I'm feeling inspired and optimistic today. As if I'm on the edge of something exciting and new, but I just don't know exactly what yet. I love that feeling. And you know what? The feeling itself still has value, whether or not it has tangible results.

Do you like my new header? Those are alder catkins (how's that for the cutest name, ever?) that I scavenged on a walk earlier in the week. Coincidentally, the red berry picture was from the same date, November 13, in 2011. I'm really pleased with both of them.

Thinking of things scavenged, I drove around for part of my work day with a bag of quince in the back seat - what a privilege! I saw the tree yesterday, but it wasn't really clear whose property it was on, it was raining, and I really didn't have time to stop. I knew I would be on my way by again today, so I packed a grocery bag with me, asked a very surprised looking man if the tree was his and if he would mind if I picked some, and filled up the bag.

So on the weekend, once again I'll be making quince jelly. The result is beautiful, and for me, it's a very relaxing process. I'm also hoping to save some of the seeds and see if I can grow something viable.

Happy Thursday!


  1. I know that feeling and love it when it comes!

  2. Anonymous11/16/2012

    Great pix. Have you considered a calendar with this theme?

    1. That's a great idea! The wheels are turning... :)

  3. I agree: that was a great idea of Anonymous's!

    I do love your header (but then again, I love all your headers)! I'll have to show my older son; he's really into trees right now, and I think he'd love to see these catkins. Love the berries photo too! I think I asked before, but I'd forgotten your answer, but is it okay if I Pinned your photos?

    Lucky you on the quince score!

  4. Lovely photos, you have such an eye for decorating with natural materials!


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