Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Spring Promise

The silver stream of a broad moonlight ray 
kissed my cheek last night, as I laid upon my 
pillow. It crept in gently, first caressing the bed 
and then easing itself to my right ear 
where it whispered promises 
of bright red springtime
flowers with their sunny
button middles.

© Karen Powell

(lg) :)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Bats in the Attic and Pollyworld.


I am in love with this place--Pollyworld Antique Shop
and the sweet, gracious, eager to help owner, Polly Chester. We travel 
to this wonderful old antique store in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia 
about once every 3 months or so. All the antique 
(and just plain old) items are most reasonably priced. 
Sadly, the owner is moving from this 
old store location and relocating this summer. 
I can't imagine a better place! And I am glad to bring you 
these photos before the place, as it is now, exists no more.

As you can see by my photos, you can find just about 
ANYTHING and everything you might want here
(and I didn't photograph the entire place!) :-) It is a wonderful, 
dreamy place filled to the brim and running over with old time treasures...
The lighting, especially in the barn-like upstairs, is perfect for photo making.

I don't know why, but I feel more 'at home' here, 
on the creaky old wooden floors surrounded by wood well 
worn with use and with age than any other type of place 
(except maybe on a mountain top.) 

I grew up 'rummaging' with my Mother. It's a good thing...to do. 
I'll admit that I even don't mind the sometimes musty smell 
of this and that, the damp feeling the place has in the winter, 
and the oppressively hot feeling that exists (in the upstairs) 
in the summer of Pollyworld. 

My need to surround myself with vintage, antique items and 
old buildings of all kinds  must go way back to my days 
(as a child) spent with my family on summer vacations 
spent in an old time farm house built in the same era.

One hot summer night, as kids, we sat on the grass outside 
and were both horrified and (surely) amazed to watch 
bat after bat pour out of the attic of another well 
loved farm house that was once in my family. 
That was that. 

Bottom photo: My found treasure at Pollyworld 
(this time)--a  (vintage) small white pipe cleaner dog.



Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A First in my Lifetime...

-10 degrees in the far western 
North Carolina Appalachian 
mountains this A.M. folks...
simply unbelievable! 

(Glad I was able to get this pic, too!)
Stay warm and dry everyone!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Snowy Wood

Snowy wood 
blustery hill 
windswept faces 
shiver still 
on cold bare mountain 
Appalachian wood 
cozy fire 
life is good

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Iced Tree


We are expecting an icy Monday
This is a sampling of what occurs here from two weeks 
before Christmas... 
(this was at about 4800 feet.)  The top two photos are 
recent and the others are a smattering of ice from previous winters...
Needless to say, I have a lot of ice shots. In fact, I have an "Ice and Fog" folder :-)

It gets icy here!!!
I am thinking that I will have more icy 'finger' pics (which I particularly love) 
for you before this winter relents!

I am not yet crying "Relent!" "Relent!" 
but I most assuredly will, I imagine. :-)

We 'have to' venture out on Monday. Often we wait for the salt/sand/plow
but I might not be able to. (The plow is my new BFF  currently.)  
As always, I will keep you posted as to our ice escapades...

(Stay warm and dry where you are.) 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Winter Snow Begins

Early this A.M.

I love 'catching' the snow in the early morning light before car and footprints disturb. I do see some kind of a little footprint rather spaced out to the left coming up the driveway. On the other side, evidence of a little cat's visit could be found sneaking up the side and stopping at the garage side door. Ahhh. Winter. Everything looks so white...and clean! 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Begin (2014)


What dreams lay on the horizon?
What thoughts lay deep in prayer?
Spend time contemplating
just how you will go-
Captain of your own fate.
Chart your course.


(In your mind's eye) set your gaze upon a star to guide
as friend.’

Lois Nancy

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