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

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cows in the Hood

Our neighbors heifers are starting spring early.
They are having BABIES.
Today it's trying to rain. I hope it does. We have had a very dry January with lots of sunshine.
I took these photos a few days ago when the sun was out and it was a nice, warm afternoon.
These cows were loving all the winter sunshine.
They look like the proverbial "Happy California Cows" don't they?... with a touch of  "Don't get too close to my baby."
The littlest calf, born a few days ago, was lying on the warm dirt looking sooo cute.
I just wanted to hop over the fence and walk out there... you know... pet the little sweetheart and play with him a little, but then I realized that someone was watching me.
I don't think this was the little calf's mom but with that look on her face, I wasn't going to discuss it with her.
Maybe she was just having a bad day. We moms can remember days like this.. Maybe the "teenager" next to her was giving her some "lip". Who knows.
I thought it best
                  to move on
                               down the
                                           road.





Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Joni Mitchell in my head

I've had a song going though my head all morning. I haven't had a song come to me like this for a long time.
I can hear every word, every tone, the key and that voice.
 Do you remember? Joni Mitchell sang it. Do you remember the music? The lyrics?

Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say "I love you" right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds
I've looked at life that way

Oh but now old friends are acting strange
They shake their heads, they say I've changed
Well something's lost but something's gained
In living every day

I've looked at life from both sides now
From WIN and LOSE and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all

I've looked at life from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all.

(This is only the last half of the song.)

I haven't heard it for years.  I don't know where this came from or why it's in my head today. But, here it is.
How I remember Joni M.

Growing older with grace and music...
And the beauty of being an older woman.
Not sure why this song has come inside of me today... but it's here and it feels good.