Following the Light 

8 Jun

One of the most fascinating things about living up here… Both through a single afternoon and through the seasons  is following the light as it slants down through the hills, vegitation and trees.  I especially like walking the land in late afternoon.  







A late afternoon spring ramble.  Oh my, it takes some scrambling to keep up with the shifting light on a daily basis!

And now for your viewing pleasure, a seasonal spectrum of the amazing light show we are fortunate to see up here.  Much less scrambling I can assure you









It is such a gift to follow the land and God’s light and grace through the seasons or even a single afternoon!



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Of Recalibration, Gardens, Bees and the return of Spring 

2 Jun

So today I realized it’s been a while since I’ve written anything here.  But you know, Life has a way of getting in the way…wood stacking, shoveling, sweeping, doctor and dentist appointments and of course work.  I tend to get caught up in what needs to be done.  But as my beautiful wife reminded me the other day, it’s also important to take time for the things you love!

we laugh a lot…still, after 14 years…my redheaded wife and I. 

chicken antics.   

my beloved pups.  

and our crazy, hunter supreme cat…Oliver T Posh.

So in the past few weeks I’ve been trying to incorporate more of what I love into my life.  See above and below photos.





Music, photography, and walking/hiking our land with my canine and feline friends.  Some  of my favorite things!



First fire of the season a few weeks ago



Full moon rising over the hills to the east





The flowers are blooming and the first of the garden put in…that’s mostly my wife.   And after years of research and a little bit of trepidation, my honeybees have arrived and been installed.  I am now a beekeeper!





That’s a lot to be grateful for!

And the stars answered…

14 Feb

A reposting from February 14, 2012…still true my love!


a winter nights wish                        weez  february 14, 2002

tonight I stand and watch the crystal
brilliance of unshrouded stars
feet firmly planted on frozen earth
while a north breeze sounds wind chimes
and plays upon my face
with lips tasting cold winter air

my heart, my senses, and yes my soul
cries out to the universe
for the one to complement me
not complete me
for I am complete
and wish to find
another complete soul

I feel like I’ve always been a creature of the night, even as a child.   My senses become sharper the darker it gets.   And it’s amazing how much easier you can tell what season it is in the absence of light.  While I love the night and the moon it has been the stars that fascinate and speak to me the most.  When it is very still I can hear them… a faint whispering sound.  Almost the same sound a very soft and quiet snowfall makes.  Especially on moonless, frigid winter nights.  I will sometimes stand or lie down just to stare, listen and talk to them for hours at a time.  Ten years ago this very night was such a night.  Although I didn’t know it at the time, what happened that night was to change my life in six months.  I am still amazed and grateful for the gift those stars gave me.  I went out to listen to the stars and found that they were doing the listening instead.  And the stars answered…  They brought me my complete soul, My Elizabeth!  Sometimes Magic just happens.   Happy Valentine’s Day, Beloved!

 

Family Reunion across the Rainbow Bridge 

13 Feb

Maeve 

I recently wrote a post about my 14 year old girlie Zelda and how I felt some sadness of the passing of the years.

Zelda


My Uncle Bill commented, “They have to move on to make room for others!”  I replied, “that’s why God gave us big hearts!”

Apricot Sara


I’ve frequently heard people say “I had a dog (or cat) once but I loved them so much that when I lost them I decided then I would never get another one because it was too painful.   My response has always been “I guess so, but if you lose friend or family member does that mean you never make another friend or love a family member?” Some odd responses to that question!

Nisha


 

Each time I’ve said goodbye to a beloved, human and furry, I’ve kept their memory and lessons learned from each.  Lord knows, I still miss Digger, Cherry Merry, Agnes, Iago, Jeremiah, Kaya, Apricot Sara, Nisha and Maeve (my furry family) and of course my cousin Kevin, Grandma and Grandpa, my Dad, Aunt Pat and all of the rest of my Aunts and Uncles and friends too that have passed to a place beyond my frail human comprehension!  Sometimes I think of them all at some celestial Family Reunion with soft grass, soft warm breezes and of course fabulous food.  Love surrounds everyone with their/our dogs, cats, sheep and pony frolicking about, all part of that love!

 

 

Please Mama, don’t stop!

11 Feb

Yeah l know I recently posted about our girlie Zelda, but this morning was just to sweet not to share!




Our 14 year old (98 in human years) has retired from active Physical Therapy Rehab doghood.  Which makes me sad on several levels.  It means she’s getting closer to the “Rainbow Bridge” and I’m pretty sure the special understanding of the folks on the Huntington’s unit during her work days had enormous positive effects on her skittish nature…they still miss her!  



They still remember her name…from 2011!  They don’t always remember my name for crying out loud!   She’s become much more affectionate, tolerant and accepting of strangers.  That makes me sad too because I wish we could give her all the affection she so deserves!





Franklin John McCarty

7 Feb



 

 Otherwise known as Frankie J, he is the youngest canine of our household. 



 He is also the “small” dog I never wanted. He’s 14lbs and don’t call him a little dog, never mind.

