Sunday, January 9, 2022

A Happy New Year To You!


Warm 75 Degree Weather New Years Day -

Rains Second Day and Temperatures Plummeting -

Cumberland Rosemary

Winter Savory

Then First Moist Snowfall of 3 Inches -

It sifts from Leaden Sieves

     ~ Emily Dickinson

It sifts from Leaden Sieves -
It powders all the Wood.
It fills with Alabaster Wool
The Wrinkles of the Road -

It makes an even Face
Of Mountain, and of Plain -
Unbroken Forehead from the East
Unto the East again -

It reaches to the Fence -
It wraps it Rail by Rail
Till it is lost in Fleeces -
It deals Celestial Vail

To Stump, and Stack - and Stem -
A Summer’s empty Room -
Acres of Joints, where Harvests were,
Recordless, but for them -

It Ruffles Wrists of Posts
As Ankles of a Queen -
Then stills it’s Artisans - like Ghosts -
Denying they have been -

First Snowfall Melted and Dry for Two Days -
Second Snowfall Lasting 7 Hours with 6 Inches of Snow 

Rabbit Tracks and Escape Under Gate

Temperature Highs in Twenties and Lows in Teens for Two Days

Second Day of Freezing with the Sun's Rays Causing Some Melting
Slushy Streets Re-Froze After Sunset  

Mourning Doves Taking Shelter on the Front Porch

A quiet time in the late evening, and all I am able to accomplish so far is a series of sighs, yawns and staring that always ends up looking at this keyboard that lays silent.  So…… how’s the weather in your neighborhood?
Winter has already been a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs…sandals, then mud shoes, then snow boots, then repeat.  Although I’m not fond of my front gardens, they look rather amazing with all the trees and shrubs in such a small space.  Branches have been trimmed back from the driveway and house this early winter giving a more open experience for a few years.
Looking out the back bedroom window demands a belief that all will come together in the future when the Summersweet mature and whatever I plant in the Persimmon’s empty space will outshine it. A native evergreen shrub that knows how to stay within the boundaries of the space and produce fruit or berries would be fantastic, but that’s a feat I can only hope to figure out by spring.

With my nasal surgery done, I have an appointment with a general neurologist to see if he can shine any light on my dizziness and neuropathy problems.  I have been told by a few people who should know, that it will be unlikely any neurologist will be able to make that happen :(  We shall see.

I spent this last year watching all the episodes for years 2020 and 2021 on Britbox of Gardeners’ World with Monty Don.  He has a personality that draws you into his world of gardening big time, but when I watch him in his own gardens, I’m sure I would have no life and feel like death warmed over if I gardened as he does.

Taking out plants just past their prime time to be replaced by plants just reaching their prime time throughout the growing season seems like insanity to me, and is probably why my laments of my own gardens looking like has-beens part of the growing season is so very real.  I take out nothing.

I’m greenhouse free, and cats roam my house munching on greens, so in my reality world I purchase plants started by someone else.  I do find satisfaction growing my own vegetables totally by seed planted directly in the raised beds.  It’s an amazing feeling growing from scratch what one puts on the table.

Dustin was taken to emergency care December 29th and diagnosed with a severe bladder infection, which wasn't diagnosed by his regular veterinary clinic even though he was displaying the symptoms at the time of his yearly checkup.

All paperwork filled out on my least 20 pages of never ending questions, so I was a slight wreck when I finally finished, and we could actually drive to our destination.  Dustin has finished the last pain relief pill and will finish the other medication soon.  He appears to be alright, but we will know for sure next week.

Life is quiet here for me.  The Christmas decorations probably will come down sometime between now and spring, and in the meantime I will enjoy them as if it’s still Christmas.  Vic and I are planning the vegetable gardens, and we will be planting seeds together.  Vic isn’t a gardener.  He calls himself The Destroyer when he helps in the yard.  This may prove to be an interesting year with the vegetables.

Chilling Out

Take care this New Year.

This post is linked to:
although my blooms are still underground.


  1. I am very glad to know that you are fine after nose surgery. I hope - I wish you! - to find a neurological solution.
    The dear little Dustin! ❤️ It must be well! They can't tell us what hurts them...
    I really like the photos of the garden - especially those where it's snow. I want to see the snow this year and differently than in the pictures. 😊
    Thank you! I wish you a good year, a happy year - for you and for all those who are dear to you.

    1. Thank you for your wishes. I looked up Romania and watched a travel video on it. Very beautiful place. I was wondering how much snow you actually get where you are living.

    2. Thank you!
      Being a "mountain city", in Brasov, when winter is winter, the snow reaches up to 20 cm or half a meter - and even more – every day.
      Now, due to climate change, the winter is much shorter and the snow cover is smaller. :(
      There were years when the snow layer was two meters high - it rarely happened, it's true.

  2. Hello,
    Our weather has been much the same as yours, we recently had 6 inches of snow too. It is very cold. I hope Dustin is recovering and feeling better. Cute photos of Lacey! Happy New year to you and yours. Take care, have a happy Sunday and a great new week!

    1. Thank you. Lacey is my sweet lap cat, although she still beats the living daylights out of Charlotte every time she spies her :(

  3. ...that's more snow that we have received!

    1. I'm pretty sure you'll catch up. I don't know if that will be good or bad for you.

  4. I hope everyone's health issues get resolved for the best and that you have an enjoyable rest of winter planning for your veggie garden!

    1. Thank you. Vic already has too many difficult to grow veggies picked out. I think celery will be one we'll try, but cauliflower I would rather buy at the store :) It will be a learning experience for us both, as I usually just grow easier vegetables.

