Monday, October 18
Monday, October 18, 2010...Almost Back Into The Swing Of Normal Things......
Things here are slowly returning to a normal state.....As normal as one could ever expect around here anyway..... Casey Mae is doing well, but must be led out to do her business on a leash, so we can keep track of what she is eating, (or not eating)
and to limit her ability to romp and play with the other three active dogs. In doing this at six in the morning, you have to wade out through dew soaked or frosted grass....but are likewise rewarded with some of the most fantastic sunrises of the fall season. While standing out there shivering, I watch a Kaleidoscope of nature's original colors erupt and splash across the eastern horizon as the sun squirts the beautiful colors across the skyline. It is also then that you can start to recognize the colors forming on the remaining leaves of the surrounding trees, as they add a finishing touch to the beauty of the season. The smells of autumn, which I frequently speak of, are presented everywhere.......strong and fragrant in the still, moist morning air. Sounds are multiplied during this quiet time and I hear two great horned owls calling to one another in the distant pine forest. How I love this time...this season. How I wish it lasted just a bit longer, before we are thrust into the arrogant, harsh gripe of old man winter. I guess for me, the joy of fall arriving is the opportunity to see, smell and behold the beauty missed in previous years, because the leaves begin to turn beautiful pastel colors, changing to varying degrees of crimson, orange and yellows, quickly becoming much more vivid...and then, are quickly removed.....blown from their display areas by the rains and winds of autumn. It's usually so rapid and stealth like, that many miss it almost completely. Vick and I are lucky, for we are retired and often tied to the farm, therefore allowing us to take in the intrinsic beauty around us as it happens...even in it's rapidity! We both concurred the other day though, that the fall season is so short lived and wished it lasted longer too....just like everyone else.
Today...we finish framing the eight pictures Vick was asked to place in the National Bank of Coxsackie, here in Greenville. They will be displayed for a period of time decided by the Greene County Council on the Arts, more commonly referred to as "All Arts Matters" by local Greenville residents. This is going to be quite an experience for Vick, because it will be her first public showing and then she will offer more for sale at the Christmas Bazaar, taking place at the church beside the NAPA on route 81 south, on November 23rd... I'm so proud of the artwork she will be displaying and offering for sale. She has mastered watercolor pet portraits, actually bringing them to life on paper and does beautiful paintings of local landscapes too. Her artwork is positively worthy of display in any gallery... in any town. I've added some pictures of her art which she is displaying and offering.
Once we have her pictures hanging in the bank, we will concentrate on winterizing the pool and barn. The pool won't take long, but will be chilly on the hand as we install the skimmer plate and eyeball plug, then remove the hoses and pump/filter assembly and place it into storage for the winter.
The barn is a little time consuming, but not hard. We saved the vinyl and wood strip trim last spring by numbering windows and the stuff we removed, so now everything is marked for placement and will go much quicker. Once that is completed, the barns will again be a toasty area for the chickens and ducks this winter. The sun actually warms the runs as it shines through the vinyl, acting like a solar heater.
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