November 23, 2010

Long Winter's Nap

We are finished with outdoor work for the year! Good and bad. We'll miss the pleasure of watching everything grow and change, and we'll certainly miss harvesting vegetables and flowers. These pansies were living in pots on the porch with our other fall decorations, and now they're planted in our front beds where the marigolds once stood. Our understanding is that they will winter over and come back in the spring.

With the mulch and hay applied to some of the more tender plants in the front, we're officially leaving behind the watering, weeding, pruning, transplanting, and deer repelling for the season...nice to take a little break. However, the deer repelling might have to continue. They tend to sleep in our yard in the winter and occasionally wander up to have snack of Euonymous bush. But I won't rant on the deer issue around here while I'm enjoying watching the 6 point buck strolling through the back yard.

I took this photo from a much greater distance than what my camera could handle, and then when I applied the "saturation" effect to the picture, it ended up looking more like a water color. This happened last summer as well with a blue heron on our pond. I like it!

While out pruning and raking this weekend, we came across dozens of these little wonders. They're curled up and trying to nap under any dark, damp area for the winter. These are Wooly Bear caterpillars and they turn into Isabella Tiger moths in the spring. Wouldn't it be fun to be the one who names these critters?! These are the caterpillars that folklore hails as the predictors of the coming winter weather. Here's a fun video link that talks about the history of this tradition.

As we approach Thanksgiving, I can't help but think about the celebrations that have come before our time. Below is the first portion of George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation. This link is a place to read Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation. Our wonderful country is in a sticky place right now, and looking to the wisdom of our forefathers is a natural path to take. May God truly bless you and your family in the coming year, and may He bless our nation with the courage to stand for what we once held more dear.
"Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor--and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me `to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

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