Winter Blues, Golds & Purples

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Here I sit with my morning coffee working on projects on my Mac, when I check social media. Yes –  there it is, another beach photo or snarky post about winter in a warm place. Surely this type of posting will have me giving up all social media for lent again!

This is the third winter I have lived in the northeast as an adult. Admittedly, around late February and early March, I do yearn for the warmth of a sandy beach. Having two daughters in South Florida colleges always give me a reason to check in on them.

What I really want to express as I sit in my cozy house in the woods, is that I do like winter… especially the newly fallen snow. It is truly peaceful. I am fortunate to see the sunrise and sunset most every day in the wintertime. The sky is beautiful with golds, periwinkle and every beautiful shade of blue against the stark white blanket on the ground.

The ability to stay inside and work on projects, with a fire going and something warm to drink feels like a luxury…

But wait, there’s the dog with a ball in her mouth signaling we have to go for a needed walk in 18″ of icy snow! How many days until spring?

Walking Bailey with her doggie blanket on! Temperatures going to single digit tonight!

Loving Kindness

“Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor… Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.” –Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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A Thoughtful Gift

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I had recently placed a large order from one of my favorite sites http://www.shutterfly.com and I started receiving little packages of magnets and then a luggage tag and mousepad all with my photos on it. At first I was thinking what marketing genius of shutter fly when I received my first gift and then I started questioning it… well it was my good friend that I share a photo blog with who surprised me!  I love that she was so thoughtful to send me gifts of my own photography.

Something I wouldn’t think to do for myself!

Thanks Diane.

Resolutions…

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The holidays are over, we have brought in another New Year filled with hope and resolutions, and I have noticed it has been since November that I have posted anything on this blog. I do a few other blog projects… ennui adventures.com where my friend and I take on a weekly photo challenge and then another photo blog if I am working on anything in particular… but this one has been left behind.

This is now my 3rd winter as a North Easterner. I have to say that I adore the seasons, and we love our house set in the woods. People are friendly enough out and about, but I have yet to feel part of a community here. In the past my connections had everything to do with my girls and their school and activities, but now as an empty nester it has been much harder to find those connections. I’ve taken painting, pilates and other activities around town, and I know in my heart that I need to put myself out there by becoming involved to make a difference.

When I started this post I meant to write about venturing into NYC with our girls over the holidays –  but now they are back at school, my husband is back to traveling and I am home alone working on photography and art. This amplifies my need in becoming part of a community and making friendships. Wish me luck as I RESOLVE to try harder to put myself out of my comfort zone!

Happy New Year,

Kim

So Long Sweet Summertime

Alas, living in South Florida for most of my life, I never appreciated summers. This is partially because it is pretty much summertime year-round with the exception of a few cooler weeks here and there. Florida summers are also known for being brutally hot and humid.

In the Northeast summer is truly a season, a lovely season with gardens, flowers everywhere, warm sunny days, cool nights, al fresco dining with the soft glow from lightning bugs. You open your pool for Memorial Day and close it around Labor day… and just as quickly as that, the earths axis shifting, less daylight hours, the temperature drops and leaves begin their transformation from summertime greens to golds and auburns.

So long sweet Summertime, and welcome to Autumn.

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My First Veggie Garden

My husband built me this lovely spot to garden, and although I knew zero about vegetables gardens, I thought I’d give it a try!  I planted mostly seedlings that I had started inside.  I also bought two beefsteak tomatoes plants already established. My goal was to keep it organic.

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We realized the cones would be needed! The zucchinis were amazing!

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IMG_4385 IMG_4386 Butternut squash and zucchini blossoms!

IMG_4367  Enjoyed watching the sunflowers bloom!

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Overall it has been a gratifying first experience growing our own garden. We have had an abundance of cucumbers, zucchini, and tomatoes  – so nice to have fresh from the garden to table. Next year I will definitely plan it out better and try new things!

Dog Days of Summer

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Our second summer in the Northeast finishes up today even though we are due to have the warmest week this year. I came across photos I took at the kick off of summertime. In Boonton, NJ they start their summer with the Dog Daze of Summer which showcases dog sculptures painted by local artists.

For more information on the Dog Daze Charity, go to: http://boontonfarmersmarket.org/BoontonDogDaze/index.html

A list of Art Galleries found in downtown Boonton: Artistic Impressions Studio, ARTeffects on Main LLC, Broadfoot & Broadfoot, A Collection of Fine Art, Craig Collins Photography, Speakeasy Art Gallery

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