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Time to decorate

Halloween approaches
Halloween approaches

He is outside of everything, and alien everywhere.  He is an aesthetic solitary.  His beautiful, light imagination is the wing that on an autumn evening just brushes the dusky window.

~ Henry James

Turned over
Turned over

Mother Nature is putting on her seasonal decorations, and I thought I might do the same for some of my images since I won’t be decorating the house this year.  Or maybe it’s already decorated.  Theme Chaos.  The only pumpkin I have in the house is a small one waiting to be baked and turned into a pumpkin soup.  M did take a Sharpie and draw a face on it, though.  Or maybe that was on the butternut squash.  Either way, it’s cute.

Bird in the woods
Bird in the woods

My digital art skills are not mad skillz, but it’s something I enjoy doing every now and then.  Between now and Halloween, I’ll post something decorative to celebrate the season.

Watching the sun go down
Watching the sun go down

The image that started this post went through Photoshop, PicMonkey, and Pixlr to get to where it is today.  A little cartoonish, but fun.

View from the dock at sunset yesterday
View from the dock at sunset yesterday

Cold air made its way to the Eastern Shore yesterday.  I find it refreshing and invigorating.  This is my kind of weather.  Sunny, brisk, windy.  Autumn at her finest.

A quiet moment
A quiet moment

Work on the kitchen is coming along.  I’ll show you some pictures soon.  We will be finishing up the demolition work this weekend.  The appliances will be moved to a temporary holding area (known as the living room in most homes).  Until the renovations are finished, all meals will be either heated/cooked in the microwave (scary thought as the microwave we have doesn’t work well — it’s too hot — and will be replaced with a new one) or we’ll eat out or bring home carry out.

Changing colors
Changing colors

One of the kitchen guys will be here on Monday to mark out the electrical work, and our electrician will be here sometime after that to do the work.  We ended up finding our own electrician rather than go with the guy who works with the kitchen design company.  He couldn’t be bothered to call back and explain why his estimate was $4400 when others were in the $1600 range.  Just the fact that he didn’t answer phone messages made him unreliable to me.

Nodding
Nodding

That’s all the news from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for today.  Thank you for visiting.  A warm welcome to my new visitors and subscribers.  If I haven’t been around to return your visit yet, I will be soon.  With all the work and change going on here at the WSR, it’s hard to keep up with everything else.

Bliss
Bliss

Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.

~ Joseph Campbell

Goodbye, Sun
Goodbye, Sun

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

18 thoughts on “Time to decorate

  1. We gutted our kitchen a few years back. We moved our refrigerator and the microwave into the dining room. Between that and the electric skillet we got by. The dinners out and brought in helped. You’ll love it when it’s done. I’m excited for you.

    I wish I was better at digital editing. I took a Photoshop class several years ago, but not much stuck. And it takes practice—not to mention some kind of artistic eye. Maybe I’ll have more time for it later. . .

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    1. I am looking forward to it, Christine. This is our third kitchen remodel. It’s exciting, but the practical, day-to-day stuff (the mess, the inability to cook as usual, etc.) isn’t much fun. That’s okay. It will all be worth it. I hope. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, PhilosopherMouse. 🙂 That’s one great thing about being in a warmer place — the grill. I suspect we’ll be eating quite a few veggie burgers over the next couple of weeks.

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    1. Thank you, Amy. 🙂 We thought it was huge, too. It would have been interesting to get an explanation. Someone from this area told us that sometimes people don’t want to travel all the way out here, and that’s why they come up with such high estimates.

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  2. Got a laugh out of your referring to the living room as the holding area. Isn’t it strange how remodeling forces one to live? I thought your header image was also cute. And damn that $4,400 guy. Wow!

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

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  3. Beautiful “light through the clouds” photos, Robin. Glad you are enjoying the cooler air after your hot humid summer. It seems bitterly cold here, with temps suddenly in the 30’s and 40’s without time for the body to adjust. Time to pull out the winter coats 😦

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    1. Thank you, Lynn. 🙂 We had our first frost this morning, and it’s been around 50 today which feels cold after the heat of summer, but not nearly as cold as what you’re experiencing.

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  4. Beautiful color! You are very lucky to live in a place that allows you to showcase them.
    I’ve been noticing gorgeous color lately, but often feel frustrated by the surroundings of suburbia when I try to capture them.

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    1. Thank you, Karma. 🙂 I am very lucky, that’s true. But there are ways around the surroundings of suburbia. In the Bogs we had neighbors fairly close as well as wires and poles that I had to work around. When I took sunset pictures, I’d zoom in on the leaves of a tree rather than take a wide shot so I could avoid getting the neighbor’s house in the shot. Go close or mid-way to capture those colors.

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  5. Hi Robin. The orange of those sunsets is decoration enough. When our electricity is out, we have a Heidi picnic: milk and bread and cheese – so called because that’s what Peter and Heidi ate when they went to tend the goats! Jane

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