Thursday, December 30, 2010

To Bless The Space Between Us at the Beginning of a New Year

The particular mind of the ocean
Filling the coastline's longing
With such brief harvest
Of elegant, vanishing waves
Is like the mind of time
Opening up shapes of days.

As this year draws to its end,
We give thanks for the gifts it brought
And how they became inlaid within
Where neither time nor tide can touch them.

The days when the veil lifted
And the soul could see delight;
When a quiver caressed the heart
In the sheer exuberance of being here.

Surprises that came awake
In forgotten corners of old fields
Where expectation seemed to have quenched.

The slow, brooding times
When all was awkward
And the wave in the mind
Pierced every sore with salt.

The darkened days that stopped
The confidence of the dawn.

Days when beloved faces shone brighter
With light from beyond themselves;
And from the granite of some secret sorrow
A stream of buried tears loosened.

We bless this year for all we learned,
For all we loved and lost
And for the quiet way it brought us
Nearer to our invisible destination.
John O'Donohue,
from To Bless the Space Between Us

Thursday, December 23, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

May your Christmas be merry and bright, and the New Year full of peace, love and contentment.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Lovely Surprise


I won the most adorable give-away from Pam Buda at www.heartspunquilts.blogspot.com .  I hung it over my kitchen sink as soon as I unwrapped it.  :)  Thank you so much, Pam, I love it!!  (And you are right, now I can't say, anymore, that I NEVER win those contests LOL)

We did not have any of our mail delivered this whole week, until yesterday, due to first the snow on Sunday a week ago, and then due to the ice that we got on Thursday.  How fun to have a surprise package in the mail when they were finally able to get back in here to us again.  :D  Once again, Pam, thank you bunches!!  I will treasure it for years to come.

Monday, December 13, 2010

We Have Some SNOW!

Pre-snow feeding frenzy







It's dusk, and Marlee is so excited by the snow she has to ROLL Bayley in it

The snow makes 'snowballs' in Bayley's long hair

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Oh My, The Birds







I have so many birds on this cold, snowy, windy December day, that I've been out twice already to refill the feeders and thaw the birdbath.  I've had 10 Bluebirds at one time out here...and the finches (several varieties) are in the bazillions :D, not to mention the Doves and sweet Tree Sparrows, along with the Wrens (I finally saw my sweet Carolina Wren nabbing some Zick Dough and swooping away with it).  I have totally exhausted my camera battery and IT'S ONLY 10:30 A.M.  Had to toss that puppy on recharge (hurry, please!) cause the little birds are still feeding in droves---I'm missing those 'Kodak' moments while I wait for the battery to charge!  *g*  I have my first Junco (Snow Bird :D) this morning too!  I didn't see but an occasional Junco last year, and not nearly this early in the season.

It thrills me, it warms my heart and soul, to have all of these little creatures filling my skinny 'sticks' and bushes.  :D  I would love to have a BIG (or a BUNCH of BIG) tree in my yard, but my seedlings and sticks and 'shared' shrubs are growing.  One must learn to be patient, right, for all of the good things.  :) 

The pups have had a ball running in and out.  I got some pictures (of COURSE she did *g*) of them with snowflakes on their backs.  I'll post those pictures later.  For now, I have to get a fresh cup of coffee, put another log on the fire, and check to see if my camera battery is recharged enough for a few more pictures.  :D

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Frosty

It's a frosty 24 degrees this morning.  Had to hustle to get the fire stoked back up and the birds fed.  I forgot to empty the birdbath last night and it was frozen solid.  I hope it doesn't crack.  My birdbath heater keeps kicking the outside breaker.  Don't know what's up with that.  It did it last season too.  I have to have water for my birds.  I took hot water out for the bath for now.  I'll have to check it again in a bit, it will freeze over again.




What kind of bird is this?





These two are IN TROUBLE, can you tell?  They slipped off and are hot-footing it back home.  :)

Gorgeous Thanksgiving bouquet from my dear friend, Flannie

Paperwhites tossed from last Winter are blooming




We've finished up the leftovers.  Now it's time to gather up the pumpkins and turkeys and move on  to snowmen, Santas and Christmas trees.  I feel like I'm in a time warp, and I just can't seem to get my mind wrapped around the fact that it truly is, once again, THIS time of year.  It's scary, really, at how fast time is racing by.  Way too fleet of foot for my plodding mind.  Seems I'm always BEHIND, struggling to catch up somehow.  Never enough time to just immerse myself in things that I love---like being lost in wonder and awe in these breathtakingly, stop-you-in-your- tracks BEAUTIFUL sunsets that we've had lately, watching the birds and their antics, playing with fabric in front of a roaring fire, pups snuggled up beside me or having a wrestling match at my feet.  How do all of you bloggers out there get so much sewing and quilting done...capture exquisite photos of the birds and creatures, and still have gorgeous houses and gardens that look like they should be in House and Garden magazine?  ..........    I think a MAID will be at the top of my Christmas list to Santa this year.  :)