Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Changing of the Seasons

It's Autumn on the Peninsula.  I know according to the calender we are still deep into Summer...but mother nature doesn't go by a calender.  It's Autumn.  All the signs are there.
I think the change came about a week ago.  It was early morning, I was standing outside on the deck enjoying a cup of coffee watching my loyal mini-minions.  The air had that crispness that you only get in the Fall.  It was warm but there was a tinge of cold..just enough to cause your breath to fog.  Leafs are starting to fall, and here and there you can see a splash of orange or red.  When the wind blows you see little whirlwinds of leafs happily dancing down the road.

The orb weavers are starting to spin their webs.  Morning brings dew covered spider webs into view....shimmering like diamond encrusted veils draped here and there about the garden and on my herbs.  When you look off into the dark woods behind our little cottage you can see swarms of gnats swirling and dancing, the sunlight making them sparkle like small tornadoes of glitter.

Yesterday in the afternoon the fog came ashore.  I stood on my deck, cup of hot tea in hand and enjoyed the feeling of the mist as it moved around me.  Small streamers of fog wafted by like ghosts, moving past me and off into the woods.  Perhaps the spirits of Summer silently returning to Mother Nature?

Today the sky is blue, not a cloud in the sky. The sunlight has that golden hue that you only see in Autumn. Every color seems more intense. The green leafs and grasses seem as if they are burnished with a slight bronze patina, yellow and orange blooms seem to almost glow with an inner light. There is a quiet, a hush almost as if nature is holding it's breath...afraid to break this magical spell of the changing of the seasons.

Being a crone you are in the Autumn and Winter of your life.  Autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering, of paying thanks.  Autumn is a time of incredible almost magical beauty.  In Autumn I have always felt more alive and more connected to  nature and the spirit.  I am learning to embrace this changing of the season in myself, to look for the beauty, to live with and enjoy the magic that surrounds us all.

Le Petite Crone says:  Find your inner light and glow!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hello Readers....

I wanted to take a moment to say hello to all my readers in the US, Malaysia, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, and the Ukraine!

It is amazing to see how many readers you have, where they are from and how many "hits" you get from other countries.

I'd like to ask each of my readers, from whatever country you are from to leave a message/comment on this blog and let me know what you like, why you read....and what you want to see more of.

Le Petite Crone Says:  Thank you all for reading my blog.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Lessons from my Mini-Minions

I am constantly grateful for the company of my two mini-minions, my dogs Rupert (a one eyed blind English Bull Terrier) and Boomer (a slightly psychotic miniature blue merle Australian Shepherd).  Rupert, Boomer and Himself (along with a flock of crows) make my life here on "The Peninsula" worth living and oh so interesting.

This morning I was thinking of all the things that I've learned from my two mini-minions and I thought that I would share a few gems of doggy wisdom with you.

From Rupert:
It's ok to go back to bed after a good breakfast!
Go to bed when you are tired!
If you are out on a walk and get tired stop!
All food is good as long as it's called a "treat"!
If you are too tired to jump it's ok to let someone pick you up!
Cuddling is the best way to spend your day!
If you are cold, snuggle under a blanket!
If you are hurting cuddling with someone you love makes it better!
Even though you can't see don't let that stop you from exploring!
Patience and determination pays!
If you wait in the kitchen long enough, someone will feed you!

From Boomer:
If you don't like it spit it out!
Greet each day with joyous barking!
A good joke is always worth telling again!
Smile, smile, smile! Laugh, laugh, laugh!
If you get excited it's ok to wiggle (but try not to pee)!
If you keep trying you just might solve a phobia!
Even if you can't catch still play ball!
It's fun to be chased!
It's ok to be goofy!
Getting to sit next to someone you love is a nice way to spend the evening!

I'm sure you can tell Rupert and Boomer's personalities based on the lessons that they have taught me.  Dogs, and all animals are wonderful teachers as long as you take the time to watch and listen.

So, to borrow a lesson from Boomer....

Le Petite Crone says:  Greet each day with joyous barking!