Welcome to my blog Upstate Girl, (a.k.a Follow Your Bliss Part II), I am an independently published author. This blog is all about writing and the stuff that inspires me to write, the joys and obstacles that come along with the writer's life, and my fascination with the psychology of people and what makes them tick...the human condition, as is...and my love for words, playing with them and making sense of them...and I throw in a few photos from my acre of the world just to make things pretty...sometimes there are things I have no words for, only pictures will do.

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Going deep into winter...

A frosty morning in the tangle of sumac out behind my barn...


This seems appropriate, I found it in The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden

"Then came old January, wrapped well
In many weeds to keep the cold away
Yet did he quake and quiver like to quell
And blewe his nayles to warm them if he may;
For they were numbed with holding all the day,
An hatchet keene, with which he felled wood
And from the trees did lop the needlesse spray."
Faerie Queen, E. Spenser.

Unbelievable to me, but there were four bluebirds in my yard today (two males, two females), in spite of the knee deep snow and bitter cold, there they were, flitting about, chortling to one another, and dining with hearty appetites on stag horn sumac berries! (I know they're a nasty tree to keep around because they are so prolific, but there are so many birds and critter that rely on them to make it through our harsh winters.) There are times when I'm a superstitious creature, and immediately believed this to be a good omen for me to see such a thing, especially when in my life time, I can count on one hand how many I've actually seen (I've heard them, but they seem elusive).


While watching birds and writing, I've been keeping toasty by the fire...this is my good cast iron friend "Lopi"...

And making new art...

This has a white acrylic undercoat on Stonehenge paper, water soluble tinted graphite, and pencil...January Dawn, Epiphany, 1/9/09

There...a little bit of this, a little bit of that...that's been my day!

1 comment:

From This Moment to That said...

How marvelous to see all the blue birds, we don't see them where we live! Lucky you!:)
I totally love the photos of your cats!! They are GORGEOUS.
hugs Jane