Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A journey...I never tire of...

Come on...I'll race ya...

...down a country highway...a step back in time in my world...why I love driving to Sisters' and Palo...it's a journey in a day that I wouldn't trade for 'all the tea in China'...don't ya just love those ol' timey sayings...

...let's take a moment...remember that 'woosh' of new can of home brew being opened...with that lil' key that you always hoped would never break off in mid-can...but sometimes you had to rewind...I will soon be 60, as a matter of fact, it falls on Labor Day this year...but imagine how lucky my generation of baby-boomers were to have these simple mem'ries...black and white TV, pen pals, diaries...and fresh Folger's coffee...out of tea cups no less...ahhhhh...

...see the bluebirds of happiness in every day of your life...they are there with you always, you just have to notice...

...imagine back in the day, everyone gathering the hay in fields together, singing songs, children playing, blood, sweat and tears of an era long past, but still embraced by a culture that has chosen to live a day in the life...the Amish...

...and of modern giant bales lining a fence row...

I hope you never tire of seeing my beautiful Iowa countryside...down hilly dales and vast green horizons, my quest for a day in the life is a never ending journey...I'll take you along too...if yer not in a hurry...

15 comments:

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Sharon, we have lived thru exciting times. I guess the newer generations are excited about their world too. Just too much technology for me, much of it leaves me cold. Palm pilots and 100 digital TV channels shouldn't take the place of imagination and physical activity.

Seeing that Amish buggy makes me wonder if I could live their lifestyle. Hard work but satisfying and simple.
Marnie

Golden West said...

Your photographs of the Iowa countryside are delightful!

common ground said...

You are right. Things that we have imbedded in our psyche's that our children cannot relate to. I agree with R&L, I'm not into all the new technology, I like my own thoughts and some peace and quiet!
I ALWAYS enjoy your Iowa countrside and photos.
Debra

willow said...

Remember that race scene in the movie Friendly Persuasion?

I adore seeing your charming "Bridges of Madison County" road!

Jenny said...

I appreciate this post. In my mid-40s, I understand my parents' generation more than my children's sometimes! Usually when we're arguing about the overriding presence of screens (I guess I'm just as guilty as I write this!). I grew up hearing my parents talk about having radio and playing a lot outside. I grew up with TV (still remember B/W only), but also spent a lot of time outdoors and playing board games. Your post reminds us of the value in just BEING and enjoying what's around us. Thanks for that :)

cconz said...

The older i get , the simpler i want to be. I too hate all the techno. I have a young neighbor, sabrina. She told me she's going off the grid. That means no heat no hot water. No anything. My hats off to her. I love the quiet!! Your pictures capture that.

Greyscale Territory said...

Totally love the photos of your journeys and your creative comments accompanying them!

These journeys need to be recorded for those who may never know their delights. Not because they can't travel them! But because internet worlds dominate living and breathing! To go outside and find happiness could be a dying art!

Posts like these are real motivators to get up and go!

summersundays-jw said...

I love going on your travels with you. Wish I could travel your road to work instead of the highway I travel. If I don't watch myself, I'm yelling at strangers before I get to work. My b'day is in Sept. also but I have a few years on you -- you youngun'. Jan

Tilda said...

i never tire of your Iowa corn fields and i surely never tire of seeing hay fields. it isn't often you see the hay in shocks like the Amish do. it always about takes my breath away. we have the big round bales here too, and in a field just baled in a good clean cut, with the bales scattered around the field....well it just doesn't get much better than that.
i am so thankful to be a country girl. and more importantly to be able to'see' it, as some people just let it pass them by and never notice the outstanding and calming beauty of it.
thanks for sharing.
Tilda

Lori R. said...

that is one of my favorite rides also. love going that way!! I'm never disappointed with the view..
Hey, Wednesday or Friday is fine... just call or I will give you a jingle tomorrow...

Lori R. said...

that is one of my favorite rides also. love going that way!! I'm never disappointed with the view..
Hey, Wednesday or Friday is fine... just call or I will give you a jingle tomorrow...

lulu Redstar & Lauri Evans said...

Hey, I love that idea of the wind chimes, I was thinking of making some necklaces with body parts. Great minds do think alike, maybe we should team up.....Oh I don't think they are ready for us out there! Lauri@chippys

The Attic said...

I never tire of your beautiful scenery....maybe someday I will post the road that I travel on to the store. There is the Pacific ocean to my left and the San Diego Bay on my right. It's a 2 lane highway called Silver Strand since there is sand on both sides. :) Lots of cool Egrets and other birds on the bay side. Always want to stop to take photos of them..maybe I will do just that. Love the Amish buggy pic.

white o'morn cottage said...

A lovely post Sharon. I especially like the bluebird dishes. Cheers...Pam

Jamie Sanchez said...

Who could ever get tired of Iowa? It is the most awesomest place on earth if you ask me. I have long left Iowa but still consider it my home state. Texas don't got nothin' on Iowa! lol Love all the lovely pics and seeing those green green hills makes me smile. Thank you for that!