Saturday, January 21, 2012

Birthday celebrations..... bright and varied as this lovely garden
We friends gather 
to laugh, 
to visit
and raise a glass to toast the birthday girl...
And, of course, to examine in depth
topics of great political import
and personal delicacies not to be mentioned, even in poetic guise.
A perfectly laid table groaned with culinary delights
An evening hosted graciously and catered deliciously.

“Count your life by smiles, not tears.
Count your age by friends, not years.”
~ Anonymous

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tracks in the snow..

...wander around a corner 
from nowhere then 
suddenly stop.

A bird landed lightly on clean fallen snow,
curious icy hop, hop before taking flight.
Cold rain pelted down,
forcing tracks and snow into 
frigid liquid spills on pebbled asphalt.

Tonight, icy streets shine black
edged in grey slush 
yet to melt away.
Watery tracks dribble noisily into sewer drains.
Birds snuggle into protective evergreen trees.

A Victorian winter day.

“True solitude is a din of birdsong,
seething leaves, whirling colors,
or a clamor of tracks in the snow.”
                     ~ Edward Hoagland

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Puffed out and braving...

...the cold, a lone robin perches on snow lined fence.
Feathered partners high in frigid trees hop from branch to branch.

“Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.”
~ Victor Hugo

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Trouble's take...

....on the weather outside.

no birds
maybe mice.

“Cats are a mysterious kind of folk.  There is more
passing in their minds than we are aware.”
 ~  Mark Twain

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

To warm up....

...the place.
Here's a flower for everyone!

"The color of springtime is in the flowers:
the color of winter is in the imagination."
~ Terri Guillemets

Monday, January 16, 2012

Three days.......

...with my sister Kate 
                    niece, Daisy
                      nephew, Max.
Welcomed into their home,
comforted with food, fun and kindness, with snuggles from Muffin, Rocket and Trouble (he’s in the picture):
like cream cheese and strawberries on a bagel!
Love you all!

“Welcome ever smiles,
And farewell goes out sighing.”
~ William Shakespeare

A Day's Work....... done.
A family's garden has had 
deep soil tilled
It's green garden sowed.
Berry bushes and fruit trees bloom.
Supper aromas waft into the yard
beckoning all to sit at the table to
raise a glass, or a coffee cup,
while seeds sprout & plants grow tall.
In the morning, 
the dew will dry in the sunshine and
the gardeners' work will begin again.

“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.”
Albert Einstein

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hockey Night in......

....Balcarres, Saskatchewan!
Two teams skated onto glassy ice
embedded with red and blue.
The challenge was on!
Speeding young men 
carved the glistening ice
with finely honed skate blades. 
The puck dropped.
Hockey sticks slapped.
Players crashed into the boards.
Bundled up against the noisy cold of the hockey rink 
I was back - only a few years -
at my hometown hockey rink, 
watching two other hockey teams 
at another time 
in another town.

“There is no mysterious essence we can call a ‘place’,
Place is change. It is motion killed by the mind, and
preserved in the amber of memory.”
                                                    ~ J.A.Baker, The Peregrine: The Hill of Summer & Diaries:  The Complete Works of J.A.Baker