Sunday, January 31, 2010

Ice Blue


w h y

is it

that

canadians

seem to be the only

bloggers

who don't write about their weather?

photo by yorksnbeans

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Holding On


h o l d i n g    o n

as i crunch the slush
of last night's sleet
under my feet,
the purple pansy
catches my eye
in the greyness of its backdrop

trying to hold up his head 
tears of coldness cover his face

sun
come back
so i can smile again

photo by yorksnbeans

Friday, January 29, 2010

Tootsie & Me










t - s h i r t   f r i d a y

sponsors a
 the last friday of each month

this month
she included
 mini-me

so, obviously
 tootsie
 wanted to join in
on the fun!




Thursday, January 28, 2010

Anyone Home?


a n y o n e   h o m e?

this morning
there was a flurry of activity
visiting our backyard

nuthatches  cardinal   towhees
 woodpeckers  bluebirds
bluejays  starlings
robins   vireos  chickadees
 tree creepers
  warblers

 looking for food
and new homes


this little nuthatch
was looking in
our screech owl box
 luckily
no one was home
but we hope
to attract one of those
cute little furry owls this spring


ms. cardinal contemplating her day


they were all so busy
it was difficult to get good shots
these were the best


photos by yorksnbeans

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Simple Pleasures


s i m p l e   p l e a s u r e s
that warm my heart

watching a bird bathe itself in a birdbath
catching a rabbit hopping across the lawn
~
finding personal mail in the mailbox
~
holding hands with hubby
 the sounds my little pup makes when dreaming
~
a cuppa (tea)
hubby walking through the door at the end of his work day
~
a good laugh
a walk on a crisp sunny day
~
taking a shower with the water temperature just right
the sound of a beach umbrella flapping from the gulf breezes
 ~
watching a beautiful sunset
~
the smell and softness of fresh laundered towels
catching a whiff of hubby's cologne
~
warm chocolate chip cookies
a crackling fire
~
the aroma of coffee
bacon sizzling
digging into a gooey, calorie-filled, ice cream melting, on top of anything, chocolate dessert
~
these are just a few of my simple pleasures
~
today's post was inspired by beth
who was inspired by christina
this was my first visit over at soul aperture
so, thank you beth for the introduction!
if you would like join in
just post your own simple pleasures
 then post a comment at soul aperture to link in.
christina's family will be donating $1 to doctors without borders for each blog that participates

photo by yorksnbeans

Monday, January 25, 2010

Stepping Stones


s t e p p i n g   s t o n e s

stacked

and dappled in sunlight

 ~ just waiting ~

to form a path

and direct us.

do you prefer set paths or creating your own?


photo by yorksnbeans

Saturday, January 23, 2010

No Bull


on second thought....

photos by yorksnbeans

Friday, January 22, 2010

Please Tell

birds in blue

birds in brown

birds in true color

y e s t e r d a y
 birds were flocking
there must have been at least a hundred
flying from tree to tree

i didn't think i caught anything interesting
until i uploaded them
and saw this one

i decided to experiment with color
then couldn't decide which to post
so all three got chosen

~ but ~

i'd like to know

which one do you prefer?

photos by yorksnbeans

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Patterns

photo by yorksnbeans
o h 
the colorful
patterns we weave
in our lives

like fingers of a vine
reaching to grab hold

taking unexpected
twists and turns

but always creating
beautiful patterns

 telling a story
of life's journey

Sunday, January 17, 2010

For Fun

t o d a y
was a dreary day

not much going on
except
running errands

so.....

before we went into the grocery store
i pulled hubby in the direction of the "dollar tree"
 right next door, and...

 ~ for fun ~

we gave each other a 10 minute challenge
to surprise one another
with little gifts totaling no more than 5 dollars

this is what i received

photo by yorksnbeans
lavender scented tealights  (always a good thing)
freesia scented candle (can never have too many scented candles on hand)
2 decks of playing cards (always comes in handy when bored)
variety puzzle book (very good for the bathroom)

(his were more utilitarian.....ie. boring.... but he asked for that!)


It gave each of us a little "pick-me-up" on a dreary day.

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Little Girl in Haiti

photo by yorksnbeans
 tuesday
 her earth shattered

but she held her own
for two days
under rubble
waiting for release

yesterday
she was freed
and received medical attention

 ~ but ~

my heart broke tonight
when I heard
 the little girl with glasses in haiti
lost her battle

her soul was released
and her suffering came to an end.

this candle is for her

her story

Thursday, January 14, 2010

If



i f

you could eliminate

one color

from your world,

which one would it be?

photo by yorksnbeans

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Gone South

photo by yorksnbeans
g o n e   s o u t h

they packed their bellies
and off they went
on their long yearly journey

to tropical breezes
 where
food is plentiful

 i sure do miss those little guys

Monday, January 11, 2010

Just

photo by yorksnbeans
j u s t
 as the winds change direction
and whip across my face

i close my eyes
and
tears start flowing
down my face
as though i was slapped
 by mother nature

i turn around
with my back to the wind

instantly
i feel the warmth of the sun
on my face
and smile

just
by turning around

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Out of the Bag

s h e   n e e d e d
o u t
from the bottom
of the bag
to show her
friends
she's still around
(mostly Dave H.)

for those new
to this site
her name is tootsie
from ty&b
where nothing's
been happening
and she's feeling lonesome

so, there you have it
t..t...tootsie
say's "hi"!

photo by yorksnbeans


Friday, January 8, 2010

No Matter....

photo by yorksnbeans
 n o   
m a t t e r

how much i would love
to watch snow silently falling down
to earth
and whiteness
cover the dreariness of winter

it's just not happening

i must relish
in the thought
that even though the temps
are bitterly cold at the moment

others have it even colder
and would love
to be here right now

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Better Legs




c o n c e n t r a t e

not on the photos
but on the steps

8 of them
to be exact

. .  g o a l  . .

20 times up
20 times down

160 steps up
160 steps down (easy)

without stopping


every day
i'm home

 n e x t   l e v e l

30 times
240 steps 




photo by yorksnbeans


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Baby....It's Cold Outside

photo by yorksnbeans
today
not only is it cold, outside
a sweater also feels good, inside
nothing better than a snooze
in a snuggly bed
with the sun's rays hitting your backside

* notice the tongue

Sunday, January 3, 2010

For Duncan

photo by yorksnbeans
when my father passed away
 i learned about the presence of butterflies

 not only after my father's passing
but after my best friend's father's passing
and mr. ynb's mother's passing

a butterfly appeared at the most unexpected times
very unexpected times

letting us know
 they are okay
and still among us

this photo was taken in 2003
soon after my father's passing
this particular day there were several
 flitting around our backyard

everyone has there own butterfly
mine is the tiger swallowtail
mr. ynb's is the red admiral

duncan
be on the lookout

Smile!

      
s m i l e
my word for 2010

inspired me to find my word

after much thought
~ s m i l e ~
won

i might laugh enough
but i don't think i smile enough

a smile
can change a mood in an instant
try it!

so when I feel the corners of my mouth drooping
i'll turn them upside down

find your word for 2010

photo by yorksnbeans

Friday, January 1, 2010

A New Year




photos by yorksnbeans
The beginning of a new year
and finally a sunny day
to show off the vibrant colors
of today's walk