Seems since my last blog somehow my view of the world has jumped from Autumn colors to Winter white. I seem to be busy now no matter what season it is, making blogging and visiting hard to get to sometimes. I am slowly letting go of the pressure that it can create and learning when the time is right I will blog and visit enjoying the time spent at it. Most important when I do find the time to visit those in the blogging world, they always keep me motivated and full of inspiration. Without you I might sit with my fingers on the key board and just stare out the window. A window to my world with no words… Very easy to do where my computer sits.
But with my photos already layout in my blog I look at them and the words start to flow. I never know what I am going to write, it is the photos that create the words.
Our annual Autumn bike ride this fall we did on a quiet country road that runs along the local river. It was a beautiful Autumn day. After about 13klm we stopped for lunch along the river. Of course the trip back was pure torture as the trip there ever so slightly down hill. I wasn’t prepared for uphill for 13klm going back. I was almost in tears by the time I caught up with hubby at the end of the ride. Ok I was in tears and pissed as at him as he had the water and I was dying of thirst. I would pedal like crazy to catch him just to have him disappear over another hill. Our rule is never leave me behind biking or hiking or any other activities. He said his knee hurt so bad he was afraid to stop pedaling that he would never get it going again. Ok I had to forgive him this time. The day was perfect in many other ways.
On our bike ride we passed by a 3 acre piece of property for sale on this quiet country paved road just 10 minutes from town. I sat on the bike and looked up at the property that was slightly wooded, with a gentle uphill slope and faced south with a very old rundown cabin or house on it. Then looked to the south across the road at the view it has and fell in love instantly. Wide open views of fields, mountains and a slight view of the river. Also important in this area is it gets sun all year. I had been looking for smaller acreage near town for about 5 years now but everything was way beyond our budget.
Hubby also felt drawn to the place. So after a couple days of thought we put in a low cash offer and it was excepted. The property had been on the market for 2 years and the price has been reduced often over that time. It was an estate sale and had been abandoned for almost 8 years. Most places on the internet I looked up still listed it at higher asking prices. We later found out many of our friends had been interested in the property as well, but found the price too high when it had first listed, but hadn’t kept up on it as the price kept reducing. Also no insurance or bank would cover this place with the old building on it so cash was needed to buy it. That bike ride that day and interest in the property was a God send for us. This is where we hope to move to in 3 or 4 years to be closer to town and less work to keep up the property. The old house will be torn down and we will replace with something new. Lots of work ahead on this property. Sale is not complete yet, should close by middle of December. I am sooo excited about the changes in life this place can bring to our lives. It will mean starting all over, but the changes will be positive for our future in being closer to town as older age approaches, ok I am not so old but my hubby will be 76 and could be 80 when we move there. Don’t ask about what we will do about our present property and home, that is so far away in the future right now that we have no idea.
A week of beautiful weather had come during October and I thought about camping again, which would have entailed a lot of extra work to prepare to leave as well as falling behind again when we returned, so instead we took it a bit easier at home and relaxed on our deck to enjoy the late Autumn warm weather and beautiful colors in our yard.
Fast forward only about 2 weeks we had our first snows in early November.
Just a week ago we had almost 9 inches and then had nothing but sunny skies for almost a week. Finally a whole week for me without having work outside and only went out for my afternoon walks which generally I tramp around the property for almost an hour.
Soon snow had added it’s white fluff to everything. Even Sheaba…
For a desert dog she loves the snow. In the morning she goes out with hubby and waits patiently for him to feed the chickens, then they are off for the morning walk or for her a run and hunt. Late in the day I take her again where she often picks up a rabbit to chase and finds herself so tired and hot she even plops in the water in freezing weather. Her social progress is still very slow, but she does love her walks. Some days I wonder if she had bad dreams that night as her day will start very fearful and afraid. Other days she wakes in the morning coming to greet us wagging her tail and not anxious to go outside yet, but happy to hang with us in the house for awhile. We have never had to spoil a dog like we have with her, just to get her to respond with us.
So I am enjoying the new world my camera has to capture, I love all the sun flares I can get with it. Still canning about once a week now. Making jams from the berries I froze during the summer. But this week enjoying a little slower pace.
I was busy as well making more of my homemade Christmas cards. I had planned on attending some Christmas events to sell them there. However all my time spent on investigating the new property and trips into near by towns and cities for appointments of different sorts put me way behind making more cards, so didn’t have enough done to present at a sales and was beginning to stress over getting more made when I decided to let it go for this year. I was a bit let down, but as I am learning. When the time is right it will happen. I did sell many of the cards I had made to a friend who has admired my photos. I will continue with production to be ready early for next year. I also will be doing many other cards for other occasions that can be sold all year at other event sales along with other products I will be creating with my photos.
I have also been working on an online store at zazzle. com where many different products from my photos can be order through the store, but at present I don’t have enough products for sharing it. Baby steps with everything and it all takes so much time. I did say last year that I would be taking baby steps to get my little business adventure going. LOL Also I have created a facebook page to help promote and keep people updated on my little business. So for anyone interested or just want to have a look visit my page on facebook and hit the like button to stay updated on what’s new and different there that I share.
So feeling snug as a bug here enjoying a little less stressful time for the moment. I am so glad I let go of some of my plans. I don’t take stress well, I knot up and get so tight I can’t breath, so feels good to breath deeply again and allow my creative juices to flow freely as winter surrounds me.
So learn to let go and breath deep again
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