Monday, October 29, 2012


Today the prompt at CARPE DIEM is "flying."
Sharing with Open Link Monday at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads

 I wrote this first haiku  about a week ago, while watching fair weather clouds  scoot by my window.


white clouds
sail across the blue sky
migrating geese


Yesterday, knowing that a three day storm was on its way, we went for a long walk, front-loading on exercise for the week.  This is what greeted us.


the silent wind
contradicts the low gray sky
the skittish birds know


Today there is a very different scene outside.  A huge storm is bearing down on us from the tropics.  She is on a collision course with 'Old Man Winter'  who is heading our way from the north and west.


a summer storm
flies north for an autumn date
with winter


  Still hundreds of miles away, its presence is very much felt this morning.  I am  listening to the howling wind and watching the scene outside my window as I write.  


a finch hunkers down
in the shelter of a tree
autumn leaves fly


Thought for today :  If you are in the storm's path, hunker down like the birds and be safe.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Scarecrows and Ghosties

  These scarecrows seemed to be everywhere we went on a recent walk through one of the state parks.  It was all decked out for the October holiday beloved by children of all ages.  I wish I had had my scary little 'monster' with me! 


witches and scarecrows
roam village and countryside
scaring up a treat


I think I'll get this outfit to wear when I work in the garden!

Looks just like my 'gardener'
Where is the bike lane?

Close up of the biker

These two are up to no good!

No Fishing Allowed

What tree roots do when no one is looking

This is my favorite scarecrow

Shared with AT HOME WITH BOOKS Saturday Snapshots and HAIKU HEIGHTS where the prompt for this week is 'witch.'


Friday, October 26, 2012




knowing about spring...
 trees dress in orange and gold
and laugh out loud


Shared with CARPE DIEM where the prompt for today is "laughter."

Thursday, October 25, 2012



a thrush
hits a glass wall
falling rain


This was written for CARPE DIEM where the prompt for today is 'tears.'  

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pre- Election Agita?

  Has the media-mania in the run-up to the election got you down?  Are you jumpy?  Angry?  Not sure why you are so upset?

  Perhaps the constant bombardment by feverish pundits and news 'commentators' has you a bit on edge?

   Have they convinced you yet that the world will end if so and so is elected or reelected depending on who is speaking?

    You already know who you are voting for, right?  So why stress out about something over which you have little control.
     Here's how I am escaping the hype without flying to a remote island in the Pacific.  I:

                  *** Shut the TV and radio "news" off. (OK I will watch the debate, but nothing else especially not anyone else's take on the debate.  I can make up my own mind, thank you very much!)
                  *** Read the paper if I want to know the news.

                  *** Kick back and listen to some soothing music.
                         Here's and hour or so of wonderful Chopin Nocturnes to help              
                         block out the craziness.

                   *** One more thing:   Vote!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Wild Music

At dusk
A lone bird trills
 an overture

two crickets
on scratchy violins
begin a duet

dressed up in pink
a rose spills perfume
on the score

dark clouds
sky music

urgent wind whips
blackened treetops
to a fugue

sparklers fly
clapping applause
in the distance

raindrops pound
chasing squirrels off the roof
dueling drummers

wind surrenders
giving the rustling leaves
back to the trees

the moonrise
 infinite silence

(((  )))


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Gray Dawn


flies out of the mist
into morning



a gray blur
at the feeding station
fog melts


Thought for today:  How come I need a cup of tea to get the fog to lift every morning, and the birds don't?  

For HAIKU HEIGHTS The prompt is 'conscious.'

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Rest From Green

             Who would have suspected, back in April, when my eyes hungered for the first blush of green,  or in July when I gorged on it day after day, that  I would finally get my  fill of this fair color and go looking for another hue to feast upon?

              But here I am, this lovely autumn day, on a hunt for red (or gold, or bronze, or orange) October!

             I am a fickle lover after all, my sweet green.  But then, you did leave  me first!

