Thursday, February 11, 2010

Outrageous Sunset


After working this morning, I had lunch with a dear friend. She's 85 and just about adopted me when I moved here. As is the way when you don't have any familial baggage obstructing the view, we are right easy with each other, supportive, loving and interested in each other's lives without any preconceived notions or judgements.

We should all get our mothers when we're well broken in like a good leather: soft, gentle, respectful and never, ever irritated.

She's anxious for spring to come. She tells me she gets anxious that this might be the year she'll miss it. She tells me she'd never tell this stuff to her sons. They'd laugh at her, think her weird, might even start looking at where to put her. I tell her I understand. Totally. My dad would get antsy about spring too but I would get irritated with him. Not understanding. Now I do. She keeps gifting me in this way.

I cancelled dinner plans as the forecast was freezing rain which is just about the only condition I won't drive in and the dinner party was in town a good 75K drive.

I was coming down my stairs and glanced out the window - I never do miss a sunset - and this stunner was outside. It fair took my breath away and I thought to share it. Then I napped on the couch, safe and sound, in front of the fire.

A rather perfect day.

And now I'm a little jumpy for spring too.

27 comments:

  1. I've been jumpy for spring since the end of December. I need it for the sake of my mind. I'm tired of the cold and the snow and the short days. They do make me feel gloomy. You did have one heck of a sunset, though. And a really good lunch date. We should all have someone like that in our lives.

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  2. GSW:
    You're up, I see, in the middle of the night. My nap threw me off a little but heading off now, it's 12.18 my time.
    I totally understand why people move to another hemisphere when winter comes and enjoy spring twice a year.
    My wallet isn't large enough....LOL
    XO
    WWW

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  3. Yes it's nice to move to the southern hemisphere in our winter. I was very lucky that Eliot took me to Australia twice and New Zealand once. I'm writing about Ireland with my late husband now. Will get to Australia later. You and Friko are such great encouragements. I shall put off being a jaded old lady for a while. But I could use some writing lessons. Have you considered giving a course online?

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  4. You're right, relationships tend to be a lot easier without all the familial clutter. You can start off with a clean emotional slate and much better prospects.

    That sunset is amazing. So red it looks like there's a bushfire out there somewhere.

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  5. sunrises, sunsets, good friends, spring - all good!

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  6. that beautiful sunset is right up there with the ones we see on Georgian Bay.

    Your friend's concern for Spring is certainly valid.I hope she sees many more.

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  7. Karin:
    I must head off to your place and read about your Ireland. Yes, others have asked me too about the writing course, I do hold them here and perhaps I can adapt to on line. I will let you know and thanks for the encouragement!
    XO
    WWW

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  8. Nick:
    I like your phrase 'clean emotional slate'. Exactly.
    Yes and now we have more freezing rain today so had to cancel lunch and movie plans. Blah.
    XO
    WWW

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  9. GFB:
    We're getting to the age where spring is awfully important alright.
    I must add more bulb planting to my repertoire!
    XO
    WWW

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  10. Can a photo have mesmerising power?

    Enjoying a mug of tea and two slices of banana bread (praised be Stan's recipe!), somehow I got lost.
    Just wonderful. Thanks for sharing, WWW.

    And herewith off I spring. Snow's calling: Shovel me, Sean!

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  11. Mother Nature can be so dramatic can't she, WWW! A bit of a ham in fact at times. ;-) Super photo!

    I agree, a mother figure when we're mature enough to understand and appreciate her would be very good for those of us who had a few dificulties in youth. I hope your lovely friend has many, many more springs to enjoy.

    I'm not overly enthusiastic about spring myself, because my sneezing and sinus probs will increase, then the heat will gradually build to a ridiculous level here. I look forward more to autumn these days.
    :-)

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  12. Splendid sky. The sun has been so rare and so timid in our gray Toronto winter. Thanks for reminding me that it still rises, and then sets with such glory. I will keep your photo on my full screen for a few hours, as an enchanting companion to my daily, mundane chores.

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  13. Sean:
    Oh I scooted over and stole the recipe but my mother trained me well and I remembered to thank Stan for it, it looks wondrous!
    Nice double entendre my friend!
    XO
    WWW

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  14. Oh those pesky allergies, T, you must suffer so.
    I am blessed with very few and here it is a more Irish type Spring, though later - in April early May.
    XO
    WWW

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  15. Oh Claudia, I'm so glad I brightened your day.
    I will be in Toronto myself from 14th - 28th of this month. Mixed feelings about it but I usually get into the city swing within 48 hours!
    XO
    WWW

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  16. Lovely post, and what a GORGEOUS photo.

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  17. I'm glad you shared this, WWW — it certainly is a stunner. Such deep rich colours, and lovely terrain to receive them. The captcha request for my comment is most apt: "liting"!

    Thanks for the nod, Sean, and enjoy the bread!

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  18. Knatolee:
    Thank you, it certainly brightened my evening!
    XO
    WWW

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  19. Stan:
    What more would we need but your bread and this sunset.
    There should be a poem....let's see...
    XO
    WWW

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  20. Poem? I'll have a go :)

    Spied through spring window
    Fiery clouds o'er frosty hills
    Outrageous sunset.

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  21. Poetry at its peak,
    each word of praise
    would be too weak.
    [McSeanagall]

    :)

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  22. The sun unabashed
    reveals its splendour.
    And speechless I watched
    it's growing ardour
    seeking and reaching
    my heart, and winning
    a forever place.
    A moment of grace...

    C.P.G.

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  23. Sorry! Correction:

    its growing ardour

    :-)

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  24. Friends gather to riff on
    This virtual crimson
    Words are then proffered
    And a sunset is honoured.
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    Thank you all so much, you done that sun some good!!


    XO
    WWW

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  25. that is a beautiful sunset. and i was always glad that my father died in january. not close enough to spring for regrets, and he didn't have to tough out another minnesota winter. he loved the sun, the heat, the summer.

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  26. A rather perfect time, Laurie, I agree, easy on the family also with the holiday season out of the way.
    XO
    WWW

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