Thursday, January 31, 2013

Winter around the Art World.



Alfred Sisley




Andrew Wyeth


Source: flickr.com via Donna on Pinterest


Aina Steenberg



Life Mag.



Land's End photographed at Camp Wandawega



Good bye January


January
The days are short,
The sun a spark
Hung thin between
The dark and dark.
Fat snowy footsteps
Track the floor.
Milk bottles burst
Outside the door.
The river is
A frozen place
Held still beneath
The trees of lace.
The sky is low.
The wind is gray.
The radiator
Purrs all day.
—John Updike in A Child’s Calendar

Encourage one another,
Donna









38 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:10 AM

    Such a happy Winter post today...love the pictures and photographs and that sweet poem. Good-bye January! My husband looked out the bedroom window at our large oak tree this morning and said, "All the leaves are gone." I told him he was quoting a Mamas & Papas song. Turns out the actual lyric is "All the leaves are brown." Made me think of QL's California gal Di...hello Di! Happy Winter day Donna and QL commenters.
    love and prayers, jep

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    1. Anonymous10:12 AM

      The name of the song is California Dreamin' which I forgot to include. ;0 jep

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    2. You alluded to it and that was enough - in fact it was almost poetic the way you said it without coming out and naming the title :-) January is such a gray time over here -- but today we had brilliant sunshine and it felt like we turned a corner.

      Then a big wind blew all blustery and those brown leaves you're talking about jep started flying about. The window in our washing room here in our apartment house banged open while I was switching out my load and those same brown leaves almost landed on my clean whites!

      I agree with jep -- beautiful images that soothe the soul. thanks Donna.

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    3. Anonymous10:45 AM

      Susan, I come back here during the day just so I can read the comments. Yours always make me smile! jep

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    4. We are two peas in a pod, jep - smiling along with you :)

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    5. California Dreamin' on such a winter's day! It's a favorite song in the Wheeler Jukebox, jep (-:

      I do love being thought of!

      Di

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    6. Lots of peas in the same pod. Here I am, too! Delighted to see Susan and Donna and jep (how are you feeling?)

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    7. Ack. Wrong button. :) and Di and Carol and MS and all of us. The QLCS makes me so happy. Consider yourselves hugged, girls!

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    8. Sending a hug and smile from over here -- how are YOU feeling Steph?

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  2. Hello Donna and Quiet Lifers,
    I could use prayers today. I heard very bad news about my eyes yesterday and am scheduled for emergency laser surgery on Monday. I had no idea anything was wrong. I'm feeling so fragile at the idea that I may lose my sight. This community is so steadfast in its care.

    Thank you.

    hmbalison

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    1. Alison, may I add your name to our prayer list at church? You will be well-covered by a room full of Episcopalian grandmothers who love Jesus with their whole lives. :) I am praying for you at this moment, too.

      -stephie

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    2. Those ladies prayed me through many a weepy day with my mom's illness. I still have the prayer shawl, Stephie (-: Love those Trinity ladies.

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  3. Dear Allison,
    I am very sorry to hear your bad news. Thankful they can get to it right away.
    I will pray for you!! God bless you.

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    1. Just peeked in again, sipping coffee - adding my prayers for mercy and strength.

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  4. Just read Updike's poem to my sweetheart sitting next to me and I told him, "Don't you love poetry? I need more poetry in my life."

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  5. Anonymous10:43 AM

    Our sight is so precious, please know you are in our prayers now and on Monday and thereafter.
    love and prayers, jep

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  6. Anonymous10:50 AM

    Love the Lands End picture and the Scandinavian one! You are the professional internet finder of cool things! Stay Warm, Karen

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  7. Oh How I love that poem Donna. And your IMages are lovely. I particularly like the Scandinavian Looking one
    with the cat looking up at the birds

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  8. Andrew Wyeth is one of my favorite artists, but the first picture with the golden light is definitely my favorite of this group. Beautiful.

    February 1st is when I begin my new year's plans. I am never ready on Jan. 1st, and I love having the month of Jan. to figure out what priorities to set for my new year. Adios January, hello new year!

    Praying for Alison right now.

    Love,
    Di

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  9. Anonymous11:35 AM

    Alison, your eyes are in God's caring hands. Blessings to you and loving prayers.

    Debbie Z.

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  10. Anonymous12:00 PM

    Alison, praying for wisdom for your doctors and peace and courage for you. (((Hugs)))

    Mary Z

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  11. Anonymous12:03 PM

    Thanks for the lovely and cheery encouragement today, Donna!


    Alison, you are in my prayers. God bless you.

    Sarah P. from Iowa

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  12. Anonymous12:14 PM

    Coming back for another look, that cute child with the penguins looks like you Donna and Sue and Asher' face. How did I miss that? jep

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    1. You are exactly right jep :-)

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  13. Anonymous12:17 PM

    I think the little girl and the penguins are on the road that leads to awesome!

    Mary Z

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      :)

      Mary Z

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  15. Oh, love this post ... the art, the cow, the penguin, and Updike's poem. You find the best poetry! I've still been following your blog ... but had trouble posting comments. Happy February, Donna!

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  16. Alison, lifting you in prayer, that you will feel God's care, love and comfort through the prayers of many. Lean on and trust in Him. He's there.

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  17. Loving the cow. My fave. Moo moo moo.

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  18. Steph, I'm waiting for you to see the video I put on Facebook.

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    1. Just got home. Off to see.....

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  19. The cow is great - there's something Swissy about that photo ;-)

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    1. Anonymous6:34 PM

      Maybe the white walls and red accents help it look Swissy. Too bad the cow is not a Brown Swiss. It is I think a Holstein, but both are dairy cows...breeds originally from Europe. Makes me think of your great cow photographs Donna that you captured on a farm where you were taking family pictures once. jep

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    2. SWISSY?!?!?

      Love it.

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    3. I love all manner of things swiss(y) -- which is good,right?

      @jep: yes, you are right, most of the cows here are Brown. I have spotted a Holstein a time or two, but not often.

      Now I want to see the cow photo by Donna

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  20. Anonymous7:06 AM

    Praying for Alison and loving the pictures you posted, Donna!

    Bridget in Minnesota

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  21. Love the beautiful poem! Thanks for posting that!

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