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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Positively Frosted

 by Mauverneen

It's been a good week. 

The holidays are over. I took down my Christmas tree and decorations and as always, it looks so bare. It makes me want to redecorate, spruce things up, liven them up. It's just not the same without the Christmas lights. But I've been distracted. 

It's not all that hard to distract me, but there's been some snow, and some frost, and the world beyond my door is beautiful. I know, it's not the same if you have to drive in it. But it's beautiful all the same. And nothing makes me lose myself more than having something to photograph. So, I put on my boots...

It's white, and it's wondrous, and, except for the crunching of my boots on the snow,  it's silent. Frost on branches, snow on weeds, ice crystals, it all looks enticing. Like frosting on cake, it looks delicious. I'm lost in a winter wonderland. Trite words, but there are no others. 

Getting back inside and checking my photographs on my computer screen I am disappointed. The pictures have not done it justice. Some are blurry and some are just blah. Looks like I'll just have to put my boots back on...

Upside down world in my lensball

Autumn's leftovers

Tomato cages in the garden

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Positively A New Year!

 by Mauverneen

Searching online for something, I came across this. It's a 100 year old magazine cover from the Country Gentleman. I thought it quite appropriate. Exactly what 2020 deserves. Keep reading for a look back, forward, and a little history on New Years.

       Just two more days and 2020 is history! Good Riddance, I say. I don't know of anyone who is sorry to see it go. I hope none of you were sick with the virus, or that you lost anyone close to you. Personally, I know several people that had it - two of them with severe cases - but thankfully, all have pulled through. I hope with all my heart that we can get back to 'gathering' at some point and in some fashion this coming year. Family gatherings have been few and far between for most of us, and - odd. Outdoors we can keep our distance; indoors, well, I think we each have dealt with that  a bit differently.

        Realistically, I don't have too much hope for the next couple of months, but I am keeping a positive outlook on spring, summer, and fall. There are events I hope to attend, and places I want to go, and people I want to see. I can't wait to say hello - and maybe even share a hug, if we're allowed. It will be good to feel social again. 

     March was originally the first month in the old Roman calendar, January became the first month of the calendar year around 450 BC. The month of January is named after the Roman god of doors, Janus, because this month is the door into the new year. Janus is also called the two-faced god, supposedly possessing the ability to see the into the past and into the future. Most of us typically look both ways - backwards and forwards - on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. I think there will be a lot more of that this year. Looking back into 2020, I know I will never forget it. What a disaster! 

      Looking ahead into 2021 I think most of us are doing so with faith, and hope, and expectations of, if not 'normal-as-we-knew-it, at least a 'transition' back to that lovely 'normal'.

     May 2021 bring us all a little comfort and a lot of joy!     

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Positively Sneaky Christmas

 by Mauverneen

Christmas is in a few days.

How is it that Christmas always manages to sneak up on us?  We all know it's coming, we count down the months, then the days. We have a whole year to get ready for it. And yet...

At the last minute it's always OhMyGodChristmasisnextweek! Christmasisthisweek! 

I know there are people out there who have it all under control. I'm not one of them. I have good intentions, I really do. During the year I'll see something in a shop, on the internet, and think 'Oh, so and so would love that!' And then, generally, it falls to the back of my mind. Until about a week before Christmas and then I regretfully wish I had bought it and I'm scrambling to find something equally fitting. 

This year - the year of Covid (ugh!) - has been especially hard. I haven't really been anywhere to pick up anything unique and I certainly don't feel like mingling with the hoards of masked shoppers - not that there are many stores to even shop at these days. Actually I might feel safe with all those masks - fewer germs of any kind are being spread. I have spent more time on the internet than I should have, but it's like any other shopping trip - I find more for myself than I do for anyone else. I've been trying to talk my family into a self-exchange - you buy something for yourself and tell the other person "Look! This is what you got me. Thank you! I love it!" And they do the same. No more wrong sizes, colors, not-my-taste, exchanging things at the mall only to find they are out of everything. The perfect gift.

Ah well. 

May you all have a lovely Christmas!






 


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Positively Reaping the Harvest

 by Mauverneen

It's that time of year when the gardens are over- producing. If you're not giving it away, then it's time to 'put it up'. My zucchini plants for some reason have not done well this year or last. But my cucumbers did surprisingly well (for me) and my tomatoes - wow! They usually do pretty well, but they have never grown so tall as they have this year. They are at least 5 ft high, bent over due to their heavy load of fruit. Green beans always do well for me, and peppers this year are also producing at an impressive rate. 

My youngest daughter has never planted a vegetable garden before this year, but new home, new space, and of course, lots of time on her hands led her to put in a few plants. I have never seen cucumbers like hers. I guess she got the prolific plants of the litter. So...we made pickles. She wanted to learn how to can. I'm so happy and proud of her for that. From her little cucumber patch we got 11 pints and 2 quarts of pickles! Then, on her own, she canned another 11 bottles! Did I say prolific plants?

This week we're going to can tomatoes. Stewed tomatoes specifically. 

Canning always takes me back to my childhood. My grandparents had a basement, with a stove, where all their canning was done. I do mine in my kitchen. It was the kids' jobs to wash the vegetables and I specifically recall scrubbing cucumbers. I can still feel the cold water, and the brush, and those little black nubs that I washed off. The smells during canning were always delicious. Except for beets. To this day my stomach curdles at the smell of beets. But tomatoes...

I have to go put the water on to boil.




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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Positively Settled

by Mauverneen

So - how's everybody doing?

The past few months have seemed to stretch on endlessly, yet here we are at the end of July. I don't know about you but I still haven't accomplished all I could have, or should have, what with all the extra time on my hands. But I have made it through a few projects, so there is some progress.

I still take my coffee outside most mornings and watch the birds. I usually leave the camera in the house as I already have way too many pictures of them. The deer come by once in a while, and that's always nice!





























I've also had a few people over recently. We can sit outdoors, keep our 6 foot distance and still have a wonderful time. I like the cooler days. The hot, humid, miserable ones are not so fun, it's better inside, in the a.c. so can't have anyone over those days. We still feel more comfortable outdoors.


I have my grocery shopping routine too. I shop online and do curbside pick up. I have been to the grocery store exactly one time since February. It was ok. It was early in the day and there probably were only three other shoppers.

I feel like I can relax a bit, and then... One of my sons-in-law and my daughter had to be tested. Negative, thank God. I found out yesterday that a couple, another daughter's in-laws, both have it. So far they feel 'wiped out'. I hope that's as bad as it gets for them.

Baseball is back! It's fun to be able to watch the games. I can't really watch the news much, it would drive me crazy, and everything else is reruns it seems. I used to love to read.  I have a stack of books on my bedside table to get through, but lately just can't seem to pick up a book. Anybody else?

So it goes. Settling in to new routines. Sometimes good, sometimes missing the old ones. Life goes on.

Stay healthy!


As always, words and photos are my own, and require permission to reprint.
However, feel free to share the blog in it's entirety. In fact, I encourage it!
Interested in photo prints? Contact me! maureenblevins@yahoo.com


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