This tree stands in a large cornfield I pass when I take the long way to work. It is set back from the road, so if you don’t know it is there you are likely to miss it. I try to visit this spot every season to see how the tree has fared, and am always struck by the setting and the wide open feel in spite of the businesses that are a stones throw away. I have always been drawn to trees, both full forests and those that stand alone as this one does. I am thinking over this weekend I will need to go see what the tree is up to this season, and recharge myself a bit while I am there. It always does the trick!

Days of apples and plenty

applesThe Autumn days are waning now, the apples all picked and stored, in cider or baked in pies depending on the taste of the picker. Now are the days of plenty that hopefully follow a harvest. Next week many of us will celebrate Thanksgiving, the Thanks part not the football or shopping part, and count our blessings. I am grateful everyday that I am not questioning whether I should get in a rubber raft and set off across the Mediterranean, that I am not in a refugee camp or any war-torn country. I am grateful everyday that I can live in freedom, have shelter and food, good health (and healthcare), and friends and family I enjoy. This year will be an especially thankful one at our house, and I hope it is at your’s.

These are indeed days of plenty.



The days of November


I got out last Sunday for a quick spin through the countryside to see what caught my eye. It is that time of year when bright red berries are left on the bare branches, I love the pop of color they add to the roadsides. The fall colors have gone and the stark beauty of November is now here. I haven’t been able to get out with my camera very often over the past 3 months, most images have been from my phone for instagram. Which is fine, it made me look at things differently. Yet I miss the time just spent poking around, deciding left, right or straight on a whim. Life has taken lefts, rights and straights on a whim too recently. I will just have to see how things unfold, and go from there, and use whatever camera I have on hand to get the shot while it is there.



I am sensing that this Wednesday might not be a day I am able to get a post out, so i am pushing it up a couple of days. Last weekend was open studios and this Wednesday will be my best bet to get things readied for the December double weekend open studios. I am already feeling the time crunch even though it is a month away. It is probably because next Tuesday I will be bringing Joe home from the hospital and juggling the PT/OT/SLP therapies and various appointments, which will take a lot of time. So much so that it looks like I will have to take a leave of absence from work until things settle down. I have mulled over all the options and that seems the only workable one. Which is a shame because I like my job and hate to leave them in a lurch. Such is life though. I am trying to embrace what is, and to work within those parameters. No easy task, but not impossible, it just will take some shifting of perceptions and being open to what is available. But as far as this Wednesday, I have to hustle to get things done!