01 December 2013


I have been busy enjoying some of the reasons I am so thankful.
Hope you have as well. 

Happy Thanksgiving

Next Week, I will introduce you to two of my favorite People.

24 November 2013

List 1 - Thankful

We are having an exceptionally beautiful Autumn here in my corner of The South.
We went for a walk around our property the other evening and I was once again amazed.
I am a very lucky girl for so many reasons. 
This morning I decided to share a list of some of the things I am thankful for, illustrated with pictures from an Autumn Evening walk.

 My wonderful family (near and far).
A good job.
Good things to eat.
Our Home
This beautiful place we live
Eyes to see the beauty with.
(I broke a pair of glasses this week and was reminded how wonderful good vision really is)
Old Friends (we have a visitor).
A warm and cozy place to sleep.
Our Health
New Friends

Christmas Music!
My Sweet Husband.

And of course,

As the holidays begin, I hope you too have much to be thankful for.
(P.S. no worries, the glasses are fixed)

17 November 2013

Autumn in my woods

Autumn is always glorious in the South.
It is a welcome reprieve from the heat and humidity of summer.
The temperatures range from mild to just right,
and there is color everywhere. 
Few things are nicer this time of year than a walk in our woods with friends.
Would you care to join us?

 Out the door, into the yard
 Here we go

Home again,
Autumn Antebellum 
Hope your day is as lovely as ours has been,

08 November 2013

She's Back!

I am back, I didn't actually go anywhere, I just let life get in the way.  I won't promise to post on any set schedule, but I will try not to let the blog escape me again.
You see, I enjoy blogging.
I enjoy taking the pictures and preparing them for posting,
I enjoy the writing, and I enjoy connecting with other people who enjoy some of the same things.
I started this blog as a creative outlet, a way to relieve stress.
So, more creating and less stress, coming right up.

 Daisies in soft light
For me, Daisies are associated with love. When we were dating, my Sweet Husband bought me bouquets because he knew they were my favorite flowers, my wedding bouquet was made up  of Daisies and Roses, this bouquet came from him as well, he still loves me! I am a very lucky girl.

It's Pumpkin (ale, beer, cider?) Season!
Ok, so maybe not as romantic, but pumpkin related tasty things are one of the things I look forward to every year. They are only here for a short time. Last year's favorite might not be as good this year and oh my, look, there's another new one.  

Can you think of a more comforting sight?
Bring on the long winter's mornings!

Autumn is a good time to look back, remember and be happy.
Sometimes the most wonderful things, come to us in tiny packages. 
I want to get back into the habit of recognizing wonders when they find me.

Red and Yellow 
Autumn is finally showing her stuff here in our woods. 
She takes her time, but it is always worth the wait. 

 Gold on the Elm
This gracious old elm provides shade in our back yard during the summer months. 
In the autumn, she gifts us with a brilliant gold display of leaves.
She is even beautiful in the winter, maybe I will show you a picture once this year's show of color is done. 

I leave you for now with a view down our road. 
See you soon,

17 February 2013

February Beauty

It is still cold here in the South, especially at night.
Spring is on it's way.
I went for a walk with my Sweet Husband and my camera so I could share it with you.
 Daffodils are usually one of the first things to open. We have quite a few bulbs. Mother Nature must like them here as they have spread into the woods as well. I transplanted some bulbs to the front of the house last year. Those are not open yet, but they will be soon.
Delicate Daffodil  
 Forsythia Blossoms
 This Forsythia is just down the road, off in the woods. I wonder if there was a house there at some time in the past, or if the birds dropped a seed. I don't think they grow wild here as if they did, there would be more of them.
 It was getting late in the evening when I took these photos. I usually don't use the flash but in this case, I like the effect. This one is a collage put together from three of the best shots.
 One of my Rosemarys is blooming! I have two, they are slightly different. One came from Lowes Home Improvement Store. It was about 10 inches high and shaped like a Christmas Tree. The other came from our churchyard down in Charleston. Rosemary symbolizes remembrance. As part of a Remembrance Day service, little sprigs of rosemary were placed on cards with a poem and given to everyone as they entered the church. I brought mine home, put it in water, and it took root. I kept it in a pot for awhile then transplanted it outside. As you can see, it is thriving.
 I love this picture. Our pecan tree is old and it does not produce many pecans (the squirrels tend to beat us to what it does put out). I think it is graceful and as beautiful without leaves as it is with them. It stands between the smoke house and the summer kitchen (partially visible on the right).
 Just a few minutes later, Mother Nature painted the sky and I had to get the camera back out.
As the sun drops lower, so do the temperatures. I told myself, I need to put the camera away and go inside, but how can I resist? Just one more....
Inside the fire is going and Spontaneous enjoys one of her favorite winter pastimes, sprawling on the floor in front of the fire. Frequently in adorable poses as if to say, "Don't put the camera away yet, I am being cute just for you".
Have a lovely cozy week.


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