“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


The softer edges of things

It stormed the other night & left the morning with softer edges.

I walked around the yard & saw green berries, October honeysuckle blossoms, magnolia leaves, a cardinal, one pink rose bud, raccoon footprints. I felt the leftover rain as the wind shook it down from overhead branches, and caught glimpses of Maggie's stripes as she trailed me through these quiet moments. The owls are back in Mary's trees, and now that I view them as guardians for her final trip, I feel differently about seeing them. I am happy they are here for her, sad they have appeared again so soon - at ease, though, with their presence. The neighborhood is quiet, as if it is holding its breath, not yet ready to exhale, but knowing it must.

I also saw 2 blue jays, one acorn cap & a mockingbird.
the owls are hiding


  1. Such a gift with how you see things. And a greater gift still to not only provide us with the image, but the words to transport us to your moment in time.

  2. such a sweet offering of images on your altar today. all of natures gifts placed before us to appreciate think about.. and if i close my eyes.....yes... i can hear the rustle of owl feathers as they settle in to roost for the night in mary's trees.
    god you bring the most beautiful images to life on the page. all my senses become involved.
    i love those last three you added at the end. especially the acorn cap :)

  3. I love that I can look around inside my imagination at what your world might look like. It is full of beautiful things. A soft quiet place to wander.


  4. How do you manipulate that photoshop to work for you? I can't figure that thing out. I'm going to pick your brain on how to do that kind of thing to my pics. Kiss Mary for me and scratch Maggie behind the ears....Hope you are taking care of YOU also. Love ya!

  5. My goodness, so many wonders to view in just the space within your yard :-) We are all witness to the treasures of the earth and blessed with their beauty when we open our eyes to it :-)

  6. How beautiful your world sounds...and I love how you see the owls as guardians for your dear Mary.


  7. "It stormed the other night & left the morning with softer edges."

    I wish that storm would rain all over this country and everyone's morning would have some softer edges for a while.

    Things seem a little too hard and bright for me, lately.

    ps. Is that a plane tree? It's lovely.

  8. Hey girl, thanks for stopping by and the kind words...I too cannot stop playing my Sieber cds...just puts me in the mood to write, along with a box of kleenex...needed for the passion I feel in my heart for all things in Nature...I make me cry!!! But so does beautiful music, the sky, the earth, the birds and bugs (not spideys), beautiful art...can you see a pattern here...anyway great blog, I'll be back!!!


  9. Paula - Thank you so much. It seemed there was nothing to see until I really looked.

    Robin - That sweet little acorn cap. Isn't if funny how clearly I remember that one little thing?

    Jaime - Even when it feels like it's NOT full of beautiful things, my world really is. As is yours & everyone's. :)

    Christy - You can pick my brain, but I'm not sure how much I can tell you. I do it all the way you're not supposed to!

    Carol - Amazing what's in such a small space. Although I admit to sneaking into the neighbor's back yard for the picture! :)

    Celeste - A dream told me who the owls really are. Who am I to argue with a dream?

    Tango - That's a terrific thought. Everything IS so hard lately. It will ease - not long to go. And the tree? ??? It's in my neighbor's back yard & I have no idea what it is. A plane tree? I don't think so - I've never heard of one here in NE Texas. I will find out. :)

    Sharon - Welcome! Any fan of Jami's is a friend of mine! :) Plus I think we have similar likes, although I prefer spiders to bugs. In general. :)

    Thanks to all of you!
    Love, Debi

  10. Your beautiful post made my heart breathe deeply into itself.

  11. Hele - Bless you once again for saying wonderful things!

  12. Nice image. I love the contrast between the sharpness of the leaf in the foreground and the blurriness of the other leaves in the background.

    Greetings from London.

  13. A Cuban - Greetings back from a too-early Texas morning. I am not a morning person, yet here I sit, pretending to be. :) Thank you for the kind words.

    :) Debi


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