Friday, February 11, 2011

The fog comes on little cat feet

I’m excited that it’s Friday – the end of a long week and the beginning of a weekend that promises to be quite lovely if the local weather forecasters are correct. Our temps are supposed to soar up to 50 - both days, and other than the slushy mess that all this frozen snow is going to create, I plan on getting a little sunshine in my soul.

Good news from my husband’s doctors at Johns Hopkins – the last MRI is clean and his re-checks are being stretched to every three months rather than two. In early May, it will be seven years since the initial diagnosis of stage IV brain tumor (Glioblastoma Multiforme) when he was given three months to a year to live. So I am happy ~

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Every day, I’ve been walking up and down the driveway, trying to kick up my walking workouts. It’s quite the challenge coming all the way back up the steady incline of the 1/3 mile long driveway and I can now do it two and a half times without stopping. Woot!

Now if I can begin to shrink my butt from the size of Montana into something more manageable, like maybe Delaware, or Rhode Island . . .

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I found these photos that I’d taken over the weekend and had forgotten to share with you.

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I took them late Saturday afternoon, after heading upstairs to get something from my bedroom. And I stopped when I saw this foggy, dreamy landscape out my bedroom window. So I went back for the camera, and opened the bedroom window to take the photos here.

The branches of the dogwood tree looked so beautiful against the mist with the woods in the background. I added a texture that made it look a little vintage and rumpled and imagined that it must have looked very similar out this very window a hundred years ago.

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Looking to the left of the open bedroom window is the edge of the house – the 1810 addition.
This is a window in an empty bedroom that’s awaiting repair. I thought it looked interesting, with the old black walnut tree in the background and the vines that are growing on it.

At the base of the tree is the old fireplace we discovered under the bush and vines that used to lie there.

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And then I went downstairs and baked a pie. And it certainly didn’t help with the Montana situation that’s going on right now.

* snort *

Hope you’re having a wonderful Friday. Friday night I’m going to a Faculty/Trustee dinner at a great local restaurant on the water. The food is always excellent. Thanks for stopping by, my friends ~

Oh, and before I go - there's a GIVEAWAY at the blog of a friend. Check it out!

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The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

Carl Sandburg

56 comments:

Gail said...

I love your photos, as usual, but I love your news most of all.

texwisgirl said...

I agree with Gail above. Wonderful news for you and hubby (and his parents!)

I LOVE that top photo and the texture you gave it. The feathery branches are just gorgeous. :)

tj said...

...That is great news Kate! Way to go Country Boy! Woot-woot! :o)

...As always, fabulous photos. They're just spectacular, each one. If someone said to me, "Pick one photo or your life!". I'd just havta say, "Here I come Eliz'beth, I'm comin' to join ya honey!"...(name that tv show;o)

...Hey, Montana's good! A lil' junk in the trunk never hurt anybody...hee,hee,hee

...Blessings friend... :o)

SouthernSass said...

Beautiful and I love the textures!

I am so very happy to hear your husband's news - he is very blessed!

Enjoy your dinner and I agree with tj - a little junk in the trunk is a good thing. Except I have more than a little.... LOL!

deb colarossi said...

That is squeal out loud new , no?

Thank you for the peaceful photos tonight. They are needed.

aging sucks, except for the part where it means you get to be alive :)

Country Girl said...

Not when you can't fit into your fancy black dress pants, it doesn't!

Sanford & Son, tj. That ole fish-faced fool.

~ C.G.

Caroline said...

These photos totally speak to me! Especially the one of the window. I love old windows...something mysterious and soulful about them. Gorgeous shots!

Hilary said...

That's excellent news about your husband, Kate. I'm so happy for you.

Your photos are beautiful as always.. and as for Montana.. at least it's not Alaska. ;)

deborah said...

So happy for you and your family about the Great news! Stunning pictures

Karen said...

Awesome images!.. very broody...

and Amen for the great news!...
Sometimes there is that after all -

Have a great Friday night and balmy weekend - here too!!

Tiffany said...

Bless you and your husband, I'm so glad to hear the wonderful news from the doctor!!!

Country Gal said...

Love your photos. Thats great news from the DR for you and your hubby. You must be a day ahead of us here in Canada, right now it is still Thursday eve at 8:30. Hope you enjoy your eve out. Have a wonderful day !

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Mary said...

Oh how I love a good fog! These are so beautiful, Kate! And I love a bit of CRl Sandburg, too.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Xoxo,
Mary

Pat - Arkansas said...

That's wonderful news about your husband. I'm so happy for both of you.

My mother must have loved this Sandburg poem. I remember her reciting the first line and adding "and walks all over my cake." That said upon the occasion of one or more of us children sneaking in like fog and dipping our fingers into the frosting before the cake was served.

These are beautiful, ethereal photographs. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Mary said...

Oh, and what wonderful news from the doctors, too! :)

Deb said...

wonderful news....hope you have a great weekend...

Michelle said...

Love the photos, the great news about your husband, your honesty in the battle of "Montana," your anticipation of the weekend. Thanks for sharing and making me smile!

beth said...

snort....the montana comment cracked me up even though it's NOT true !!

and once again...great minds think alike.....i have some fog photos from florida that i've been saving...and savoring....and next week sometime i'll share them. thanks for the motivation :)

A Good Day said...

Okay, I have written a response to you/your blog two or three different times but deleted them all.
Hopefully, this one will go through...I just want to tell you that I'm becoming a blog junkie, and your blog is one of my absolute favorites!!! I received a Cannon Rebel for Christmas, and I'm so envious of your beautiful photography! I just want to kiss George right on the lips, he is so adorable!

beth said...

and in regards to your hubby. wow. what great...no fantastic.....news. you both must be thrilled with the latest results.

