Friday, November 2, 2012

Flashback Friday ~ Good-bye Green

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Today I am lamentating over the seasonal mourning I experience each year when the world around me fades from lively shades of green to dull, depressing brown. (Exciting, I know...roll with me, here.) 

188 days ago, every landscape in my vision was green.  Green and alive and growing and lovely in it's own little way.  Now it's all brown.  The grass is brown, the fields are brown, the dusty dirt roads...well, they're always brown, the 12.5 trees in the county are leafless and the dust covered pines are a bit brown too.  Even my house is brown. (Why didn't I paint it yellow??? Why? Why? Why?)
See what I mean? That's me, running in my brown surroundings.  The orange sky has been enhanced with photoshop, because it makes me feel less sad about the brown.
Now, we wait for snow.  It only snowed one time last year. But, I have faith that more will fall this year. And, I will wait with hopeful anticipation, because it has to snow, or I will go CA-RAZY.
I'm an outdoorsy kind of girl.  I love to run, love to hike, love to take in every little drop of scenic beauty possible.  If you haven't already guessed, I don't live in the most scenic of places.  So, in the spring, when everything begins to wake up green, I try to embrace every tiny little bit of it.  
Last spring, the canola fields bloomed a beautiful yellow, and the pastures around our farm were speckled with rustic delights like cactus and yucca.  I was SO happy to break out of winter and into spring that I made the troops go on a hike with me.
We all trudged along a little slowly at first, getting to know the landscape.  Actually, we had to watch our every step so as not to step on one of these babies:
Techically, we don't live in the desert, but it seems to me that we're pretty damn dog-gone close.  Where else can you find cactus, yucca and rattle snakes but the desert?? Southwest Kansas perhaps?? Wanna visit?? NO?? What??
Before long, the boys struck out on their own, seeking adventure, hurdling the sage brush, looking for animal tracks, hopping fences...
I wouldn't exactly call it a dream hike, but in our own way we did discover a little loveliness in those pastures, as well as unexpected adventure, and a healthy dose of quality family time. 
Sometimes you have look for the beauty in the present, in the imperfections of life.  Because it's the memory of those beauties that helps you to find life in and survive the long brown days while you wait patiently for the snow to fall.


  1. LOVE these pictures! Even the brown one!


  2. Hi! I'm new from the blog hop.
    I saw your pictures and knew I had to follow!!!
    I just said to my fiance this morning "I hope it snows soon because I can't handle no leaves and all rain."
    Happy I found your blog!

  3. You and the troops need to come visit me! There's enough color for you to take home with you! :)

  4. Love the pictures! Beautiful. And your littlest guy - ooo, I want to sqeeze him. What a cutie!

  5. Thanks so much for linking up to the More Than Mommies Mixer on Friday!

    Your pictures are BEAUTIFUL! We definately didn't have enough snow last year either and I'm hoping for more, too. Not a TON more but enough that it covers the ground and makes it feel like winter!

    We hope you had fun at the mixer and that you will stop by again next Friday for our second one! We'd also LOVE if you could share it with your readers! The more the merrier! :)

    Thanks again,



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