40: Leftovers

(Looking below the surface in the woods.)

It’s day 40 of my commitment to get outside every day.  During the past 40 days I’ve collected a few photos that I couldn’t seem to fit into a post.  Before I move them to a back-up hard drive, I thought I’d go ahead and share a few of them.

(Fungus in the wood pile.)

Today is also the first day of NaBloPoMo and of course I was crazy enough to sign up.  It’s fun, I get to meet new bloggers, and it is always a challenge because every year November turns out to be a busy month for me.  It’s no different this year.  M and I will be engaged in plenty of activities.

(Ready for winter.)

It was below 30 degrees when I rolled out of bed this morning.  The frost is hanging around longer in the mornings.  I wore my winter coat for the first time on Saturday.  Hat, gloves, and winter coat:  the holy trinity of winter around here.  Or it could be frost, ice, and snow.  Depends on how you look at it.

(A tangle of cattails.)

(A mushroom tower hiding in the grasses.)

Today’s walk

I bundled up and went out around noon today.  I like morning walks but may have to start taking them later in the day when it’s warmer.  For today, though, noon was good.  It’s breezy but the sun is shining and providing just enough heat to keep it from being too nippy.

(This morning’s view of the pond.)

The pond was providing nice reflections while the birds and wind produced a lovely autumn soundtrack to go with my walk.  I heard and then spotted a bird I’ve never seen before.  I think it was a small hawk of some kind.  I haven’t had much luck in identifying it (so far).  The photos I took are too dark and blurry to be of much help.


There is a dule of doves living in the woods near an old apple tree.  I pass them on my way through the cattails.  Poor things are frightened into flight each time I come by.  A few weeks ago, during my first pass by them after they’d settled there, the flurry of feathers was such a panic that two of the birds flew into each other.  They are not quite used to me yet, but at least they are a little calmer about moving from the ground to the trees when I come by now.

(A dove in the distance.)

As I sit here typing this, a recording of John Glenn is being recorded on my answering machine.  He’s yammering away about how I should get out and vote tomorrow.  I am flattered that a man who was an astronaut (first American to orbit the earth) and U.S. senator thinks my vote is that important.  Not too flattered, though, since it’s only a recording and only going out to probably every phone number in the state of Ohio.

(The neighbor’s pony.)

The Republicans and Tea Party folks want me to vote, too.  The phone has been a source of much yammering and nagging about politics lately.  It’s worse today.

Not to worry, all you politicos.  I’ll be voting, in spite of having fallen into the enthusiasm gap.  Or maybe because of it.  Whatever the case, I’ll be there with my lack of enthusiasm, unenthusiastically (but without whining about it) voting for the lesser of the evils.  I am old enough to know better than to expect change overnight.  Still, I’m disappointed.  That said, I don’t want to go back to the way things were either.  So, I’ll vote.  I’ll vote.  I really will.  No need to keep nagging me about it.

(Light and leaves drifting.)


13 Comments on “40: Leftovers”

  1. Bo Mackison says:

    Lovely leftovers. Glad you decided to share.

    Ah, yes, voting. I’m voting, but I’m not answering my phone today nor tomorrow. (If you political botherers are reading this, take my number off your list!)

    I should sign up for NaBloPoMo — I always mean to. Guess it’s not too late…

  2. jenna says:

    A dule of doves!

    That pony wants a hug, big time.

  3. Kel says:

    yes, that caught my attention too – a dule of doves

    i looked very closely but couldn’t find the little fairy folk that live in that mushroom castle

  4. Karma says:

    My favorites today are “swoon” and the last shot.
    I’ve been thinking and considering NaBloPoMo since I first saw your badges when I started reading your site a few months ago. I was intrigued but daunted. Now here it is Nov. 1 and I haven’t signed up or made a decision – the hours tick away!

    • Robin says:

      “Swoon” is one of my favorites too, Karma. There was something about the way the leaf was draped across and supported by the branches from the little flowers underneath that made me think of a Victorian lady in a swoon. I usually have a great deal of trouble with titles, but that one was easy. 🙂

      So, did you sign up?

      • Karma says:

        Too late – I procrastinated for too long! I think after a month of nearly every day posting, I wasn’t sure I had it in me for another month.

  5. ladyfi says:

    Oh my – such beautiful pictures! I love the frost and heavenly blue skies that often come with it.

  6. Anna says:

    The political arena has been wild this year, hasn’t it? LOL That is funny about the phone message. I really like mushroom photos and neighbor’s pony. I just love the photo ‘swoon.’

    • Robin says:

      Really wild, Anna. Disgustingly so, I think. I’m glad it will all be over for another year after today.

      And thank you. As I just mentioned to Karma, “Swoon” is one of my favorites too. 🙂

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