Sunday, December 17, 2017

Squash blossoms

Every time I see these beautiful blossoms, before they become a crooknecked squash, or another kind, I think of the beautiful jewelry Native Americans make with this blossom as symbol.
turquoise squash blossom on pinterest squash blossom ...
Interestingly enough, the jewelry is in silver, with turquoise stones usually.  Beautiful, but not yellow.  Did they know something I don't? Well, of course.

Submitting this for Sunday Summertime, 3rd Sunday of the month to remember blossoms of August.

Quote for today:

When life feels too big to handle, go outside. Everything looks smaller when you’re standing under the sky. L.R.Knost

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Lights in the dark

 Holiday lights on one street.  There don't seem to be that many, but then I only drive usually during the daylight hours.

Weekend Reflections this week!

Today's quote:

Happiness is not what makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Beautiful snow through the years

Sepia Saturday this week- swings with snow!

On Dec. 8 it started to snow here.  I loved taking pics of the first snow of winter...and I had ample opportunity.
Dec 8, 2017 Black Mountain NC 7 am

But it also means that North Carolina shuts down when it snows...all the schools, the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, the Clay Studio.
Dec 8, 2017 Black Mountain NC 9 am

It is a feature of our litigious society, I figure.  If kids have to stand out at a bus stop on a mountain road (and some of them are very steep and curvy around here,) there's danger of a bus/car/truck sliding about and someone getting hurt, or at least very cold.
12.8.17 Black Mountain NC 9 am

So our schools all shut down at the first inkling of snow, and many times that means a decision is made at 5 a m based on a storm due at noon, and it never comes.  But this time there was snow on the ground when I woke up at 7 am.

So let's go venturing into files to see more snows from the past...which is what Sepia Saturday is all about, after all!

1946 my first snow in Dallas TX
1948-9 Mom shoveling snow into a pile, while cousins Claudette and Sandra try to form it into a snowman and I just watch on! Houston Texas at Gummy and Poppy's house,
1953 snow in St. Louis, our apartment on 2nd floor.
St. Ann MO, probably 1956-7

One of my early snow sculptures - St. Ann MO 1956-7
1950 Applachian snow storm Thanks to NC Expatriates for photo

Appalachian Snow storm 1950 Thanks to NC Expatriates for photo
My youngest son in his first snow, Lumberton, NC 1986-7

My first snow in new apartment Black Mountain NC, Nov 2016
Come check out more Sepia Saturday posts HERE.

Today's quote:

"Children [...] need both windows and mirrors in their lives: mirrors through which you can see yourself and windows through which you can see the world," she explained. "And minority children have not had mirrors. That has placed them at a disadvantage. If you want to call white children majority children - [they] have had only mirrors. That has placed them at a disadvantage also." By Lucille Clifton 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Valiantly blooming

 Through many freezes, here are geranium and marigolds still on the porch blooming...even with snow! Maybe this is their last hurrah.

While in a sunny indoor window this Christmas Cactus decided to finally bloom.

While the African Violets just keep plugging away with blooms

My kitchen must seem tropical to them.

Today's quote:
She seems to have lived more freed from the expectations of her society than hobbled by her refusal to accommodate them. about George Elliot by Writers Almanac by Garrison Keillor