Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Too Gorgeous to Waste

Adults forget the depths of languor into which the adolescent mind descends with ease. They are prone to undervalue the mental growth that occurs during daydreaming and aimless wandering.
Edward O. Wilson
As soon as we got home from school today, I put on my walking shoes and hit the pavement.  Bad enough I have to be cooped up in a windowless office at school for 7-1/2 hours.  I certainly didn't want to waste the afternoon away doing mundane household tasks.  Not when the skies were this blue.
This little chicken was out for a walk, too.  All alone and to me seemed so very sad.  I wonder if she has a place to live or was abandoned.
Busy residential roads filled with cars certainly isn't the idea place for barnyard animals yet now there seem to be more than ever.
 For one hour, I wandered up and down neighborhood streets.
 Capturing things that caught my eye.
Lots of folks are growing corn right now.
And gardening in small spaces.
It's certainly not Green Acres, but it's nice to see people growing their own fruits and vegetables.
I was home by 5:00 p.m. and it was still gorgeous out.  Afternoons are getting a bit longer which makes me very happy.
Of course, shortly afterwards, the sun set and the sky changed.
And then faded to black.
Happy Tuesday!

25 comments:

Grammy Braxton said...

A lovely walk. That sky was so beautifully blue. We do have sunshine today and 63 F temps but it still feels chilly. I love your photos of the everyday; they always look like a little piece of your life. Have a great day.
Hugs,
Sharon

Amy at love made my home said...

Skies that wonderful are definitely not to be wasted are they! So beautiful. It is amazing to see how people are using even the tiniest of spaces to grow things. That is a real testament to the human spirit! xx

Pearlin J said...

its lovely to see blue skies and dramatic sunsets. Do the chicken roam around on the roads ? I too love to see people growing their own produce.

Terra said...

How good you found some outdoor time after so many long hours indoors. The quote reminds me of how many parents overschedule their children, so the children lack time for wandering and imagining.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
What a precious day and I certainly can't blame you if you live without windows. Well, I've done that for numerous years when working in the Mushroom business except for the afternoons when I did office work with huge windows!
Today it was very balmy here and I was outside for a brief moment... Pieter is working on the upkeep of the wooden walk trail. Spring will be coming and things need to get ready.
Sending you hugs and blessings.
Mariette

Wanda said...

Oh Tammy what a great walk. I enjoyed every step. The chickens, the gardens and wow, the sunset.
Have a great day.

Createology said...

Lovely blue sky and such a great idea to take a walk after your workday being "cooped" up. Poor little hen.
With the rising costs of food here it would be very smart to grow something to eat. I have no sunshine for a garden due to the massive forest of trees I live amongst. Blessings...

homeschooljewelrymom said...

What a lovely walk! Thanks for sharing :-)

Betsy said...

So pretty. I think it would seem strange to see chicken wandering around the streets. The fruit looks yummy and cool.
Blessings,
Betsy

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Such a beautiful, beautiful afternoon right in to the sunset!!! So happy you took us along to enjoy it. =) Those tiny gardens look so healthy and good! awesome. blessings and hugs ~ tanna

Linda said...

Beautiful photos though I feel sad for the chickens. :(

I get home by 5:00 too (except Fridays when it's 2:30), but our sun isn't up nearly as high as yours - it's setting soon after I get home and it's always a mad rush when I get home to prepare dinner in time for Sarah and Jim to return home from their work by 6:30, so no time for walking then.

Quinn said...

It is so nice to see people growing food and flowers in small spaces and tough conditions! Wish I had more of a green thumb. 2014 was not hugely productive for my veg gardens, but maybe 2015 will be better.
Gosh, I have to agree about the little hen...a lone chicken is not a comfortable chicken. I hope the critters you see all have homes, and are just out a-wandering in the daytime, looking for something to eat. I'd probably be carrying a bag of grain on my walks, and get home leading a parade. Don't know if that would make me a kind person or a poultry thief!

Linda said...

Beautiful series of photos. Thank you so much for sharing!

Mereknits said...

It always eels good to get out and get some fresh air. Hugs to you, Meredith

linda said...

Glad you enjoyed your walk Tammy it's great to see people growing their own, even in a wheelbarrow and chickens walking the streets what next. :) xx

Acorn to Oak said...

What a beautiful day for a walk! The sky was so blue and beautiful and there were so many fun things to see! Great pics! Good for you for heading straight out for a walk after being stuck in an office all day! Nature has such a great way of making us feel refreshed and great! :-D

Melanie said...

I would go insane if I were cooped up in a windowless office all day! I don't know how you do it. I'm sure it really helps to walk after work. When I was working in an office (and I was by windows!), I would walk outdoors on my morning break and lunch break, even if it were just walking up and down the parking lot rows. So strange to see the chickens just roaming around. You don't see that here.

Susan said...

Oh Tammy, you are very ambitious to go out and walk after a full work day. I admire that a lot!

Poor chicks. Wonder from whence they came! Poor things. Susan

Kim Andersen said...

Why did the chicken cross the road? To say hello to Tammy of course!

Libbie Doyle said...

I loved reading your story to go along with your walking pics! A windowless office...that is the worst! When I used to teach for 2 years i had windowless classrooms...I though it might kill me :) Good moving enjoying the day!!!

Diane said...

A lovely change from work. A fresh perspective. And there are always interesting things to see. Diane

Anne Butera said...

You live in a very beautiful place! Thanks for sharing. I sure wouldn't mind some of that sunshine (and warm air) right now. :)

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

All the best,
Anne

Sam I Am...... said...

I love to go on your walks with you. What was that plant in the wheelbarrow? If I could grow citrus like that I would be in 7th heaven! It would have been hard not to grab one of those! LOL!

Mary said...

Always nice to have a little garden, even if just a few pots. I'm hoping to grow more veggies this year. I love being able to harvest fresh produce for tasty recipes - I love chopping and cooking things I've grown and picked myself! It's a lot of hard work though and so dependent on the climate - that's why I admire our farmers so much, they have to be dedicated and patient, and not mind hard work! "Thank you" farmers who grow our food.

Glad you have better weather for walking - wish I could step out with you Tammy!
Hugs - Mary

barbara judge said...

Any little spot of soil can bring such joy to not only the grower but to those passing by. Nice post -- barbara

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