Sunday, November 21, 2021

Just Letting Things Happen

Shutting Down
Two new chairs ordered early March and received early November...
just in time for winter :'(

'Sparkleberry' Winterberry berries
Most plants you have seen before...these are just later in the fall

Fothergilla and American Senna seed pods

Soaking up the sunshine in the cold 40's!
Happy Birthday, Dustin!
14 years old (approximate guess) November 20th

Euonymus americanus

Distortion through a screened window
Yellow -  Summersweet, Red -  Dogwood, Orange - Fothergilla 

At the base of the large bird bath

Aging Winterthur viburnum berries

In the middle of the Joe Pye Weed

Winterthur Viburnum

There’s nothing like the coming of night to dull the memory of a day filled with icy cold sunshine.  Inside the heat is turned up high, the Italian bean soup is bubbling in the Dutch oven on the stovetop, and a cup of hot Ghirardelli double chocolate warms the hands and sends the mind to that quiet place of one’s own self.

Second week of December a test is scheduled for me in order to aid in diagnosing the cause of vertigo and other symptoms.  Just before Christmas nasal surgery is scheduled with a follow up after Christmas.  I might write in December, but I’m not too keen on spending time creating a Christmas post filled with stories, art and holiday magic.  It’s way too much work when one isn’t at their best.

I’m beginning to relish bird feeder and bath routines as the earth succumbs to falls frosty breath, and the deep freeze the approaching winter is laying upon the land.  You don't really believe that, do you?  To hibernate in my house would be a welcomed pleasure, if I was not so wrapped up in the life my garden protects.  I walk my garden year round…she hides nothing from me.  

The grackles, mourning doves and cardinals among others are eating more and more sunflower hearts as the evening temperatures drop below freezing with a few nights of deep freezes into the low twenties coming this week.  I’ve also found traces that an opossum is feeding on the seed I scatter along the ground for early morning feeding.

I’ve wished Christmas decorating to finish before Thanksgiving, and surprisingly it will.  Years of decorating every room of our home has given way to modestly decorating the living room and dining room.  Decorating never occurs the same way twice, and I find that invigorating, but deconstructing it all after the holiday is another story.

Photographing my garden in November has been an exercise I almost gave up on.  Finding those special moments in a bleak windy landscape consists mostly of a drippy nose and numbing fingers and the disappointment of not much to choose from over and over again.  Hopefully I didn’t disappoint too much, and the spirit of fall at Little Fourth Acres photographed somewhat well. 

Euonymus americanus

American Sweetgum Leaf

Some little critters breakfast

It's 37 degrees...let me in, crazy mommy!!!
You can take photographs some other year!

May Thanksgiving Day
realize your warmest expectations.

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  1. Lovely colorful post Yvonne. I wish you the best of health and hope you are back at your best after your minor surgeries in December.

  2. Happy Birthday to Dustin! Lovely collection of images! I hope all goes well with your surgery. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Take care, have a happy new week!

  3. There is much to enjoy in a garden regardless of the season and the birds going about their business are a constant source of pleasure. As for the late delivery of your chairs, I suspect that we may have to get used to this. We need a new washer and dryer and have been told that delivery may take up to six months.

  4. ...I love your images of the fallen leaves the best.

  5. I love the changes. Filling feeders gives me a routine, and gets me outside. I really enjoy it.
    Good luck with the tests. It's no fun waiting for results.

  6. Beautiful photos, as always! Dustin looks damn good for 14 too. Good luck with your medical tests and surgery -- I hope they bring you answers and relief. Have a wonderful holiday season!

  7. If we don't see you in December, then I wish you a Merry Christmas. I hope your surgery goes well. Your photos are beautiful with all the shades of autumn.


  8. Here in Michigan every bird has turned into a pig! I don't have good storage for seed so I can't buy it in the bulk I need. Pity! I do love watching the birds and so does Lizzie. Ah, delivery.... it's slow everywhere.

  9. Happy Birthday to Dustin!

    Glorious series of photos as always, Yvonne.

    I hope all goes well with your surgery.

  10. I sure hope things go well in the weeks to come. I'll keep you in my prayers. Love seeing the dog soaking up the sun and beautiful leaves! Have a good weekend!

  11. Hello,
    Beautiful images from your garden. I love the colorful berries and Autumn leaves. Dustin looks like a sweetie, enjoying sitting in the sunshine. I stopped feeding the birds, we were having critter problems, I do miss seeing the birds up close at the feeders. I hope you have good test results and all is well. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend! PS, thank you for leaving me a comment!

  12. Beautiful series..I hope your tests find the cause of your issues..I've been lightheaded for years..Why? Who knows?Have a safe and happy December..Thanks for stopping by.Just in case, Have a wonderful holiday season..

