Monday, November 7, 2016

Perspectives and Inspections

Hello November....I lovingly call this my "quiet month".  The calm before the storm if you will.  Jack and I did a big collective sigh as we finished cleaning up the last of the Halloween festivities.  The yard back to normal, the house free of the weird and freaky..well, we still live here!  We even went and voted early.  We both had few free hours Friday afternoon so to kick off my weekend of call we headed out to the Board of Elections to get our voices heard.  Done and done...may the force be with us the next 4 years!  So on to the rest of my quiet month.   The weekend had me hauling around my call phone and anyone who knows me knows I hate call.  But from a different perspective I have to look at it as extra money.  Yes, I get the satisfaction of helping folks who truly don't want to be in the hospital any more than I do, but on the other hand with beautiful Fall weather outside it's hard to be indoors.   So today after work I took Chubbs and headed outside to see the last of Fall colors.
The front door at the Pines will greet you with pretty leaves..and they don't have to be raked either!
The oak tree in the backyard turns yellow/brown almost in one day...but I decided to look at it from a different perspective...
From the ground up! Come and climb it's welcoming limbs any time.  It was fun to see the sun shine through the leaves instead of on them.
Some of the trees are completely bare but then there are the others who still have some beauty to  brag about.
Standing under their yellow canopy the blue sky sparkles and gives a different perspective on a crystal clear afternoon.  My next trip was up the path to the Creepy Woods.
You can see the many branches left from the trees we had removed a few weeks ago.  You can also see the path strewn with brown leaves that snap, crackled and popped under foot.  But on closer inspection the unexpected color came through..
Yes, a different perspective on the dry, brown path.  You must stop and look or you'll miss the subtle color of the season easily trampled under.  Finally, tonight #3 son stopped by with a small gift.  On first inspection I thought it was a bottle of Vodka! Ha! We don't drink alcohol so I needed to look a bit closer...
Really closer:
Starkey Spring Water!  One of his friends found this on a trip and gave it to him.  He shared it with us knowing we'd get a kick out of it.   When Jack's folks were alive they had a gentlemen's farm that had spring fed ponds and spring water in the house. We would take jugs of it home and often talked about having it bottled...Valleybrook Farm Spring Water would have been it's name.  It never made it past the dreaming stage.  Jack's parents and the farm are gone. Others are enjoying that special spring water, but it's great to see that some other "Starkey" had been able to do what we only dreamed of.  We decided that we would open this on Thanksgiving for a different kind of holiday toast.  A toast to good memories and past dreams and our many family blessings.  No close inspections or different perspectives needed!

8 comments:

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, YaYa!

Just admiring your new header. I don't think I ever saw the front of your house before. It is a very handsome facade indeed. I also love the closer view of the pretty wreath on the door. I haven't seen many pictures of colorful fall leaves this year (and practically none in person) and I appreciate these shots you took from different perspectives. Those gold leaves really pop against the blue sky. I was completely fooled by that bottle because it really did look like vodka. What a great conversation starter to have the family name on bottled spring water, even if it is a distant branch of the Starkey clan. It will surely be a refreshing addition to your Thanksgiving feast.

Thanks for the lovely pictures, dear friend YaYa, and enjoy the rest of your week!

betty said...

Too cute with the sparkling water. It did look like it could contain something else :) Such a lovely house you have! So refreshing to see signs of fall with the colorful leaves. As I type this, the air conditioner just cut on :) Definitely no fall weather here (well it is a bit cooler in the morning, but no leaves changing :)

betty

acorn hollow said...

my door is the same red! love the water and of course fall is my favorite.
cathy

Laurie said...

Fonzie would surely love to climb your trees! HaHa! Beautiful photos, by the way.

Sweet Tea said...

Love the red door and the Creepy Woods. Thanks for the tour.
Your house is beautiful and I loved the beauty of the trees.
Hope you didn't bet called in on your weekend.

Sweet Tea said...

Love the red door and the Creepy Woods. Thanks for the tour.
Your house is beautiful and I loved the beauty of the trees.
Hope you didn't bet called in on your weekend.

John Edwards said...

I love the leaves on the front door. The colours here in the UK have been truly wonderful this autumn.
You'll now have to think of a use for the empty bottle...

Donna said...

Starkey water....wow!!!!!