Monday, November 18, 2013

Autumn Day

Leaves rain gold onto emerald grass
skitter across the drive
catch in roses bushes
whirl across the yard.

I look out onto work.
Hours of work.
Grateful for a backpack blower,
warm winter mittens,
and a full can of gasoline.
It would take that much to complete my task.

Wind turning cheeks pink with cold;
skies a mix of blue and white ~
I push large piles of leaves back into the woods;
leaving the lawn neat and clean 
...for the moment...
until brisk winds grow to gales.

Gales bring rain lashing at the windows.
Unexpected thunder growls.
The furnace blows warm air as
I squeeze and roll earthy scented clay in my hands
and push it out onto the bread board with an old rolling pin.
A Hope Heart takes shape.
Tiny clay petals hold my fingerprints.

Dream catcher streamers catch the warmed air and flutter in big farmhouse windows.
My eyes travel from one to another and I smile.
My mind envisions them in their new homes.

"Winter Willow" and "Playful Pink" dream catchers.

Baskets of shabby flowered fabric,
containers of round beads,
tubs of clay,
a box of shipping supplies ~
all litter the floor of the studio.
My head bows to continue working.

Trees groan in the wind.
Wet leaves paste to pavement.
Temperatures drop.
Winter knocks.

My head bows in grateful prayer.
Wrapped loosely around my wrist.
Held gently in my heart.

Leather cuff: Michelle Verbeek, Etsy.

for a warm house.
A creative studio.
The thick Turkish rug beneath my feet.
Maizie snoring softly on the sofa.
Sophie, a small ball of calico fur pressed against the register.
Dinner simmering in a crock pot.
Husband working in his tool room.

Autumn bows to Winter.
The clock ticks quietly.
Candles burn in the growing twilight.

Rose petals drop silently to the tabletop.

Raindrops fall heavy outside.


~  Blessings  ~

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  1. HI Laurie honey ♥ what a beautiful post and I hope you didn't work too hard. I love that big huge beautiful barn! I still don't know what Eucharisteo means lol I've never heard of it. I guess I could google it and find out.

    I wanted you to come to my blog and see the recipe I posted that you might like to try!

    Take care sweetee and I so much love you and your blog and oooohhhhh those dreamcatchers!

  2. Beautiful photos! My backyard is all snow right now. I miss fall. (I miss summer!!) At the same time though I love Christmas and I am starting to get in the spirit. Thankyou for sharing your beautiful pictures!

  3. Keep counting, friend. Eucharisteo!

  4. I raked a lot of leaves this weekend too. We do not have a blower(I don't want the noisey thing, but understand your need for one on so much land). It is peaceful to rake and scoop the old fashioned way. The quiet days of autumn are so pleasant. Rain is coming tomorrow. I look forward to it.

  5. Bonjour,

    Lorsque la nature commence son long sommeil hivernal... J'aime l'ensemble de vos belles photos. La pluie semble vouloir délaver les couleurs de l'automne...
    La douceur de votre intérieur est très agréable.
    Gros bisous

  6. What a beautiful poetic post Laurie !! romantic words and images so very nice ! have a lovely week...Gail x

  7. fabulous old barn, laurie. your clay roses are so sweet--something i'd like to try:) we are ready to put up my shutters today---i love them! thanks for all of the beautiful inspiration!

  8. This is so beautiful Laurie... and so you... soft spoken... gentle and loving... kind and caring... appreciating all of the many blessing you have been given... you have touched my heart sweet friend, like you touch so many others... enjoy your blissful day as Autumn bids her fond farewell and winter begins to settle in at your beautiful farmhouse... much love, xoxo Julie Marie

  9. Blessings to you my dear friend far Ria...x !!..Remember God is great !!...x!

  10. absolutely beautiful, Lauria. I feel like I am right there with you. xo Laura

  11. How enchanting...such beautiful words dear friend xo
    Thank you for linking up with Twirl & Take a Bow! xo

  12. I love your autumn day photos Laurie! Your clay roses are gorgeous.

  13. And blessings to you and yours as well. What a lovely post!

  14. Oh my, what beautiful pictures and lovely post. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  15. How beautiful! I just went and looked at your pinterest boards and I'm following you now. You always inspire me with the beauty you create and surround yourself with. Sweet hugs!

  16. Beautiful pictures Laurie! It looks like Michigan is just amazing this time of year! Is that your barn? Fall is my very very favorite time of year!

    1. Yes, Chels! That's the back of our barn! :)

  17. Hi! I'm stopping over from 'Cottage Style Party' link-up. I love how your poetry tells a story and puts us right there in and around your home. And the pictures add detail to your writing! I have a 4lb. Chihuahua that I named Sophie! :) I really enjoyed reading this! Seems like autumn goes by way too quickly!!
    Ann @ Cairn Cottage

  18. Beautiful photos paired with beautiful prose.... I always enjoy my visits to your blog as I see the world through your heart. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


  19. Your photography is stunning! You should be in a magazine!! Love the serene peaceful fall colors....
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

    1. So glad to hear you WILL be in a magazine! Congrats! You deserve it!!!
      hugs x, Crystelle
      Crystelle Boutique

  20. Beautiful images! You are blessed to live in such a stunning home!

  21. Laurie,
    Such tranquility in this post, dear friend.
    I'm reading it after two very busy days here on my side of the Prairie.
    I am now, so very much at peace.
    Thank you for allowing me such a relaxing visit today!

  22. What a beautiful post. Your pics are lovely; I'd like to paint some of the leaves. The colors are glorious!

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    10. Dear Miss Anonymous "." ~ Thank you.

      Julie Marie ~ God bless you, sweet sister. You are right. The blogging community is not the place for bitterness and anger. I am so glad that we are sisters in Christ! Love you, too!! ♥

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  24. Lovely pics! Thanks for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party! Have a great day.
    House on the Way

  25. Love this post. I can just picture you all warm and cozy there in your farmhouse, the winds howling outside. They are sure howling here tonight...and oh so cold! I love those clay roses! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Eucharisteo.

  26. Beautiful words and wonderful blessings Laurie! I too am so grateful for so many of the same things. Life is good! Nice day here today. Started a bit of my outdoor Christmas decorating. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  27. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned Link Party. Have a great Thanksgiving.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  28. Lovely autumn photos!!!!! For us today it snowed for the first time - a little, but it's still beautiful!!!

  29. Love this post! Wanted to let you know that you are one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party. Here is the link to today's party. Hope to see you again at the little blue soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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