Winter’s Retreat

February 27, 2012


la salle county, illinois

greetings!

i thought i would post one more of my snow pics. what a difference a few days makes! the snow is gone and i’ve been busy happily spreading beautiful horse manure on the garden. this is a busy and exciting time for gardeners. i enjoy preparing the garden in the spring. last fall i read  the gardening memoir grow the good life by michelle owens. i truly enjoyed it and was definitely inspired by her gardening experiences. i’m always so interested in learning from those who have boldly gone feet first into gardening and are not afraid to admit all of the crazy mistakes they’ve made so that the rest of  us may learn. thank you michelle!

A late winter poem courtesy of  www.poertyfoundation.org

Hunger Moon

BY JANE COOPER

The last full moon of February
stalks the fields; barbed wire casts a shadow.
Rising slowly, a beam moved toward the west
stealthily changing position
until now, in the small hours, across the snow
it advances on my pillow
to wake me, not rudely like the sun
but with the cocked gun of silence.
I am alone in a vast room
where a vain woman once slept.
The moon, in pale buckskins, crouches
on guard beside her bed.
Slowly the light wanes, the snow will melt
and all the fences thrum in the spring breeze
but not until that sleeper, trapped
in my body, turns and turns.
peace,
julayne
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Beginners Mind

February 3, 2011


la salle county, illinois

 hello!

post winter storm greetings from the frozen prairie. the kids and me fared very well through this past winter storm. we only lost power for about 7 hours which is much better than the last big ice storm we had in 2005; instead of 7 hours without power it was 7 days!

with all of this time off of work, what’s a girl to do?  thankfully this girl has electricity (for my dvd player), so i’ve spent a big part of it on my yoga practice. i have been feeling restless in my yoga practice as of late and have been thinking that i’m ready to progress. i recently acquired (through netflix) a beginners practice dvd for ashtanga yoga. i tried it and found it to be quite challenging. it really opened my eyes and taught me a lesson that i should already know: to do well at something you must first master the basics before moving on. in my basic beginners practice i have avoided learning back bend asanas (postures/poses) and it was quite obvious to me when attempting ashtanga yoga.

now that i’ve been humbled by my arrogance, i realize that yoga is teaching me exactly what it is suppose to: to  still the restlessness in my heart and mind. now i’m back at my mat practicing back bend asanas with patience and joy.

 

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the photo i’ve posted was taken last weekend when i was visiting richard. this is the windbreak on the north side of his property. we took a wonderful walk while i was there and i hope to share more of those photos with you soon.

peace.

namaste,

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Winter Light

December 27, 2010


margery carlson nature preserve, la salle county, illinois

happy winter!

this photo was taken today on my first official winter hike. i  love the pinkish winter light and the stark shadows when walking through wooded areas in winter. i’m spending the week at richard’s; he happens to live across from a nature preserve. i know, how lucky could a gal get to have a boyfriend live right across the road from a nature preserve? i am very lucky indeed, in more ways than one.

i like having time off in the winter, it gives me time to appreciate nature in a very different way than in the warmer months; trees with their bare branches, covered in snow instead of leaves, frozen streams, and especially the quiet and stillness. it’s amazing to me how nature adapts to the changing seasons.

what do you appreciate about winter?

peace,

julayne

Welcome Summer

June 23, 2010


la salle county, illinois

 hello!

summer has arrived! i’ve had some wonderful adventures to begin one of my most favorite seasons; seeing new places and making new friends. the garden is planted and even though it’s been difficult to tend to it (due to an abundance of rain), things are going well.

i’ve read a wonderful story that i think would appeal to all ages: The Curious Snowflake  by james struck. it’s available in the amazon kindle store for an extremely reasonable price. the good news is that you don’t have to own a kindle to purchase it. there is also a link to The Curious Snowflake blog listed in my blogroll. take a look for instant inspiration.

a change of scenery is just what i needed to revive and inspire me.

what revives and inspires you?

peace,

julayne

ps happy birthday dad

Rain Rain Go Away

May 19, 2010


 

martin farm, prairie township, henry county, indiana

hello!

i know it’s been ages since i’ve posted, so please accept my apologies.

this photo was taken june 2009 (i think). i’ve posted it before,  i’m certain. it was taken at  a fun party that some good friends and neighbors invited me to (well, 3 miles to the east, but in a rural area that’s still considered a neighbor). i like the way the tree reflects in the water, it’s so realistic. it makes me wonder; when i see my reflection, do i truly see myself? something to ponder.

so.

 if i haven’t been posting on the blog, just what have i been doing?

i’ve been watching it rain. a lot. the garden is mud. i can’t even step foot into it. i’ve been a bit anxious about getting the garden put out,  but considering how many years i’ve planted a vegetable garden,  i should realize that this is spring and sometimes you just have to wait. i always like to say mother nature likes to let us know who’s in charge.

i’ve also been reading. while my recent choice in books are not books i would highly recommend, they have kept me grounded in my voluntary simplicity/ anti-consumerism approach to life.  something i would  highly recommend is the norwegian film kitchen stories. charming, funny, and poigant all in one.

as far as local news goes, the abandoned grain elevator right across the road from me is no more. they are hauling off the rubble as i write this;  so long,  north windbreak!  also, only 7 days of school left!  weeeeeeeeeeeee!  i found out that the dnr has finally admitted that there are wild cats in the area.  the local farmers are not amused.

 i hope that once school is out and the garden is planted, i’ll be back to posting on a regular basis.

hurry summer, i need you!

 peace,

julayne

Favorite View

February 15, 2010


delaware county, indiana

i have photographed this view many times.  i pass by here often as i head out for work, the hill, the library, and various other destinations. for me, it’s one of those idyllic scenes  i wrote about in an earlier post. i took this on a foggy morning and i just love how the tree’s branches are highlighted. also, it’s always nice to visit my cow friends, who on this morning, were quite vocal. i think they were complaining to me about the cold and the snow.

i wonder, how many more days until spring?

peace,

julayne

p.s. a few more inches of snow on the prairie. i’m so grateful i have a friend who can plow me out when the snow gets deep.

Almost Winter 2

December 20, 2009


henry county, indiana

hello.

i really don’t mean to start ripping off another artists work,  and then put it with my own work.

 however,  i have the say the lyrics from this neil young song do a great job at summing up my life right now.

 “See The Sky About To Rain”

Neil Young

See the sky about to rain,
broken clouds and rain.
Locomotive, pull the train,
whistle blowing
through my brain.
Signals curling on an open plain,
rolling down the track again.
See the sky about to rain.

Some are bound for happiness,
some are bound to glory
Some are bound to live with less,
who can tell your story?

See the sky about to rain,
broken clouds and rain.
Locomotive, pull the train,
whistle blowin’
through my brain.
Signals curlin’ on an open plain,
rollin’ down the track again.
See the sky about to rain.

I was down in Dixie Land,
played a silver fiddle
Played it loud and then the man
broke it down the middle.
See the sky about to rain.

almost winter.

peace,

julayne