Wednesday, March 2, 2016

In like a lamb












The days grow longer and the sun shines, shines, shines. It isn't winter and it isn't spring. This is March in the high desert, a time when the nights are cold and clear, the sun is strong and warm, the wind whistles and howls, and you might feel grit in your teeth. There are dust devils in the arroyo, little tornadoes made of leaves and debris, skating lightly along the concrete, exploding when they hit the arroyo's sloping walls. If you listen carefully, you can hear them as they tumble - skittering, scraping, blowing apart and away.

We spend the afternoons in and out of the house, books and bikes and scooters, yarn and hooks, tea cups, water bottles and string cheese carried back and forth across the yard, looking for the warmest spots for ourselves. It's still chilly in the shade; it must be twenty degrees cooler in the house's shadow than it is in full sun just five feet away. Inside, when I've had enough of the nomad routine and the sun on my face, I stitch, or read, or watch from the window as children and chickens play. I go out again to settle a dispute, or to help round up hens. I go back in to start dinner, choosing relatively languorous recipes these days; I want to be outside just as much as they do.

In and out all afternoon, as the sun moves across the front of the house and the shadows spread over the depth of the backyard, darkening dormant grass. They come inside for jackets and go right back out again. Their play moves toward the back of the backyard, where there is still some sun. I watch amusedly as they move right up to the wall, their small backs held flat against the cinder blocks, soaking up the last hint of warmth through their clothes.

29 comments:

  1. All sounds idyllic, the slow pace of life and the temperatures starting to rise, so nice that you are able to get out in the sunshine again. I am afraid we seem to have a hit a wet patch and so it is damp and drizzly not enticing me into the garden as yet.

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  2. I do envy you the sun, even if you have to chase it around! Snow here today. Just when I'd convinced myself that Spring had finally sprung.

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  3. Beautifully written Jennifer.

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  4. That little bit of extra light makes all the difference doesn't it, a lovely time of year full of all the possibilities to come xx

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  5. It all sounds so tranquil, even the winds sound lovely, it's been a really cold, wet and windy day here, we're needing a bit of your sunshine 😃

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  6. It all sounds so tranquil, even the winds sound lovely, it's been a really cold, wet and windy day here, we're needing a bit of your sunshine 😃

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  7. We've had snow flurries here today - your sunny weather sounds much nicer. I love the photo of your daughter and the chicken examining the bicycle! xx

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  8. We had some sun today but there's no way you could go outside to play in it! It's way too chilly for that here!

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  9. Lovely. Spring warmth and those first few days of being back outside for hours are so wonderful aren't they. It's so good to slow down and enjoy the feel of it. Not much in the way of warmth here yet though. All in good time. CJ xx

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  10. Oh I want a high desert spring! I just realised that the bears aren't wearing coats. How very lovely to be outside without a coat. It just turned really cold here, with sleet and snow showers. Sun? What sun. I am so glad you are able to get out there before the heat becomes oppressive, as it will later in the year, and just enjoy the beautiful weather. xx

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  11. Beautifully written Jennifer - I so enjoy your writing gift. The little bears look serene playing outside, catching the sun as they can. As ever, your chickens are adorable and so well-behaved. Those tiny dolls are beyond cute with their tiny pillows and single afghan rug :)

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  12. Wow. It all sounds just so perfect. I love the pictures of your children with the chickens -- what a wonderful childhood for them!

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  13. Your photos and your writing is beautiful and soothing. Thanks for the beautiful share!

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  14. I agree with others how soothing your writing is to read ♥ I do love you kids with the chickens too ☺☺ Beautiful crochet too as always xoxo

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  15. Beautiful writing. March has come in like a lion here, it snowed! I am hoping it will go out like a lamb tho'.

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  16. I'm there with you, enjoying your warm afternoon sunshine. I can imagine it from your writing – I'd be sitting with the chickens and your GB checking out what's occurring with the bike. Cold weather is hanging on here in the UK. Brr. Sam x

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  17. I sounds so wonderful, being at yours. I'd love to sit with you, chat, stitch and watch the children. x

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  18. March sounds like a wonderful time there and you've wrote about it beautifully, makes me want to be there instead of here. We had a snow storm yesterday, I'd much prefer your sunshine.

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  19. Beautiful. Photos, writing, calmness,all of it :)

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  20. There's something glorious about the sun at this time of the year. It begins to actually be warm! I love your cross stitch, Jennifer. What pattern is it? (Sorry if you've already mentioned it on your blog, but I've been away helping my mom for a couple of weeks and am just now getting caught up on my blog reading.)

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  21. It sounds perfect Jennifer, lovely pictures! your hen's foot and crossstitch are coming on a treat. :) xx

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  22. Nice post glad everyone is better now x

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  23. What a beautifully-written post. Very evocative. I'm glad it's warm enough for the children to play out. Here I haven't seen or heard a child playing outside for what seems like months. Roll on warmer weather.

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  24. I love this time of year. Your days sound busy and full in the best kind of way. Although your Spring days certainly sound a little warmer than ours this side of the pond :) The sampler is wonderful. Love the colours!

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  25. It was a bit rainy and windy on the first of March, but just half-hearted lion weather :) We have enjoyed some much warmer days, too...and not having to bundle up when we are outside. The grand girls have brought me two bouquets of Daffodils from the yard this week. However, it is supposed to be cooler and thoroughly rainy tomorrow, so perhaps I will get more stitching done. This another among my favorite of your posts, Jennifer. Thanks for posting! xx

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  26. Beautifully written my friend,
    Meredith

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  27. Lovely! I can just imagine it all. We normally have the same here, when the temperature is at that in between stage, cold in the shade, warm in the sun. Now it's been mostly muggy with cloudy/dusty skies. Not sure which. But when I come back from walking, I need a quick rinse off as I feel quite weathered. :) It's wonderful to have a yard for the kids to enjoy. Have a good Sunday!

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  28. What a good blog you have here. Keep Your Work Up....
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    Fashions

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  29. That sounds wonderful.. you paint a beautiful picture.. our days are getting sunnier but their is still a chill in the air.. but spring is almost near. We are all looking forward to it.

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