September 22, 2011

Thursday's Child...

"Thursday's child has far to go."
Instead of looking at how far I still have to go, this typical Thursday's Child is using Thursdays to stop and appreciate where I've been....and where 
I am at the moment.


"Taking Root"
Ambler, PA



Haven't written a "Thursday's Child" post for awhile. Shouldn't be too surprising considering my natural inclination is NOT to stop and smell the roses, but more likely to be researching what type of rose bush I want, debating where I want to plant it, visiting various nurseries to find the perfect shade of pink,  finding a good price (haha, included that just for my Better Half). I just never seem to have time to do it all. Basically, everything that prompted me to TRY to make the effort to stop and appreciate past moments as well as present ones. As long as they aren't future ones.

So WHY a photo of pine cones?  Actually, this is the view outside my bedroom side window.  That pine tree is just loaded with cones.  So much so that branches bend underneath the weight of the multitude.  Every morning I catch a glimpse of these pine cones out my window and mentally mutter "very cool" as I grab my keys, change my purse, reconsider my jeans and head out the door to tackle my to-do list.  

It's just pine cones.  Nothing spectacular.  But this is all new to me.  We moved to our current house a year ago. Almost 30 years married and we had always lived in new construction homes.  Which means, no mature landscaping. Yep, we always installed landscaping post-haste to give the home a not so barren curb appeal.  And it would have worked except for one problem.  I'd always get bored and want to move on to another house.   Those trees just never had the time to mature while under our guardianship. My poor Better Half.  He IS a very patient man.  And I am an expert at packing.

Last year we made the ultimate move.  Somewhere I've wanted to live since I left it 30 years ago. Back home.  Which to me is the Philly area.  It's only a one-hour drive from our old homes, but to me it's a whole new world and outlook. Not to get too philosophical or melodramatic here, but I am comfortable in my surroundings for the first time in our married life.  And those pine cones?  They ARE significant.

I notice them every day because I've never had trees as mature as what surrounds our home.  It's a whole new concept.  Our home is 18 years old, they've had time to take root and grow.  Unlike me, who never before had the desire to stay in one place to mature. One of my greatest joys is taking a glass of wine out to my backyard, plopping in my Adirondack chair, and gazing up at the huge trees. My Better Half often finds me there when he gets home from work at the end of the day.  Looking up, I think those huge trees are awesome. But I now realize they are also awe-inspiring.  We are home.  Time to take root.

Happy Thursday,

--Kathy



22 comments:

  1. Kathy, this is just one incredible shot.

    WOW!!!!

    Hope you're day is blessed♥

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  2. Kathy, yes the pines cones are awe-inspiring for so many reasons as is your post - beautiful!

    It seems I spend a lot of time 'smelling' the roses and my kitchen would be the first clue - because I can't to it all and well, the dishes just aren't as fun! haha

    Have a wonderful Thursday my friend!!

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  3. Hmmm...I could take some lessons from you. I spend so much time smelling the roses and the to do list just gets longer and longer. My husband is patient too...but in a different way! haha.

    Nice shot of the pine cones!

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  4. Kathy, love your thoughts today. Trees are one of God's great gifts to us and I am thrilled that you are enjoying your "new" home and the trees that surround it. Have a terrific Thursday!!

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  5. That is such a beautiful photo of the pine cones and your post is beautiful too. I love big trees, but I've always lived in newer homes too. We planted an elm three years ago and it's starting to get tall. Maybe we'll get some shade next summer!

    Thanks for linking up today!

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  6. Lovely photo - I can feel your contentment and relate - it sounds divine!

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  7. Yur photography speaks for itself but your stories and beautiful writing are like cherry on top! Love this post Kathy.

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  8. Happy Thursday! Great post, Kathy.

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  9. Really lovely photo and post.
    I noticed the location of you photograph, Ambler, my parents lived there while they were in high school. Just seeing the name triggered many special memories. Thank you!

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  10. This is so pretty! I love the texture :)

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  11. I find pine cones so beautiful and this shot is stunning!

    Tamar - also linking up with Deb!

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  12. What a great post, Kathy. I live in a 100+ year old farm house and we have Ponderosa Pines all around. I have no idea how old they are, but I love looking at them through our living room window.

    Beautiful captures of the pine cones. I can see why you love your home so much. Have a great evening.

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  13. Lovely story and wonderful image. The texture looks perfect for this composition.

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  15. love this post! all that wrapped up in pines cones :) they are gorgeous, too. and the texture is perfect.

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  16. What a beautiful capture. I love the texture you used and your post as well.

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  17. Terrific shot! Great perspective.
    -Through A Photographers Eyes

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  18. Beautiful view outside your window- LOVE pine cones!

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  19. I really love the texture in this shot. Beautiful!

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  20. WOW, another great shot.... :)

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  21. Beautiful shot, I can almost feel the scent of woods:)

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