Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January 31, 2012

everlasting month

light bulb
goes off
tutoring joys

fighting off
a cold
student makes
my dinner

Monday, January 30, 2012

January 30, 2012

new plantings
around the hot tub
pinwheels spin

three cockers
bathed and groomed
sporting kerchiefs
homework corrected
as cats sleep

Sunday, January 29, 2012

January 29, 2012

raindrops bouncing
in the hot tub
a sparrow skitters past

writing stories
and blog posts
snuggling with pets
baking brownies
reading and napping

Saturday, January 28, 2012

January 28, 2012

breathing fire
son runs 100 miles

Rachmaninoff’s 3rd
reading in my recliner
cat purrs

quiet day
few chores
reading fantasy
hot tub soak

Friday, January 27, 2012

January 27, 2012

colored lights
crescent moon

running errands
visit with a friend
cleaning closets
therapy appointment
sunny day

Thursday, January 26, 2012

January 26, 2012

after snow rain ice
a sunny day
robins hunting worms

splitting headache
pushing through
tutoring students
dental check-up
quiet evening

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

January 25, 2012

pouring rain
soaking in
the hot tub

at Student Link
my bridge class
good vet visit

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

January 24, 2012

geese honk above the hot tub

life resumes
after the big snow
tutoring, errands
doctor’s appointment
exhaustion sets in

Monday, January 23, 2012

January 23, 2012

a new haircut
for a new year
dragons soar overhead

snow melting
branches picked up
yard cleaned
new haircut
reading with Sasha

Sunday, January 22, 2012

January 22, 2012

rain soaked snow
sliding off
the blue metal roof

new yard lights
protect the dogs
helping a student
write a paper
napping and reading

Saturday, January 21, 2012

January 21, 2012

shoveling snow
for the last time

melting snow
tree branches rebound
squirrel jumps

roads clear
running errands
snow sliding off
my blue metal roof
reading and napping

Friday, January 20, 2012

January 20, 2012

pains lessen
hot tub soak

shoveling snow
one last time
neighbor stops to talk

chauffeured to
therapy appointment
after nearly 24 hours
power returns
major snow melt

Thursday, January 19, 2012

January 19, 2012

snow and ice storms
freshly baked brownies

snow covered bushes
faerie homes with
twinkling lights

shoveling snow
a hummingbird
flits by my nose

snow days
peace and beauty
reading and chores
vet braves icy roads
more shoveling

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

January 18, 2012

cyclamen peeks
out of thick
snow blanket

holiday lights
shining through
snow cover

snow day
how wonderful
shoveling snow
reading and napping
soaking in the hot tub

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January 17, 2012

birds chirping
four different songs
hot tub music

at student link
an excellent book
approaching snowstorm

Monday, January 16, 2012

January 16, 2012

the ground slides
a friendship

snow draping
bare branches
evergreens droop

difficult day
hard to find
my path
reading with
my pets

Sunday, January 15, 2012

January 15, 2012

catching snowflakes
on my tongue
hot tub soak

mid January 
winter finally arrives
first snowfall
son completes HURT100
placing 17th

Saturday, January 14, 2012

January 14, 2012

in the hot tub
firs dancing

day begins
and ends 
with hot tub soaks
while son runs 
100 mile trail race

Friday, January 13, 2012

January 13, 2012

ailing cat
starts eating
sunny winter day

sick cat
vet visit
happy ending

Thursday, January 12, 2012

January 12, 2012

full moon
behind firs
dog barks

hot tub 
running errands

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

January 11, 2012

pinks and oranges
watching the sunrise 
through the firs

busy Wednesday
vet visit

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

January 10, 2012

to the mailbox
surrounded by pines

devising curriculum
for two students
quiet afternoon
reading with pets
after tutoring one more

Monday, January 9, 2012

January 9, 2012

first to greet
Native Americans
intrepid Vikings

Brahms symphonies
a good book
snuggling with pets

disjointed beginning
day improves
taking a nap and
reading a great book
surrounded by pets

Sunday, January 8, 2012

January 8, 2012

January thaw
without a December freeze
robins feasting

twelve muddy 
cocker paws
winter rains

laundry and chores
starting to piece
tops for four quilts
reading and napping
with Sasha and Thackeray

Saturday, January 7, 2012

January 7, 2012

past brake lights
my thoughts

reading with Sasha 
Tchaikovsky’s Sixth
surrounds us

a new blog post
with a dear friend
reading and napping

Friday, January 6, 2012

January 6, 2012

tutoring math
students’ eyes glaze over

errands galore
chatting with friends
tutoring geometry
fighting infection
holiday lights twinkle

Thursday, January 5, 2012

January 5, 2012

cold crisp day
outside the window
a humming bird

work week ends
with one student
to tutor
one book finished
another started

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January 4, 2012

vet visit
furry friends
clamor for treats

four students
my bridge class
vet visit

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

January 3, 2011

winter break ends
students return
a mug of hot tea

algebra II
lots of math tutoring
afternoon spent
reading and napping

Wordle 37

An Expected Loss

A shovel-shaped cloud
drifts across the sky
as friends stop by.
An expected loss 
brings them together

but even though expected,
the loss brings pain
and reminiscing.
Letters are exchanged,
friendships strengthened.

As the day winds down
plum sweaters are
knitted from the yarn
left by the loved one,
each stitch an act of love.

Process: I just found out about this wonderful site The Sunday Whirl where 12 words are given in what is termed a wordle and the trick is to write a poem using the words.  I wrote this on Sunday when I was thinking about the new year and losses as well as pluses.  This is my first attempt at this but it was fun.  I've sifted it and rethought it and now even though it still feels a bit unpolished, I'm putting it up.  

The words for the week are: drift, plum expected loss sweaters yarn stop friends letters stitches, wind, and shovel.

Monday, January 2, 2012

January 2, 2012

pouring rain
beating on skylights
cat purrs

snuggling with
cats and dogs
wind howls

pouring rain
stiff winds
holiday lights blowing
reading and napping
with my pets

Sunday, January 1, 2012

January 1, 2012

the mermaid and I
wash hair together
New Year’s Day

through the firs
sunlight dapples
the rainbow flag

with pets