Friday, September 24, 2010

Crab Apples and Chicken Coops

As my friend, Diane, and I were finishing lunch today, just when we hit on what we thought was sort of a light bulb moment, the sun came out as if to agree that we had, indeed, shed some light on a certain subject. What started out as a gloomy day suddenly changed. The Universe's pre-chosen topic for the day, previously unknown to us, had been discovered and some little nugget of  "truth," as we perceive it, had arrived. We always have a nice mix of laughs and serious talk and I always walk away feeling better than when I arrived.

We sometimes visit a store called  Mind, Body, Spirit. It's fun to see what's new and pick out refrigerator magnets that reflect where our heads are at. I recently picked out one that said,  "Embrace your power. Don't apologize for it."  Last visit, Diane chose, "When opportunity knocks, don't be the one who says, 'Can somebody get that?'" When she showed it to me, I couldn't stop giggling. It always makes for a good time and today was no exception.

By the time I'd gotten back home the sunlight had taken on a really nice quality. I was running around the house taking care of a few chores when I noticed the metal on the old coop gleaming in the late afternoon light and I knew I couldn't stay inside one more minute.

As I was heading out back to take the coops picture I got sidetracked by an ornamental crab. Its leaves are starting to turn; its apples slightly dimpled by the cool nights. I was absolutely transfixed by these little guys. Standing underneath them felt as though I was standing inside a painting.

Later in the evening, as I sat on the edge of the bed looking out the window at the sun peeking between the yellowing trees as it was getting ready to set, I said to myself,  'Wow,' very quietly. I just sat there for a while looking out the window letting it all soak in.

The photographs are mine.


  1. What a lovely story Teresa. It is wonderful, when a day that first looks to be a gloomy one, suddenly change. And those little apples are so pretty. I wonder, if they are, what we call Paradisæbler = apples from Paradise? They are fine in a jelly.

    That red colour of those little apples is stunning, isn't it. I understand why you felt it like standing inside a painting.
    Have a nice week-end

  2. Hi Grethe, Yes, the regular crab apple does make a wonderful jelly. These are purely ornamental, it's my understanding, and are for the birds, Literally. :) Thank you!

  3. Your photos are encouraging me to pick up a camera myself rather than, when I see a great shot, saying, "Would you get that?" to Art and his camera.

  4. Ohhhh, Teresa, I so got it! Wow, is right.

  5. Tee, I saw where you'd left a comment on Kristy's old blog that you couln't link to her. I've had/am having the same problem...have left comments on the old blog. Not sure she's checking that blog. What to do? What to do?

  6. Linda, I have a long way to go, but it's fun learning!

    Kittie, yes, that place. That place.

    re: Kristy's new blog. If you go to the bottom of the new one, Koda's Totems, there's a place to sign on as a follower and, hopefully, that will take care of it.

    Thank you, Kittie.

  7. Teresa,
    I like your devotion to your house and surroundings. You incorporate it all into your lifestyle. I believe that is the foundation of daily peace. That, in itself, can be a source of spirituality. You take such delight in your trees, gardens, rivers and all nature you can perceive from your window. You are truly blessed.
    Wonderful Sunday

  8. Thank you, Manzanita. It's nice when life feels more like a seamless whole. I completely agree with your idea of it being "a source of spirituality." Absolutely. I hope you had a good Sunday. It was a beauty of a day here.

  9. You know how much I love photography and I love those. Especially the last one!!

  10. This is the time of year to appreciate what is left by nature before the colder weather, love the crabapples, such a beautiful color.

  11. Gail, thank you. Even the minor differences from the first one make it my favorite, too.

    Linda, thank you. It's the perfect ending to a really fine summer.

  12. Teresa, just got back from Colorado and catching up on all my favorite places. Your home and posts, for sure, are top on my list. It's funny how we all seem to be on the same wave. I was watching trout, this week, and pondering how they seem to be trying so hard to head "home" back up stream. Salmon too...they live, then head "home". hmmmm really something to ponder...

  13. Hi Lynne, I hope you had a good trip. Always nice to hear from you. Thanks for taking the time to catch up and for the kind words.