Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Morning has broken

Yesterday, the temperature began to climb and the forecast for the week is more of the same. Last week, it was cool enough to wear a light sweater in the morning and it made me look forward to autumn.

I took these photos early this morning as I sat outside enjoying a cup of coffee on the patio out back.

 

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Slow buds the pink dawn like a rose
From out night's gray and cloudy sheath;
Softly and still it grows and grows,
Petal by petal, leaf by leaf.
~Author Unknown

 

 

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The hummingbirds were scarce this morning but I managed to capture a few shots before the sun became too strong.

 

 

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The feeder I purchased just last month is not working now, so yesterday I put up an old gnarly plastic one we use as a spare. Don’t judge me on the red dye. I’m trying to use up a jug that I was given.

 

 

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I'll tell you how the sun rose a ribbon at a time.

~Emily Dickinson

 

 

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A white-breasted nuthatch jumps along the roof line of the breakfast nook. I could hear him before I saw him. And I say him because I believe this is a male.

Listen to white-breasted nuthatch (scroll down to ‘identification’/click play)

 

 

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This is where I was sitting on the back patio when I took the photos in this post. You can see George in the background at the top left, sitting in his spot under the dogwood tree. To the left of the chair, you can also see my husband’s contraption made of tree limbs screwed into tree stumps. It serves two purposes: it holds up the center wire for the bird feeder, and it provides lots of perches for the birds.

Lastly, if you’re wondering why I’m home it’s because I’ve taken a leave of absence from work to care for my husband. He’s holding his own and I’m leaving it at that for now.

Here comes the sun ~

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55 comments:

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Take care of yourself while you take care of your husband. Sending you my very best.

Tiffany said...

I echo Denise's thoughts. Take good care of yourself, all the love and encouragement in the world winging your way!

Kerri Farley said...

Thinking of you my friend!!

Nellie said...

Wonderful pictures, Kate. I think early morning is my favorite time to be outside.

Please know that my thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. I hope that you will be able to have someone to offer you relief when it is needed.

Hugs,
Nellie

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I think of you daily and your husband's status. Take care, Sweetie... xox I sooo enjoyed the poetry this morning and the sunrise photos.

Mersad said...

Really wonderful morning shots. They are so calm and relaxing. Thank you for sharing!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Carolynn Anctil said...

Lovely little sound bite of the nuthatch. I don't think I've heard that song among those at our place.

Enjoy your time together with your husband. Sending thoughts of peace and happiness your way.

Blessings,
Carolynn

thotlady said...

Lovely photos as always. Take care and give George a hug for me.

Country Gal said...

Good morning lovely lady . Beautiful photos . You are both in our thoughts and prayers that all will be well !

JC said...

Thank you for showing us where you took those photos. To see the world as you do. Explains so much.

It's the simple moments that make a day. Sometimes those early ones that show you what it's all about.

Hugs and know that I'm here if you ever need to talk,

JC

Letting the Words Escape said...

Keeping you in prayers.

Letting the Words Escape said...

Keeping you in prayers!

kate i said...

I have a passion for birds too Kate. They're such a gift to us and your photo's of them are so amazing. Sending supportive and caring thoughts to you as you support and care for your husband.

Linda said...

Bless you, Kate.

Cloudia said...

Love You!



Aloha

Michelle said...

May your husband have peace surrounded by the love of a good woman, a good dog, and a good cat. (((HUGS)))

jinxxxygirl said...

I hold you and hubby in my thoughts Kate. Hugs! deb

Ramona JapaneseRedneck said...

Am thinking about ya'll. I enjoyed the pictures.

Take care,

Low Tide High Style said...

Glad you were able to step outside and drink in a little of the morning light! I love that Emily Dickinson quote and all of your images!

xo Kat

Hilary said...

You are in my very best thoughts.. always, Kate.

Hugs,
H

donna baker said...

What a beautiful morning. I wish I could get up early like that. Every year I buy some new fangled hummingbird feeder, it leaks so the ants come, then I drag out the old plastic ratty one, and use it.

Hartwood Roses said...

