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December 5, 2013 Getting close to Christmas!
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now we are getting ready to celebrate Christmas!
The photo above is of an outlet of one of our local lakes a little over a week ago. We had a little bit of snow, but it has since melted. Ponds and lakes are starting to freeze up. Here at home, I put lights up on our "new" deck...the roof gave me something to attach lights to easily. Everything is ready to make Christmas cards, calendars that I give as gifts have been ordered and most of the shopping is done. With plenty of time to reflect on the season and its true meaning.
I am thankful for my life, and those in it. There have been some difficult times but they are far outweighed by the blessings. Love my friends as well, some of whom I have never met but we stay in touch online. And I pray for those facing difficulty either in health, or because of extreme weather, unrest, etc. You are all close to my heart especially in this season.
Perhaps in 2014, I'll be more faithful in my posting here. Time to get MY focus back!
November 9, 2013 Who would have thought...
Swans on our local lake? Indeed! We have seen some really beautiful wildlife this year, and it has been a few years since I saw a swan on the lake. I met a woman at Quinlan who had stopped to see the swan, it was there when I pulled over but I think the gull activity made it move. I am hoping she got a picture, and told her I would post one here.
November 5, 2013 November, already
Time sure has a habit of slipping away! It was a busy month of October with a retreat at Still Point and giving a retreat at the retreat house. In between, I ran outdoors as much as possible to get fall pictures.
Now, it is November and these trees are losing leaves fast. Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. Life is full and productive!
And in new news, I will be giving a retreat at Still Point at the beginning of December! Creation and Creativity...I am looking forward to meeting new people. And perhaps with the weather getting colder I may even catch up her at Gardenlady with updates. Sure need to get back on track!
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September 29, 2013 Fall arrives...bit by bit
Things are starting to get color around here!
And about a week and a half ago, my friend Pat and I spent a couple of days at the hermitages on the grounds of Corazon...run by the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill. We had a great time, Mass in the mornings and then we would walk the trails a bit. Late afternoons and evenings we retired to our hermitages and would go out later on the porches to watch (and photograph) the moon rising over the opposite hills. She and I have both been there at different times, this was the first time we went together. A nice time.
Back home now, and I am getting out for photos as often as possible. The weather has been beautiful, cool for the most part and sunny. Pat and I plan a day trip to Pyramid Lake this week sometime. And meanwhile, I have a retreat to get together. Three weeks from today!
September 5, 2013 A little break...
Hope you all had a great August!
As always, it was quite busy here, and in mid-August I went up to Pyramid Lake to give 2 retreats....one of four presenters for the Nature Retreat and then my own...Heaven and Nature. You could not have asked for better weather, it got a little warm but cooled off again and we welcomed some new people to the groups. The photo above was one morning up at the Center.
Since I got home, things picked up again, and in one of those 'things come in threes' times a power outage messed up my computer and ended up having to reinstall windows. Our power seems to go out if a fly lands on one of the lines. All is well though. And now I am preparing for a day presentation in October and am looking to a quick getaway with one of my friends sometime this month. Just a short trip, drive down one day, stay one day, come home the third day. Should be fun!
The only other thing I have to add right now...pray for peace. We all sorely need it.
August 5, 2013 Busy summer...
Wow, time is flying this summer. Things have been busy as usual with a couple of fun events thrown in.
The first is that my friend Dave and I did a one hour radio show 'My Exit" on WEXT. The program was on 'One Hit Wonders" and was a lot of fun to do. A short bio on each of us and a short list of some of the songs we selected were published on 'All Over Albany'. A real change from my usual life *grin*
In other news, here on the homestead we had a pergola-type roof put over our deck out back and the difference it has made is incredible. I asked if that kind of a construction could be done and then a clear roof put on, and voila..it was done. Both photos are above. Now, I am doing a little finishing work outside and getting ready to lead 2 retreats...coming up fast!
July 1, 2013 Soggy days...
I'll try to get some more posting here on site...I've been busy with a lot of things but one of them has not been gardening.