  13. Gorgeous and creative nature photography ~ especially love your doggie ~ Xo

    Happy Holidays,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

    Be well ~ Xo

  14. Hello Yvonne,:=) Your post is a lovely display of colourful leaves and berries, I enjoyed seeing your garden, and have fallen in love with Dustin. He is such handsome dog. Happy Birthday Dustin! I am sorry you are having health issue again, and hope that all goes well. Thank you for answering my queries. I often forget things these days, so I understand. I suffered from the same thing some years back, and was operated, I still take cortisone twice a year, and am on permanent medication for pain.That is why I had to stop painting. I spent the whole day in hospital yesterday, because I have double and blurred vision. I will be taking a break from blogging shortly until hopefully my condition improves. It was discovered that I have an illness in my right eye, and a new medication I was taking has been changed to a lower dose, to see if it makes any difference. It was very difficult for me to write this comment,... it will be impossible for me to continue blogging as from tomorrow.
    All the best amiga!:=)

  15. Beautiful captures all! Happy Birthday Dustin!

  16. Beautiful images! Best of luck with the procedures.

  17. Hello Yvonne. Your posts are always interesting and thought provoking. So wistful and melancholy as reflected today in the autumn leaves and the charming sketches of Thanksgiving. I do hope your tests and surgery give you reasons to feel good and to look forward to Christmas and 2022. Now go and let Dustin in to the warm and give him a hug from me as I head off into our November frost onto the school run.

  18. you tell your stories in a beautiful way, adding quite a lovely touch. i ordered storage boxes for my deck in April and have yet to receive them, they assure me they are coming. i have left the order in place so i have them for next summer!!

    the gardens, leaves and colors look so pretty, i do understand the chore in finding their beauty but you did it. good that you got your decorating done early as it sounds like you will have other, more important health issues to tend to!! best wishes and take care, i hope things go well!!

  19. Pretty photoes and I really really like the dog that wants to go indoor :)))

  20. I'm thankful that I read this lovely post! I laughed often and almost shed a bit of a tear in empathy, but I am strong and I don't cry.. (it says here in fine print). I hate the way health problems seems to multiply after a certain time in life -- and I sincerely hope that yours are taken care of this month and you soon feel your best. ... I thought your November yard pictures were wonderful and your discussion of Christmas decoration has motivated me to get a little bit of that done here in our cottage (all of which is probably no larger than the two rooms you plan to accomplish). .... Take care of yourself and let your garden hibernate during this busy month -- so that you can do the same!! Thank you for sharing the beauty.

  21. PS: It was the late-arriving lawn chairs and the charming little Thanksgiving cards that made me laugh. And the dog who so badly needs to come in!!

  22. Hi Yvonne, You have a unique ability to capture nature's beauty. My hat is off to you. Beautiful photography. You know, I used to think that snapping a beautiful sunrise or sunset was good enough. But the last couple of years I am tuning in more to nature's beauty, for example, when I am on my walks. Sometimes I glance down along the sides of the trail and see the leaves of little plants that have taken on the colors of fall ... I have to stop and take a photo. I love to find someone who enjoys that same kind of appreciation of nature. Thank you for sharing your blog! And also, your comments for me are so kind. I thank you and appreciate you. John

  23. Dearest Yvonne,
    I find the fall mood pictures you caught far from disappointing! Leaves and berries in beautiful autumn tones, I like this sight very much and find it calming. It's also wonderful that birds and even an opossum find food in your garden. (I recently spotted a little mouse in my bird feeder! Ha! At first I was a little shocked because it was very unexpected - and the mouse with its black button eyes was even more frightened, it was completely frozen ;-) - but then I had to laugh. (The mouse was STILL frozen ;-).) Unfortunately it was gone when I came back with the phone camera.
    I am very sorry that in addition to your known health problems, you have now other health problems and that you have to do a nasal surgery. I already wish you all the best for it!
    And I wish sweet, beautiful Dustin all the best on his 14th birthday. May he still be able to enjoy many rays of sunshine! If he was actually born on November 20th, it would be the same birthday as our grandson Jamie!
    Thank you very much for your congratulations - we are very happy that Jamie was born healthy and that we have already been able to take him for a first walk with the stroller (despite the lockdown). He is a sweet, handsome guy and we are happy grandparents :-)
    I hope you had a good Thanksgiving!
    Happy December and hugs from here

  24. that was a long time waiting for the chairs. Guess that is beause of Corona trouble. But now you have them for the enxt season. So many photos of your fall. Really beautiful they are.

  25. The photos of the garden and the leaves are beautiful, some of which are still in color. Dustin enjoys the sunbeams, but I think they don't keep you warm anymore, then better quickly in the warm room?

  26. Happy Birthday to Dustin! ❤️
    Nature is beautiful in all seasons, and always offers us something new; some things may seem the same, but they are not - the camera knows that too. 😊
    The news about the need for an operation is not good, but it is good if the problems are solved well.
    I wish you good health! ❤️


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