The past couple of mornings have been foggy and beautiful. You captured it perfectly! Sending hugs for each of you, sweet Kate.

beth said...

my thoughts and prayers and love are with you.....more than you'll ever know.

next year, i'm setting up a hummingbird heaven somewhere in my yard....a gift to myself as i just love those birds.

hugs sweet girl....big hugs!!

JaneK said...

Now I've got Cat Stevens and The Beatles in my head... Not a bad thing, though :)

Sending hugs and warm thoughts your way...

Hilary said...

I have to ask...what is up with the bricks???

A New England Life said...

It certainly was a warm day, that's for sure! I see you still have an immature male hummingbird. All the males here appear to have departed. Only a female shows up every now and then. Pretty soon they too will be gone. Love the Nuthatches! Such comical birds they are!

Lee Owenby said...

Bless your heart, Kate. Hugs.

Donna S. said...

Please try to get rest for yourself whenever possible. Is your son still living with you? I just hope you have some help. Thinking of you. If I were closer I could help out some how!! Take care of you & hubby!!

Candace Porth said...

Prayers and warm thoughts to you and your family.

{B} said...

Loving your photos. It's like sharing a morning cup of coffee with you. Big hugs and prayers for peace for both of you!

Marianne said...

Speaking from past experience: Cherish the moments - and the memories.

thecatalanway said...

thanks for this post...so full as always.....of you, your good heart and Life. i love seeing your chair and will think now of you having peaceful moments there with George keeping close and watching over you all. lots of love from cornwall kx

Steph said...

Thinking of you both and sending you thoughts of love and strength for your journey. Xo

WPgirl said...

You and your husband are in my thoughts and prayers.
Lynda in Michigan.

Jeanne Walker said...

Morning has broken to a beautiful day full of God's creation and beauty. Praying that He will surround you and Andrew with his comforting love and peace! How blessed is Andrew to have you and George by his side!!!! xoxo

Ellen Reed said...

Sending you lots of good karma, by way of smiling at your lovely images......I feel you are surrounded by all of our love and compassion.....take care of you, too.....smiles!

Oz Girl said...

I thought of you today and as always, I smile at your beautiful images. You are certainly surrounded by warmth and goodness, that of your readers. Sending my best wishes and hugs, and do take care of you also~

Susan

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Gayle said...

Beautiful photos.

Thinking of you and your family and sending good wishes.

Tammy said...

I'm sorry to hear that things have reached the point that you must be home. Please remember to take care of yourself as well as your hubby. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Big Hugs!!

Kay said...

I am sending you lots of love from my home to yours. Will be thinking of you and your hubby... Take care of yourself too........xxoo

mrs mediocrity said...

Yes, more love and hugs from me as well. You will continue to be in my thoughts. I'm glad you have all your little bird friends there keeping you company just now.
xoxo

Sylvia said...

Peace and good thoughts to you and your family.
Thank you for the haven you provide for us.

Mary said...

Gotta love Emily Dickinson... :)

I like to think of you taking a moment outside in the early morning, the cool air filled with birdsong, and George crouched at your side...

Thinking of you, holding you in my heart. xoxo

Donalyn Ketchum said...

Got you guys in my prayers - peace, joy in little blessings - all the good stuff.

I have this one kind of hummingbird feeder I like because it's flat, and you can see them all the way around it. It's also about 3 times as expensive as the cheapies. And a favorite of the raccoons who never touch the cheap kind. grrrr.

Bluebird49 said...

Echoing the sentiments of the other commenters in sending caring thoughts and prayers for you during this hard road. Praying for you and your whole family Kate! Take care of you, too.

Devon said...

Very sweet photos. I'm sending prayers of love and peace to you and your family. So sorry it has come to this.

You have a lot of cyber friends who hold you in thought and prayer. I love that you are taking time to sit and enjoy coffee and have your camera out!

Barb T. said...

My thoughts are with you and your family, Kate.

Cait O'Connor said...

Hope all is well.

Donna S. said...

Thinking of you & your family.

Lili said...

Oh Kate you are very much in my thoughts right now. Sending love to you. The way you weave those wonderful quotes in with your beautiful photography has such a calming effect. I know you are holding it all together because that is just who you are. xoxo

Gail said...

What a peaceful place to sit.

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