Wednesday, December 17, 2014

If a tree falls in the forest...

apparently we don't hear it!

This morning I was riding Lance in our arena (I usually blog about that on my other blog) and noticed a downed tree in the adjoining woods. I'm not sure how long it's been there; I've been riding catch as catch can and may not have noticed it for awhile. We had some high winds last week, but this doesn't look like a wind fall. The tree, a good sized Doug fir with at least a 12" diameter, broke off 10-12' above the ground. Fortunately, it didn't come down on any structures, fences, or animals; it will be put to good use as firewood next winter.

That's it for today from . . .

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lovin' the light

After a foggy Saturday, Sunday morning's light was a treat.

When I stepped out the door for morning chores, I could hear one of the resident red-tailed hawks screaming. I scanned the trees, and spotted it perched at the top of a tall fir tree.
I was hoping to get lucky and catch it taking flight, but it was treat enough to see and hear it.

That evening, the setting sun kissed the eastern clouds.

From our house we often see more sunset color in the east than we do in the west.

That's just one of the quirks perks of . . .

Friday, December 12, 2014

Decoration or detritus?

I guess it all depends on where the evergreen boughs are!

Our atypical weather continues. It's been warm, staying between 50 and 60, with occasional dips into the 40s. Lately we've had some fronts with strong winds, too.

On Wednesday we got wind and heavy rain, the likes of which we don't usually see here. I actually took a video of the sheets of rain blowing across the driveway:

It was nice to be home all day instead of out in it – or it would have been if my student hadn't been so mulish and taken over 12 hours to get through his two school subjects, two music practices, and minimal chores. I tell you, it made a hard day at the office look like vacation time!

Back in the office on Thursday, I enjoyed the show through the window in front of my desk – clouds scudding across the sky, leaves skittering across the parking lot, trees whipping in the wind. I really like the view from my desk:

And the view ON my desk is nice, too:
When I arrived on Thursday, everyone's desk had been brightened by a little poinsettia plant and snowman ornament (one of my co-workers gave me her ornament because she doesn't have a tree). I brought the basket with tea, Chinese horse art, and mug from home.

A dear friend who knows me well gave me the art and mug. For my birthday this year she gave me this:

A delicious piece of gourmet chocolate has been a delightful way to begin each December day . . . made all the sweeter because of the love behind it.  :-)

That's it for now from . . .

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A different kind of sheep suit

(You can click on the story to biggify for easier reading. Thanks to one of my clients for sharing!)

That's it for now from . . .