Saturday, January 26, 2019

Cottage Love




The cottage homes of England
   By thousands on her plains,
They are smiling o'er the silvery brooks,
   And round the hamlet-fanes.
Thro' glowing orchards forth they peep,
   Each from its nook of leaves,
And fearless there the lowly sleep,
   As the bird beneath the eaves

~ Felicia Hermans  1793 -1835
  

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Contentment


Sunshine has returned, and the last of the lingering snow is now melting.
I was content to sit and watch the falling snow from a window view.
There were days in my working years, when I wasn't afforded such luxury.
Oliver cat and Tom-Tilly are happy to once again bask in the afternoon sun, their little world as they know it, returned to normal.
 
 
 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Silenced

Mother Nature threw down her blanket shortly after midnight, just in time for an artic blast moving through the area.
Our first snowfall of the year, magically transforming the landscape.
Soft, wet snowflakes shutting us off from our little world as we know it, cocooned in a blanket of white.
Silenced.
 
 
 

 
Out of the cloud-folds of her garment shaken,
Over the woodlands, brown and bare
Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
Silent, and soft, and slow
Descends the snow.

~~By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.~~


 

Monday, January 21, 2019

Winter Moon



 
 
Brightly the moon like a jewel is beaming,
White in the east, o'er a lone landscape gleaming,
Over the meadows and over the snow,
Glimmering, shimmering, silvery glow.

Low in the east, when the gloaming is ending,
Slowly this white winter moon is ascending,
Looming so large and appearing so nigh,
Satellite framed by a star-spangled sky.

High in the sky, with soft radiance teeming,
Nigh to the time when men, women, are dreaming,
Weird is her splendor on valley and hill,
Cold is her gleam upon river and rill.

Brightly the moon like a jewel is shining,
White in the west she is slowly declining,
Beautiful Moon ! Which beams gorgeous and grand
Over the homes of our own Native Land.
 

~Charles Nevers Holmes. 1926

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Winter Days

The heavens have opened, and rain is falling by the bucket loads.
This is the better part of our weather, tomorrow snow...….
I'm not looking forward to the chaos and mayhem it creates especially on the roads, for those of us more fortunate who can stay home and look out of the window, beauty abounds. 
 
 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Zen

Oliver cat practicing his new yoga pose.
Winter days can afford the luxury of personal growth.


 
 
" I have lived with several Zen masters...….all of them cats."
 
Eckhart Tolle ~ The Power of Now : A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment.
 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Winter Nesting



I'm a candle-burner.
No matter what season of the year, you'll find candles burning in my home.
I'm drawn like a moth to the flame, they comfort me, console me, wrap me in their warm glow.
Nothing says "Welcome Home" better than the soft glow of a burning spiced-candle.
Winter days have set in, we've already had our share of sadness in this new year, I'm hoping for brighter days ahead.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Tea-Sipping Day



There are whispers of the "s" word in the forecast, just when the sunshine has returned, and green shoots are popping up all over the garden.
I hope the weather-forecasters have missed the mark on this one.
I'm pretty certain that the cats have got spring-fever, they have been running around the house and having a mad half-hour, more than usual, destroying their little furry mice, and insisting on hiding beneath the dining room rug, pretending not to be noticed, except for two obvious big lumps.
It's a day of list-making and tea-sipping for me, tomorrow more errand running.
Hope all is well, in your little corner of the world.
 
 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Doc Martin Season 8 Episode 1 preview




To help break up the monotony of long winter nights, our local PBS affiliate is treating its viewing audience to new seasons of beloved favorite shows.
Doc Martin Season 8 aired this past Thursday, I'm already hooked.
Thank you Public Broadcasting Corporation, and our local Nashville Public Television.
Check your local schedule for times and dates.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Rain-Soaked

We are deluged with rain today.
The turkeys are out scratching through the wet soil.
Unfazed and happy.


 
 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

After Christmas Silence

The Christmas decorations have all been returned to their boxes for another year.
The house seems bare without all of the glitz and glamor, isn't it funny how you become used to the excess, in such a short time.
Shiny mercury candle holders and fairy lights are left in place, until the sunshine returns.
In just 77 short days, Spring comes calling.