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Old 12-01-2019, 06:14 PM   #401 (permalink)
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I'm loving the gorgeous cardinals! We have just one or two -they come for their sunflower seeds.
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My cardinals seem to prefer the less crowded times at the feeders too, Ann--Jim and I would refer to them as the "brunch birds" b/c they came late for breakfast. They are often the last ones I see out there at night, too, after everyone else is in for the evening.
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Old 12-02-2019, 05:25 AM   #403 (permalink)
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Through the silence of nature,

I attain Thy divine peace.

Oh sublime nature,

in thy stillness let my heart rest.

Thou art patiently awaiting the moment

to manifest through the silence of sublime nature.

Oh nature sublime, speak to me through silence,

for I am awaiting in silence like you the call of God.

Oh nature sublime,

through thy silence I hear Thy cry.

My heart is tuned to the quietness,

that the stillness of nature inspires.

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Old 12-02-2019, 02:17 PM   #404 (permalink)
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Oh, I like this one very much, Ann...
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Old 12-03-2019, 06:37 AM   #405 (permalink)
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Sadly we don't have red cardinals here in the U.K so I've never been fortunate enough to see one. They are such beautiful, vivid little birds.
I love the whale picture Ann, very majestic, I love the prayer too. xxx


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I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.

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"If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape one hundred days of
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Daisy, I love the reading today.

In my worst days of madness I honestly thought there was no escape and that my life was doomed to darkness.

Then, on my darkest night. I remembered to pray and immediately my life changed and I have never looked back.
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Thank you Ann, I've been in that dark place myself never thinking that there was light at the end of the tunnel. We must never under estimate the power of prayer. xx

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Who will hold my hand?
Who will send the energy on to weave a circle of light?
I call on the light,
I call to the Lord and the Lady, whatever you wish to call them,
I call to the four corners of the Earth,
Strengthen this circle and let the power grow,
Let the love flow!

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Old 12-05-2019, 02:26 AM   #412 (permalink)
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Oh, Ann, what a beautiful poem and phenomenal photo, and such a perfect match for each other!
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Ann I agree with Honeypig, just beautiful. Thank you. xx

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One of my favourite poems ever, I'm glad it came to mind this morning as the heavy snow falls outside my window.


Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
~Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.


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Years ago, when I was about 8 or 10, my family had a lovely little cutter (small sleigh), similar in size and shape to the picture posted below. I don't know where my stepfather got it from, but it was in rough shape when we got it. The burgundy velvet seat was worn and ripped and the paint was checked and cracked, but structurally it was sound. We sanded and sanded to get the old paint off and then he painted it a lovely deep green, smooth and glossy. He did metallic gold pinstripes to accent the shape of the sleigh, putting a fancy script "E" in a corner of the striping on each side, as that was his initial. The seat was reupholstered in a similar burgundy fabric, and the little cutter was PERFECT.

We had a big black stallion, long-legged and strong, with a long, wavy mane and tail. He would've been too much for any of us kids to handle but my stepfather was able to hitch him to the cutter and drive him. There was black harness, nothing fancy but serviceable, and 2 big strings of sleigh bells to go with it.

When we took it out, my stepfather and mom would ride in the cutter along with 1 or 2 kids, and the remaining kid or kids (there were 3 of us big enough to go out at the time) would tie a rope to our saucer (remember those things you slide down hills on?) and then to the back of the sleigh and go along for the ride that way. The only peril to this was that you had to be careful to keep from overtaking the sleigh on a downhill and sliding underneath between the runners!

The cutter was restored before we moved to the farm in early 1970, and we enjoyed it and the horses for maybe 2 years at most. Then the problems began, money and otherwise, and the horses and the cutter were sold. There's not a lot that happened on the farm that I care to remember, but that horse w/his sleigh bells on, high-stepping through the fresh white snow, pulling that beautiful, shiny cutter is something I'd not thought about in many years.

Thank you for today's posting, Ann. Again, I seem to have something in my eye as I remember that time and am reminded that nothing and no one is w/o some good...

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Must be catching, my eyes are misting up too. Thank you for sharing that touching story, HP.
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I've certainly seen that poem a zillion times in my life, to the point where I often don't even really hear or see it, but today for some reason, it just touched me. Maybe it was the picture of the man w/his horse and sleigh that made the difference.

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The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
made me hear so clearly the soft, deep silence that you only hear in woods while it's snowing. I could almost feel the snow on my face and the cold of the air as I breathed in.

As I say, I've seen the poem a zillion times, but today it touched me...
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Old 12-06-2019, 06:30 PM   #419 (permalink)
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Ann - One of my favorites always.

HP - My eyes filled up as well. I can see the black stallion with his sleigh bells very clearly.
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