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Friday, November 2, 2012

November Tempest

Dreary, rainy, chilly. Typical for November. But at least we are safe and snug in our homes here, while the thousands of people affected by the Hurricane in New York and New Jersey, as well as the other states, suffer through the tempest that has become their daily lives. Catastrophes from weather events continue to display the power of Nature over us humans despite the fact that Man is supposedly advanced in all arenas of intellect and technology. Nature will win. Our thoughts and prayers and energies go out to all who are suffering. And to the many rescuers and repairers as the damage and destruction of the hurricane is made right.

Halloween has come and gone. All that remains is one lonely pumpkin and some fallen leaves. The Wheel of the Year completed its circuit with Samhain. The end of one year. In December the first sabbat of the New Year is Yule, the Winter Solstice. For me, from Samhain to Yule is a "Time Between Time". A waiting time. Sort of a take a breath, say goodbye to the year just passed and get ready for the next sabbat and the start of all new things. Squirreling away things for a long, cold winter. Planning festivities for Thanksgiving at the end of November. Reading, baking, talking with family and friends. Reflecting on the past year, thinking about the good and bad, putting it behind me, though taking note of lessons learned and generating ideas for the New Year. No action taken at this time. Simply being in the present moment and waiting for what will come. Time between Time.

On the deck under the woodpile, somebunny is preparing for winter too. Fortunately somedoggies were not aware of this trespass.

Meanwhile, out the front window, kittens discover sparrows in the Japanese weeping cherry.

And Lexie keeps an eye on the kittens, making sure they don't shred the curtains or wreck the blinds.
All is well and quiet in our little world.

"I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colours are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and its content."|
-  Lin Yutang



18 comments:

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i love that quote from lin yutang! lucky bunny...i think teddy would have noticed it...and a bit more!

Sandy Sandy said...

Definitely good day to stay inside, Robin. The kittens look so mature in this picture and I can see Lexie's really enjoying her babysitting job! Love the Lia Yutang quote too. Stay warm and dry. Hugs and Purrs, Sandy and the kitties

Aine O'Brien said...

Yes, it is a time inbetween. Enjoy your quiet time.

ps - kitties are getting so BIG!

Linda Wildenstein said...

I love the quote. I look forward to spring as well but autumn and the waiting time are my favorite time. I feel much more connected to much around me.
So many folks rouched by the hurricane. Candles lit, thoughts directed and healing energies shared. So much chaos and sorrow.
Good that you and your household are safe and warm. Have a good weekend. Oma Linda

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Oh, the kittens are getting big! Our wild rabbits up here are white now.

mxtodis123 said...

Your kitty's are growing so quickly. It's hard for me to believe that Sanhaim/Halloween has come and gone. It was a quiet time for me, one of prayers and candles. We'd planned a holiday party for our clients which never came about. I bought a witch hat which I plan to wear at work on Monday, that is, if I can make it to work. Have a great weekend.
Mary

Samantha Stephens said...

Those kittens are cats! Love the quote. Even the brave bunny is cute. That was a terrible storm there is much work to be done before things return to their new normal. Change can be hard. Glad you are safe.

Jacquelineand.... said...

They are lovely catkins now. This is definitely a thoughtful time of year for me as well, it always has been.

AkasaWolfSong said...

Even in the Time Between Time change is constant so it serves us best to remain in the moments of now...most especially with all the seemingly endless chaos that surrounds us. I say seemless as for me the word chaos bespeaks lessons learned, or the opportunity to anyway.

I too continue to pray for all affected by these new superstorms popping up all over the globe, and most especially pray for our governments to get their heads out of the sand and start making huge changes toward ending Global Warming.

Your furbabes are growing in leaps and bounds Dear Robin, and so elegant they are!

Your quote is so timely and so fitting for this day...

Sending love and hugs and good energies your way...
Love, Akasa

mrsduncanmahogany said...

This time for me as well is a time to go inward. For reflection, rebirth. A perfect time to hibernate as well! Just look at those kittens....wow!

Introverted Art said...

it is so interesting you brought up th epower of nature over human kind. I have been thinking about it a lot lately. Sometimes I when the rain comes and the wind is strong I feel grateful to be witnessing that because it reminds me that in the end, all of our problems mean little in a universe that is so much bigger than we are. It is around this time I really feel the power of life and that there is something beyond what the eyes can see.

Ashling said...

Your little lone pumpkin is so sad & forlorn; can't you give it a friend, please?

The Boston Lady said...

What a wonderful quote at the end of your post and as I reflected back on your post, you had the exact tone that was expressed in the quote. I am enjoying learning about a different way to celebrate and honor our earth and ourselves. Ann

Magic Love Crow said...

I love the quote and I love the bunny! We got a sprinkle of snow this morning! The earth is going to sleep! I like this time of year. Kitties are so big! Wow! Lexie is such a good girl ;o) Do you leave your pumpkins outside, or throw them out? I put mine in our fairy garden and they are already being eaten by all the animals ;o) Good food for them ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

c. Joy said...

Will your lone pumpkin go into a pie? The kittens/cats are beautiful. Lucky You!

YONKS said...

Such a beautiful post, a reminder of what needs to be done at this time of year. Our hearts go out to those who are left without homes to prepare for the festive Yule season. How helpless I feel. Donating money is not enough at this time.

I love the Lin Yutang saying. Says it all!
Di
xxxx

Lady Caer Morganna said...

Your porch pic just says it all! It captures the present feeling very well!

Love the pics of your furr babies, expecially the one of Lexie girl. She looks like shes had a hard day cat-sitting for the kittens! ;)

Many Blessings,

Kim

Jeanne said...

Lexie reminds me of an Ol' Mother Hen! :0)
So sad and so scary when a storm like Sandy devastates an area but it is even worse when it happens so close to winter.