It is incredible how much rain we have had...the ground is saturated and west of us, people are experiencing severe flooding. It is hard to believe how ongoing the situation has been...if we do get a good day it is like a steam bath and the mosquitoes are fierce! Certainly nothing has needed to be watered. Having had the flooding here a couple of years ago, we can relate to the suffering in Herkimer and Montgomery counties. I ask that you keep these people in your thoughts and prayers.
Our timing was very good in one instance... we just had ductless air conditioning installed and it's been a real Godsend.Looking out the windows, everything is so green. We also remember all who are having trouble with the heat and wild fires. Truly, Mother Nature is being cranky...
May 26, 2013 Life is all around us
After a week that saw a lot of rain come in, and a drastic drop in temperatures, it looks like we are going to have a little sun and a lot of breeze. Also - out at the feeder - our birds are bringing their young and I used an old bird cage frame to hang a feeder closer to the back window so I could get some pictures of our regular visitors. This is a male Purple Finch and one of his young ones. I am happy to see a return of these birds as their population dropped for a few years due to some kind of disease.
Hoping you are all having a good Memorial Day weekend, and remembering those who died to keep us free. On the banner are the words to one of my favorite songs and I'll bet it is one of yours too. This weekend also, we are celebrating our 41st Anniversary. Seems like only yesterday...
Happy Anniversary to the greatest guy in the Universe!
May 19, 2013 Things are blooming!
Finally things are settling down a little around here. The retreat is done, some busy times are out of the way and now there is a little breather before relay and my summer retreats.
The garden is beginning to grow, and I am having a time keeping up with the weeds. We went to Lowes and got some annuals and I potted them the other day. Next month will be the Garden Tour and while I will not be taking the pictures any more (can't keep up with some things, alas) I may go to see a couple of them if I can, on tour day. Relay is also coming up, and this year I pass the 5 year mark. Another milestone! I have been able to get out and get some pictures and overall, life is so GOOD!
April 30, 2013 Finally Spring
We had a cool and damp April, lots of wind also it seems. But I think we are finally into Spring!
I have been out with the camera at every available opportunity and God knows, there are ALWAYS opportunities. From the water birds down at the lake, ponds and outlet to the flowers that are beginning to open, it is such a joy to see green grass and color.
Last week I spend a few days at Still Point, getting ready for a retreat I am giving in about a week and a half. The quiet time is always so restful and it seems productivity blossoms in those surroundings. Just love these days and how they are getting longer...
April 9, 2013 Interesting days!
Would you believe spring is taking its time getting here? Seems like we have had a lot of cool weather and wind. But there is a great distraction down at the lake - at least a pair of bald eagles have been soaring overhead and creating quite a bit of interest. Here is one shot I took, he is usually pretty far off so a lot of cropping is usually in order. Along with the eagles, we have had 4 great blue herons at the outlet. I was lucky enough to get a shot of the 4 of them one evening.
Otherwise, things have been busy. I still have to get out and clean up the garden and of course, more than enough in the house to be spring-cleaned. Things are coming alive, and none too soon.
March 24, 2013 Last week of March
Still on the cool side out there, and the snow we had is taking it's time melting. Some of the ponds are just beginning to thaw out once again, as in this picture taken at the duck pond at Central Park.
But from what I see...by the end of the week and Easter, it should be up to 50. I think I am ready to see some blooms. I did see some snowdrops last week, but they got buried with our last snow. Warmer days are coming, and the birdsong that greets me in the morning tells me that we are close. I still have to see a robin in the yard though.
March 21, 2013 Spring...sorta
Welcome to Spring.
I am sitting looking out the window at snow that fell Monday night into Tuesday...replacing the snow from the previous week. The weather has been truly "March-like' - unpredictable. Last year it was in the mid 70's but this year we had more snow in a week than in the past month or two. This Easter bunny was someone's playful statement and really brought a smile to my face
Tomorrow however, my friend and I will be heading off to the the Flower and Garden Show at Hudson Valley Community College. It will be nice to walk among blooms for awhile. Otherwise, I hope to get a little more on the page. Really.
