Friday, November 22, 2013

Moments of Thought!

Miss not the occasion;
by the forelock take that subtle power,
the never-halting time.
         William Worsworth


There are so many moments in time that pass us by without a thought or a long drawn out glance. I am pretty sure most of you know what I am talking about here. Some of those moments have been poking me lately as I try to manoeuvre through situations of late that I find myself in and my speeding past those seemingly insignificant moments so I slowed down a little this week. I am certainly happy I took the time to notice and it reminded me that not everything in your life has to be a big event to be appreciated. Yes it is Random 5 Friday and it seemed like a good time to really take notice of some of those little things and share with all of you.


1-   This little Partridge was the reason I finally slowed down and actually took the time to think of the reasons why I felt this need to be rushing. He stood in the road and did not move over so I slowed down and parked. I sat there and we stared at each other, I could actually feel a sense of peace and I imagined that he was telling me to slow down and that there was nothing that requires all that urgency I seem to put to the situation. We sat there staring at each other for quite a while until I seen a huge Dump truck racing towards us. I shouted out to the little guy and watched as the truck slowed down and the Partridge walked slowly off the road. I think it was also a message for this truck driver, we smiled at each other and we both drove slowly away.


2-   I took my Mom a huge Rubbermaid container of yarn the other day; it had been packed away so we were not sure what was in it. I opened up a bag and dumped it on the floor. It looked like a big jumbled mess to me but I looked up and seen Mom’s face, she was smiling ear to ear. She was thinking it was a huge puzzle that we could solve together. Even though I wanted to take the scissors and cut all the tangled mess she said it would not take long. It was like she knew we would enjoy the conversation and laughter that came with the job at hand. She is wise like that. Different ways of looking at the same thing.


3-   I fed the cows the other morning and was rushing because I knew I had so much to do that day and just wanted to get this job done. I watched as the cows became very excited and played the usual game of knocking the round hay bale off its end where I had placed it then proceeded to roll it across the pasture into the drove of cedar trees. I was laughing out loud. It was like watching a group of kids playing soccer. I slowed down to watch the sun dance off Annie’s furry white coat.


4-   As I was putting wood in the wood stove one chilly afternoon I noticed an undiscovered world laying just below the bark; the bark that had fallen to the floor making another mess that I just knew I had to sweep up once again. An undiscovered world that had me sitting on the floor looking at the world that had been lurking behind the bark on a tree I had walked by so many times over the years long before it became firewood. I proceeded to pull every piece of that old elm tree off the wood cart and remove the bark making an even bigger mess and I took the time to explore every part of the world I had missed.



5-   I have discovered that I can actually transport my busy mind to a place of calm and peace just by sitting and knitting and while not worrying about the rules or patterns that I should be following I can still come out with something that someone will appreciate no matter how wonky it may look. I also love the fact that a cute little probably not in style, but I love it anyways, sweatshirt dress combined with my Pink Cadillac Boots can keep people smiling. I know your smiling. Hug. 

So I have slowed down thanks to a little Partridge with an important message. What have you been missing?


Later

57 comments:

  1. Wise words this morning B. We should all ask ourselves that question. Far too much I think is the answer.

    Happy Friday!

    Hugs
    Andrea

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  2. I'm trying very hard to heed your words my friend. Maybe today will be less busy. xo

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  3. You have taken time to smell the roses - so the saying goes :)
    I have never seen a Partridge, never thought to Google one...they are a cute bird and your photo came out really well...enjoy your knitting as I know you will...Hugs M xoxox

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  4. wow, i wish you well. i know during holiday times i feel very busy & very rushed. i have to remind myself to slow the heck down. i think that is why i think about it so far in advance because i hope it will be slower in the long run for me. finger crossed. ( :

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  5. Oh my gosh Buttons that Partridge is absolutely beautiful!! I don't think I've ever seen one before

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  6. It's great advise to all of us to slow down, Buttons. I think it's fabulous that knitting helps you do this... and that it brings you even closer to your mother.

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  7. I love Partridges and love your serendipitous Five...

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  8. That partridge is so adorable! He's ready to find a pear tree for Christmas ;-)

    Love scarf!

