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Friday Favorite: That View

November 30th, 2018

In the winter, when the leaves are off the trees, we have a beautiful view of the Coastal Mountains. In the summer we can only see a small glimpse of it, but as the trees start to shed their leaves, the view gets bigger and bigger.

As the days get shorter, the sun also rises over the mountains and makes the view even better. It’s not a bad thing to look at while having coffee.

Good Morning Sunshine

November 9th, 2016

This time of year, when the sun rises over the mountains in front of our house and the leaves come off the trees make for spectacular sunrises. Just about every morning Mr Chiots and I comment on how lovely it is.
It really doesn’t get any better than this, seeing this beauty every morning helps make the days less depressing as they get shorter and shorter.

Do you notice sunrises or sunsets more as the seasons change?

Friday Favorite: Sunrise

November 13th, 2015

It’s interesting that at certain times of the year I notice sunrises and sunsets more than at others. This time of year the sunrises become the highlight of my morning. Perhaps it’s the fact that the leaves are gone from the trees allowing for a wider view, perhaps it’s that the sun rises right in front of the house instead of over to the east where I can’t see it as much.
I suppose it doesn’t really matter why I notice it this time of year as long as I continue to do so. I love sitting in one particular chair letting the golden light shine in my eye while I drink my morning coffee.

Do you notice sunrises/sunsets more at certain times of the year?

Quote of the Day: Laura Ingals Wilder

October 27th, 2013

In the mornings they ran through the dewy chill grass that wet their feet and dabbled the hems of their dresses. They liked to watch the sun rise over the edge of the world.

First everything was gray and still. The sky was gray, the grass was gray with dew, the light was gray and the wind held its breath.

Then sharp streaks of green came into the eastern sky. If there was a little cloud, it turned pink. Laura and Mary sat on the damp, cold rock hugging their chilly legs. They rest their chins on their knees and watched, and in the grass below Jack sat, watching too. But they never could see when the sky first began to be pink.

They sky was very faintly pink, then it was pinker. The color went higher up the sky. It grew brighter and deeper. It blazed like fire, and suddenly the little cloud was glittering gold. In the center of the blazing color, on the flat edge of the earth, a tiny sliver of sun appeared. It was a short streak of white fire, Suddenly the whole sun bounded up, round and huge, far bigger than the ordinary sun and throbbing with so much light that it’s roundness almost burst.

-Laura Ingals Wilder (On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House))

This time of the year I start to notice the sunrises more and more. Perhaps it’s because they’re a littler later and I see them more often. Maybe it’s the fact that the leaves are falling off the trees and I can actually see them. ┬áThis is the view from my upstairs window.
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Regardless, I’m loving the sunrises these days. There’s no better way to start the day than by watching the sun rise!

Do you get to enjoy the sunrise from your house?

Quote of the Day: Robert Brault,

April 21st, 2013

Through the blackest night, morning gently tiptoes,
feeling its way to dawn.
~Robert Brault

I love being outside at night, especially in spring, when the air is crisp and there aren’t many insects around. More than the dark of night, I love being up early, right as night begins to fade to day.
night 1
sunrise and sunset 2
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One of the reasons I love camping so much is because we’re usually up as the first whispers of dawn break over the horizon.
I especially love getting up early, seeing the first whispers of dawn on the horizon.

What’s your favorite time of day?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.