Mother Nature laid out her red carpet for me today! I felt so very lucky. So very fancy, so royal as I climbed the stairs into my own home.
I couldn’t really find a photo of me looking “red carpet ready”. It’s not really a common look for this “stay at home” mom. Red Carpet Ready doesn’t really work at baseball games or gymnastic competitions. It also gets you looked at sort of oddly in the grocery store. Though I feel like a shot like that would’ve totally made this post complete. Had I had more energy, I would’ve thrown on a gown and whipped one up. (Because I totally have red carpet ready gowns laying around waiting to be worn.)
However, a few months ago, I did my very first test like “photo session” on the other side of the lens, (after a 20 plus year hiatus from that side) with a man I met through a photography group. These pics were from that session-closest thing I could find to me being ‘red carpet ready’ under such short notice~ without actually staging such a look. I certainly felt close to Red Carpet Ready that day. Wonder if Mother Nature will still give me an Oscar?
Sadly, I fear all too soon her Royal Red Carpet will be replaced by a giant fluffy blanket of fresh white snow. And Red Carpet Ready or not, I know I’m not ready for * that* just yet.
( I know I should like “Good Sandy” better, but c’mon.. those pants!!)
Sandy hasn’t even really reached us yet. All schools remain closed. Many local roads either closed or unpassable. I am unable to access true storm data. Which you’d think would be available in this day and age. Can’t get rainfall totals or wind gust speeds. But I can tell you that it’s windy as heck and it really hasn’t stopped raining since this morning. It’s 7:00pm or 19:00 hours for you military folks or other daughters of Marines.
My facebook status this afternoon said ~that sad, sad moment when you open the door to leave your doggie out into the raging rain and swirling winds and she looks back at you with those big brown eyes and tilts her floppy eared head like ” are you freakin kidding me? ” My poor Sophie dog. She’s battling ear troubles too and in this wind I really wish I could find a doggie hat or something to send her out in. I suppose dogs don’t really like hats though, do they ?
My Sandy shots so far. Or, photos I should call ” pictures I could take without leaving the comfort of my home” . I came back in as soon as the wind started to blow me away.
This morning as I got into my 1995 Volvo, I was remembering back to when we had our Jeep ( the whole decade), to when the autumn leaves from our giant maple tree would collect on it’s hood and it’s roof. The children, the dog and I would get in the car to go to school and Sophie (the dog) would go crazy. She would try to ‘catch’ the leaves as they flew up the hood and over the windshield. Sophie would jump and bark with reckless abandon from her esteemed perch in between the front and back seats at what we could only imagine she thought were little colorful evil warriors about to attack her humans from the cruel world outside the window of her family’s traveling machine. Together the kids and I would laugh and laugh. Sometimes we would even put extra leaves on the hood , just to get a longer performance from her. Sophie went everywhere with us when we had that car. She can’t ride in my 1995 Volvo partly because it’s leather and partly because she is 12 now and after her knee surgery it’s getting harder and harder for her to get in and out of cars.
But after seeing my car bathed in all of the beautiful red leaves this morning, I am selfishly thinking of maybe just one more autumn ride with her.
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
― George Eliot
Me too, Mr Eliot, me too! This is my 2nd blog entry about autumn. I simply can’t get enough of it. I want to surround myself with it’s colors, it’s smells, it’s light. Today was no exception. I wanted to capture the beauty of today forever.
Thankfully, I have someone who indulges me when I get a thought like that stuck in my head.
I hope you enjoy the beauty of today as much as I did. Thank you for allowing me to share it with you.
~and to quote Anne of Green Gables ” I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!”
It’s not even Halloween yet and already Mother Nature is decorating for Christmas! Every year the rush to be first just gets earlier and earlier…
Today I was driving home from the hospital after getting my port flushed and on my rather mundane journey I happened to notice this Santa Hat stuck in the brush alongside a back country road. So as to not go against my own rules and bust out my cell phone while driving, I turned around and pulled over to take this photo. I noticed the Hat must have been there for quite a while as it is covered in a bit of spider webbing.