Thursday, February 24, 2011

the game stopper

the spidery-limbed tree

Did you ever have one of those days - a game stopper?
A real one came for me when I took a fiction writing class.
In college. 
Taught by a published author.
But she became my game stopper,
my permanent editor, 
my sisyphus mountain.
'The spidery-limbed tree.
A phrased from my short story
Being critiqued in class.
The author started.
No such thing?
Doesn't make sense.
And continued in that vein.
I've had a difficulty time allowing me, myself
to write fiction and poetry since then.
The game stopper.
Not optimistic about this one.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

me & my shadow

always with me
It was a blustery day, the wind pushing at me, telling me
not to take to the run today. Then I noticed - my shadow 
running along side me, strong, moving forward despite
the buffeting. Strong. Not such a bad day after all.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Winter comes a callin'

Winter has arrived. Yes. In February. After two weeks of record highs - that would be high 50s to 60s. We need the water - that's perspective of living in a rain shadow/desert. Soooo … enjoy the beauty, take photos and plan not to work in the garden this weekend.

birds won't be feasting here & little yellow truck is lonely

old rusty trike taking on more character

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happiness is gardening … & sweet valentines……

The girls & I got home from our run and it was so
And Happy Valentines Day!
unseasonably warm that I decided I needed to
water. So I got the ice out of the hoses and 
started - and then the leaves caught my eye -
oh yes, needed to clean those up. Ended up 
spending the entire morning out there - of course,
after feeding the Corgis. And they loved it, 
making themselves mud Corgis when they
waded in the tree basins. Didn't get the
watering done - it takes several days to
complete winter watering with hoses. But
I did remember why I named my blog Garden of
Rambles. I write, I sew, I knit, I make books, I
play with paper, make cards - and I garden.
The thrill that ran through me today reminded
me why this is the name - gardening is the one
thing that I have confidence that I can do. I just 
go for it. Wish I could do the same with the
crafting and writing.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Winter showing off

Winter dresses herself in jewels of ice.
It was a warm day and we were snowshoeing
but each turn along the stream brought new beauty.
It's at these times that it's hard to dread winter.
We are having an unusually warm winter,
and I don't mind. It's a relief from last year.
But it's good that I get a peak of 
why I live in a place that has four seasons.
Each brings it's own inspiration,
it's own unique guideposts.
Can we learn from nature's change of heart through the year?
winter art