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  9. That's a partridge? I thought at first it was a mangy roadrunner! They do look a little like your partridge, down here...

    Soccer-playing cows? I love it!

    And thank you Buttons, for your email about your cattle. I appreciate understanding what you do. (And yes, I am a die-hard steak lover!)

    Vic303

    My R5F post for the week:
    http://themonkeywranglersblog.blogspot.com/2013/11/r5f-112213.html

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  10. I discovered years ago that life is to short not to slow down and enjoy the little things it has to offer . Wonderful post and photos ! Have a good weekend !

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  11. Breathe it all in comes to my mind the odd time when I take time out to allow myself to think this. I have never seen a partridge that close or still. The mess of yarn? my dear niece sorted mine out for me :) ...happy weekend Dear "B" x

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  12. We didn't have power this week, so it felt like the week was in slow motion!

    Great job on the scarf!
    I have never seen a partridge up close, love the pic!
    Have a great weekend!

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  13. That's wise advice, Buttons! I wish we could just slow down instead of rush...rush...rushing all the time! Love the partridge...I've never seen one before!

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  14. If I slow down anymore I'll be at a dead stop (and we don't want that lol).

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  15. I love that the little partridge caused you to slow down and enjoy the moment. Nature has a very calming effect. Enjoy your weekend!

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  16. The photos are wonderful Buttons. I love the quote at the top of the page.

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  17. This is a wonderful reminder that we need to stop and see what's around us, to embrace the moment and not run around like crazy. Thanks so much! Have a blessed weekend. Lovely photos, btw!

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  18. oooohhhhh buttons, i am smiling!!

    annie's looking all grow up and if i must say, marvelous!!

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  19. the partridge is very cool. laughed at the cows playing soccer with the hay bale! annie is so cute. and so is your skirt. :) loved the yarn tangle with your mom.

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  20. I am smiling ... thank you ... and thanks to you (and the little partridge) I am now listening to the rain outside not as the annoyance that it was a few minutes ago before I slowed down and listened to the drops as they hit and then run off the roof and fall and splatter on the metal below ... and it sounds like a song ... :) Pat

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  21. Oh, I'm smiling, B. :-) And sending you a big HUG for your beautiful random 5. I enjoyed this so much. You're so right. We need to slow down and not let the things that make up our life be lost. Something I saw this morning that made me think of you: I looked out the kitchen window and saw 7 turkeys making their way across the road into my neighbor's yard. I didn't have the camera handy, so I called Larry to the window and we just enjoyed the view.

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  22. Love the little partridge! I've only ever seen pictures of the adults. Yarn puzzles do have a way of making us slow down. I would have loved to see the soccer playing cows!

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  23. i sure wish i could slow down and sit along side you for a bit. not to be, unfortunately, but i do love the reminder. your whole post makes me smile but my heart melts for that capture of sweet, little annie!

    have a wonderful weekend, b!

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  24. Funny, I saw that partridge (well, not the same one - you know) yesterday and it made me stop as well. Until the screaming of the starving little goats (haha) made me hustle. Life is so much better when you stop and look at it. Thanks for the reminder.

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  25. That partridge is so pretty and a lot different looking to the ones we have here.
    Love your scarf.
    Lynne

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  26. What a valuable lesson, my friend, and so timely. The cows are so funny when they get giddy and joyful about something, aren't they? I'm glad you ran into that little partridge~

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  27. Nature teaches lessons all the time. In order to learn, we must slow down and listen. And look too, just look at what you found on that log. A piece of nature's art for you to enjoy. And now for your blogger friends too.

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  28. I love this post, Buttons! Love the partridge, the game the cows play, the tangle of yarn - all of it! We miss so much with the harried pace we follow.

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  29. How true! We really need to slow down sometimes. What I always say, "Take a deep breath and lower your voice an octave." You will have much more control over yourself.

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  30. After reading your comment, I had to come back here to let you know I used to be 5'11 and 3/4, but I always said I was 6 feet. If we ever met, we would be the odd couple for sure.

