Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Saturday, November 28, 2020
This view out my window was so gorgeous I wanted to catch it to be able to see again and again. About a millisecond later, this was my view...
On my walk this morning, I went a bit farther into the woods, and found a great big log section that will be perfect for a table in my to be completed sitting area. It was hard going for me, I’m glad I took my walking stick. My two new knees were performing admirably, but my back made everything harder. Just two more weeks until the, hopefully, second surgery, and then the work of recovery, and then, I hope, normalcy. Well, as normal as this year can be.
Friday, November 27, 2020
Today I walked a different path than most days, I took a somewhat dubious trail through the woods along and behind my house. There were lots of deciduous trees and a few pines and firs, and surprisingly, a small fort built with four pallets! Very industrious, someone was. I’m not certain if they’re on my property, we have to get a surveyor out anyway, but I can’t tell if it’s in use or not. Kids I don’t mind, but I don’t want someone lighting a fire there, for instance. I’ll see if my neighbor or his kids might know the story.
I also found tree bits with moss and lichens on them, the kind of lichens you can use for natural dyeing, pine cones and a birds nest on the ground, plus several in the trees. Maybe a squirrel nest too! But most exciting we’re three turkey hens just walking along, ambling around, and gobbling. Not particularly scared of me but when I tried to get a photo, by the time I got my phone out again, they were just dots against the trees, not worth snapping the picture.
Over it all, loomed South Mountain, hovering protectively like a huge hen over her tiny chicks....I feel better knowing the mountain is there-
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Monday, November 16, 2020
What a lovely sunrise this morning! Last night it was a bit of a different story. We had 30mph sustained winds and gusts over 50! A big tree limb broke and came flying across the yard onto our deck. Into our breakfast room, where we were sitting! This is our first big storm...I think it won’t be the last!
It snagged on the deck railing, whew! If it hadn’t, it would have come right through the glass doors.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
This sky, the blue that is seen at this time of year, shone in all its joyousness. It was a welcome relief from the rains, but tomorrow will be rainy again. It fills our reservoir and softens the ground for winter crops, but I do enjoy a brilliant sunrise.
Friday, November 13, 2020
Cover it, they said. Keep it warm, they said. Ha! Well, we’ll see how it turns out, it’s in the fridge now. No yellowing clear liquid yet, but it’s only been in there a couple hours.
I am figuring out the wood stove, little by little. After the initial burn, as above, I can keep it going with just one or two pieces of wood. Still puts out lots of heat. This winter it will be nice to have a wood stove, it’s been way to long. Decades. Funny how the place I’ve lived the longest is the place I liked the least. Ah well, now I am home at long last.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
The mist was rising slowly, revealing the hills and dales of the South Mountain Range. Each sunrise is a wonder, even grey and rainy days. It’s amazing how much lovelier the countryside is than the crowded, overpeopley area I came from. There must be beautiful sunrises there too, but I never saw one in amongst the buildings and noises. I have waited way too many years to come home.
I discovered a wonder today. Off season, there aren’t as many people working at the smaller farm stands, and my favorite one, the one that has the Best Eggs Ever, was not staffed when my dh stopped in for eggs. On the counter was a box with money in it and thank you written on it, and it was self service. Having spent the last 25 years in suburban hell, it was a joy and a pleasure to see trust in our neighbors. After he had paid the owner bustled in with produce, unworried over the money. In northern VA someone would have taken everything portable, including the money box. I live amongst humans again!
It is much too rainy to make bread today, and we finished our loaf this morning (good pain d’or) so I stopped in to a larger farm stand. Really a sort of farm type convenience store. As I was leaving with tonight’s soup and bread, the clerk stopped me and asked if I was a veteran. When I responded yes, ten years in the best Navy worldwide, she handed me a bag with a half dozen apples and chocolate! A material “thank you” indeed.
The leaves are about down now, and I can see South Mountain through them. This is the view out my sewing room window. The shed we are using for storage, but will be used for dyeing fabric and yarn too. I have a lovely camp kitchen inside just waiting for a propane stove and hanging racks. I can’t wait! It’s been far too long since I’ve spun and dyed and woven.
The day began with heavy, grey clouds obscuring the sunrise...except for one small sliver of vibrant coral and gold beyond my neighbors hous...