  5. Poor Dustin!
    We've the same upsie downsie weather and I loathe it. Give me a nice snowfall and -20, and I'll take a lovely walk. Today it is raining on the snow.

    1. Wow! You are more hardy than me. -4 degrees Fahrenheit is a bit too nippy for me to walk in for fun. It rained today and melted our 6 inches of snow into history. When I was young, I bundled up once and took an evening walk under the street lights with big snowflakes falling in Nevada. It was one of the most magical moments I have ever had.

  6. Poor, dear Dustin. I hope he recovers quickly. It's nerve wracking when our pets hurt and we can't figure out what is wrong. I hope the meds are fully effective and soon. You have a lot more snow than we do in Michigan. Stay cozy, stay well and enjoy Monty Don. I don't even garden well but I love his shows!

  7. That's winter these days, so changeable. Love your cat. - Margy

  8. Poor Dustin! Hope he recovers soon.

    No snow here in our corner of the world but we're getting too much rain!

    Happy Thursday, Yvonne!

  9. A bit of everything! Love the photos a lot.

    Thanks for sharing your link at My Corner of the World this week!

  10. Oh, you have such extremes in weather where you live. Here it is just frigid cold. Your cat is so beautiful. I love the shelf he/she is laying on.

  11. When you wrote of gardens, herbs, and cats, you created an inviting cozy space and I was drawn in. Lovely words and photos. I see you live in Tennessee. I grew up in east Tennessee and went to college and lived in Nashville for several years. I've been down in Florida for decades now, but I do love Tenneess.

  12. Your climate is indeed very different than mine. I honestly can't say how I'd deal with snow but it is beautiful when it forms a carpet over everything and provides a clean slate, allowing you to conjure visions of the garden that might emerge when it's gone. I hope the neurologist is helpful and also that that Dustin continues to improve.

  13. You've gotten more snow than I have, and I live in a place that got 44 inches of snow in one storm last year. I would love to see more of your gardens and herbs once your gardening year starts. Cats are always welcome, too, and I hope Dustin is cured of his infection. Thank you for visiting my blog.

  14. I hope you and Dustin are both cured of all your ills very soon!

    best...mae at

  15. Wishing good health to all. Nice pics!

  16. Hello,
    Lovely snowy images and garden scenes. I hope Dustin is feeling better. Cute photos of your kitty chilling out. It is super cold here this morning only 8° and snow is expected later today. Take care, stay warm and safe! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy day and a great new week!

  17. Lovely set of photos. Cats often get urinary infections but usually easily fixed so I hope Dustin is well again. Belated Happy 2022. Keep safe Diane

  18. What a sweet kitty! I hope he is getting better, You had a lot of snow! We were worried here along the front range of Colorado as this winter is the latest--broke a record-- for late snowfall. It melts really fast here and everything gets dry quickly.

  19. Hello Yvonne, I just realized I haven't joined as your follower. Now I am your new follower #141. You are also welcome to follow me. Photos with the snow are beautiful. For the past week, we had dry and hot weather. The rain returned today and it is raining outside at this moment. Hope the medical expert will be able to find a solution to your post nasal surgery problems. I too enjoy growing from seeds and the best part is getting to harvest whatever the plants produced. Good to know that Dustin is recovery well. It is good to have someone to sow the seeds with you in the garden. Take care and stay safe. Have a wonderful day.

  20. Happy 2022, Yvonne. Hope that Dustin and you continue to recover. Glad your surgery is in the rear view mirror. No snow here except a little in the hills but we have lots of rain. :) Good luck planning your garden. Have a happy and wonderful week.

  21. Oh wonderful photos of nature ~ glad the kitty is on the mend ~ sweet photos ~ Lovely post ~ hope you feel better soon ~ Xo

    Wishing you happy moments,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  22. Hello Yvonne,:=) When our pets get sick, it's so distressing. I also hope that Dustin and you feel better soon, and the route of your problem is diagnosed properly.

    Your snow and kitty images are wonderful. I especially like the image of the rabbit tracks and Dustin chilling out. Lovely poem too!

    I have Persimmon trees in a field, where there is plenty of space, but the fruit is not one of my favourites. Enjoy planning your vegetable garden with your hubby, until the weather permits you to get outside. I enjoy watching Monty Don too. He is so relaxed and has two lovely dogs for company. No heavy lifting for me, however, like you I will be taking it easy when Spring arrives, just enjoying taking cuttings, and watching them grow.

    All the best Yvonne
    Hugs from Portugal.

  23. Happy cat. I miss mine so much. The poem is perfect. What a nice touch.

  24. you have a great eye to create good shots. Love the leaves, the wood and the Mourning Doves among the rest. Beautiful shots. And of course, can´t leve out the kitty. :)

  25. Hi Yvonne. I hope your New Year is going well with good news on the health front and no more setbacks. (I was thinking about for you, but I hope for your kitty also.) A couple of my (grown-up, nay middle-aged) kids have mentioned that the paperwork they have to complete for their pets' Veterinarian is more detailed than that for their personal Drs. .... We don't garden any longer, but I can remember that during the last few years we still owned the house it was more fun to plan for it during the winter than it actually was to do the work. Not a natural born gardener obviously, but I am so glad we did it for all the years our kids were growing up -- I really enjoyed it then! I do love looking at the results of other people's talent, whether in person on a neighborhood walk or in blogs on a virtual walk around! Thanks for sharing yours. Be well.

  26. I pray that everyone can maintain their health—lovely group of nature photographs.

  27. Wow, these images are just simply stunning!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...