Saturday, September 20, 2014

wind and rain


windy days

windy days

windy days


rainy, windy days
since we returned.

blustery winds, cleansing the air,
blowing through our little living space.

the sounds of the wind and rain
through the night.


windy days

Friday, September 19, 2014

to be sure


262::365


Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.

"Yes, Piglet?"

"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand. "I just wanted to be sure of you."

― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Thursday, September 18, 2014

on the water


on bass lake


on bass lake


on bass lake


yesterday....

bundled up for the cool fall air
and bustery wind,
we took a spin around bass lake


today....

back in florida,
where we still need ac during the day,
my bare feet found warmth in the sand and water


beach walk


beach walk


beach walk


beach walk

Monday, September 15, 2014

returning home


morning walk


surely this first photo indicates we are not in florida today....

we have returned to our home state, michigan,
a funny coincidence in our marriage.

we both grew up here, E in Detroit,
me in a small rural farming community.

we are visiting his brother and sister
in the grand rapids area where his brother has retired.

I started the day with a long walk along memory lane,
the rural landscape so like my childhood.


morning walk

morning walk

morning walk

morning walk


later, we all piled into his transport vehicle
that can accommodate the sister's wheelchair....

to be introduced to the beautiful
Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

after the tour of the gardens and sculpture
we paused in the cafe, its ceiling alive with Chihuly glass!


meijer sculpture garden

meijer sculpture garden

meijer sculpture garden

meijer sculpture garden

meijer sculpture garden


of course, the day was full of stories and laughter,
and if you know these brothers, endless puns!!

with my mom in florida, I see my family fairly often,
but it so good to see and be with E enjoying his family.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

morning


256::365


oh, what a difference a day makes.

and to all of you, my good friends and family,
thank you so so much for the hugs, and wisdom, and caring words
on yesterday's post.

you have reminded me this is my mom's journey,
and just being and accepting is all that is needed.

it was a beautiful day in so many little ways,
beginning with this lovely light!

Friday, September 12, 2014

darkness


this night


feeling the darkness tonight....

some days, it is more difficult sitting with mom,
as she barely stirs to say hi,
often with her eyes closed,
quickly falling back into her contained world....


this night


it's hard to imagine what she experiences day-to-day

I once read a book told by a dying woman,
the words floated around on the page from the past to the present,
bits and pieces, like a puzzle strewn about,
phrases, not sentences....


this night

Thursday, September 11, 2014

pausing to remember


245::365


on this day

in a hurry


254::365


just a quick post this morning,
to say,
thanks to a fitful comcast last night,
I gave up on attempts to post.

in the past, we've always used a DSL connection
but thought we'd try cable this time.
after several frustrating nights,
we may switch.

to be continued....

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

the usual


egret antics


egret antics



every morning, they make me laugh,
fishing and balancing
on the sailboat lines!


egret antics


egret antics


they are in constant motion,
as one lands, another has to use its wings
to maintain balance.


egret antics

Monday, September 8, 2014

anhinga


252::365


though more subtle than a midwest fall,
we are feeling the change of season,
with cooler air in the mornings and evenings,
and the sunrise now after 7:00.

I captured this anhinga
just after 7:00, and stood watching it twist
its neck in every direction
to clean its feathers.

then it returned to diving for fish.
in the water, only its head is visible
(and difficult to photograph)
hence it is sometimes called the snake bird.


anhinga

Sunday, September 7, 2014

stormy skies


251::365


as if to remind us that it is still summer
here in florida,
the morning began with high winds and rain....

the sun and heat followed,
but by evening we were again treated
to an amazing night sky, full of storm clouds....


stormy skies


and a delightfully, cooling light rain
as we stood on the beach
taking it all in.

another lovely sunday,
this one shared with my sister
and her man.


stormy skies

Saturday, September 6, 2014

wedding


wedding


despite the frequent evening storms....
this evening was perfect,
with breezes and soft light
for our dear family friend's wedding
at the beach....


250::365


wedding


wedding


so much joy and happiness,
we wish them a long,
good life together!


wedding

Thursday, September 4, 2014