Frankie wanted nothing to do with those small tennis balls… even as a young pup… I’ll take the regular tennis ball.

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 And what’s this puppy food business… I’ll eat what all the other canines in the house eat… Thank you very much!

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He likes to think he’s fearless but he is a bit intimidated by a few things…chickens for instance. 



And goat videos…of all things!



He’s also not too sure of our new kitty Oliver as he’s not used to cats who actually bat at him with claws.  Our two old cats never struck out at the dogs when they harassed them.  Maeve and Nisha just meowed and ran away.





But he seems to be working at getting along with Oliver.





Frankie’s got a few more hobbies than playing ball and chasing cats.  He loves to go kayaking and hiking.





And bothering his sweet big brother Tanner.  One of the most frequent expressions heard around our house is “Frankenstein, leave your brother alone”!  Note the long suffering look on Tanners face!



But one of Frankie J’s favorite things to do is go to work with mama even when we worked in different places when we did travel PT on the other end of the state.  We call it Frankie Friday now and he’s a darn good physical therapy dog!  He should since he started when he was 2 months old and he’s 8 and a half now.





He’s pretty tired after working all day…after all it is quite exhausting being adored so much!



And he really is adored from one end of the state to the other…we call him the “Gateway Dog” since even people who don’t like dogs are charmed by him.  It’s kinda hard not to be!



Love, love, love this boy!

Another Beautiful day up here on our Mountain

6 Feb

 

Finally some snow up here!  The chickens really appreciated the pathway back to the coop provided by our amazing Farm Help.

Next year’s fire wood slumbering for the fire pit!image

 

The old dog/puppy Zelda (14) dancing, making “snowdog angels” and finding her way back home in her ever graceful self

All of us here at Coyote Crow Farm are really grateful for the land and the warmth and the fire that makes this place home.

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A year ago today…

5 Feb

Last February was a crazy month in terms of Winter weather up here in the Northeast.  We had storm upon storm creating 3 and 4 feet of snow at a time.  I really do like having 4 seasons including Winter.  It’s why I live in the Berkshire’s.  However  last year was a bit much especially since I was working my way through some health issues + dogs and chicken responsibilities. 





It’s been mostly ice, mud and Yaktraxing across our mountain with the dogs this winter



We woke up to this unexpectedly this morning.  I’m so looking forward to snowshoeing with the dogs and Oliver chasing along tomorrow!  #atlovingwinterandthebershiresforareason 

Still working with Natures beauty!

4 Feb

I was recently nominated for a 7 day Nature/Animal photo challenge on FB.  I’ve finished my 7 days but wanted to keep going.  So I decided to continue on my blog cause it was way too much enjoyable to stop.

Zelda was only a few years old in this picture we call “Zelda on the Rocks”.  Someday I’ll invent a drink with that name…it just sounds right!  She is 14 now and thinks like a puppy.  She still acts like a goof as do I. Obviously we were meant for each other.

Love my girly!

 

Loving, departing, scary stuff and renewing the pledge of love!

24 Aug

It’s been quite a year up here on the mountain.  We fell in love with and bought a log cabin on 13 acres and fell in love even more with the cabin and land.  We’ve now had almost a year up here and how could we not!



And that was just fall!  As we settled in to our first winter we realize there wasn’t enough wood.  We needed to hire someone to plow and a scary new health issue reared it’s ugly head, meaning shoveling the many paths needed over and over again was challenging.  



Ya, I had to pull out my lined farmer overalls and hand knit hat and then go rest between shovelings.  It was hard on the dogs, on the chickens and us!

But Spring , early Summer, new chicks and new life arrived up here on the mountain.  So did better health, wonderful young farm hands, a new garden and a new appreciation of the slow but steady way of approaching physical labor!  We got new spring chickens this year…and well I’m not one of them!



We’ve lost a few more of our elders this year…it’s been hard as our family is so closely bonded and beloved to each other!  I know we’ve missed all of them in our own ways…I can still hear all of their voices in my head.  And now we become the elders of our nieces, nephews, grandchildren and the parents they remember.  It truely is the cycle of time and family.  I’m not sure any of you will ever know my memories and love of you all.









And then our animal companions.  Not that everyone understands this but in some cases almost as important as our ” human” family.  Chichi, Digger, Iyago, Tilly, Cherry Merry, Agnus, Sherlock, Shirly, Bernie and Charlene, Lance and Jeremiah.  Yup, I’m pretty sure these are names my siblings and cousins would remember.

Loss is coming to our home as time marches on.  Nisha the Tuxeto kitty is gone now, Maeve kitty is 17 and hanging on best she can, Zelda is almost 14, losing a bit of speed, face color and hearing, Tanner will be 11 this fall and Frankie our “baby” just turned 8!  The joy and sorrow of loving our companions…I can’t stop loving them even as I know the sorrow to come.  

I will not stop opening my heart to family and friends as I will not stop loving the animals that become part of my heart…my heart is big enough for you all!