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

Monday, December 10, 2012

Time To Just Be

A balmy day on Sunday
showers on and off.

Birds are returning
Garden and woods look stripped and at Peace

Inside cottage
small touches of holiday colors
even in the pantry
and a small rug in front of the sink
Just enough for one matriarch

Neighbor delivered handmade
herbal soap she makes.  It smells wonderful.
This is something I wanted to do years ago.
Make soap.

Her visit brought back such past memories.
They surfaced all through the night
and made me smile....

Of my chickens and fresh eggs.
Orchard that provided jams and jellies.
Large garden
Collection of geese, ducks, peacocks and
an incubator that I hovered over like a mother
to see eggs hatch.
Baby calves that were bottle fed.
My youngest barefoot and wearing a sun bonnet

It was a time of healing 30 years ago.
I truly thought I could not make it
A time that was the end of much I had known
and now I received the blessing of a new beginning.

Ever thankful that
To this world I came
from a totally different world.

A favorite
Enya's "And Winter Came"
played softly
most of the day

All is well........



FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Ernestine ~ This post of yours this morning was very soothing to me. You are an inspiration to me as you also live alone.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady Lorraine

Nancy said...

I can feel your "peace " in today's posting. I also am overwhelmed with the beauty of the lovely snowfall outside my Minnesota home this morning. Home and nature are nurturing to our souls. One of my favorite sayings is: The best things in life are not things.

Lynn said...

Your home looks so festive this morning. My thoughts have been with Lorraine. Yea! Your birds are back . . . all is well.

Hill Top Post said...

Such an cheerful visit this morning...puts me in a festive spirit!

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

Lorraine, thinking of you..
Nancy, Lynn and Mary, thank you for kind words. So little done this year - in the past the really big tree. But am pleased with things simpler...

Val said...

Simple is always lovely. I always enjoy your words, and I'm especially glad today that you and Lorraine are friends. ♥♥

Beverly said...

I love the pictures. It is so cold here now. I could tell a difference from when I picked grandkids up from school.

the wild magnolia said...

Pure joy to read your words, a story of life. Beautiful yard and woodland, lovely photos of beauty you have created.

Happy your birds are back.

I wonder if you realize how much goodness you create and share.

Thank you, dear sweet friend.

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

Val, Beverly and Sandy, thank you for visiting my world...

Olympia B said...

What a beautiful post, lovely words and photos, reminded me that Christmas is around the corner. I just came across you blog today, it is warm and cozy here!

Have a wonderful day,


mel said...

Thank you for sharing your peace.

Sharon said...

Your home changes and reflects the beauty of each season. I love your splashes of red.

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

Olympia, Mel and
Sharon :)

Judy said...

I absolutely adore that red tulip picture in the background!!!

Anonymous said...

What lovely pictures, and thoughts, Ernestine. I can practically smell the soap! I just this weekend bought two bars--almond and jasmine--from someone at an art booth in the park. There is something wonderful and luxurious about handmade, scented soap. I am thinking about you. I "stopped in" several days ago and read some of your posts but didn't comment. I didn't even have the energy to log in to wordpress, so that I could leave a comment! (That tells you something about how much I am still dragging, energy-wise.) This evening I had to do some searching to even log in to wordress as it's been so long since I've done so. I'll read some more of your posts now!

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

Ellen otherwise known as MWD -
thank you so much for the many comments I found this early morning.
Good day wishes for you...E