Tuesday, January 10, 2017

MY #1 VIEWED POST OF 2016...

We had our "snow day" 
and plenty of
 rain and wind 
still persist...

...at night 
the wind howls 
as it makes its way around 
the side of the Cottage. 
 It is an unsettling sound
 and makes me feel very fortunate 
that I have a roof over my head
 and a warm fire to sit by.

A bit of brightness
 always makes the winter 
more palatable, 
but when I look out the window 
and hear the weather reports
 from around the country,
 it seems that we may be in for
 a long, wet and cold one
 and at this point, 
I don't know how much 
I can agree with John Ruskin 
when he states: 

"There is no such thing as bad weather,
Only different kinds of good weather".

It just so happens 
that my most viewed post from 2016
 may lift your spirits 
and give you hope for 
things to come..
It was one
 of my favorites to write 
and with 519 views 
it shows that a fair amount of you
 enjoyed it the first time around 
and I hope you will 
this time as well.


Every season
 has a day for dreaming, 
a day that fills 
your head and heart
 with endless 

...and in spring time 
it is a day where 
you see the first patch of green 
that is coming alive
 after a soft rainfall...

...a day that makes you 
want to hang a sign
 on your front door,
 telling the world 
that you have 
"Gone Fishing".

a gentle breeze appears 
and brings glory 
to the front porch...

...or the sun shines
 in just the right spot
 to remind us that
 wishes do 
come true.

You might start a day 
such as this
 with a glass of sunshine,

...before you take a trip
 down a country lane...

...to where
 the Farmer's Market
 has just opened up...

...and, returning home, 
where the aroma of roasting vegetables
 will mingle with 
the soft scent of
 sweet peas...

...along with
other bright colors 
that can lift the spirits
 and brighten the corners.

There might be the sound 
of bird song 
that makes you look up
 and take notice
 of the blue sky...

...or you might prefer
 sitting quietly,
 a cup of tea,...

...while looking at an image
 from today 
that brings back
 memories of...

...a past yesterday 
in a similar
 time and place.

FYI:  The two pictures above are of mother and son, Tami and Jake, taken in the same driveway, loading up the same wheelbarrow (different dirt!) over 35 years apart.

A day for dreaming 
is a day to
 follow your heart...

...whether it takes you down
 a special path 

 flights of fancy...

...and at the end of that day,
 as the song says...

Dream On!

Stay warm and dry...


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Welcome Winter!

A week and one day short 
of a White Christmas, 
but we are happy for
 what we get.

You can tell
 by his tracks 
how much Kai loves
 the snow! 

...he goes
 by the "3G" rules:

Get out there

Get the job done

Get back in the house!

Hope everyone had 
a beautiful Christmas 
and is looking forward
 to the
 New Year.


The Snow family 
have returned to their rightful place
 on the parlor mantle.

 They are a little regretful 
that there won't be a 
Downton Abbey premier
 to attend this year 
but in the 
Duchess of Snow's own words:

 "It is quite tedious
 walking the red carpet"...

..."I'd rather be home, 
looking out the Cottage window
 at the snow,
 where there is only 
one crazy paparazzi
 to deal with".


Oh, Tannenbaum, Oh, Tannenbaum
Your lovely branches 
I did once adore..

Oh, Tannenbaum, Oh Tannenbaum
Now all that's bright and beautiful
 is laying 
on the floor..

Oh, Tannenbaum, Oh Tannebaum
With all your jewels and treasures 
that were shining 
through the night..

Oh, Tannenbaum, Oh Tannenbaum
Now you are just
 to the right.


We now have
 two new beautiful ladies
 gracing the Cottage 
with their presence.
They are my Christmas present
 from Tami and Tim.

 She thought 
they would be a pretty addition to 
our Secret Garden 
and I placed them 
in the sitting room until weather permits.

 I don't think 
they are going any place.
I love them right where they are.


This beautiful 
little silver bracelet 
was my present from 
Jake and Jacenda. 

 It came all the way 
from Spain 
and I just 
love it.


"A Casual (and cold) California Cowboy"

The last leg 
of the kid's trip
 was spent in Morocco, 
riding camels through the Sahara Desert 
and spending the night in a tent.

They heard the word "desert" 
and immediately thought hot.

 No one told them 
it was freezing
 and they were not prepared.

 Jake has one of his t-shirts
 over his face 
so he could breathe.

 I'm so glad 
they had a wonderful time but 
more glad they are back home.

  It gets scarier 
by the day
 to be traveling.


It is raining now 
as I sit in my office car, 
composing this post,
 but a small amount of snow 
lingers on at
 the Cottage...

...this is why 
we like getting snow so much.

 It doesn't stay around very long.


"May your troubles be less
And your blessings be more,
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door."

Author Unknown


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