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  31. Oh, Buttons! You always give me such good food for thought. That partridge is sweet, but not too smart standing in the middle of the road like that. So, either not the brightest bulb in the socket or he really was meant to give you that message. I love that your mom was all about digging into that mess of yarn.:-) And that the cows were so playful. Love your scarf too. I haven't even started mine yet. You inspire me. Have a super weekend.

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  32. Very enjoyable stop here. I'm glad you were able to slow down and take in time with that Partridge and so happy the trucker did too.
    Also that you and your mom enjoyed time together sorting the yarn. Usually my patience runs out with tasks like that.
    Such a pretty color for the scarf, it looks soft.

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  33. I keep forgetting to leave my link:

    http://wishesdreamsandotherthings.blogspot.com/2013/11/random-5-friday_22.html

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  34. Thank you for reminding me to slow the heck down!!!
    What's the rush???
    Wise post!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    diane @ aug's blog

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  35. I just love your undiscovered world...so amazing. And your scarf is beautiful. I love the colors.

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  36. I want to spell manoeuvre like a Canadian , thats what I want to do...

    and thanksgiving was wonderful, thank you - and next week it might even be better ;p

    XOXOX

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  37. Yes, yes. I always want to slowdown and not miss a thing.
    As for tomorrow, you my find me stripping bark from firewood.

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  38. It's nuts but I enjoy unraveling yarn into a nice round ball. I despise cutting yarn...all those loose ends drive me crazy...short trip as Dave would have said.

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  39. I love your blue and white creation!!!!! Slowing down is what we all need to do, me included!...:)JP

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  40. Slowing down and enjoying the moments is always a good reminder. I love your scarf- it is beautimous!

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  41. This is the best random 5 I have ever come across. And I can see the look in your Mom's face as she tackles that project. Beautiful.

    Jen

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  42. Slowing down is so hard, yet so rewarding when you stop to think and do it. I am so happy you pulled over for that partridge. I know the few times that I have exercised slowing down to observe (like stopping the car to observe something) have been so rewarding. Lovely post!

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  43. Such wise words here today, and each time I read your blog. We all need to slow down and really see all that is around us. Thank you for the reminder!

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  44. I believe you gave us all good advice to slow down. Been feeling rushed lately too.

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  45. :) OK he wasn't in a Pear tree but perhaps he was your start to the Christmas season and inviting you to seek out your own 12 Days of Christmas. SO "One Partridge on the Roadway".... whats comes next? ;)

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  46. A message I needed to hear!!!
    Love the bug patterns on the elm wood!!!

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  47. And I have passed my radiology practical mid-term!!!

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  48. YEs, it is so important to slow down and actually notice life, to actually live it. I found you through a comment you left on Muddy Boot Dreams. So happy to be a new follower. xo Laura

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  49. Great quote and am happy for you that you found a few moments of quiet Joy this week. Loved all the photos especially the one with your mama. I know that of a conversation and untangle party, Wonderful!

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  50. Wise words B. A lesson for all of us ;-)

    Warm greetings from the Netherlands,
    dzjiedzjee.blogspot.com

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  51. Indeed. I do much better on this subject walking in the wood with camera in hand in binocs hanging around my neck. The little things. The beautiful things to notice.....

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  52. That Buttons is one of your best posts...ever. So much wisdom there.
    We don't have partridges here so enjoyed that little bloke with his slow down message.
    The wool. Like your mum I would have taken the time to untangle it (love doing that) especially had if I had my daughter with me to chat.
    Everything else also gave me much delight so thank you so much for sharing your photos and your thoughts. xx

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  53. I have been falling behind on blogging, because just lately I too have been slowing down,just hanging with the horses, on the really cold days sitting by the woodstove rubbing winston and Skeeters tummies on demand. The partridge out here are like yours , move at their own pace, reminding us that t here is really nothing to get in a flap about

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  54. The partridge is really cute! And I love the story about the cows playing with the hay bale. I would love to see that!

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  55. I'm glad the partridge encouraged you to slow down. It is good saying," take time to smell the roses". My trip into the mountains slowed me down, I love your world under the bark.

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  56. I've never seen a partridge--How cute! I enjoyed seeing and hearing how you slowed down to take notice of different things, and live the moments.

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