I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth

Monday, January 3, 2011

Rain, rain... go away....

Come again another day....
The sun was trying so hard, this morning, to break through the fog and mist.
The garden ladies have no flowers to smell...
They are being so patience. The dampness is invasive and  the beautiful green hair of the ivy lady's hair has turned brown and drips with rain. It's time for some sun... just a day or two.

Yesterday I was getting "cabin fever", so in spite of the rain, I put my rain shoes on, grabbed my coat and drove to Amador City.

As I have said before. This is my favorite little foothill town.
There weren't many folks walking around. The stormy weather discourages visitors. This is when I love to get in the car and drive.  It was time for a visit to Sandy at her Country Living store.  I parked right in front and went in.  Sandy greeted me like an old friend.
Her shop is the most wonderful store in the foothills. It has vintage/ antique things, candles, dried flowers, wonderful light strings, aprons, and , always, music that makes you feel so good....Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Women of the 40's, sometimes classic 60's .... all making the ambiance of this charming store even more wonderful. Sandy has started carrying sheep wool and I bought some lovely, natural and curly wool and some that she had dyed. Plus a Christmas thermometer... just because. All her Christmas things were on sale.
I bought a few other things but I can's say what they are because .... someone has a birthday coming up next week and there will be presents....
While I was there I met a woman who is a mixed media artist. Her name is Linda and her business is called TIZZY. The three of us talked for quite a while and exchanged cards.What fun to stand around and talk about things and ideas that others have in common with you. Sandy has no idea what this afternoon in her store did for my psyche.
If you ever get to Amador City, please stop into Country Living. It's a wonderful place that will lift your spirits and I guarantee you will find something you can't live without.
I drove back home, feeling so much better. Everyone needs to go out and get a different perspective once in a while. This was better than a shot of antibiotics.
I came home and made some Chicken Pesto Soup with Veggies.
The rain continued all evening but it didn't seem so depressing. After dinner I felted some of my new wool, read a new book on felting (a gift from the Prospector) and knitted myself into sleep on the couch. It was a good day.
This morning the sun has arrived ( well, it comes and goes.) and I'm going out to see if the garden ladies have a little smile on their faces yet. It's very subtle. Just a small difference but I can always tell when they feel the sun on their lovely stone faces.
The New Year begins.... 


  1. I think I am in love with your Garden Ladies. Absolutely beautiful.
    And, oh - you have made me want to make a trip to Amador City soon! We have had car problems since Christmas - but maybe one of these days....

  2. Oh what a wonderful post! I love Amador City - and Drytown as well... but as you know, I haven't been there in ages.
    Well we 'did' drive through on the way to Sacramento, but sadly, we didn'nt stop.

    Here's hoping for some sun, so those beautiful garden ladies can start smiling again....

  3. That sounds like a terrific store...just what a soul would need to perk up in rainy weather! And a great start to the year.

    By the way, what are you knitting?

  4. Oh go ahead and tell what “...few other things...” you bought. I porisme* not to tell!
    Love ~ Dawn
    *porisme spells promise with your fingers crossed.

  5. Your garden lady looks rather sad. Perhaps when spring arrives she will brighten up.

  6. I wish I could come back to California and visit Amador City as I have said before my mother and her parents lived there for a while. I would definitely visit the store if I could. You had a good time and I love the yarn you bought. When I talked to my brother a couple of days ago, he said it was snowing there in Nevada City. We have been having sunshine but cold weather here in Alabama. Have a blessed evening and thank you for your visit and nice comment on my last post. Madeline

  7. It sounds like the sort of store I'd love to check out! Too bad she doesn't have an online store - the curly wool is so pretty! It would be wonderful for felting creations!

  8. I am here because I smelled soup! Pesto Chicken Soup too...YUM!

    I get cabin fever too, but for now I drive to the gym, and pick up provisions.

  9. Lovely way to spend the day when it's raining. Much more productive than sleeping it away :) I will have to look up felting. I have no idea.

    The soup looks delicious!


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