Wednesday, November 6, 2013

After the Storm

The morning after our first storm of the season, the sun was shining warmly through the kitchen curtains. 

My sweet 'Grand-pup', Peanut always loves a good sun bath and seeks out the warming rays.

"Look deep into my eyes", she says.

"You will give me a treat and you will do it now."

She is joined by her 'sister', Weenie Baby. I am pet-sitting these two little darlings while my daughter is moving to a new home. 

They are patiently waiting for me to slip on my boots and red plaid flannel (it is hunting season) to go outside for our morning walk. 

We are joined by these two, Champ and Whitey, who were let out by The Mr. earlier. 
They can't wait to get outside in the morning, racing each other to patrol the property and investigate any new scents left during the night. 

My Guardian Angels. 

They are fearless. 

We had high winds which left a beautiful golden carpet from the cedar trees along the walkway. 

The Mr. is already out surveying for damage. 

Weenie Baby waits for me to hurry up. 

It is a golden world! 

My faithful chariot did not escape. 

I'm a truck drivin' gal! 4-wheel drive. 4 on the floor. Oh yea! 

This is no place for Sissies! 

Whitey leads the way - can you believe this is our driveway? It is completely buried. 

We only lost one small tree. The Mr. has moved it to the side of the driveway. Can you see it? 

Hardly a leaf left! 

These are 'Big Leaf Maple' leaves. The leaves are sometimes a foot across! 

Champ retrieves his beloved ball. 

I set to work sweeping the deck of storm debris. 

I make a little sampler of what I find. 

Begonia blossoms, winged maple seeds, mossy twigs, alder and cedar cones. 

Once everything is tidy, I set up an impromptu potting station. 

Daffodils and Crocus to bring next Spring's surprise. 

And a basket of ivy for the front door. 

A flock of geese fly overhead as I enjoy this beautiful day. 

A late season bee enjoys a sip of nectar. 

My Anna's Hummingbirds will stay year round. Of course I will feed them! 

Beautiful Begonia continue to bloom. We have not had a hard frost yet. 

Hardy Fuchsia will sometimes bloom through December. 

I soak up this rare day of sunshine, knowing the cold, dark days of Winter lie ahead. 

But with hope of Spring's beauty safely tucked away. 

Have you planted any spring bulbs this year? 


Thank you Dear Friends for your kind, sweet visits. 

I appreciate each and every one of you. 


'I have three chairs in my house: one for solitude, two for friendship, three for company.'

Henry David Thoreau 


  1. when i read your post title, i thought 'snow'. glad it was just mostly wind. those maple leaves!!! love them!

  2. I love reading through your posts. Your words flow effortlessly.
    LOVE the scene off your deck toward the mountains. The colors are gorgeous.
    We are planting some bulbs this week.

  3. I love coming to visit you and reading all about what's going on in your world; it's so newsy....So glad you didn't have any major damage from the storm so you could spend your time planting bulbs and not having to clean up the debris...Carletta, is right your view is just amazing.....I know you must never grow tired of it....

  4. Oh my gosh Mom, the driveway was completely burried! The colors do look beautiful, especially on the walkway. The weenies blended right in! :)


  5. beautiful, Karen! the picture of the sampler you posted looks like an oil painting. it looks like it must have been a big storm! but how encouraging of you to look for the beauty afterwards.

  6. covered in leaves -- what a place to find kids building a huge pile to jump on...or hide in - send for the kids (even if they are married) to come on over to play = work + clean up - wink! ... Glad all is well -- wind storms can be a bit nerving to sit through or sleep through.. Beautiful day after --indeed!

  7. I am so loving those shots of your golden carpet! Those perspectives in your photos of your walkway and the one looking back at your arbor are amazing! I was so taken with how large that tree is in that shot with the truck!! And you have inspired me to get moving on planting some bulbs in pots this season! I have planted a bunch of bulbs out front but none in pots so I have to get moving! Sounded like a big storm and no I can not believe that that is your driveway!!! Such a beautiful home you have Karen!