             I promise to love you again, green,  when spring returns to my fair island.  But in the meantime, the Eternal Artist has lavished other colors on my world and enjoy them I will!


 heart open
to  the sensory feast


red leaves
punctuate the brown
stream debris


picasso nor monet
painted this


long shadows
beckon the dying leaves
rest here


who dropped
red and gold confetti


 the artist splashed 
color with no holds barred
mad with joy


spent needles
under old mother pine
a cone bed


do the birds save some berries
for the winter?


gold necklace
captures the sun's glow
in spite of mist

october gold
shimmers in the morning
slant light


 the sun and breeze
 play a game of hide and seek
in the tall grass


Today's thought - no sense longing for what is going, going, gone.  Might as well savor what is right here!

Shared with RECUERDA MI CORAZON Check it out for more Haiku My Heart!!
Shared with AT HOME WITH BOOKS.  Check it out for more Saturday Snapshots!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Perhaps the Wind Knows

Jones Beach West End 

Perhaps the Wind Knows

 The reeds make music
in their own greening voices,
 they touch each other
and the rustling rises like an anthem,
they don't ask for meaning,
 just quiver with life,
and when the breeze passes by 
they stand in ecstasy.

A falcon rides an updraft, 
 above a sun-beaten shore
not questioning but soaring,
wings sing as it dives to find
 an unsuspecting field mouse
whose final screech is unheard,
except by the breeze.

 Walking  for miles and miles,
mind wandering and pondering
the evidence of life all around,
 eyes sting with the joy of autumn goldenrod,
born of sand and salt
 ears ring with the humming cadence of bees,
sucking the last of the nectar.

Soon there is only the sound of breathing,
and I shiver and melt into the day moon.



Saturday, October 13, 2012

Light and Dark


the setting sun 
wrapped in a blue and gray shroud
slips away


More haiku on the prompt 'shroud' can be found at HAIKU HEIGHTS

Friday, October 12, 2012

After Basho


No poppies bloom
in warm October light
daisies stand in

daisies speak
their own silent words
to open hearts


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fresh and Refresh



Swiss chard cut today
sauteed with garlic and oil
garnished with cayenne



a breeze whistles through
a darker bronze dogwood
after the rain storm


Shared with SENSATIONAL HAIKU WEDNESDAY   The prompt is fresh. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

What Time Is It ? It's Soup Time!

    I love soup!  I make it at least once a week from the first cool day in autumn until it gets hot and sticky in June!  I always make enough to freeze a few servings. 

    Nothing spells  fall quite like the first taste of Squash Soup. To me it  is the ultimate comfort food. I have several recipes, all wonderful,  using either pumpkin or butternut squash but I'm always open to new recipes.   

    I discovered a wonderful food blog a few months ago and love visiting Susan at The Spice Garden. Her recipes and photos are enough to send me to the kitchen to cook.  Her recipe for Coconut Curry Squash Soup jump started my autumn cooking spree.

  Since I usually fiddle around with any recipe I try, and since I wanted to use the vegetables I got in my CSA box, I made some changes to the recipe. (Besides, it's against my religion to follow a recipe exactly as written!
  Here's my tweaked version:

Coconut Curry Squash Soup

          *** Roast  3 squashes (1 butternut and 2 acorn)  I cut them in half, scoop out the seeds and coat with olive oil then place on a cookie sheet and bake in a 350 oven for about 30 to 45 minutes until nice and soft. Cool slightly and remove skins.

          *** While the squash is roasting, saute 3 or 4  leeks and 2-3 cloves of garlic  in olive oil until soft and lightly browned.  Add  1 tablespoon of curry powder (recipe below) more or less to taste, 1 inch piece of minced ginger, a teaspoon of ground cumin, a teaspoon of garam masala,  salt and pepper and a pinch or two  of cayenne pepper and cook for a few minutes.

         ***Add  2 cans of coconut milk  and the squash and puree.  Add  1 cup of plain yogurt and  soy milk,  between 1 and 2 cups,   depending on the consistency you want. 

       ***Reheat when ready to serve.  Garnish with a teaspoon of cream swirled into the soup or a pinch of  Roasted Spicy Pepitos. (see below)

Comfort food

Homemade Curry Powder

                                 1 teaspoon of each of the following:

                                            ground cumin seed
                                            red pepper
                                            ground fenugreek seeds
                                            ground coriander seed
                                  1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and  dry mustard 
                                  3 ground  cloves             

Mix well, label and store.  Feel free experiment with this as there are as many recipes for curry powder as there are cooks in India!

