We had a snow day yesterday. While the rest of the east coast is getting dumped on, ours lasted a day and now it’s a big muddy mess. But while it lasted, it was pretty.
Here are a few shots I’ve taken over the last couple days. Click on them to see a larger image.
Coe is the least patient photo subject. She has gotten to the point when she sees me point the camera at her she turns her head and rolls her eyes. Mom…stop…
While we didn’t get quite as much snow as last year, here’s a look back. Hope you are all staying warm and safe, and enjoying the cold beauty as much as I am.
I have a horrible habit of waking up at 2am. Some days I can roll over and go back to sleep. Other days there’s some lightening bolt of an idea. That was this morning. I’ve had these pictures in my phone and knew which ones I’d post when I saw the weekly photo challenge prompt in my reader. But since I’ve been mulling over the post I wanted to do, two other photo opportunities have presented themselves to me.
As a kid, I went to Henry S Jacobs camp for many summers. Maybe my first or second year, we were having a campfire sing along and they started singing a song about dead puppies. I hated this song, started crying, and made them stop. I find some humor in this now, all this time later. Now, what I really find funny is Loudon Wainwright III‘s Dead Sunk in the Middle of the Road.
My sister-in-law, also referred to here as Mrs Normal, is the Normal family mix-master. She makes the best mix tapes (now cd’s, but that just doesn’t have the same ring). It was on one of this masterpieces that I found Dead Skunk and I don’t feel so guilty about the puppies.
So, this one goes out to Mrs Normal and Loudon Wainwright III. I give you my creepy entry for this week’s photo challenge.
This post has been in my head for awhile and its taken 3 days off work for me to get around to it.
The thing I have found most startling about this move is I’ve lost my “voice”. I have a hard time crafting the words and find the rhythm of writing I once had. I may have mentioned this before, I’m not sure.
The thing that I have enjoyed most about my move is having a closer connection to nature. When I walk out my door, I’m in 120 acres of dog heaven wilderness. Every morning Coe and I do about a mile while I drink my coffee and wake up. In the afternoon, depending on the weather, the heat, and our creaky joints, we do another lap, usually a bit longer.
I find sanity and serenity in these moments. I also find tremendous inspiration. I enjoy the sounds of crickets, frogs, birds, and cicadas all in some whirlwind of harmony. I just finished the best book, recommended by my dear friend Margie. There’s a line in the book, where the female character talks about most people don’t look up during the day. I cannot imagine not looking up and seeing the wonder that surrounds us.
I hope this inspires and reminds you to look at the world around you.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Inspiration.”
This week’s Photo Challenge theme is Motion. I knew right away which photos I would be posting. We had what seemed like quite a bit of snow this winter. Coe and I both LOVED it now that we live right by Shelby Farms. I wasn’t sure which one of us would be more tired after our outings, but she quickly told me that while she may be a little more senior, she could kick my ass on any given snow day.
This is the epitome of a girl on the go!
We tromped around for hours finding creeks we didn’t know were there.
I think she knows I’m writing about the park because she has started staring at me with the pre-walk eagle eye. off we go…
I know it has been ages since I have posted and it hasn’t been for lack of wanting, thinking, or trying. I’ve started no less than a dozen posts and just haven’t found the right words, the right feeling, or the right mood.
This morning, that changed. Clearly, since I’m here. I’ve mentioned before how hard this move has been, but today I woke feeling like the old Lula; motivated and creative. I’ve got a pot of soup simmering on the stove and other ingredients sitting at the ready for the next project.
I have moved, yet again, since we were last together. Pipes bursting in a freeze forced that on me, but it really was for the best. I now live on the edge of a ginormous park where Coe and I walk several times daily. We have a new boarder, unlike the last unwanted roomies, this one is a delightful change. She also has at least one bun in the oven and living in a little bird house on my patio.
Ginger kitty isn’t happy she has been banished from our patio for awhile, but she’ll get over it.
I’ll soon be posting a collage of photos from the last few months (MONTHS?!!). I’ve been going through and sorting them. A few great gems- food, new friends, holidays, snow, family, and a wedding…
Enjoy your beautiful weekend, wherever it may find you. Coe and I are off for our first walk of the day.
I may never move again…
Unless it’s to New Orleans, DC, or a tropical beach paradise. I’ve had such a hard time getting involved in anything outside of work and meeting folks. The last time I moved to a new city I had just graduated college and had a few friends in the same town. Starting from scratch is hard work. I’ve really had a difficult time staying positive.
This past weekend we moved into our new house!! I have my bed. (Win!!) The living room is my most chaos free zone (less furniture, it was easier to set up).
We are swimming in a sea of strategically placed boxes. I have a path through the kitchen. The mover really messed me and hid my dishes in an unmarked box.
I learned from my neighbor I’m on a rails to trails project called the Green Line. Not only do we have a lovely neighborhood for our morning walk, we now have easy access to nice long walks on the weekends without getting in the car.
I’ve been looking at different ways to volunteer as a way of getting out and meeting folks. This past weekend I volunteered at the Cooper Young Regional Brewfest. I’d found a Mississippi beer that’s quite tasty and when I checked out their website I found the beer-fest.
I don’t have internet access at the house yet. I’ve been doing everything on my phone (so I hope all these photos look ok and sorry the formatting looks so wonky)
Now that we are settling in and the funk seems to be lifting, I’ll be back to to posting more. I’ve mostly decided to stick with my anti-Facebook stance. I think I’m willing to do it, then fb creeps me out again.
Thanks friends for all the cheerleading and support y’all have sent my way. It’s been a huge help!