Color Watch

The Golden Time (but you know what that means. . .)

We've reached it.

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The Golden Time.

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Although the neon reds and oranges are really magical, it's the golden color of fall that steals my heart.

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My own gardens are glowing gold now.


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Pretty much everywhere I look.


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It's a melancholy time.  The garden is finished for another season.  It's time to move inside; time to hunker down against darkness and cold.  I'm pretty much ready now.

(Because . . . nothing gold can stay.)

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Nothing Gold Can Stay*

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day,
Nothing gold can stay.

               --- Robert Frost

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*This was the first poem I ever loved.  (Thanks, Ponyboy.)


Fall ... Now in Full Splendor!

What a beautiful, gorgeous fall weekend we had here in my neck of the woods!

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Lots of sunshine; lots of blue sky.

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My garden turned golden!

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Plenty of time - and sunshine - for garden chores and running and walking the dogs!

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Fall.  In all its splendor!

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And a beautiful sunset, to boot!

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Hope your weekend was just as spectacular!

 


Melt-Watch: Week 2

Despite a mid-week snow storm last week that dumped 8 new inches of snow on us . . .

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and despite the fact that we were still sub-zero last night . . .

we're melting here.  

Finally.

See?

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Yeah.  That's Garden Buddha!  Visible for the first time since late December.

And check THIS out. . .

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My mailbox!  Totally accessible and nearly snow-free.

Sure, my yard is still mostly covered with snow. . . 

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but there is hope!  

My pond is nearly visible again. . . 

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And.  (Heart, be still!)  The GREEN is beginning to show!

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That's a hellebores there.  (I'm so excited.)  

And, of course, the MUD is beginning to show, too!

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Spring is in the (still frigid) air.  And we've got sunshine in the forecast.

Good timing.

Because . . . 

my mittens are worn out. . . .

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handknit socks, too. 

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My car is a mess, and my garage is covered with salt.

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And my poor, damaged (unmanicured!) nails are in need of some humidity.  (STAT.)

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Spring.

Bring it!

 

 


Melt-Watch: Week 1

Sometimes, in the fall, I do a Color Watch here on the blog . . . to track, visually, how the colors change around me.

This past weekend, I was inspired by the melting snow piles.  How about . . . if I track, visually, how the snow melts around me?

So I snapped a few quick photos . . . of the snow piles, mid-melt.

My mailbox.

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My driveway.

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My front walkway.

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My patio.

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My potting bench.

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My new "lower patio."

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My pond.  (Right.  My pond.)

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Since Sunday, when I took these photos, melting continued.  However, when I woke up this morning, the temperature had plummeted, and about 6 inches of new snow has piled up overnight (with more falling).

Still.  I have hope.

 


Color Watch: Nov 1: Wrapping Things Up

Today is November 1.  Time to wrap up the Color Watch for another season.

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The leaves are still turning here in my corner of the world, but yesterday's heavy rains and wind will pretty much do them in!  So here's one last look . . . at the colors in my world.

Here is the view from my front porch earlier this week . . .

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Here is the view of my neighbor's entryway a few days ago . . .

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And here in my own backyard, all the hostas suddenly turned golden.

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The entire landscape glows!  (But only for a few days.  Soon those hosta leaves will be mush on the ground.)

Wherever you are, I hope you're enjoying the last of fall's color show.


Color Watch 2013: Oct 25

This week, the colors aren't really popping like they might.

Because. . .

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Yeah.

We got snow.

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Not a lot.

Just wet.  And cold.

Big, sloppy flakes.

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It's not sticking around.

(Not yet.)

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But it is putting a damper on this year's color watch.

Wherever you are, I hope your weekend is full of color!

 


Color Watch 2013: Oct 11

We had a lot of rain last weekend, which doesn't do much for the leaves . . . when it comes to color-watching.  Still, change is happening and colors are popping.

My views this week, though . . .

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are not terribly different . . .

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from my views last week.

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It's only a matter of time now.

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Because my color-watching is still pretty . . . dull . . . I'll give you a couple of bonus shots.  While the leaves are slowly turning, my grasses are putting on quite a show!

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Definitely one of the best parts of my garden in fall.

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Happy weekend!


Color Watch 2013: Oct 4

Every year, as the leaves begin to turn, I like to keep track of the process with my camera.  So join me this month . . . on my annual Color Watch.

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The photos here today are the views I see from various points in my yard.

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Watch along with me this month . . .

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as the trees in my world . . .

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Put on their fall color show!

Happy weekend!


Right Now . . . October

Here's what's going on in my life  . . . RIGHT NOW.

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Watching . . . Outside, I'm watching the leaves fall.  Fast.  Most of the loveliness is gone now.  Just the dull oak leaves, bare branches, and a few colorfull hangers-on remain.  Inside, I'm watching Upstairs Downstairs on PBS. 

Reading . . . In Sunlight and In Shadow by Mark Helprin (which is delicious . . . if you like lyrical language and poetry; which . . . I do.)  Also still slogging through this biography of Catherine the Great.  It's good, and I like it. . . but I can put it down and not lose the thread.  Y'know?

Knitting . . . I am working on this cardigan, and using this yarn.  Frankly, I don't see what all the fuss is about this yarn, but it is beginning to grow on me.  I'm also working on my Leftie, with many more little leaf-blobs complete, now, than when you last saw it.

Humming . . . Pilot of the Air Waves.  Really.  Where do these things come from?

 

Thinking about . . . how to bring LIGHT into my ever-darker days.

Listening to . . . my phone ring.  And ring.  And ring.  But not answering.  Because I can't bear one more election-related robo-call.

Dreading . . . Jenny's upcoming X-ray procedure (and the aftermath, which might be surgery).  Jenny has likely torn a ligament -- all that dock-jumping, I'm afraid -- and has been limping lately.  She has to have an X-ray to confirm the diagnosis, but must be put under anesthesia first. . . because dogs don't cooperate with X-rays.  This isn't for another week; I hate having her in pain -- but I also hate having to put her through this procedure.

Planning . . . my plan-of-attack on the holidays.

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Excited about . . . finally checking out the recipes in this double issue!  I look forward to the November issue of Cooking Light more than I look forward to the September issue of Vogue.  (Yeah.  True confessions.)

Drinking . . . Yes.  (And let's just leave it at that.)

Itching to . . . peel wallpaper from my upstairs bathroom, but will hold off until after the holidays.  Because I don't need any MORE projects.  (And that one wasn't on my list.)

Needing to . . . deal with the fact that my iMac's hard drive has been "recalled."  Although Apple is going to make it right, it's still a pain in the ass.  For many reasons.

Organizing . . . closets.  Always.  Forever.  Until the end of time.

Inspired by . . .progress!

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Delighted by. . . my new knitting bag.  Perfect; absolutely perfect.  (And, best of all, I got it with an unused WEBS gift card I found while cleaning out my closet!!!!)

How about YOU?  What's going on for YOU . . . right now?