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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Feelings On a Wintry Day

Sitting in my home the other day I was peering out the window and patio door as I was feeling sorry for myself. (No, don't you feel sorry for me; I do quite a good job at it by myself and don't need you to waste the energy! I'd rather do it myself.) Anyway, I watched my 3 aspen trees denude themselves and remembered a day many years ago doing the same thing—different house, different town. I just sat there that day watching a very small catalpa tree drop every single leaf in the span of a couple of hours. It just amazed me because I'd never taken the time to do that when we lived in California. I was too busy working, raising kids, keeping house, being a wife and those things we do while younger. Those falling leaves were like an eye opener to the wonders that await us when we don't let busyness distract us. I truly felt peace this day. Some of my gauzy jejeune recollections hit me at the strangest times lately.

Then I looked out over the back fence and saw the roof of the home behind us. It reminded me of England and Ireland or even France somewhat. Mist and frost on the roof beginning our cold season here. It simply mesmerized me for several minutes so I quickly grabbed the camera and flicked away.

This was the actual temperature outside that day and I was barefoot. It felt good to have my feet a bit cold. It also looks like I need to power wash the house and patio!

I took these plates off a shelf next to the new cabinet I painted white and shabby-ed up. Hubby was going to lower it a few inches and I didn't want these old plates to get knocked off. And I thought I'd photograph them to show you how lovely they are.

This is one of my favorites plates: pink and roses!

And our granddaughter Mandy and her daughter Miss Caroline—the best eye candy of all for me. Those are baby eyeglasses sized for their sweet little faces and have a strap to hold them on. Mandy says she loves having them on and doesn't try to take them off. I think she thinks she's a diva!

And a funny photo of Miss Caroline's great grandparents—me and th' hubs—about 25 years ago visiting relatives back east. Would ya look at all that hair...on both of us! Him, not so much; me, just the same but a bit grayer. ;-) And that man still fills out a pair of jeans the best of any man I've seen!

And my many thanks to our Veterans this day. You've all stolen my heart for your sacrifice for me, my family and my country. Those of you who have lost loved ones defending this country need have no fear of where they'll go. No man has such love as to lay down his life for his country or fellow man or woman. I salute all them and our brave soldiers and troops fighting for our freedom. This family loves you beyond measure!


  1. Connie you have the best head of hair of anyone I know..give your hubby a big hug and thank him for his service..;)they are talking snow mixed with rain next week..tis the season:)

  2. Hi Connie,
    I loved the vignette of the lovely. Your plates are dreamy....lucky girl! Little Miss Caroline takes the cake sweet and pretty!

    Have a great Thursday!
    Deanna :D

  3. Woo sexy hair on hubs:) Sorry to hear that you are feeling a little down.

    Sending you big hugs!


  4. Our Catalpa will drop all of its leaves when the first frost hits. It is such an amazing sight. Big, fat heart-shaped leaves falling everywhere.

    Caroline is just adorable in those sunglasses!

    Love the photo of you and your husband. I think you still have a lot of hair, Connie! Mine is baby fine so I'd love all that hair!


  5. Great pictures, Connie. I love those plates. And look at those adorable girls you have! And I got a huge smile on my face looking at the picture of you and hubby. You look like a scene from "That 70's Show"! Love it!
    I feel bad that you're feeling sorry for yourself. Is everything OK?

  6. Hi Connie, This post sure made me smile. Your granddaughter is beautiful and baby Caroline is adorable. Love those sun glasses. HA! Also, you two are so darn cute in that photo. Yes, LOTS of hair. The style of the day. I love your comment about your hubs. Fire in the furnace is a good thing!!! The plates are lovely. I too love a beautiful plate. They grab me every time.

    Our veterans deserve our honor and prayers every day they are out there risking their lives.

    I pray you are feeling better Connie.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  7. I hope you feel better soon. It is hard, I think, at times when we are sad and feeling sorry for ourselves. I am going through that right now because I lost Mom a few weeks ago. I just want to crawl in a hole and hide from the world but she would not be happy if I did that.

    Anyways, love the picture of Miss Caroline!!!! What an absolute doll. What a treasure to have.

    I love the plates too. I have been watching our trees lose their leaves too. Getting ready for the winter. At least this year I won't have to bundle the little person up to try to keep her warm. She was so tiny that she was cold all the time.

  8. Those plates are beautiful....and a very thought provoking post as I found mysef looking at all the leaves on the ground from my Sugar Maple tree and then I glanced up at all the leaves yet to fall...and my rose bushes are still blooming!

    Only in the South...

    Thank your husband for his service...I truly appreciate it...

    Lou Cinda :)

  9. What a great post, my dear. Oh and I LOVE the hair!!! are too funny. :) Come over and visit when you can. :) I will be expecting you! ;)

  10. Love the hair and love the pictures of Caroline. She is a little doll and looks so sweet in the sunglasses. Sorry to hear you are down, but remember God is watching over you and you will get your energy back soon. I started decorating, so that I would have time for baking and it's beginning to look like a Christmas shop at my house. Thank hubby for his service. Al was a Marine and I always tell him that he did a great service for our country. Once a Marine, always a Marine. Love, hugs, and prayers, Pat

  11. Connie great photo's. A big hug to all our vets.


  12. Hi Connie Sweetie...
    I have missed you sweet friend. I miss your friendship, your witty posts and most of all your pinkness. I hope you will feel better soon and can come back and join us. You have always brightened my days, and I hope I can do the same for you once and awhile when you visit.

    The trees look beautiful. I love Aspen. That roof shot is amazing. What beauty. It is sunny and warm here in Phoenix. We had a beautiful day with very little wind at all. So nice.

    That little bit with her sunglasses on is just priceless. Thank you for sharing that with me. I am just laughing and laughing. I think my Baby James needs a pair of those.

    And you two and your curly doos. That is precious Connie. What a couple you two are. Love it.

    Get to feeling better soon. Can you feel my hugs? Many hugs and SO much love to you sweet friend...Sherry

  13. Oh my, that Miss Caroline IS a diva!!!!!!!!! Pure and simple! She IS! :-)

  14. You have such a gift of expressing yourself so well, my dear sweet sister. I've never taken the time to watch the leaves fall from the trees.....I think I'm overdue to do that. I so love seeing pics of M and Miss C. And that picture of you and Jack is a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e!! Ya'll just exude gleefulness!

    Love you and will talk to you soon!

    Angelic Accents


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