12.22.2011

Winter Beauty in Northeastern Washington

Growing up in north Idaho winter meant deep snow, hillsides covered with evergreen trees that looked like they had been flocked, snowmen, and frosty windows.The beauty that surrounds me now is different, yet beautiful in a different way. The moisture and the clouds today created a lovely sight with the trees along the highway.



The creek close to home created a stark beauty combining ice, water,snow, gray, and black.




Lake Roosevelt is a vast body of water behind Grand Coulee Dam. On days like today it looks like we are along the ocean. The gray, cold water set off the setting sun at the horizon. Gray, black, and white were dominant colors today during my photo walk, but JEJ brought some red into focus with his bright red coat.



12.21.2011

Savoring the Season: Capturing Images of Christmas


It has been a week since I have been here to write. The week was a very quick one. I did continue to take time to savor the holiday season, but with tasks that go with Christmas this blog was moved to the bottom of my to-do list. I did carry my camera the last week and will now share some images of Christmas preparation at my house. I really love to wrap gifts... as you can see above.


Mr. Snowman greets people at the front door.


The holly is ready to harvest!


Another snowman greets people in Annie's room. Below the lights on the top of the piano set off the snowflakes and poinsettias.



Savoring the Season: Capturing Images of Christmas


It has been a week since I have been here to write. The week was a very quick one. I did continue to take time to savor the holiday season, but with tasks that go with Christmas this blog was moved to the bottom of my to-do list. I did carry my camera the last week and will now share some images of Christmas preparation at my house. I really love to wrap gifts... as you can see above.


Mr. Snowman greets people at the front door.


The holly is ready to harvest!


Another snowman greets people in Annie's room. Below the lights on the top of the piano set off the snowflakes and poinsettias.



12.15.2011

Savoring the Season: Homemade Gifts


It is that time of the Chrstmas season I love. I get to pull out my cookie cutters, fancy sprinkles, Christmas cupcake holders, and lots of butter and sugar! I get to create homemade gifts for family and friends.



I also love to pull out the fruits of our summer harvest to gift to speical people in my life.


It is all about savoring the season.


12.12.2011

Savoring the Season with Flowers

Usually in winter I don't get to capture as many bouquet pictures. A dear friend of mine is retiring from our school next week and she loves roses. This was arranged just for her.



I also couldn't resist the grocery floral section and grabbed a bunch to create bouquets for home.Flowers have a way of adding beauty to the Christmas decor.



12.10.2011

No Place Like Home for the Holidays


Today I am savoring the season by decking the halls, the fence, the porch, and anything else that isn't tacked down. I love to pull out the Christmas decorations and find old ones with memories, new ones I bough after Christmas last year, and ones that I didn't remember I had! The is no place like home for the holidays.


I love the lights on the fence


and a simple bowl of Christmas balls.


12.06.2011

Savoring Lights of Home

 



I am continuing today on my theme from Shutter Sisters' One Word Project using the word for December : savor.


When I arrived home today I paused and savored the lights of home. Whether it is the porch lights to welcome me home, the soft lights inside the house for reading, or the flickering lights of the fire. I savor it all.


12.03.2011

Savoring the Season

 



The One Word Project at  Shutter Sisters in December is savor.  


sa·vor/ˈsāvər/

















Verb:






Taste (good food or drink) and enjoy it completely.

 
Noun:






A characteristic taste, flavor, or smell, esp. a pleasant one.







This year I will savor each day of the holiday season. I want to capture images of the simple beauty of the season. I want to remember December and not look back in Janurary and ask myself where that month went. There are lots of "to do " lists, commitments, baking, and planning during December. I will attempt to savor many a taste, smell, and flavor. I started today as I unpacked decorations and felt overloaded.  I will take my time and remember why we celebrate Christmas. There is a reason for the season. No more feeling overwhelmed, overloaded, or ready for a meltdown. I want to just breathe and savor the season.





11.28.2011

Not Yet, November

 


Autumn is my favorite season of the year and I really love November. I am not ready to say good-bye to autumn or 


to fall colors,


to leaves changing,


to cooler weather,


to the first snow,



and so many reasons to be thankful.   \


11.27.2011

Greenhouse Tour

 


The warmer temperatures and welcome sunshine created a lovely haven in the greenhouse this week-end. Whether deadheading, smelling the scented geraniums, rearranging pots or repotting, it was a place I could have stayed for hours. Take a tour with me.



11.26.2011

I Am Thankful

I am thankful the family that could come to our house arrived safe.



I am thankful the weather cooperated so people could sleep nice and warm.



I am thankful the dogs enjoyed each others' company.





I am thankful for all those who couldn't join us and glad we could talk or text. I am also thankful for time to rest, relax, laugh, read, play games, visit, and watch movies.



I am also thankful I have one more day of time off!



11.22.2011

The Fullness of Life






Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.  Melody Beattie




Whether I am home with my little family, home with my extended family, or home at the place I was raised Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on gratitude. It is the time to remember the little things, the big things, and the precious things in life. 



It is the time to gather around the table, spend time with family, share a good meal, and remember those that couldn't be with us. Thanksgiving is enjoying fullness in life.








 










11.20.2011

Today I am Grateful For The Place I Call Home


I enjoy four seasons and find beauty in each of them. Today I am grateful for the place I call home. Around my place there is never a day I can't find something of beauty to capture with the camera. Here are some of my favorite shots after the snow. 


I love how the snow dusted the roofs of these birdhouses.


I love how the icicles formed on the ivy under the eaves.


This tree almost looks flocked!