Wednesday, September 29, 2010

gilded hedgerows, moving, tiny treasures, and greys

It's a misty morning, and the colors of turning leaves is striking against the pale sky. Hard to believe October is right before us; time is soaring by and I'm struggling to keep up with it. I've begun packing, and this place has taken on the look of a storage space instead of a home. It's uncomfortable for me, a person who takes the greatest comfort from that cozy 'home' feeling. But I know it's only a drop in the bucket and soon enough we'll be setting up our new home. That thought drives me and fills me with enthusiasm...I am so excited about our new place! Ramon and I keep talking about how lovely it will be, settling in for winter hibernation in a our fresh, clean, new apartment. He works incredibly hard all year, and Christmas is the time when he takes off of work and stays home for a couple of weeks. So we fantasize about that time all year, and speak about it often. Movies we'll watch, meals we'll enjoy, hours we'll spend lazing around in our warm bed doing nothing at all. The thought of the Christmas tree twinkling and the gingerbread baking in the new apartment is HEAVEN.

So, imagining those things is what keeps me going during this awkward time when belongings are in boxes and there is constantly something I 'should' be doing. 

Luckily, my mornings are spent romping through the fields and woods with Kiki and Boston. And today, I filled my pocket with tiny September treasures to share with you!

September is so colorful!

1. rosehips
2. spindle
3. dewberry
4. oak
5. maple
6. four leaf clover
7. wild cherry
8. i don't know the name of this plant, but I call it wild grape; the second photo above shows the entire plant; it's a vine which takes over many trees and hedges
9. blackberry

Thank you all so much for your response to 'going grey-your thoughts?' It was so interesting to hear your personal experience with this subject. I spoke with Ramon about my grey hair last night and he said that, while it doesn't bother him, he does feel it is too early for me to go all-natural. I decided for myself that I will go on coloring my roots, but to be relaxed about it. I personally am looking forward to the time when I can comfortably let my silvers grow and show. 

When I told a friend yesterday that I am happy about every little line that appears on my face, she said her husband had never really felt like himself when he was young, but ever more so now that he is older. And that was a big AHA! moment for me. I am really looking forward to being 40, 50, 60...those ages where you know who you are and are comfortable in your skin; your family is established, your roots are dug deep. Your hands are proof of the work and creativity they have formed, and your hair has streaks of silver. And you walk down the road with your husband hand in hand, and still make each other laugh, even after all those years. That's what I'm really looking forward to. 

xoxo country girl


  1. Oh find such amazing things on your walks each day! Thank you so much for sharing all of them with us!!!

    Glad you have decided what to do about your hair..I'm sure Ramon is right and that you will feel more comfortable 'right now' with coloring your hair. Later in life I'm sure you will love the gray and accept it with pride:)

    Don't work too hard packing, we know what a big job that can be!

    xoxo Gert

  2. I love this post it is visually stunning and your writing is inspiring. Your gray hair is hardly noticeable against your beauty but a lovely characteristic.

  3. ~*LOVELY post and images!! Congrats on your new place to call home~*~ Hugs, Rachel :)~~*~

  4. love all your bits and pieces here - beautiful.

  5. I love reading your posts Dawn! It's wonderful to read of your enthusiasm for your new apartment and the lovely cosy Christmas you have planned!
    Your little nature table is great - I'm not sure what the plant is, but its beautiful Autumn colour and vigorous habit very much remind me of a Virginia Creeper.

  6. loved reading this post. i love to look at faces with deep smile wrinkles....showing a lifetime of laughs. your nature table is colourful! i love to see the treasures you collect on your walks. i hope that your packing goes well....don't stress. everything always gets done in the exciting moving and settling into your new home will be. by christmas you will have created a cozy home for your family!

  7. You have so many wonderful things to look forward to! So happy for you ♥

  8. I love how you wrote, "Your hands are proof of the work and creativity they have formed." I have THE ugliest hands because I love to garden without gloves and I'm constantly washing them. Unfortunately my husband is a "hand" man and I wish I had nicer hands, but I don't and I just say that my hands have loved sick children back to health, grown beautiful sunflowers, etc. The same goes for my wrinkles...the deeper and more defined laugh lines and crow's feet I have only show how much time I've spent smiling/laughing. My mother-in-law doesn't agree with me and that's fine too.

  9. I meant to comment on your last post but my computer was having issues at the time...I think relaxing about it is wise, we all inevitably grow older and I think we can be very graceful about it (celebrities who try and evade old age with surgery don't looks so good I think...) and there is actually beauty in growing too...It is all about mindset...Your vedic astrologer actually told me that I'd be most content and happy at 68! So perhaps you are right about our later years ahead...

    Love the description about Christmas here and what you look forward to...I'd love to have that but it is not yet on the day...I hope...always hoping! xxx

  10. Yes, you probably are too young to go full-gray. Good decision. But you can rest-assured when you DO let the gray shine through, it will complement nicely :)

    Check Mary Azarian's art. I just did a post on her... and thought of you!



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