Yeah that’s me a few days ago. We had a dusting of three inches of snow that I removed from our 150 foot circular driveway. This one I could handle with my trusty Craftsman tractor.
One of the first things I do every morning when I get up is to look out the back door to make sure the world is still there. What I see now that my neighbor in back has stripped (he says harvest) all his mature trees is a lone Sycamore proudly standing by itself. It used to be hidden by a large oak tree but is now left to sway majestically in the wind untethered by that mighty oak. I will continue to watch it in the coming years. It has now become one of my daily friends.
Seeing a fellow blogger talk about his new pet reminded me that I have been getting too serious on this blog lately. So I thought it was time to kick back on this post and show you one of my best friend. Best friends seem to be hard to come by in my senior years. She has been with us for about four years now. Although she weighs in at over sixty pounds she thinks she is a lap dog. This picture was taken a few months ago during our only snow storm that lasted more than a day on the ground. This one took four days to disappear.
We made it home from Nova Scotia on Sunday afternoon. After doctors appointments on Monday we learned that my wife has a pretty severe eye infection and a rough Canadian cold. I can personally attest to the cold as I also got it! Other than that we will recover. I will likely hold off blogging for a few more days and then try to get back to my usual schedule.
It is nice to be home and our house sitter did a pretty good job taking care of things while we were away. Our tomatoes are in full ripe mode now. Too bad we are both really too sick to thoroughly enjoy them (ha). Other than unpacking I haven’t got much accomplished; hopefully that will change today as the side busting cough is starting to subside.
This is my favorite view of our homestead. I call it “up on the mountain” as it is the highest point on our property. This is where my outdoor glider resides and is where I do most of my spring/summer/ fall reading and the corresponding naps. I ache to get back to my mountain home. Given the warm weather lately, hopefully it will be soon. But that is probably wishful thinking.
With winter in full force now I need to bring out some pictures to remind me that Spring will eventually get here. This picture was taken in 1993 showing all the daylilies at the end of my veggie garden inside the fence. Those flowers are probably what Yvonne misses the most about our home in Fishers Indiana.
I seem to have always had a garden, except for the college years. This one is probably my pride and joy. It had plenty of sun, rich soil, and a fence to keep out the crittters. I was forced to leave it 4 years later due to moving to New Jersey to fill out my pension. And for those who wander no I don’t think New Jersey tomatoes hold a candle to those raised in the MidWest.
We had our first snow of the season last night. But I am too lazy right now to dig out the camera and take a picture so this one was taken in January this year. Yvonne absolutely loves snow. Me, not so much but I put up with it for her sake. We have lived here for more than ten years now but I still very much appreciate this view out one of our windows.
One of the themes of my life is “Simplify”. I have several plaques around my study with that message. In light of that I have decided to simplify this blog somewhat. Instead of attaching numerous photos on one post I have decided to limit it to just one. I have also changed to a more photo oriented theme. With this new change I will likely be posting more quick posts as the mood strikes me.
What is simpler than a kitten. The one here was named Sophie. She graced our presence for several years.
Simplify, simplify, simplify
Here it is the first day of fall. I will be glad to see the summer heat finally dissipate. Yesterday was 96 degrees and tomorrow is supposed to be in the 90s again so I guess we will have to wait a while for cooler temperatures. The picture below were taken in late October 2009. No, we don’t usually have cows in our front year but it is an annual event for them to break out of their pasture nearby. It seems that the grass is just greener on our side of the fence. (ha).