Roasted Pepitos

Toss 1/2 cup  hulled pumpkin seeds with 1 teaspoon of canola oil, 1 teaspoon of mild or hot chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin and salt.  Toast in a 350 oven for 10 to 20 minutes, turning frequently. Use as a garnish for  Squash or Pumpkin Soup.

  If you want to see the original recipe, follow the link to The Spice Garden While you are there, check out some of Susan's other lovely recipes!

Today's Take-Away - When the weather cools off, make soup!

Linked to TASTY TUESDAYS at 33 Shades of Green.  Check out the link for some great recipes!



Saturday, October 6, 2012



a sparrow flies
into the white cedar
gathering darkness


Linked to Haiku Heights in response to the prompt 'home.'

Friday, October 5, 2012

Moon Light


a reflection
wakes me at midnight
two moons


Shared with Carpe Diem where the prompt is 'moon.'

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Morning Meditation - Psalm 27


a single tree branch
becomes a squirrel's tail
wispy fog


Shared with  :Carpe Diem for the prompt 'animal.'

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What Fun!!

What Fun!

        Now here is a sight to make an old woman's heart sing,
out of tune perhaps,
 but nevertheless......

An almost four-year-old
 with brand new orange sneakers
on a brilliant October day,
What fun!

'Lets go to the park,' says Orange Sneakers
'I want to be a leaf-blower 
and clean up all the leaves!'

 Off they go to the park,
 to hunt for monsters
build a campfire in the  playground,
boil some leaves for tea
and best of all 
 pretend to be really, really, really big leaf-blowers!

How great is that,
to be almost four
 AND be a really, really, really big  leaf-blower
 in October,
in a park full of deciduous trees?

When the shadows grow long, 
the leaf-blower and his grandparents 
head for home,and on the way,
Orange Sneakers  informs his audience  
'I came out of Mommy's belly,'
'Whose belly did you come out of?'
he asks,
 'I came out of GG's belly',
his grandmother says.
Then a siren sounds  on the street
and a hook and ladder goes by,
 and little Orange Sneakers
dashes off to put out a fire.

At home,
 sneakers come off with a flourish
       and grandson becomes...........
leaping over sofa cushions, er...
tall  apartment buildings,
 driving 'vehicles' to Paris, France
and making up rules for unsuspecting grandparents,

'Everyone HAS to take their shoes off  in the house.'
'I don't HAVE to eat Brussel sprouts'
'I AM allowed to climb up to the top of the sofa'
'I don't NEED a shampoo tonight.'

'Oh really,' says grandmother,
'Is that so,' says grandfather.

When it is time to leave,
 Super Pig morphs into  grandson
and offers  hugs and kisses
to grandmother
 and grandfather too.

'Can we go to the park when you come again?'
'Yes, we can!'

Monday, October 1, 2012

Segue to October

       Although the  garden is still mostly green and many plants are still blooming, there  are definite signs that summer is over and the whole landscape has  a new persona.  If it was audible, it would sound like the garden was sighing.

   The shadows change  at this time and observing how the sun manages to get right inside of the plants and trees as they first put on the bright colors of autumn and then slowly undress is one of the joys of the coming month.

  Right now, on this first day of October, many of the summer flowers linger and there is still much to be harvested.

 Autumn bloomers kiss the summer bloomers goodbye.

Herbs and flowers ready for preserving

Goldenrod opening a week or so  ago

These day lilies were a gift from my neighbor last year.  They start blooming in June and hang on until October.  Amazing!

Still a few butterflies around this bush everyday.

The cardinal flower vine never bloomed until late August, just when the hummers arrived.  It is still going strong -tying up the wind chimes and heading for the weeping cherry.

Look closely to see my little friend!

The Montauk Daisies save their show until the first week in October.

Sedum is another late summer into autumn bloomer.  The bees love it  and so do I.

The mums are showing off the first golds and rusts of the season.

Goldfinches will come for these spent coneflower seeds

                   The knowledge that soon all will be brown makes me savor the colors now.

In a few weeks,  the whole tree will be gold

Although this clematis finished blooming last week, it still looks lovely.

Late blooming roses will be a gentle reminder of summer days until early November


october gold
spend it wisely


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