The weather was so abysmal here last week that the whole
world looked black and white…
Yes, both of these photos are in color...see what I mean?
One had to look pretty closely to even glimpse a little
I’m not really complaining since all the rain we had could
have been snow and the snow we had was minimal and very pretty. But all the dreariness left me in a bit of a
Still, it never lasts forever and by Saturday
the sun was shining again and even the squirrels seemed to pause for a minute to
enjoy the mild weather.
And as I drove by Quaboag Pond on Sunday, I
noticed that the pond was a bit frozen in spite of the beautiful weather and the gulls were lined up on the ice like they tend to do. I think that’s funny behavior and I always
like to stop and chuckle a bit at them and wonder what in the world they are thinking and how they decide who is going to be first in line. So that's what I did. Lost in thought as they were, they paid no attention to me, of course.
They did make me think that it’s time for me to
get my gulls in a row and start blogging again.
I have some catching up to do and I need to get started!
"There is no fence nor hedge round time that is gone. You can go back and have what you like of it if you can remember."
Technically, fall isn't over yet even if it might feel like winter here most days. And I happened to remember that I have fall fence pictures languishing on my hard drive so that's what I'm going to post today.
My daughter tagged me on Facebook to do a Black and White
Photo Challenge a little while ago. The
challenge was to post a black and white photo every day for five days. When she first tagged me, I simply didn’t
have enough time to get it done. I wasn’t
spending much time with my camera or my computer except for mostly “work”
related things, but I put it in the back of my mind and determined to get to it. And I did and will post the five photos
When I first saw the tag, I kind of cringed internally
because I really didn’t have time for it, but ultimately I was glad for the
tag. It got me out with my camera and
thinking about what to do during this kind of difficult time between fall and
real winter when things outside are rather dull. I have found over the years that if you look
hard enough, there is always something interesting to be seen. But the simple practice of inspiration is
often not that easy to come by and a little push is appreciated.
So starting in January (or maybe before), I
think I might embark on a Fifty-two Week photo project. Problem is I am not sure what theme I want to
go with. I did one a few years back when
I took a Purple Monkey with me everywhere and got him into all sorts of
situations. He’s here on my Flickr site. But what to do next… If you have a suggestion, I’m more than
willing to consider it. Meanwhile, I am
going to do my best to not let the hype of the Season get me down.
Yes, I'm bad at math, but I do know there are more than five photos here. There are a couple of rejects amongst them.
1. I was sorry to see in the paper this morning
that author P.D. James has passed away.
I have been reading her books for years and have found them intelligent
and enjoyable. She was 94 so I guess it
is not unexpected, but it’s always sad when the world loses a great mind.
2. I have been inordinately busy and I’m getting
kind of tired of it. And I’m saying that
while heading into the busiest time of the year. Bah humbug!
3. We had our first real snow of the season on Wednesday. The traffic here was so bad on Tuesday that I
have to think that people were leaving early to avoid the weather just to get
stuck in all that traffic. It made me
feel good to stay put. We have avoided
traveling this time of year as much as possible opting for our small family
gatherings and dinner out at a local restaurant. Works for us.
4. Our Thanksgiving was quiet and easy. We went to dinner in town at a place called Avellino. We went there last year, too. I smell a tradition in the making. I like it there. The service was good but leisurely. I appreciate not being rushed through a big
meal. And, most importantly, the food
was good. I am truly thankful that I
didn’t have to cook yesterday except for breakfast of bacon and eggs. And the eggs came from a friend who has
chickens. Nothing like the color of farm
fresh eggs to brighten the morning.
Another small thing to be thankful for.
5. Guess it’s time for a vacation one of these days.
“I’m a door-to-door salesman. I sell doors. If I can’t knock
on yours, because you don’t have a door to knock on, I know you’ll be
interested in what I’m selling.” ~Jarod Kintz
Last week, when I went out to Northampton,
Massachusetts, to visit my daughter Carrie, I took some pictures of doors. Here are a couple I particularly liked.
Looking at these photos made me wonder in my
mind where the best place I’ve ever been for photographing doors. As way leads on to way inside my brain, it
made me start thinking about Scotland and the doors I saw there. So I went back in time and stepped through
the portal into my computer’s memory and found that I had, indeed, taken a lot
of pictures of doors when we were in Scotland.
Here are a few.
Of course, we humans often use open doors as
metaphors for choices we make in life or, when the door is closed, being
blocked from those choices. Alexander
Graham Bell said, “Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we
see too late the one that is open.” I
think he was probably right. But that
didn’t keep me from spending a lot of time staring at my old photos of doors in Scotland, when there are probably hundreds of doors right here in Sturbridge that are waiting
for me to turn the knob.
1. I actually got something done this week and here
It was my first real attempt at Aran
Crochet. I enjoyed doing it and it
turned out well. I can see more of this
in my future.
2. I went out to visit my daughter Carrie who lives
in Northampton, Massachusetts yesterday.
She was proudly carrying her “new to her” orange purse...a gift from her dad. It is a pretty sweet bag, I must admit.
3. After Carrie and I had lunch, we did a little
antique browsing. I do love poking
around in antique shops even though I don’t really need or want anything
much. But I did find something yesterday
that called out to me. And it’s this:
I’m planning to repurpose this old ashtray as a
fondue fork holder for our annual Christmas Eve fondue do. I think that it will give it a much nicer
second life. I am rather enamored of the
shape and color of the piece.
4. After we left the shop, we saw this little
fellow tied up waiting for his alpha.
Dogs tied to poles always look so lonely to me. It’s like he’s saying to everyone who passes
by, “Are you my mother?”
5. Got up this morning to our first “snowfall.” I am putting that in quotes because it didn’t
amount to anything and by the time I was taking the dog out around 8 am, it was
bright and sunny and sounded like it was raining out because everything was
melting at a precipitous rate. Other
parts of the country have gotten hit a lot harder than we have. But it’s early days yet.