Monday, January 21, 2013

Winter's yard

The river is up.  It happens every winter when there are big rains north and east of us.  You can't tell where the trees end and water begins in this picture.  I like that.  

A mossy moon.

The clover is already threatening its takeover of our yard.  We are expecting freezing temperatures a few nights this week so there is a slight chance that we will spray some RoundUp on the yard within the week.  A  very small, slight chance.  

We always threaten.  We rarely spray.

Daryl and my nephew, Mitch, are working today to restock the woodpile.  I do love a fire in the fireplace and I'm grateful that he will spend his day off from his regular job to work so hard.  A man who worked with Daryl used to say that firewood warms you twice.  Once when you cut and split it, the second time when you burn it.  

I'm regularly amazed at how much work it takes to keep our little 10 acres going and I sometimes think about how different our lives would be if we owned a loft apartment in the city.  Since we live here, though, and since I love it so much, I do take satisfaction in the reward of hard work.  I also have learned to let go of any idea I ever had of perfection or of turning our land into some sort of beautiful garden.  My goal is to keep the space directly connected to the house looking somewhat manicured.  For the rest, I will do what I want to do, and what I can do.  After all, there are no landscape or yard care police roaming out here :)

At least I hope not.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Here comes the sun...

Oh, sun, I am so glad to see you!

I do love cloudy, rainy, dreary days.  We have had many of them lately.  And, if the skies are gray again tomorrow, I will be happy.

But, for today, I am thankful for the sun's rays as they break out across the field.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Birthday season

We are in the middle of grandchild birthday season around here.

It began on November 27th with this little guy turning 2.

I didn't know him that day, but I can't remember a day that I haven't loved him.  He is energetic, coordinated, cute, and all-boy.  He likes his hands to be clean and his cars to be in a straight line.  He likes his "guys" (his Star Wars characters), his dog, and he loves his family.

The next birthday was Jonathan's in December.  Because of all of the hulabaloo around the holidays, he hasn't had a party, yet.  He will soon, though, and I'll write about him then.

Lily's 5th birthday was yesterday.  She wasn't posing when I took this picture -- I was just lucky enough to capture her being her sweet self.  Lily is loving, confident, talkative, and friendly.  She doesn't like bugs.  At all.  She has a tender heart, she hurts when someone else hurts, and she is always ready with a warm, genuine hug.

Daniel and Bella finish up our short birthday season early next month.

Last year I started asking the children 20 questions that I found on the internet and decided to ask them these questions each year around their birthday.  Bennett is still too young to play this game, but on Sunday, I had my interview with Lily.  Here is an excerpt:

1.  What is your favorite color?
          Pink and purple......Red and dark blue.

2.  What is your favorite song?
          Jesus Loves Me.  At least that's the only song I know.

(And then she breaks out singing this made-up song)  "I'm not afraid of the animalssssss.  I'm not afraid of the bears or the lions or the snakessssssss."

3.  What is your favorite kind of cereal?
          The round kind.  The round kind called cereal.

4.  What do you want to be when you grow up?
          A police girl.

I had no idea this 20 question thing would be so entertaining!  I will share any insights from the other 3 Greers when I get my time with them.....