Beyond Clothed Trees

Did you hear it? Did you see?

What hides amongst clothed trees

Wind whipped branches striped of leaves

Let’s us peek through unclothed trees

Near the ground out of sight Ready for a long cold night

One last leaf swirling round – CAUGHT

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