March 2014: The Children Are Tender

Caregiving, teaching little kids to read, and riding in the pickup with Farmer John; I tweet, pin, and blog, from my home in rural Kansas. If you've landed here looking for information about my books, visit my author's page by clicking this link: A. Born. Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

39 Seconds of Relaxation Therapy

Turn up the volume to hear wild geese calling to one another and a faraway train whistle...ahhhh, Kansas!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

North Wind Doth Blow...

When I was a first grade teacher, I often taught my little students this snippet of a traditional nursery rhyme:

North wind doth blow
And we shall have snow
And what will poor robin do then,
Poor thing

He'll sit in a barn
To keep himself warm,
And hide his head under his wing, 
Poor thing

I'd not thought of this ditty in years, until a week ago when I was outdoors taking photos of a particularly gorgeous Kansas sunset.  Just look at those colors as a backdrop for this cottonwood tree (did you know the cottonwood is Kansas' state tree?) : 
The evening was perfectly still and at about 50 degrees, it was a lovely night to be outdoors. I was snapping photos as the sunset changed from pink to peach to liquid gold when I felt the merest touch of a breeze on my right cheek.  I turned toward the north and was instantly greeted by a cold blast of wind! Leaves began pelting me and I shot this little video:  

It would have been a lengthier film, but a leaf whapped me in the forehead and I thought, "If that had been even just a small twig, it would have really hurt.  A branch would hurt more.  Maybe I'd better go inside!" I was cold anyway; the temperature had dropped several degrees in the span of just a few seconds.  

I've never experienced a more rapid change of weather. I've often heard this statement: If you don't like the weather in Kansas, wait five minutes.  On this November evening I didn't have to wait that long! 

Monday, November 3, 2014

October Review

Despite the spiders (do they KNOW Halloween is coming?) and the small snake that startled our UPS driver when she dropped a package onto our front porch, I enjoyed our October. After a long, dusty summer, the air seemed cleaner and the light more brilliant.  We didn't receive a killing frost until late in the month, and so the leaves held to the trees a bit longer than usual. I love cottonwood trees and have embedded an 11 second video of how the wind turns their leaves to glitter, along with a view down our country road and an October Kansas sunset.  Enjoy!

The cottonwood trees from the video clip are visible in this photo. They are the tallest trees with light colored trunks, center/right.