Thursday, September 18, 2014

In the mood

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A gray day today, getting blustery and damp, and dark.  I have lit the fire.  I want to bake cookies and make soup.  Even though I’ve been grown up a long time, and now my children are grown up too, a day like this makes me feel like sewing some school clothes.  An orange corduroy jacket, lined with polka dots, and with wooden toggle buttons, and deep pockets for collecting things.  A gray flannel dress with tiny flowers and a white peter pan collar.  A big red patchwork satchel with a buckle, for carrying my books.  I always find this season a little bittersweet, and more so as I get older.  We went for a slow walk yesterday, along a country road, with our old dog sniffing and ambling beside us.  The fields are like paintings now, full of wild aster and goldenrod.  The air is spiced with apples.  As we rounded the bend, a hawk swooped up out of a tree, gave two flaps of his big wings and was gone, and a long, white feather dropped away from him, and drifted down.  It took a long time to reach the ground. 

18 comments:

  1. Hi Kristen - I love the sound of the warming food and snuggly clothes for little ones. Enjoy the new season, and all it brings. Love, Chris

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  2. Your feather reminded me of Forrest Gump.... xxx

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  3. It was damp and misty here today but I resisted lighting the stove. I love the colder weather for delicious soups/stews/casseroles.

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  4. I say go ahead with the orange corduroy! It will be a cheery dog-walking jacket. The feather's drift added more poignancy here.

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  5. Beautiful writing. I am there with you.
    Linda Nichols

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  6. Oh so do I, I always feel bittersweet this time of year, makes me almost cry, I miss the school days with my kids, now I pour myself out to grandkids, but still not the same, so I know just the feeling you are talking about!!

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  7. You're right, it is bittersweet at this time of year, I've been feeling it keenly this week. Everyone is a year older, a year further on in their journey. I shan't dwell on it though, I shall just enjoy the ride. It's as it should be. CJ xx

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  8. Your words paint a lovely picture!

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  9. Love this time of year and rather than mourn the growing up of my children I buy myself a new back to school something: a jacket, folders and new pens, or paints and of course my thoughts turn towards finding an adult ed class to take.... a few years ago it was reupholstering, once t was stained glass another year it was textile design, and there were two years I took a stone carving class as well as a welding class, and glass slumping!!!! Busy is as busy does! This year I purchased an easel and plan on going back to painting........ No class needed just a bunch of new paints and canvases and I'll just have at it!!! Just sent You a link to some soup recipes!!!! Enjoy this season of Cozy Things!

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  10. Today your words tell us more than the picture. Very poetic and I can feel your melancholia... I wish you many more days like yesterday, long walks and moments of reflection. Mindfulness on high level.
    Xxx
    Annette
    My Rose Valley

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  11. Beautiful picture you painted with your words. Thank you!

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  12. Bring on the fall and all it's magic. I loved the ambling dog, the feather and the orange corduroy too.
    But you had me at "lit the fire". It's getting cozy!!

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  14. Yes, a bittersweet time of year, but still my very, very favorite. When my daughter was about six, I made her a back-to-school coat of red chamois cloth, with a quilted floral lining for warmth, and a hood, and beautiful pewter buttons. I saved the buttons from that little worn-out coat, and a couple of years ago I used them for a sweater I'd knit for myself. (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/andreamatters/rona). I love the connection with those long-ago days when I button my sweater up, even as I knit for her two little boys now!

    Thanks for your evocative little paragraph, which has deeply touched me.

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  15. Really beautiful memories and your words bring them to life! Remembering the wool plaid jumper I sewed for my daughter when she was in kindergarten. I smile every time I see the photo of her in it.

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  16. great !
    Greetings from Poland :)
    Katarzyna

    www.sajuki.blogspot.com

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  17. You've captured this autumn feeling so eloquently!

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