was both Halloween decorations and dancing Santa’s. It used to always be Halloween and then Christmas; the two never shared a shelf. How times change.

We’ll see all the decorations in the stores now and Christmas flyers to entice us into the stores and to spend our hard earned dollars. It wouldn’t be Christmas without all the shopping and expense right?! At least that’s what retailers would have us believe.

I love the Christmas season; especially Christmas music (which starts in my house December 1st) so I’m glad it here for another year. I haven’t given it any thought yet – but I will soon. J

With all this in mind let me be the first to wish you a Merry Christmas this holiday season!