Monthly Archives: November 2012

1440 {20} :: moving on

 I love the fall…. maybe even more than spring.  But this year, I’m ready to move on…  Ready to begin fully celebrating Christmas and the Christmas season. Decorating and gifting and holiday baking. Maybe even some entertaining, if we can manage it.  What I’m truly looking forward to, though, is slowing down, breathing in, giving […]

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Dina@4LettreWords - November 30, 2012 - 11:39 am

A lovely sentiment…and I’m ready, too! :)

Stephanie - November 30, 2012 - 11:57 am

I remember long ago a German friend of mine saying he loved the time from Thanksgiving to New Year’s most because ‘everything slows down’. I like to get my shopping done fairly early so that I can concentrate on decorating, and music, and festivities, myself.

Marty - November 30, 2012 - 12:04 pm

That first image…oh, my goodness! Just stunning!

Amy @ The Avery House - November 30, 2012 - 12:47 pm

Hi there sweet friend! I am getting back out into the blog world and your blog home is the first place where I am linking up again. As always I find true inspiration in the images that you capture through photography as well as the words you write to accompany them. They are the perfect pairing like a good book and a cup of coffee on a cold winter’s day. I look forward to catching up with you. In the mean time, I wish you peaceful and blessed moments during the season we are approaching.

Danielle - November 30, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Learning how to capture the ‘blue hour’ was, what I feel, my most beautiful shot of the week. I love what you wrote about ‘holiday homecoming’…that is exactly how I view the month of December. I really cut back and sit and ‘breathe’ during that month…unlike many is my month to just ‘be’.

becky - November 30, 2012 - 1:08 pm

me too…can hardly wait until i can. hope you are doing good girlie!

Tiaras & Tantrums - November 30, 2012 - 1:54 pm

You and I have the same though process this morning as we are both thankful for this approaching season!

Mona - November 30, 2012 - 5:29 pm

I’m already moved on to winter… and It feels good! Enjoy your winter and especially Christmas time :)

Lori - December 1, 2012 - 8:21 pm

Such beautiful shots! Come link up!


Outside, the gray clouds opened and silver rain poured down, washing color away. It was February, and the grass was dead, void of green, sharp and brittle. The cement sidewalk, like a gray path through death, lead right to her house. Leafless trees stood guard, dressed in gnarly bark the color of smoke. Everything blended […]

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deb colarossi - November 29, 2012 - 2:35 pm

Oh, Patty. You are so loved.
And I get this. I so do.
Praying and loving and holding you always.

KimS - November 29, 2012 - 3:02 pm

And why is that during these times in life when we need to avoid those carbs and sweets seems to be just when we crave them? I, too, am avoiding hormones, but have found some peace and joy through soy:). I wish I were more like Stephanie, but often sit and wonder about others rather than just asking.

Tamar Strauss-Benjamin - November 30, 2012 - 1:04 am

Such a beautiful post. You are in my thoughts. She sounds like a wonderful friend.

edie - November 30, 2012 - 11:25 am

And you are that kind of friend, Miss Patty, so caring and thoughtful. I am so thankful to know you in real life. And what a sweet way to honor Stephanie!
Much love to you both,

Sarah Halstead (@InTheMomentWith) - November 30, 2012 - 8:48 pm

Beautiful post and photos.

Carol - November 30, 2012 - 10:44 pm

What a very insightful post and reflective ~ So glad your friend reached out to you ~ lovely photo ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Brandee Shafer - December 2, 2012 - 4:37 am

Thank you for sharing so bravely, here, and for encouraging us to care for ourselves and one another.

Loredana Donovan - December 2, 2012 - 12:29 pm

Very nice composition in your black and white photo, and lovely thoughts on friendship. Visiting from foto friday :)

Lori - December 7, 2012 - 1:24 am

I feel like I should have wrote this myself. Well written.

Loving the photos.
Thanks for sharing with Foto Friday,

It’s all about the bokeh

As we waited for the Nutcracker to start, we wondered the streets of Gatlinburg. If ever you want to do some people watching, It’s also very beautiful in the winter, and if it happens to snow, it’s magical. It’s like a crazy German mountain village, boardwalk, festive type atmosphere. With bunches of people, holiday […]

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Danielle - November 27, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Oh I just love Gatlinburg!!! A favorite place. I am so excited because tonight I am taking a night photography class in the city with all the Christmas lights…and learning to make images out of the bokeh…!!

Tamar Strauss-Benjamin - November 27, 2012 - 12:56 pm

Wow! Beautiful!! i love me some light bokeh this time of year!

Life with Kaishon - November 27, 2012 - 1:39 pm

I love the picture of you! : ) So glad someone snapped that. I love that your boys go with you to these two events every year. Very sweet!

Linda Kittmer - November 27, 2012 - 2:21 pm

Fun shots. This is such a great time of year to capture that wonderful bokeh with all the Christmas lights coming out. Enjoy!

Molly - November 27, 2012 - 3:39 pm

I am so looking forward to getting my Christmas lights up so I can play with my camera


Pat - November 27, 2012 - 6:41 pm

I’m happy to hear you are exposing your boys to the arts – especially dance – so many think this meant for females alone – not true!

Katherine Vargas - November 28, 2012 - 2:02 am

this are amazing, i never done bokeh’ i just recently got my first dslr so hopefully i can get around doing some.

Scott - November 29, 2012 - 12:27 am

Great pic’s once again! but I can’t figure out what “Bokeh” is?? something electrical and Christmas…I can google but I’ll wait for a response here…

1440 {19} :: From the Kettle to the Fire

*Apologies for this late posting; my internet was down. Again. :/  I hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful day together yesterday. It was just my immediate family here, and it was quietly nice.I cooked and baked all day, and it was anything BUT paleo, but it was full of holiday tradition. Several times […]

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Lisa @ Two Bears Farm - November 23, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Great pics. I love the first santa picture!

Jessica@SweatIsMySanity - November 24, 2012 - 5:34 am

Sophia and I just got back from the Nutcracker and for the first time in 4 times going, I was totally disappointed. Maybe it was a mistake to go opening night since they hadn’t had a chance to get down just right or maybe it was our super close seats, but there were a lot of mistakes. I know I told you the other day I saw no reason to spend the big money to go down to Phoenix but I think next year we will. I wish I could watch Lexi perform, I thought of her as I watched the dancers tonight. I’m sure she rocked it. xo, Jess

Thanks Giving

 I am as enamored with autumn leaves, as I am with spring blossoms.  Each one, delicate, detailed, defined.  Different. And beautiful.  How easy it would be to walk by, unnoticed. Unblessed by their existence. Just like many of the other abundant little gifts we are given. * “Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more […]

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Southern Gal - November 22, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Patty.

Mila - November 22, 2012 - 2:24 pm

We don’t have this tradition in Finland, nor in Romania, but I like seeing pictures from my friends who celebrate.. enjoy and don’t eat too much turkey! 😀

Molly - November 22, 2012 - 2:30 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you too


Pieni lintu - November 22, 2012 - 2:51 pm

Beautiful leaves!

JoAnn - November 22, 2012 - 3:18 pm

beautiful!!! I love this. Happy Thanksgiving.

Barb - November 22, 2012 - 3:20 pm

Beautiful autumn photography and inspirational post!

Still and All - November 22, 2012 - 3:42 pm

Wonderful, meaningful post and quote. And your leaf images are exquisite. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from Canada!

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