Friday, November 22, 2013

~ "Delicious Autumn! ...

... My very soul is wedded to it
and if I were a bird
I would fly about the earth
seeking the successive Autumns."
~ George Eliot

1.  I can't help but be giddy in Autumn.  It has always been my favorite season.
September is the beginning of it's lovely being ....
October is just filled with Mother Nature showing off her awesome wardrobe
of golds and reds and yellows and burgundies ....
and November ....
ah! November is wrapped in shades of browns. 

2.  Of all the times to get out and about ...
autumn has spring and summer beat.
We won't talk about winter.
I just love the crispness of the weather ...
the clear blue skies ...
Sure, nature is turning brown and some may even say dying.
I like to think of it as nature is just taking a nap ...
getting her beauty sleep.
3.  I interrupted a bird snacking on these berries.
4.  This almost reminds me of a snowflake.
Note to self:  Go back in the spring and find out what this looks like.
5.  But the day wasn't all autumn brown.
We headed to the shore to visit my brother-in-law who is recovering nicely
from having surgery last week.
The special treat when we got there was his grandson was visiting.
So, let me introduce you to Tom's great-nephew
 Jackson Ferris Chapps.
We all call him "Captain Jack"
He'll add some brightness to anyone's day!
Playing over at Nancy's
Ahoy, matey!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

~ "Only from the heart ....

.... can you touch the sky."
~ Rumi

Most of the trees are bare. 
Some still have a few leaves clinging on until the last possible moment.
And then the leaves fall from the branches and scurry along ....
like children jumping from their parents' arms to run and play.
This week it has been colder than a witch's you-know-what!!
30 degrees during the day and it got down to 15 degrees at night
 .... uhhh excuse me, Mother Nature
but it's only November .... not January/February!
But last week we were blessed with 60+ degree weather.
I went out for a walk.  Not far.  Actually, just across the street.
There's a piece of land that belongs to the town.
Most of it is weeds.
I've walked by there hundreds of times .... but this time I noticed
the milkweed pods.

I stayed in this area for the longest time .... completely captivated
by the beauty of these pods releasing their seeds.
I've seen these fuzzy things floating around
but I just didn't realize what they were.
And now for my Random 5
1.  Christmas is in 39 days!
Let the stressing begin.
2.  I went to Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts this week.
I had three 60% off coupons, one 50% off coupon and two 40% off coupons ...
they let me use them all in one transaction!   Score!!!!!!
3.  I started to crochet again .... making a handbag for my niece-in-law for Christmas.
4.  I refuse to put up any Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving.
Some years I go crazy .... some years I put up as little as I can get away with.
And then I want the decorations down by New Year's Day!
Wonder what I'll feel like this year?  Hhhhmmmm!
5.  Tom has been asking me what I want for Christmas.
Specifically camera stuff.
My mind is a blank.
What would be on your "Wish List"?
Checking it twice.

Friday, November 8, 2013

~ I Won ...

... the giveaway at Timewashed
Back in September, Becky at Timewashed had a giveaway.
All we had to do was leave a comment on her post and a winner would be picked.
When I checked her blog a few weeks later ....
whoop, there it was!
My name.  Announced as the "winner".
I was ecstatic! 
And you'll see why.

 I won this gorgeous wire-basket filled with her handmade fabric pumpkins.
Are you sighing as deeply as I am? 
I fell in love with these the second I saw them on her blog ....
never thinking that I would be lucky enough to win them!
(She does sell them in her Etsy shop).
The basket alone would have been the grand-prize in my eyes
 but she filled it with not one, not two, not even three!
She filled it with four gorgeous fabric pumpkins.
Each pumpkin wearing its own little jewel on its stem!
Makes me ooohhh and aaahhh!
I want to keep them out ALL.YEAR.LONG!!!!!
And then....because she's awesome.... she added this little beauty
A jute pear!!!!  Holy fall foliage!!!!
I was absolutely giddy!
If you get a chance, please hop on over to her blog.
Be prepared to be stunned!
And now, it's time for Random 5 Friday.

1.  Daylight Saving Time.   Phooey!  Why must we keep doing this?
Fall back ... Spring forward.
Who the heck came up with that?

2.  It now gets dark by 5:00 p.m. .... soon it will be pitch dark by 4:30 p.m.!

3.  I'm also not fond of the time switch in the Spring.
I don't mind it staying lighter later ... but when it's still bright as day out
at 8:30 p.m. .... well, I'm not a fan.
I like it when August hits and the sun sets around 7:00-ish. 

4.  This year I remembered to put all of our clocks back one hour.
I was so dang proud that I remembered all of them
and that I didn't complain once!
I was actually humming while completing this task.

5.  And shortly after I finished resetting the last clock .... the power went out.
It came right back on but it was out just long enough so that I had to go and reset all the clocks.
Just my luck.

This time I wasn't humming.
This time I pissed, whined and moaned.


Friday, November 1, 2013

~ My Heart ...

... is heavy ...
for Kelly.
Some of you know Kelly and what she's been going through this year.
On Tuesday evening, October 29, 2013,
Sally Ann Crooks, Kelly's Mom,
lost her battle with cancer.
Kelly was there by her side.
I am going to dedicate my Random 5 Friday 
to Kelly.
1.  Kelly, I understand your pain.
I lost my mother ... back in 1984 ...
sometimes it feels like yesterday.
I am so sorry.
2.  It felt like it took forever before I could think of my Mom and not cry my eyes out.
I felt lost without her in my life.
I felt empty without her in my life.
The sense of loss was overwhelming.
But you will survive the grief.
And there will come the time when you will think about her
and you will smile.
"When you lose your parents,
the sadness doesn't go away.
It just changes." ~ Judi Watson
3.  Do not fight the grieving process.
Do not let anyone tell you that enough time has passed.
Or even that not enough time has passed.
Some days you may feel perfectly fine ...
other days you will feel like you are being shook like a storm.
"Life Lesson #3:  You can't rush grief.
It has its own timetable.
All you can do is make sure there are lots of soft places around -
beds, pillows, laps, arms."
~ Patti Davis
4.  Kelly, keep doing the things that you love to do.
Keep life going ... as difficult as it may feel at times.
It's what your Mom would want.
"Grief is love turned into an eternal missing."
~ Rosamund Lipton
5.  I spoke with Kelly yesterday.
She is my idol.  She is such a strong woman.
She told me how she held her Mom's hand through this journey.
She told me how she watched as her Mom took her last breath.
Her Mom was at peace.
Kelly was at peace.
Heaven has a new angel.

Kelly, I am here for you.
Whenever.  Whatever.  Forever.

Much love.