  8. Charming post - I like the sampler. You certainly have a lot of trees to clean up after - luckily only one was lost in the storm. I haven't planted any bulbs yet - but think I just might do that - I love when they come up in the spring.

  9. I'm glad your storm didn't bring snow, but just blew down those beautiful leaves.

  10. Hello Karen. Beautiful picture series shows you a beautiful autumn ..... I ♥ pictures of your dogs.
    Thank you for showing these beautiful pictures. Wishing you and your a good day / good weekend :) Hugs Hanne Bente ♥

  11. I could stay all morning looking at your fantastic photos and your beautiful forest house Karen! The tenth photo is DREAMY! Oh, how I would enjoy sit on one of your chairs...

  12. A hard but lovely job! I also like working in my plants



  13. Always love seeing your garden and yard. So glad you didn't have any damage. I haven't planted any bulbs yet. I need to go shopping for some soon - before we get snow!

  14. Always love your photography! Your deck looks soooooo inviting, and love your views. Know you are a great puppy grandma, and they all look so happy. Have a wonderful day!

  15. Peanut is absolutely beautiful :) love the picture of the sunlight on his face.

  16. Oh the the3 darlings are so adorable, most for the grand-pup :)
    It must need so much work after the storm and I wish I could join and help you.
    Have a great day,


  17. Good morning Karen. Thanks for being so sweet and visiting my blog. I haven't been very good about getting around to my fellow bloggers. I guess that's what happens when you get a grandbaby and you get to go quilting, all together! Ha ha ha.
    I love your posts, so pretty and peaceful. You live in such a beautiful part of the NW!
    Much love,

  18. Dearest Karen,
    What a lovely post! Those HUGE maple leaves are gorgeous and you could make yourself baskets full of maple leaf roses:
    Guess nature needs those storms for knocking down those loads of leaves. Your deck sure needs sweeping afterwards but it looks again very peaceful. We don't add any spring bulbs to the thousands we have on our property. They naturalize too. At the moment husband Pieter is bringing our huge pot plants inside the greenhouses.
    Enjoy your cozy indoor time.

  19. Lovely post as always Dear Karen, Beautiful photos I adore the fur babies... A Wonderful Golden carpet of nature surrounds your perfect home.....Have a happy week... Hugs May x x x

  20. Wow - you must be enjoying your beautiful surroundings! I love your deck, it looks like a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the day!

  21. I love to see what a storm brings in. I walk on the beach where I live and you walk in the wood.

  22. Awww, Peanut is so cute! There are a lot of leaves on the ground now in your neck of the woods. It looks quite similar out here after we had storms earlier this week!

  23. Wow, it's hard to believe what one early storm can do. Love the beautiful colors of all your fallen leaves.

  24. Oh gosh, the wind must have been roaring- all those leaves! Lovely post- and your pups are so sweet.

  25. What a lovely lovely home you have...your yard is stunning and I love that huge fir tree in your back yard...pure joy. Hugs to you as you enjoy your lovely surroundings and sweet pets. xoxo

  26. I love that quote from Thoreau! And what spectacular views you have. I'm glad you escaped big trouble from the storm. It did leave your grounds very pretty. Your sampler looks like an impressionist painting on that glass table! I'm glad you are enjoying fall.

  27. Peanut definitely has the 'you will give me a treat' gaze down pat! Beautiful photos as always.

  28. I am so glad you all escaped more serious damage and only had one tree and a tonne of leaves to clear up. Such a beautiful place and to be surrounded by those beautiful trees is stunning. Your dogs seemed so happy to do the searching for damage and I bet they loved the twigs along the way. We are not planting up yet as it's so soggy here at the moment! Keep safe my lovely. xx

  29. What a storm! I know it created a lot of work for you, Karen, but the carpeted lawn looks so pretty! <3

  30. I love that basket filled with pumpkins & Fall decorations! :)


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