Just Another Country Morn and SkyWatch Friday

We've been so foggy for the last 5 or 6 days now. We are tired of the fog and yet grateful in an odd sort of way - it could be snow, or worse yet, ice. So I will smile and take the fog with its gift of a not-so-bad day.

The horses are grateful to see me in the morn... waiting patiently for their grain, some hay and alfalfa. I love my quiet time with them every morning, as they nicker and whinny and stamp their feet, awaiting their turn. After feeding the horses, Ringo and I often walk around the land, listening to the quiet, and watching our two cats run and twirl and play together.

This fog has made my morning simple... once I make hubby's lunch around 4:30 a.m., I usually fall asleep on the couch to the tune of the morning news and then wake up to watch Good Morning America.

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This morning I settled in for a cup of hazelnut coffee with my most recent Country Gardens magazine. Ah, to dream of what I want to plant around our vast property! We have many landscape canvases in need of color... tulips, daffodils, sunflowers and lazy susans, hollyhocks and marigolds... the list goes on and on.

I envision flowers planted along our road, under this tree break,
adding bright cheery color to our kitchen window view.


I think flowers planted at the end of our driveway will be
a welcoming smile when we return home.


After morning chores are done, it's time to plan my day. Do dog treats need baked to fulfill another order for the Lazy G Ranch website? Or is today the day I start sampling my cookie recipes in order to decide which ones will be added to the Lazy G Ranch website, for the two-leggers of course...

The sun is peeking between the clouds right now, so perhaps I will want to do something outside... maybe start digging the trench where I think the septic line exits the house, get a head-start before hubby gets home from work tonight? Ah yes, the glories of septic problems.... but we won't discuss that here and ruin this lovely country morn!


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38 comments:

  1. As ever Susan - simple yet brilliant photos! And as you say, at least it's not ice or snow etc. Your ranch sound amazing...I'm not jealous at all *cough cough* :D

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  2. great photos girl...fog is way better than ice or snow...

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  3. Beautiful! I can't wait to see your gardens grow. : )

    Congrats on your blog publication too!

    ~Andrea~

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  4. I really enjoyed reading about your morning. It sounds like you have a good life. There is nothing better than simple pleasures. Have a great day and I hope the fog lifts.

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  5. We are so spoiled in Arizona...after two days of rain everyone is saying "Enough already"..though no one complains outloud...we always need the rain. We are suppose to get up to 5 inches tomorrow...that would be like a flood for AZ!!

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  6. I sigh just thinking about such a peaceful morning. With or without fog and flowers, your pictures give a sense of what idyllic life you lead.

    I might just take a peek at that AOL site.
    Chester is still working on his bag of cheesy treats but his paw just went up in favor of you baking more.

    Chester's Mom ;0=)

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  7. I am so envious of your wonderful mornings on your farm. Someday I too hope to have a ranch where I can walk out and give my horses a treat...see the land and no it is mine!

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  8. Simply beautiful. Your posts and pictures never fail to make me smile.

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  9. Love the pics, especially the foggy one. You live in a photographer's dream state, I tell ya!
    Hey, so excited to see you have a Zazzle page, I am working on one and might need to consult with you for some advice! :)

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  10. Love your pictures. Love the horse pic and especially that last photo! Beautiful

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  11. Your right flowers at the drive way would be a nice welcome!

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  12. Really lovely photos!

    Ahhh, your day sounds kinda perfect. Except for the 4:30am part. =P

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  13. Oohh, I love the sound of horses eating their grass or hay. And our little (not so little anymore in fact) Evie's content face when she's eating her 'growing horse cubes'. You can see she enjoys them. Very much! But she takes her time eating them, dreamy eyed slowly chewing every bite she takes. Not at all like her mother who gobbles everything up as if the world is coming to an end and heaven forbid she has any food left when the sky falls down on her head. Greedy thing! Yesterday she pulled the small leather strap that was attached to the zipper of my coat to try if she could eat that. She chewed and chewed a bit, worked the leather through her mouth because it didn't taste a bit like anything she had before, then decided she could try and digest it and swallowed. Doggy treats she doesn't like. Pulls a face and spits them out.
    Sorry for going on and on in your comment box, hehe. Oops!

    By the way, I just love the icy grass shot with the dark trees in the background. Looking forward to the colourful flower shots of next summer ;-)

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  14. good morning susan - i missed your pictures on your other blog so I´ll ask if you didn´t continue there?

    glad to see here an update with great nature shots as always

    horrific your story about the bedbugs

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  15. Pure beauty.. thanks so much for sharing. I also enjoyed a glimpse into your day! -Tammy

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  16. BEAUTIFUL photo's!!! and a wonderful post.
    Keep warm!!

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  17. What a beautiful post and photo's. Your morning walks with Ringo sound so ideal.

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  18. I'm so happy you stopped by on my blog dear Susan. Such a long time we haven't visited each other (I know...I just wish there would be 34 hours in a day instead of 24).

    Thank you so much for the thoughtful comments you left, it means so much to me...

    Beautiful photos as always...

    A big congrats to you for being a guest writer at Grit magazine's online community! I will check it out right now! Wow...you must be very proud :-)

    Wishing you a lovely day and thanks again for your thoughtful messages :-)

    Much, much love: Evi

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  19. I love foggy mornings. Every thing has a sort of hushed feeling. That first shot of your horses is wonderful.

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  20. foggy mornings can be so peaceful, as if everything's silent...

    have a great day!


    Come on over and watch my piece of sky with me!

    xoxo
    fickle

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  21. Beautiful foggy morning. The winter skies are lovely especially the last one.
    Cheers and enjoy the weekend.

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  22. Hi Susan! thanks for coming to my blog! What I really like about your photos is the interesting perspective you have portrayed..like you're kneeling to get a true view, or seeking the other corner...well done!! Think I'll sign up for more
    Susan

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  23. Such a wonderful peaceful post. I always love seeing pics of your horses. And that last photo is amazing!

    I wish we had fog more often here, but only see it maybe once or twice a year, and only if you get up early because the sun burns it off quickly.
    I like the safe, cozy feeling it provides. Like being tucked away from the rest of the world. It can also be very mysterious, too.


    ~Lisa

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  24. Your photos speak volumes and your mornings sound heavenly...except for getting up so early! Wonderful descriptions and images here today!

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  25. What lovely frosty mornings! Over here it's snow and ice and snow and ice and...

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  26. Love the Fog and mist. Haven't worked with the code yet. I need to get a round tuit LOL

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  27. That first shot with the horses looks like what our skies have been for a week now! Thanks for sharing your thoughts of planting the flowers, it encouraged me to think toward Spring. The last photo is just lovely.

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  28. I love the picture of the horses in the fog, and the gorgeous red sky. It's fun to dream of spring and all the things to be done then.

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  29. That pink sky is absolutely breathtaking! Thanks for sharing.
    xo

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  30. Oh, Ozzie, you just made my day. If you ever need a caretaker for that place, let me know!

    Several seed companies, by the way, offer "meadow mixes" of appropriate wildflowers for particular areas--part of my envy this morning stems from envisioning your view strewn with Kansas native flowers. Anyway, thanks for the post and the pics.

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  31. Ah we have had the fog too Suze, sadly I am always driving in it to work. Love your photo's they are so expressive. BTW...I found our leak!

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  32. lovely red sky but...'red sky at night, shepherds' delight - red sky in the morning, shepherds' warning'

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  33. How lucky you are to wake up to feed those beautiful horses. The picture of them in the fog is terrific.

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