Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Thursday, July 11, 2013


A long morning
with chores inside
and Zucchini bread is cooling

Outside everything continues to grow at a rapid pace.
I pick a few tomatoes, zucchini and yellow squash out of this tiny garden.

Small clipper always in hand and much added to compost pile.
Hummingbird and bird feeders are refilled.

Satisfied with all that was planned surrounding this cottage.
Then overwhelming thoughts surface
of the future.   I will have to stay in the moment and continue
to  add all this abundance of growth to the woods.
Giving it back to the earth for its future.
Occasional help disappeared but then someone new has promised
to arrive tomorrow to cut 3 weeks growth of grass and spray long gravel drive. 
With rain, sun and ongoing
wonderful weather there is no disappointment in the growth of lush surroundings.
Herbs are healthy and an addition to every meal
Now inside
fans are whirling
and always this old fan brings back vivid memories of my mother
A day that started
at 4:30, lunch time has arrived
and I will enjoy the New York Times and U.S.A today
that was picked up from neighbors box.
She is attending her 50 year college reunion in Rhode Island
and I smile as thoughts arise of this pleasure for her.

"Sometimes, when I take stock, I only look at
what isn't done.  I also need to look at what I have,
what's been done, and what's being done"

In part from Meditations For Women Who Do Too Much
by Anne Wilson Schaef

A favorite little book of mine
which I pick up often and it always speaks to me.

dated that I purchased in year 2000.....


Pienosole said...

Great to see this post! Yes, we need to remind ourselves that we don't have to do too much! Take care and enjoy each moment.

Tabor said...

Isn't it wonderful how certain books become faithful friends and we can go to them again and again for inspiration and peace? Your yard is far lovelier than mine. So neat and your sunflowers are so smart. Mine have weepy heads from all the rains and no sun!

Judy said...

So much to do and so little time.

Sharon said...

You are an early riser:) I wish the early morning hours called to me ~

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Sharon, oh yes
an early riser.
A lifetime habit
and I love seeing the day begin :)

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Pienosole, Tabor and Judy,
thanks for visiting...

Aisling said...

I love your garden photos, Ernestine. Every thing is so lush and green. I don't get up quite as early as you do, but like you, I like to see the day begin. There is such a sweet peace to those early morning hours. It helps me to experience that peace before "taking on the day." Glad to read a post from you this morning! :)

lil red hen said...

I think it's so wonderful that you are satisfied and happy where you are. It's a beautiful, soothing place, lush and green.

S0 glad you're back!

Mary @ Colony Mountain Folk Art Dolls said...

I find inspiration in your every word and every glad to find your post this morning!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

aisling, charlotte and mary,
thank you
dear friends...