I willingly confess to so great a partiality for trees as tempts me to respect a man in exact proportion to his respect for them. ~James Russell Lowell, American poet
I decided you might be interested in the rest of the story, so here goes:
Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart. ~Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist, and dramatist (Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame)
Shivering as the north wind howls
Ice clings to evergreen boughs
When will spring return?
March 20 or thereabouts
Don’t give it another doubt
This mess will melt soon!
When in doubt, wear red. ~Bill Blass, American fashion designer
Llama sweater, llama toy
Both designed to bring me joy.
“Ugly” sweater, squeaky plush
Stylishly brown, fashionably blush.
One for the son, one for the pup
Seeing them together just cracks me up!
Note: Happy New Year, friends! See you in 2019!
Keep shining, beautiful one. The world needs your light. ~Author Unknown
Arthur, Illinois, the heart of Amish Country, boasts this spectacular Pumpkin House. With more than 300 pumpkins decorated by school kids, business folks, volunteers, and others, this display at the Association of Commerce building is lit nightly for a week from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1.
Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. ~Wallace Stevens, American poet
It’s time once again for Walktober, the group walk organized by Robin of Breezes at Dawn. It’s not too late to get in on the fun (Oct. 28 is the cutoff date), so step into your sneakers and join us!
For this year’s trek, I traveled to Lake Shelbyville, a reservoir located in Central Illinois formed by damming the Kaskaskia River. Some $57 million was set aside (a hefty chunk of change back in 1963!) for the project, which was dedicated in 1970.
Managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Lake offers 11,000 acres of surface waters, 172 miles of shoreline, and 23,000 acres of surrounding public lands dedicated as state parks. More than 4 million visitors a year come here to swim, fish, boat, hike, camp, picnic, or sight-see.
What are we waiting for? Let’s start walking!
Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects. ~Will Rogers, American actor and humorist
Can anybody help me identify this plant:
Throwback Thursday to a different bat; same creepiness factor, though
Tiny rustling sound
Why does this keep happening?
Bats belong outdoors!
I found you, you thief!
Stealing my green tomatoes
And creeping me out.
I’m having a real feast here.
Thank you, gardener!
The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. ~John Vance Cheney, American poet and librarian
The Kid (AKA Domer) came home on Saturday, and I nearly jumped out of my skin with excitement!
Me and my kid together again