(Storm at sunset. June 2006. Photo by Robin)

(Storm approaching. June 2006. Photo by Robin)

Photo Friday‘s theme for this past week is: Weather.

I took these photos last June (and it should be noted that they have not been altered in any way, although I do have one which my youngest son Photoshopped, taking out the neighbor’s house and hiding a DeLorean behind the trees as a small joke). It started out as a series of sunset shots, the sky taking on deep hues of red, orange, and slate blue. Then the clouds and wind moved in, looking like the wrath of the heavens were about to burst over the neighbor’s house. It was one of the most amazing weather sights I’ve seen (and, at times, reminded me of a Stephen King novel). You probably need to see the whole series to truly appreciate it, but these are a good sampling.

I have lots of weather shots in my collection of photos taken over the past year. Weather and nature are two of my favorite subjects. Well, other than my family (especially my lovely granddaughter). I could’ve picked a winter scene which might have been more appropriate for this time of year except that we’re experiencing a warm and sunny day here in WC. Not winter-like at all. I’ll save the snow for another day.

There’s always a period of curious fear between the first sweet-smelling breeze and the time when the rain comes cracking down. ~Don Delillo

A picture is worth…

(Emma. December 23, 2006. Photo by Robin)

…not nearly as much as the real thing, but it’s nice to have the photos to look at. 🙂 I know I’ve written this before, somewhere in this blog, but it’s worth repeating: Being a grandmother is one of the most joyful roles I’ve had in life.

We’re back in our little apartment, getting settled in yet again. We arrived here last night, car loaded down with more stuff. I swear, we have way too much stuff in our lives. I think life would feel a lot less weighed down if we had less stuff.

Today we did some shopping to stock up on yet more stuff (mostly food stuff which will need if we want to eat). All the hauling of stuff up to the 5th floor is going to put us in mighty good shape by the time we move back to the Bogs. We don’t always take the stairs, but we do it often enough that I feel like I’m in much better shape.

The back pain and sciatica have lessened considerably. I’m mostly medication free these days which is great because I was getting tired of having “fuzzy brain.” My age sometimes makes my memory not what it used to be. The pain meds compounded that problem ten times over. The muscle relaxer is particularly bad about giving me fuzzy brain. I think it contributed to some of the depression I was feeling, too.

I’m walking almost normally. I had a great gym workout this morning. M the Elder and I have gone for a couple of walks thoughout the day. And we’ve hauled stuff up to the apartment.

We also went to the library to get library cards. I refrained from checking out all the books that interested me and settled for one on photography. I’ll have plenty of time to read and to spend at the library over the next few months. It’s nice to have a decent library within walking distance. If you don’t hear from me again, I’ve gone to live there in hopes of soaking up all the books by osmosis or something.

I have a lot on my schedule for tomorrow. Lots of mundane chores and stuff, but it’ll keep me busy and keep me moving.

That’s about it from our home away from the Bogs for now.

Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things. ~Elise Boulding