Inside Crystalline Walls

Encased within a crystalline  structure

Translucent 

Worlds untouched – unknown

Icicle 2019

Holiday Update

As Santas’ are wrapped and placed into their bins and Christmas garland is hung in the storage closet,  colors of white and red, hearts and love begin to adorn doors and mantels. Valentine’s Day may be a month away but it’s never too early to celebrate!

Valentine's decorations 2020
Valentine mantel decorations
Valentine's Day decorations 2020
Entry door Valentine decorations
Valentine's Day 2020
Valentine wreath
Valentine Day 2020
Valentine shutter

When we moved into our home in 2004 the former owners left a treasure trove of shutters! The green shutters on the fireplace mantel were already painted green!

Valentine Day 2020
Potting Shed door

All I need to do is to walk into the woods behind our home to cut down grapevines and create wreaths, hearts and garlands.

As always, thank you for stopping by!

 

 

Letting Go of Christmas

Most people count down the days until Christmas, I on the other hand count the number of days I have until the last decoration is placed gently into it’s designated bin. As of today I sit have one tree fully decorated and floral and pine accents adorning the house. From year to year I usually follow a set pattern for decorating relying on photographs of past Christmases to help my memory.  This year  I chose to mix it up. I tried to create vignettes that would gracefully flow into a winter theme. I found the most challenging aspect of this holiday season was NOT buying into the year-end treasure trove of holiday decorating sales. I’m still visualizing the white pine bough garland that I could have bought for $6.00 a bough to change next year’s theme. But alas, storage eventually becomes a challenge!

THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY!

Christmas 2019
Welcome, Come in…
Christmas 2019
The door into the dining room
Christmas 2019
Walk through the door into the living room
Christmas 2019
The fireplace mantel and living room tree The door on the right leads in to the master bedroom
Christmas 2019
The master bedroom
Christmas 2019
Upstairs guest bedroom
Christmas 2019
Upstairs guest bedroom
Christmas 2019
Family room Christmas tree – Tinsel and vintage ornaments
Christmas 2019
Santa’s workshop

 

As Winter Approaches…

A crackling fire, the scent of wood smoke in the air

crackling fire
love in a crackling fire

Frosted grass crunching under the weight of each step

Longer nights – shorter days – neutral shades

Rising sun over soybean field
Rising sun over soybean field

Memories of flying rainbows brighten the darker recesses of my mind

Monarch butterfly
Monarch butterfly
Wood Nymph Moth
Wood Nymph moth
Spring Azure butterfly
Spring Azure butterfly
Tiger Swallowtail butterfly
Tiger Swallowtail butterfly
Common Snout butterfly
Common Snout butterfly
Pearl Crescent butterfly
Pearl Crescent butterfly
American Painterd Lady and Monarch butterfly
American Painted Lady and Monarch butterflies on lily
Anise Swallowtail butterfly
Anise Swallowtail butterfly
Eastern Comma butterfly
Eastern Comma butterfly
Black Swallowtail butterfly
Black Swallowtail butterfly
Buckeye butterfly
Buckeye butterfly
Hackberry butterfly
Hackberry butterfly

 

A Peek into Rural Eastern PA

Our world is an amazingly beautiful place

Mountains cloaked in clouds, blue-green waters kissing white sand.

I see beauty in everything outside my backdoor, I wonder if you see it too …

Tiger swallowtail
Tiger swallowtail butterfly on Autumn sunflower

 

Pennsylvania farm
Pennsylvania farm

 

Field corn
Field corn

 

Abandoned milk silo
Abandoned silo

 

Wild concord grapes
Wild grapes

 

Chicory growing at the edrge of a soybean field
Chicory growing at the edge of a soybean field

 

Bluebird on sumac
Bluebird on sumac

 

Liza in fields of soy
Liza in fields of soy

 

 

 

 

Musings on a Daffodil

When living in a northern latitude country the anticipation of the coming spring can be overwhelming.  Waiting for ephemerals to break through once frozen soil can hardly be contained. When I moved here there were no gardens adjacent to the hardwood forest. I would look out the windows and see only shades of brown. Slowly green growth would emerge from honeysuckle and spicebushes.  I knew I needed more.  Daffodils had been planted the front garden by the former owners.  I decided to dig them out, separate the bulbs and move them to various places throughout the property.  As gardens grew and daffodil clumps doubled in size, each subsequent season the clumps were dug up, bulbs separated and transplanted into gardens adjacent to the hardwood forest.  I was also given  a clump of daffodils from neighbor who had removed them from her parents grave site.  Another clump came from a friend who rented a property where daffodils were growing in the nearby woods. I share this because all the daffodils you see in the photos are the “children” of all who grew here or were given to me.  None were bought.  They were all planted with love and tended to with gentleness and gratitude for what they give back to me each spring. 

Daffodils in lower gardens
Daffodils in lower gardens

 

Daffodils by the stream

Bombus and the daffodil
Bombus and the daffodil

Daffodils 2019

Reasons to Smile – A walk through a garden

The snow that blanketed the earth is but a fleeting memory and flowers abound

Pinks – indigo – yellow

Shades of primary colors

Bloodroot flowers
Bloodroot flowers

I am not alone as I walk, with each step I take care not to trip over another visitor to the gardens

 

Eastern Green frog
Eastern Green frog
Giant Leopard moth caterpillar
Giant Leopard moth caterpillar

We all rejoice in the warm southern breezes that reach our northeastern homes

White-throated sparrow
White-throated sparrow
red-bellied woodpecker
Red-bellied woodpecker