Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My World this Week

The January thaw has lasted long enough that the gravel road is almost free of ice.  That, my friends, is a very good thing.  There was still a thick layer of ice about a couple yards long (where the gravel meets the County road) yesterday when I walked out to get the mail.  Hopefully it will melt before another big snowfall arrives.

The photo above is a close up of my neighbor's barn, taken from the location of my rural mailbox with just a bit of the zoom lens in place.  Stunning.  I love the way Winter looks on a sunny day after heavy snowfall.  When I don't have to drive anywhere.

By the way, in that photo above... we had just had a fresh six inches of snow the night before and the windchill was -25.  Yes, the things some of us endure to get a photo!

Here is what has been going on in my world about the last two weeks or so through the lens of my snap and shoot camera.


I've chatted about W. Phillip Keller's book as well as A Plague of Unicorns (info... here*)The Christmas Train was talked about when listening to one of my favorite radio pastors.  He had read it on vacation and used it as part of his sermon.

I found a "One Cent plus Shipping" copy on Amazon, it sounded quite intriguing.  I love trains and Christmas.  More information can be found... here*.  I am only a few chapters into it at the moment.

Morning Light

I get excited about the morning sunlight for I really can only see it in Winter.  Living at the corner of a forest and all.  Autumn has a glow all its' own.

Glimpses of Red

My sister sold antiques and gave me that very old container.  We weren't sure what it was but it looks lovely filled with greenery and the color red.  Especially if you love primitive American stuff like she and I do.

Showing some of my little accessories I purchased with Christmas money.  All very inexpensive but I think touches of color add a great deal to a room.

The  last photo shows my jar of vintage cookie cutters showing off a new ribbon, from a roll purchased at the thrift store owned by the homeless mission... for a dollar.

My neighbor, who lives in that house I can see from my East facing windows (the house in the photo), feeds the birds in Winter.  Which is why cardinals gather for tea and seeds and chat about the cold weather.   I took this photo with the camera set to zoom lens and through the French door windows that look out upon the deck.

Corner of my Living Room

Showing my Winter scene artwork as well as little touches of red.  ;)

Her Fluffiness
I snapped about six photos before she looked toward me!  Pretty kitty.

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sherry said...

'her fluffiness' is precious. please give her a cuddle for me. :) hopefully she'll be purring. and the cardinals in the tree...! beautiful!!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Ah, do you think those cardinals know how much you love red? They are wonderful!

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I love your touches of red! And you are right it is the little things that add richness to a room.

I love your cozy home, Brenda. God has planted you in a beautiful location. Red barn, red birds, beautiful kitty….

We are getting snow today. Our first really decent snow of the season. It's lovely!


Rebecca said...

Favorite photos? The cardinals in the tree & the corner in your living room (I'm wondering if my bookshelves will ever look so "perfect"!)


jules said...

Brenda, I love your corner of the living room. It looks like a very cozy place to read a book...or twelve! May I ask: What is in the file folder basket?

Nana said...

Hi Brenda;
Another beautiful post! I love the pictures, especially the cardinals in the tree waiting for their dinner. And your winter wall. And the old pot from your sister. And Her Fluffiness, well I guess I just love them all. We are very cold here with snow, but you beat us with your -25! Now thats cold!! Have a great week. Love and Hugs, Nana.

Rachel H said...

Brenda, I love the photos, especially the barn and the cardinals in the tree! I have read the Christmas Train by David Balducci. It was several years ago, so I don't remember the story exactly. Your blue chair next tot he book case looks like a good place to cuddle up with a book and some hot cocoa. It was almost 70 degrees here in north Florida today.

Heather said...

Oh, those cardinals!
And I agree with the previous comments, your corner of the living room shot looks like a perfect spot to be in. Thanks for sharing these photos with us. said...

Wonderful shot of the Cardinals! Everything looks so cozy.

suzanne said...

Love, love, LOVE the redbirds! God knows what we need in winter, when it is gray and cold....those touches of red you love so much! I can't pick a favorite photo, but it's between the cardinals and the cozy corner of your study. You have decorated by tweaking to perfection there! p.s..the sweet chirp of a cardinal in winter is one of my favorite sounds. pps...what do your neighbors keep in that beautiful barn?

Anonymous said...

Love all the photos! Brrrr! 25 degrees Above zero is cold here in Wash. state! I can't imagine 25 below!! Wish we had red cardinals here! Your red touches add color to such a white landscape outside. I had to leave a few Christmas decorations out because it looks so blah after taking down the tree, etc. after all, Valentine's Day calls for red decor too! :) Thanks for sharing!
Laura C. (WA)

Deb said...

I'm a red girl, too, and always love to see your touches of red. Love the barn in the snow picture!

Thanks for the Brambleberry link. I clicked over and really loved her vintage 1980 tea towel knitting project bag. That's our wedding year, and it would be so special; but I just couldn't justify spending the $ for it. I can see why you like her blog!