When I looked up, I felt like I was being whispered to.
October and early November brought stunning autumn foliage. With these two image, I have officially brought this blog up to date.
Walking in the woods today with the dogs, I was reminded of playing by a creek as a girl with my best friend.
It thrills me as much now as it did then.
The difference is that I no longer pretend to be a Native American living off the land. Instead, I come as myself, a photographer hiking with her dogs, looking to capture a sense of this place we call Carpenter's Woods.
Yesterday was truly a low point as winter goes. Cups of hot chocolate with marshmallows in the afternoon for Olivia and myself was the warmest, most hopeful moment of the day. I have been noticing, however, that the birds are chirping in the mornings. Today they are frequenting the feeders like mad.
While I write this I am eating cookies. I noticed that the cold weather is making me crave sweets. Meanwhile, a pot of brown rice and amaranth cooks on the stove for my lunch.
This creative thing is all I want to do, really. Step outside my kitchen door while my oatmeal cooks to capture a light snow.
Filling the birdfeeder and cooking a spicy lentil stew brought such satisfaction yesterday. Today I decided that I really love the winter woods.
I walked in the woods with the dogs during the long Thanksgiving weekend. It was cold and peaceful. I returned home in a brighter mood. Today the robins flood the bush and trees around the patio. The feeder is empty, but I don't want to go out in the rain. The woodpecker picks away at his own personal seed, hanging within easy view of my seat.
At our last therapy dog visit, I introduced Charlie to a boy. When he spoke to me, I recognized his voice instantly. I realized that he was the boy who had spent so much time with Charlie two weeks prior, but since then he had lost all his hair.
He was full of energy, though, and he and Charlie hung out together. I had some stickers to give to him and another boy. We're definitely relaxing into the routine and getting more comfortable there.
And as you can see, when Charlie's not working, he's an energetic pup running in the woods with Harry!