Spectacular October sunrise

October 29, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Posted in art, blogging, country life, faith, family, gardening, Halloween, knitting, Life, love, photography, travel | 11 Comments
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This morning my husband called from work, just as the sun was rising, and asked if I had taken a look outside.  He told me to check out the western sky, which I did and it was mystical looking.  While I was still on the phone with him, my daughter looked to the east and called out for me to hurry to the kitchen windows to look outside.

The eastern sky was even more mystical and beautiful looking than the west.  We ran outside in our pajamas and found that in every direction we looked there was something spectacular to see.  The combination of dark stormy sky, golden breaking sunlight, and tree tops covered in brilliantly colored autumn leaves were the perfect ingredients for what I believe was the most beautiful sunrise I have ever witnessed.  Adding to our joy, the magnificent lighting effects last a good thirty minutes.

We ran throughout the three acres of yard, shivering from the cold, me shooting photos and my daughter keeping little Sweet Pea wrapped up warm in her arms.  We whooped and hollered and exclaimed and cried out in joy; it was an impromptu celebration of life and light.

You know what would be wonderful, is if the way we greeted this day could be the way we the people greeted many of the days of our lives.  Even without the spectactular lighting effects, if life itself excited many of the way the beautiful sunrise excited those of us on our farm this golden, perfect, dramatic morning.

Can you imagine getting up many of the days of your life and upon contemplation of the day that lay ahead you just ran around joyously shouting and exclaiming about how extraordinarily beautiful it all is.

We could create that kind of life, we could you know.

Hope you enjoy the photos, and I hope you have a beautiful Halloween weekend.


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J.D. McPherson – North Side Gal

October 26, 2010 at 9:33 am | Posted in knitting | Leave a comment

The blog below references the company my son is a partner in, BPFC (Bumpy Pitch Football Club).  And I am practicing up on how to share things via my blog, Facebook, and Twitter.  So, here is a “share” …

Every once in awhile you get an email that is not only unexpected but also equally refreshing. Tonight was one of those times. We got an email hipping us to

via J.D. McPherson – North Side Gal.



October comes lovely

October 14, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Posted in art, baby, country life, faith, family, flowers, knitting, Life, love, marriage, photography, relationships, romance, socks, yarn | 2 Comments
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October comes lovely each year, whether cold and wet or crisp and windy … for me it is the most lovely month of  the year.  Our trees are at what looks to me like peak or near-peak color today.  It is rainy and dark, but the autumn leaves glow far and wide bringing a strange brightness to what would otherwise be a gloomy, moody day.

My son is visiting, and yesterday afternoon we all took a quick two-mile bike ride; Grandpa, me, little Sweet Pea in a trailer pulled by Grandpa, her mom (my daughter) and my son.  It was a spur of the moment ride because the mood overtook us and I relished in the pleasure of being here in this beautiful place where we could make such a decision on the spur of the moment and act on it in the immediate environment.

My son has been visiting for the past two weeks and we have had a relaxed and easy going time of it.  A few days after he arrived we had a beautiful dinner at Zambistro Restaurant, where a selection of my paintings hang regularly.  It was my son’s birthday last month, so we had a private five-course Chef’s Tasting dinner to celebrate his birthday belatedly.  Mike, the talented owner/chef of Zambistro, crafted a stunning dinner especially for us.  I was able to email him specifics of each person’s likes and dislikes, wishes, etc. and he created customized menus for each of us.  For my vegetarian main dish he created handmade raviolli stuffed with roasted butternut squash seasoned and topped in such a way that the dish created a powerful yet soothing taste and texture sensation that literally made me cry, it was that good.

Zambistro hosts a monthly five-course Chef’s Tasting dinner beginning each fall and continuing through winter. These dinners fill up and sell out quickly once the announcements go out in the mail, so if you would like to attend one be sure to make reservations as soon as you hear about the dinner. October’s dinner has already passed, but I am sure he will have something extraordinary planned for November.

As for October around here, I get up in each morning and look forward to day light arriving sometime later, knowing it will reveal something beautiful to behold. It might be a frosty white field and lawn streaked with golden sunlight as it filters through autumn trees, fog rising on our river, soft fluffy clouds streaking in tones of pink and lavender across the sky … lovely, and cozy.

By the way, thank you if you participated in the survey for the September Sock Yarn Give Away. Your answers will be very helpful in planning I am doing right now for knitting patterns I will be developing over the next few months. The winner for September’s Sock Yarn Give Away is Marty W. She chose “Mulled Cider” as her colorway of choice … check out photos of this pretty new Fiber Optic Foot Notes Sock Yarn colorway on my Facebook page.

I have to be on my way, but hope you enjoy today’s photo selection.

Have a beautiful October day!


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