Wednesday, October 8, 2014


My eye is mending exceptionally well. I am so grateful for the progress and can really notice the improvement in how much clearer my vision is. I do need to wear my old glasses and the problem is that the right lens no longer "fits" my right eye. This causes much frustration as my depth perception stinks, driving is tricky and the ground is in the wrong place when I walk. I am also abnormally fatigued and I think that it's because I am using so much energy to just focus and not trip over my own feet. Next week I will go to the opthamologist to find out when I can get new glasses. I can't wait to get that done. I haven't even picked up my camera...I can well imagine what my photos would look like. Yikes!
I will add an old image that some of you may beloved visitor who came every day for weeks to bring cheer and a huge smile to my face.
 Naturally, I chose this image because of his beautiful eyes. Don't that say that the eyes are the window to the soul? If so, you just have to know what a soulful and wonderful being he was.
Thank you all for your concern and words of encouragement.
I'll be back, but probably not for a few days. 
Best to all, Ellen.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cow Chow....

....and babies.
In the spring we had some new additions to the herd.

I love the face on this one.
Zorro or Zorretta?

These last photos are of some of the forage my family planted for
the grazing cows. It was eventually baled, but a bit of it
ended up in jars in the house.
I think they are beautiful.

Above is arrow leaf clover and below triticale.

Hoping that all of you are having, or have had,
a wickedly good Wednesday.
Tomorrow I am off to the eye dr. to have
a cataract removed from my right eye.
I am grateful to be able to have this done
and will be even happier to have it over with.
These sneak up on everyone after a certain age
and I know it's a pretty routine procedure. 
Best to all, Ellen.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wild Things

I tried to capture the delightful scene of otters
swimming in our creek.
There was a mother and two babies who looked
so frisky and happy gliding in the low water.
My photos are not very good
as I was standing on top of our bridge
and they can be remarkably swift.
Actually, I had to discard most pictures
and the only ones remaining that were sort of o.k.
are just of the mother. I think the babies were
curled up in the water grasses napping.

This photo is taken in the opposite direction
and I love how the sky is reflected in the water.
This little land loving guy and his compatriots
have been very busy for weeks
climbing way up in the fir trees
to throw cones down which creates quite
a racket when the cones hit the top of my car
or the roof of the woodshed.
They leave the cones to burst open on their own
and then eat away, or hide them in very special places.

We have lived here for over thirty years
and I never remember a summer/fall where
we have had so many fir cones.
The acorns are also prolific this year.
Perhaps Mother Nature is posting her 
notes for a cold winter.

All the best to you and many thanks
for yesterday's visits.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Alive and Kicking

Yoo Hoo
I'm back after such a very long time.
Been missing in action because of an awful back injury
and just plain not getting it done.
I am not sure if I will remember how to navigate.
I'll start slowly with some images that are not exactly new,
but ones I hope you will enjoy.
I have missed all of you so much.

Many thanks to all you sweet and thoughtful
friends who have asked about me and expressed concern.
It means so much to me.
We have had a lovely summer here,
though it has been a very warm.
The gift of so many weeks of heat
has been an abundance of yummy tomatoes,
cucumbers and kale.
Wishing all a good and happy week.
I will be back tomorrow.
Much love, Ellen.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Dear Friends

I seem to have been spending all of my
"Time Coinage" everywhere
but here, and there has been 
little savings of the coinage to spend
reading and leaving comments
on all of your lovely places.
Please forgive me.
I do hope to build up my savings account
and be a much better "Spender"
in the new year. 
I just have a wee mosaic to share here.
I hope that you like it.

...and perhaps just one more
which holds that which I love in Nature...
some you have seen before.

I do sincerely wish you all the best
in the New Year.
May it be all that you hope it to be.
May it be filled with good health
for you and those whom you love.
May peace for all of us
wrap around this world of ours.
May small joys and much comfort
be a part of every one of your days.

Thank you all for enriching my life.
With love, Ellen.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Very Late Goodbye

to October.
Dear October,
You were the best.
If Autumn were a seasonal sandwich,
you were the goodness,
the nourishment
and the tastiness
lying between the bargain supermarket
white bread that was September 
and now is November.
You were everything I wished for
and all I needed.
You were all glory
with your brilliant reds,
coppery yellows,
joyous orange
and freckle-flecked browns.
Each day was a gift,
below me, above me and around me.
Dear, dear October,
you are #1 in the Calendar of My Heart.


Many thanks again for all of your notes
of kindness and support.
I have learned a very important thing
through all of the worries concerning my siblings.
I have known the importance of giving
thanks for all the good in my life,
but now I understand and am determined
to practice the act of being Thankful For That Which I Can Do.
It dawned on me that we are all blessed
to be able to do the simple and most mundane
tasks that each day always brings...
the washing of dishes
the washing of clothes
the constant clean up
the running of errands
the things that are not always welcomed
or enjoyed, or even those tasks
which seem tedious and never-ending.
I am blessed because I can still do these things.
There will come a day when like my siblings,
I'll not be able to.
I'll take them on gratefully for as long as possible.
And should I forget and relapse
and turn the air blue with my language,
do remind me with a good slap!
Love and thanks,

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Dear Ones

Dear Readers,
I want to thank you for your generous support, your goodness,
graciousness and your loving words sent my way.
I am finding it hard to express
my gratitude and the feeling of warmth
and comfort I have received from you.
We all struggle at times, I do know that.
I hope that I could and would do the same
in return to all of you.
I am doing much better.
I know that I may never, ever understand my beloved brother
when I talk to him on the phone.
Strokes happen.
I went up last Saturday
to see my sister.
It was a good visit,
but the onset of dementia is frightening.
Disappearing ink covers the pages
of so many collective memories...
and who will be left to read them with me?
It has been both difficult
and wonderful to be back at school, 
but who can comfort a mother
who's son was involved in an accidental shooting
with a hunting rifle...
and the same person who lost her sister-in-law
two days later. She was also a friend
and had worked in my school office for years.
I had all of their children in my classroom.
And, my feral kitty, "No Ears",
who has been here for several years,
the one who finally came close enough
to my hand when I fed him...
to feel his soft (tho. ratty) fur
brush up against my hand.
He must have crawled up into my car,
because the next day 
I drove to the post office...
at a distance of nearly seven miles.
When I stopped, I saw a grey streak
run out from under the car.
I knew at once what had happened.
Tears all the way home
and the feeling of such responsibility.
There is a part of me
that keeps hoping he will turn up.
It's the heart part..the brain knows better.
So, enough here about sadness
and heartache.
I am so behind on reading
and leaving comments,
and I have this silly feeling
that I should never post
until I have left a message of thanks to all of you.
I will stop soon and leave you with
some lovely photos of the sky
at my sister's.
And, guess what?
I took them with my phone!
I have never done that before.
Also, if you have blueprints for building an ark,
please send them my way.
It has been an absolute gully-washer
for the last two days
and I am not happy with Mother Nature
who is ruining the colors of my favorite time of year.
Love times ten, E.
Here are the clouds. 
I hope you enjoy them.

Again and again,
you have eased my heart.
I have been reminded that we
are here for such a short time
and that time is filled with such beauty
along with some pain.
It is the human condition,
but aren't we blessed to hold that which is lovely
and comforting and surprising and wonderful?
Such life filled with wonders
and thankfulness, and the beauty
of the world with clouds, rain, sunshine,
color, warmth and.............
E. with so many xoxoxox's