Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday Stroll - Slow Melt


A few days ago, Micah was the happiest boy on the planet.
Maxine was not so sure.


For a while,  I hovered indoors,
tending seedlings in the lightbox,
and wondering when we would ever be able
to plant them out in the garden.


As the first semester of my grad classes winds down,
I contemplated a little personal reading.


Things are slowly thawing.  Each day the drifts dwindle.
Skies are blue
and birds are flying more easily
on graceful currents of air.


I wander the yard,
thinking of all the spring cleaning 
both indoors and out .


It feels good to be outdoors without a coat,
with the sun on my face,
and the breeze tugging my long gray ponytail.


There is one fellow in the family
who is not so thrilled
that winter is slowly melting away.


Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you joy.


Please skip on over to Steve's blog Out on the Prairie for a little prairie love!


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday Stroll - To Stroll or Not to Stroll


The photo above was taken yesterday,
through the kitchen window.  
You can see that the window was nearly covered in snow,
and the view outside is the table on the deck
after an overnight storm.
Today, we are experiencing high winds
and freezing rain,
so here are a few photos from this past week
before the storm.

The treeline along the northern property border
is carpeted with fluttering dried grasses 
and the crinkling leaves from last autumn.


The creek along the western edge of the cedar swamp
is a lively stream at this time of year.



The skies have been mostly gray,
but at least once this week,
a bit of sun winked playfully at us as we walked.


Mostly we've just been staying warm and cozy in the house.

Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you comfort.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Sunday Stroll - Winter in the Middle of Spring


Let's go!

The dogs are ready.


The sky is blue.


The snow is resting,
in deep comfort,
all along the trail.



We can rest ourselves,
in the arms of the Angel Tree,
near the edge of the creek.

Do you hear the creek welcoming us,
as it runs beneath the ice?


There are art pieces every where,
I see a face here, looking north.


There is a wide sweeping trail
cut through the cattails
at the south end of the marsh.

Perhaps it will lead us to spring.


Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you peace.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Monday Muse - More




This lovely burst of spring or summer scenery is just what I need as a full-scale winter storm bears down on my region.  We are expecting "back-breaker" snow; the wet, heavy snow of early April, that is difficult to plow through, and back-breaking to shovel.  I need to immerse myself in this beautiful music, and the butterflies flitting about as the music lifts into the air.

What inspires you, on this first Monday of April?

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Sunday Stroll - Easter's Eve



A snow storm blew in on the early morning wind on Saturday.
The ground is frozen again.  Our breath makes trails in the air.



Yet, in the garden, the hopeful green tips
 of daffodil and tulips 
are pushing up through a glaze of early April snow.



Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you hope.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Monday Muse - To Welcome Spring



This scene, this lovely music, is a gorgeous welcome to Spring.  Here, the tips of the tulip leaves are just pushing up through the cold earth, but we have let our jackets fall aside for the first time this year.  Each breath of spring-fresh air reminds me that soon, our surroundings will burst into bloom.

Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you peace.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sunday Stroll - Marching into Spring



Spring is tiptoeing in this year.  
The long meadow is silver and gold.
Even the cedar trees
are dull-green and winter weary.


Snow lingers in the woods,
bright and glossy under blue skies,
as the cold wind scours the bare branches.


Despite the chill,
it feels good to get out 
and run in the sharp, fresh air.


Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you joy.



Join Steve as he strolls on this last Sunday of March, Out on the Prairie.