“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
Robert Frost

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Changes Ahead

The season of in-betweens is here again, between fall and winter.  The leaves have fallen like rain the past week.  All are almost down now, except for those persistent Weeping Willows and a few Mountain Ash trees which stubbornly refuse to drop their leaves.

As I look out my window, I see the moon showing through the overcast sky, the sun is setting in the west.  A glimmer of pink is there behind the trees. It's only 4:30 in the afternoon and the sun is already starting to set.  Night comes early here in Minnesota.




As you see here in the photo, the snow is mingling with the fallen leaves.  The perfect example of our seasons meeting here in the middle.  As I said in the beginning, there are changes ahead.







In the sunnier area, the snow melted away.  I loved the pattern of the leaves on the patio, so random, but so elegantly arranged.





In the shadier areas, the snow clung on and persisted for several more days.  It is all gone now and warmer weather has returned.  We all sense the changes and are already getting used to the new patterns.  The kitties have felt the first blast of cold air and snow on their paws.  They are not so quick to rush outside now.  A brief sniff of the air determines how long they want to be out now.

I along with them are happy to return to the warmth of the house after a quick walk around the yard. The tea kettle is on all day now, and the oven is getting used again now that the grill is put away for the season.  The gathering time has begun.

I am sorry I have been neglecting my blog friends.  I will try and get around for a visit soon. Thank you all for your patience. If you'd like to see what I've been up to, come browse through my Etsy shop CraveCute.

I hope you are all having a pleasant week and enjoying the changing seasons.
~~~ Diane ~~~




17 comments:

  1. I love your photos Diane! We never think to look at the falling leaves, "elegantly arranged". So many of us, just hurry to rake them up! Keep warm ;o) Your shop looks great!

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  2. Nice photos. Just love your blog header!

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  3. Beautiful leaves in these photos Diane :)

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  4. Yes, mountain ash always seem to hold on to their leaves FOREVER, don't they?

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  5. it was cold in my area yesterday. They even predicted some snow (very rare) but it never came.

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  6. Oooooo! Lovely photos! :) I love the elegant patterns of the leaves too. Nature does it perfectly. It took awhile for our four kitties to adjust to the fall back in time, but now they're better, and don't get hungry exactly when it gets dark. lol

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  7. I love this in-between time. We actually got an early snow here in Kentucky on Tuesday and it's still on the ground. Made me super happy :)

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  8. Perfect photos....and you're right, we're in-between again. Thanks for giving some time to this particular half-season which we so often let slide right past on the way to Winter.

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  9. I remember a huge snowstorm we had here years ago - the cats hadn't seen snow before, and would put a paw in it, then yank it away, then do the same again. It was so cute!

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  10. Dear Diane - the changes are here too...they arrived Tues. night and left us with a couple of inches...most is melting today but in the shade like you some remains. Love your photos of the leaves...Wish I could stop by and have a cup of tea and a chat with you. Stay warm friend and have a great week-end. Now I will go visit your Etsy store.

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  11. Lovely images! It's gotten a little colder here, but no snow in sight. Yet. I'm sure it's just around the corner.

    This is the time of year for some nice tea! I've started enjoying it regularly.

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  12. Lovely. There a leaves everywhere in Oxford. It always makes me think of when my sister was born - November 8th. Enjoy!

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  13. Very pretty - I love the first snow each winter.

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  14. We have leaves everywhere on the ground now as well. I have to be careful because it's hard to see the holes and hills in the landscape now with the thick layer of leaves. I've almost fallen several times already! Your leaf photos are really pretty :)

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  15. Dear Diane, I LOVE the little peaks you give us of your corner of the world and it's changing seasons....This week here in'Old blighty' has been mild, but I do know we have the frosts and colder climate coming after the weekend...NO snow thank fully yet! ....I had a little smile at your kitties earlier post and I must say I do think they have the coolest of names....hehe...Thank you for kind thoughts regarding my thoughts for November....I always feel better once we have passed through it, really! Sending kind regards for your celebrations of the month....Hugs and kisses xxxx Maria x

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  16. Lovely fall images! I love the look of the fallen leaves! The only thing I dread is the coming of winter!

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Thank you for leaving a comment! I do read them all and will try to respond if I'm able. Please know that all comments are appreciated, I love to hear your thoughts on my posts! ~ Diane