Fine Lines said...

Good health news is always great to hear -- even when you don't know the person. I am happy for you and your husband!!

ELK said...

so so happy to read of your husbands health..and oh how lovely these subtle shots are.

mine is the size of texas it seems ...

Gone Country said...

Stunning photos, as usual, but the best news of all is that of your hubby! I am so happy for the two of you!

Enjoy your weekend! And I hope that your forecasters are right about your weather! Would be icing on the cake or is that ice cream with your pie?!

Tess Kincaid said...

I adore fog. Beautiful.

kelly@thebluemuse said...

Love the mood in these photos. And oh my, I have my own version of Montana...I can't wait until the weather breaks so I can start running again. Hope you get sunshine this weekend.

Oliag said...

So in love with foggy photos! I especially love that window photo...very interesting point of view....but I am mostly in love with your husbands good news....That makes the weekend even sunnier I'm sure:)

Kamana said...

the fog makes it so romantic, dont you think?

Laura~peach~ said...

ok so this is so totally not abotu your post but THANK YOU... I am still giggeling over your comments on debs post... I love you! you ROCK!

spindrift,me said...

this is such good news about your hubby! Joining you in rejoicing....;o)

paperbird said...

Gorgeous photographs. I love the beauty I find here and thank you so much for the very kind words you left my way on my blog. I appreciate it so much!

Sweetpea said...

That's THE BEST dang news, CG...sighing a HUGE sigh of relief for you both...
Whatever you're doing with your photos of late, they be awesome.

Joey said...

I've only been following for a few weeks and did not know about your husband but that is wonderful news. It's always uplifting to hear a survivor story. Have a great weekend!

Jill of All Trades said...

What wonderful news. Cold here too but the big thaw is to commence today!

Kerri said...

What WONDERFUL news! I am so happy for your and your hubby!!
And as always .... love your pics!
But today - the GOOD NEWS is the best part of this post :)

Nurse Nancy said...

great shots....they make me want to cuddle up with a piece of pie and a fire in the fire place.

Snappy Di said...

50's and possibly up to 60 here by Monday... Halleluja!!!

Di

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Speaking of tj's comment, I happened to watch an episode of SAnford and Son last night and howled with laughter when he called Aunt Esther a "greasy neck-bone eatin'" something or another (I think she cut him off so he didn't have a chance to finish.)

These photos are beautiful. But even more impressive is the 7 + years after being told only 3 months were left. That is absolutely amazing.

Happy Friday!

The Japanese Redneck said...

That is truly good news to hear about your dear husband.

Funny that you used the word "soar". That's exactly what our news caster said this AM.

sharon said...

and happy friday to you, oh glorious friday, I've been waiting for you all week. have a good weekend!

Louisiana Belle said...

I'm a fairly new follower, so I did not know about your husband...so glad that he's still with you, and clear.

Those photos are GORGEOUS! They do have that antique quality that I so love.

Have a good weekend! Your words and photography are beautiful.

CJR said...

Excellent news! I pray that many blessings continue to come your way! Have a great weekend!

TSannie said...

Wonderful news! I'm so very happy for both of you!
xoabb

Joanne said...

Gorgeous! I'm jealous, I grew up in Seattle where we got fog, but here in Boston where I live now we only get fog once or twice a year. I miss it. Thanks for sharing!

Egghead said...

I am so happy to hear about your hubbys scans. 7 years! Wow! Your photos are simply beautiful as usual. Enjoy your "balmy" weekend.

Char said...

the shots are beautiful but even more beautiful is your husband's progress - that is awesome and wonderful.

god does grant miracles.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Oh dear - I had never thought of comparing the sizes of bottoms to counties - shall now try to work out my own.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Those photos look like beautiful paintings one would see in an art gallery. Stunning. And I am in love with your header. I love the way your have your blog name on the picture.

Have a lovely weekend, CJ xx

maccandace said...

Beautiful, ethereal photos. And just wonderful news about your husband!

Bluebird49 said...

Hey--7 years--that is amazing. I can imagine your relief.

The photos look like watercolor paintings! Thanks for Sandburg--he and Frost are a couple of my favorites.

Wonder if all of us, as we get older, are thinking of our behinds--or what's behind us??

Madi and Mom said...

Oh my goodness we were so thrilled to read of your husband's good health report. What a gift and God bless you all,
Madi and Mom

Carolynn said...

Ooooo...very haunting images, verging on spooky.

Good for you on the exercise thing. I've never been to Montana, but I hear it's very nice. *smirk*

Enjoy your weekend!

Carolynn said...

How could I forget to give a very high 5 for your husband's health! I love it when the prognosis is wrong. Excellent news. I have no doubt that George is a very big part of the healthy equation in your household.

Ruth Andre said...

You are having a perfect Friday! Such good news for your husband and you. Enjoy dinner. it sounds grand. The photos are treasures as always.

Lili said...

Kate, I'm so happy to hear that news about your husband. Thanks for sharing that, it really is so uplifting to hear what he has overcome from what was expected. And the pretty scene you captured from your bedroom window is so enchanting. That's amazing about finding the fireplace at the base of that tree. Oh, and I hope you had a wonderful time tonight at dinner, sounds lovely! xo ~Lii

Cait O'Connor said...

Reading this post has been a delightful start to my morning from the title onwards through your good news, your dreamy pics, your wonderful way with words, your humour and it even ends with a poem.
Thank you, have a great weekend.