Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tears and fears and feeling proud

It’s Saturday afternoon and the clouds have taken over but I don’t mind. They suit my mood and frankly, I think some rain would be lovely. I spent the day doing some badly-needed spring cleaning and have the sore muscles to prove it.  But at the moment, I am consoling myself with a cocktail and listening to some music as the pre-Preakness Stakes festivities air on our local television channel in Baltimore.

Later in the afternoon, I went out and bought myself a hanging basket to cheer up the little back porch area. I’ll be working on that tomorrow, even if it rains. It’s a mess and I took a before photo for tomorrow’s post.

While I was cleaning the upstairs foyer this morning, I could hear my son in his room practicing on his guitar. I usually mind the fact that I’m the only one cleaning, but he’d just come home from working all night and he was playing an old Joni Mitchell tune with his door open. He asked if I knew what it was. Is he kidding, I thought. I love Joni Mitchell, and I loved being somewhat serenaded as I wiped down the woodwork with cleanser.

 

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I took this yesterday evening within moments of sitting down in my chair to relax and smiled wide after seeing it on the playback menu of my camera.  She is getting used to having me for company. I stayed out there for over an hour and only had far away sightings of the male. I can hear the babies in the nest when she brings them food.

 

I heard these three tunes at different times today and two of them have something in common. I’ll give you a hint: they were on a soundtrack for a movie.

 

And speaking of movies . . .

 

. . .

Last night, I watched a foreign film that came highly recommended by the head of our English department at school. Rust and Bone is the story of two lost souls who find strength in each other after the collapse of each of their personal lives. It’s not a happy movie, but it’s not entirely sad either. And I have a total girl crush now on Marion Cotillard. Actually, I’ve always liked her. But in this, she gives an absolutely stellar performance. There are subtitles. But subtitles usually don’t bother me.

 

Rust and Bone is a dark romance, full of grit but also of hope and redemption. It’s a movie that is still with me. Although I recommend, I will say that it’s not for everyone.

And with that, I’ll say farewell . . . until tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend. And remember, these are the good old days.

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Hartwood Roses said...

Oh, Kate, the bluebird shot is absolutely fantastic!!

beth said...

i knew if anyone was going to capture a {most gorgeous by the way} bluebird in flight photo, it'd be YOU !!!

WOW!!!

and oh, joni mitchell.....how wonderful to hear your son playing her this morning......
xo

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mrs mediocrity said...

I am finally catching up on my reading... I am so glad that you have bluebird babies! Ours had three eggs, then the papa disappeared and something got at them. A day or two later, the male showed up in our fireplace! He was okay, and was able to reunite with mama, but it was too late for the babies.

Anyway, now I can watch vicariously through you... gorgeous shots you've been taking of her!

JaneK said...

Ok, I have damn to say three times

Damn...
...that is an amazing wing shot!
...my stupid iPad wouldn't open youtube links for songs
...that movie looks way too intense for me but I think you might have known that :-)

Have a wonderful Sunday!!

Karen said...

...these are... the good ole days..

Loved your post, enjoy your Sunday.

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The Weaver of Grass said...

Thinking of you Kate - and marvelling at your wonderful photographs.

Em Parkinson said...

The bluebird is amazing, almost like a painting. It's a new week tomorrow!

Barbara Shallue said...

I don't mind subtitles, either, so thank you for the recommendation! I would have let my son serenade me rather than make him help clean, too. Better memories. Love that you're able to watch that little family!

Ramona JapaneseRedneck said...

I don't know what that movie is about but it gave me chill bumps watching the trailer.

Love the bird in flight. Wonderful picture.

Spring cleaning, uh oh....well at least I'm getting much needed yard work done :)


Kerri said...

I am so totally envious of your "in flight" birds!!! That is one awesome shot!!

Ellen Reed said...

big smiles.....

GailO said...

Oh Joni! How I was always so envious of her beautiful long straight hair! Her songs and voice always bring tears to my eyes.

Bye Bye Blackbird has had sentimental meanings for me since I was in my fifth grade musical...all those years ago and it is still one of my favorites. This is one of the best versions.

Will add Rust and Bone to my Netflix list....it sounds like something I would love:)

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Yes, I think I know every word of every Joni Mitchell song! Can't stand it when I hear her turned into elevator "Musak"!
The trailer looked terrific.... off to add it to my Netflix!

Reena Walkling said...

Wonderful bluebird shot! One of my fave songs is Both Sides Now! Sounds lovely to hear someone playing the guitar and must be nice to hear it echoing through your home.

Mary said...

Just came home today and, boy, do I need to clean! Maybe I'll put on some Joni Mitchell to keep me company... :) xoxo