March 5, 2013 Slowly inching towrd spring.
It has been chilly and windy with mostly overcast skies but we have escaped a lot of the snowstorms lately. And since spring is getting closer, our juncos are few and far between and the sparrows are returning en masse.
This is the time of year when things can be pretty dull, as far as photography is concerned. I am beginning to long for violets, crocus and trillium...swelling buds on the trees and warming days. But March has always been the "turning point" in my mind...the time when you know that blooms are not that far away. I think I will start getting the spring cleaning done, so that when the really nice weather comes in, I can be OUT! How about you?
February 24, 2013 Back from retreat.
Actually, I got back on the 20th. I had the opportunity to attend the 5 day Centering Prayer retreat and I was happy to get back. The last time I went was 2 years ago. The photo above was from the sunset last Sunday night.
We have dodged much of the weather that others are getting. I won't complain...this time of year the snow gets grainy and gritty very fast. Do I dare say I am beginning to itch for spring?
The winter days have been good for getting my digital files organized. I can't get out like I used to but I still have plenty to keep me busy. This year, I will have to bow out of taking the pictures for the Garden Tour, but will most likely get some sent that I can post here. It is always good to get a fresh eye in there anyway. It was a very good run and I sure saw a lot of great gardens and met so many nice people. And there are still plenty of photo ops all around me. I will be getting things in order for my next pressentation in May...'Living Mindfully...Living Gratefully.' Plus, August will be here before you know it and there are the two retreats at Pyramid. For now, back to the drawing board!
February 14, 2013 From me to you.
Have a great one ♥
February 11, 2013 Dodged that bullet.
Despite all the dire warnings, we lucked out in this area and had about 6.5 inches of snow fronm Nemo.
We were all preapred, and all through the day and into the evening, I kept up with friends in various parts of the Northeast via Facebook. We had a little snow during the day, then around 9 PM it snowed like mad until around 1AM. Then...it stopped. I won't complain. No sir.
Getting ready to head out on a Centering Prayer retreat, and I am really looking foward to it. I went a couple of years ago, and decided it's time to go again. Hubby and co. will hold down the fort. I can't wait!
Finally finished getting everything migrated to my new computer and can't get over how fast it is. And it is forcing me to do more sorting and organizing. A bonus, to be sure.
February 2, 2013 Something new...
Did you miss me? I've been busy ordering a new computer and migrating my files.
The old system was 10 years old or more, and now I have a brand new FAST Windows 7 machine. I ordered quickly before it becomes unavailable, as I wanted to be able to use some of my old programs, etc. And they went on without a hitch. I can't get over this! My old machine was xp, my laptop is about 7 years old but I was able to put 7 on it a couple of years ago. Color me happy!
January 14, 2013 - Settling in...
It has been warm the past few days, so much so that our snow in the yard is just about gone. While we still had a good cover, I took some pictures of the birds out at the feeders and in this case, the cardinal was waiting on a perch for the other diners to make room.
Some colder weather is supposed to return. I would say it may help wipe out the flu that is so rampant but that doesn't seem to make a difference. I know I had most likely a mild flu...I did have the flu shot in October. Seems like everyone is sick.
Around the house, I unplugged the small tree out on the front porch, leaving only the candles lit, and they stay on all year. But in the sun room, hubby said maybe we could just leave the other little tree. So, it's still out there, and still lit at night. Why not?
January 6, 2013 - A Favorite Prayer
I originally posted this prayer in 2009, and felt it would be good to post again. More later, for now Happy New Year!
A Prayer for Winter
We give thanks for the blessing of Winter;
Season to cherish the heart,
To make warmth and quiet for the heart;
To make soups and broths for the heart.
To cook for the heart and read for the heart,
To curl up softly and nestle with the heart,
To sleep deeply and gently at one with the heart,
To dream with the heart,
To spend time with the heart,
A long, long time of peace with the heart,
We give thanks for the blessing of Winter;
Season to cherish the heart. Amen
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