Nature invites us to experience it with all of our senses, including our sense of touch. Silky and smooth, hard and rough, hot or cold, fluffy, furry or fuzzy. Well, maybe not everything should be touched – poison ivy and bumblebees, for example. Even isolated at home, there are wonders in nature to be savoured, if you take the time to look for them.
No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. – Hal Borland
Moss is popular for her unusual beauty, but what distinguishes her is that she is accessible and down to earth. – Rita Clifton
Green moss shines there with ice encased; The long grass bends its spear-like form; And lovely is the silvery scene When faint the sun-beams smile. –Robert Southey
This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks, Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight, stand like druids of eld, with voices sad and prophetic. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We found the way out
The city takes everything it can
But outside the crowds
I can feel my lungs again
Born for the blue skies
We’ll survive the rain
Born for the sunrise
We’ll survive the pain
– Switchfoot, Dark Horses
Last Christmas, I got restless. I wanted to try something new & who knows? Maybe start my own business? Yeah right!
While there’s no business in sight, I certainly enjoyed my “geeky” creativity through the year, and turned my traditional Christmas tree into a “Geek Tree”! I’ve frittered many happy hours crafting ornaments from video games (Mario, Starcraft, Portal & Overwatch), anime (RWBY)…and a few others that I can’t share because they’re Christmas gifts. Game of Thrones, Star Wars & Star Trek are in the works. Of course, I’ve ventured into animals, tea & coffee too! Everything is hand-stitched – not a drop of glue in sight!
And the finished project is…well a little sad. But I have another year to remedy that!
Deck the halls with boughs of holly – Fa la la la la, la la la la
‘Tis the season to be jolly – Fa la la la la, la la la la
– Thomas Oliphant
It’s hard to believe that only 2 weeks ago, the air was crisp and the trees were in full display. Today was our second snow storm and the cold is settling in. I’m not impressed!
Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower. – Albert Camus
Friday may have been Fall’s swan song. It was sunny and warm…and since there was no power at work, I got to work from home.
Every year, I drive by a street lined with beautiful red maple trees, and every year I think, I must drive by with my camera some time. And I never do.
But since I was driving by on my way home, and feeling like a kid who just escaped sitting in a boring classroom all day, I seized the moment (along with my dying cell phone).
The unexpected surprise is always sweeter. – Anonymous
After I took my photo of the maple trees, much to my delight, I discovered not only a man-made lake, but one boasting a white swan.
The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing. Isaac Asimov
Our house, was our castle and our keep
Our house, in the middle of our street*
Our house is located by the second tree, on the left. It’s hardly a castle, but it is home. All the trees on our street looked beautiful last Thursday afternoon, but our first winter storm wreaked havoc on the leaves through the night. It made raking leaves on Saturday a rather interesting job! I quit after filling 4 bags of leaves…all from what fell on the driveway…because my fingers were frozen. Even with mittens on. I wonder how many bags it will take to finish the job?
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home. – Edith Sitwell
(It’s also a good time for hot chocolate!)
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Our House lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songwriters: Carl Smyth / Chris Foreman / Daniel Woodgate / Garaham McPherson / Lee Thompson / Mark Bedford / Michael Barson