Thursday, November 10, 2011

This or That Thursday: eDition 7~th heaven



While I do have to make my way to the city each day, I'm fortunate enough to work in an office near the edge of town, surrounded by beautiful parkland and situated at the elbow of a large river. It's as easy as heading out the door and down a lane and instantly, nature is at my feet, ready to offer quick respite from a hectic day. 



It does a mind and body good, to be able to break away from analyzing this and that and to just BE.

I'm also lucky enough to have a co-worker who I can share this with. We make lots of acquaintances in life and we make many friends but there are a precious few who become a gem we consider our best friend.  This kind of relationship, I'm realizing at this stage of the game, is very rare indeed. Seriously, when did you last pick your co-worker?  I told her once we won the lottery but in reality I was the one who hit the jackpot.
She doesn't mind when I stop every few minutes on one of our walks to take yet another photo. And she took it in stride when I gasped as she almost sat on my camera. It rides shotgun with me most days and she didn't bat an eye when I suggested she sit in the backseat. Kidding!
She knows me better than I know myself sometimes. I can't hide a single thing from her; she can read me like a book and as we continue to count down the years to retirement, I'm glad she's there to shoulder the bad days and share the great ones as we wade through all of the in between stuff together.
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Imagine traveling west each morning, under cover of  darkness during these shortened days, not realizing what was right behind you. You can't always rely on your rear view mirror to be completely honest with you. Sometimes you have to look over your shoulder and take it all in. It'll be worth it. Scout's honour.
I'll end with dispersing just one more bit of wisdom, since I'm on a roll today. With even just a bit of frost, a metal latch on a chicken coop gate will freeze shut. Be prepared with a butter knife, a screwdriver, even a bit of  hot water or at the very least some really good treats. Otherwise, you run the risk of a mutiny. Consider yourself warned.

~Be well friends~


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22 comments:

Liz said...

What a lovely series of shots!!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I just found you through the blog hop and what a beautiful blog! I am a new follower and hope that you will follow me as well! I will be back..I love your pictures.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Having such a dear friend is a treasure. Nice post.

tiarastantrums said...

that was so lovely to read this early morning! You are fortunate to have such a wonderful friend!

TexWisGirl said...

thanks for the beauty, the wisdom, and the sharing of your friendship with us... :)

em said...

Great photos! It is hard to find good people to consider friends and for them to know you like you really are. It sounds pretty nice working close to a place you can get away to at a moments notice.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

love that silhouetted barn shot! =)

Red Gate Farm said...

Really? Your latch can freeze "closed"? I guess I should be happy with grey and rain!

~Chris

Seeing Each Day said...

While everyone should have a good friend at work you really do feel kind of blessed when it actually happens. I can relate. Your posts never fail to be entertaining in both a meaningful and humorous way.

deb duty said...

Stunning photography! I love the leaves, the berry-looking things, and that sky! Wow! And I'm so happy you have a friend like that. You're right. It's a rare find.

Light Trigger said...

great set of still life!

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rachel said...

sounds like a great friend! thanks for showing off.

Elaine A. said...

Are you KIDDING me with that amazing sunrise photo??? WOW!!!

I like the calm rock and stream photo a lot too. :)

And I smiled reading about your friendship. That's awesome.

Vintage Country Girl said...

You always have the most beautiful pictures!

Jodi said...

love the leaf shot!

Lynne said...

What a wonderful message . . . Filled with thought and wisdom. I really liked "reflecting with you" on friendship. You gave me a smile telling your friend to sit in the back seat . . . so she didn't sit on your camera. The thing is . . . with a "soul friend," you can say most anything . . .

Your photos are brilliant and your "remember to also look behind . . . " was perfect.

Thank you special lady . . .

Grace InAZ said...

Great message and beautiful photos, especially the berries!
I am blog hopping & following you from Katherine's Corner. Growing Old With Grace http://growing-old-with-grace.blogspot.com/. Hugs, GraceinAZ

Farmchick said...

Great photos and how nice that you have a co-worker who doesn't mind the camera.

Barb said...

Great photography - those red berries are amazing. And yes, you are lucky to have found such a good friend!

The Coolidges said...

Love the shot of the barn at sunset. Gorgeous!!

Amy @ www.coolidgelifeonthefarm.blogspot.com

Susan said...

This is my first time to your blog. What a treasure! wonderful photos, and i also am a nature lover, and rural living person! Sadly we no longer have chickens, I miss having them, and possibly we may have them again. Right now we are dealing with some major hurdles, so chickens and other things are on the back burner.
Sadly also, I do not have a best friend. in fact in real life I have no friends left. They have moved away, or we have parted ways.

I have some lovely internet and bloggly land friends. several i wish I lived closer to.
That barn photo is GORGEOUS!!! I would love to have a print of it, do you sell your prints etc?
love n light,
Susan

here from katie's thursday blog hop

Pat said...

Beautiful photos and thoughts on friendship. The sunrise is spectacular!