Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sunrise, Sunset

Sunrise, sunset,
Swiftly flow the days.
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers,
Blossoming even as we gaze...

If you’ve ever heard anyone say they live out in the boonies, they are probably talking about living out here! There isn’t a lot to look at. There aren’t many tall trees. There are no big rivers. There aren’t any lakes. But you can see for miles. Really. Off my front deck on a clear night I can see the lights of a town about 60 miles away. And there are gorgeous sunsets. This year there was some extra rain. The average rainfall out here is 12 inches. So far we’ve had around 20 inches. When it rains here things immediately turn green and bloom! It’s a nice change. The downside to that is when it is fall all the plants dry up and there’s huge fire danger.
Wild Sunflowers
The roadside was covered with flowers

After you live out here for a while you come to appreciate a certain beauty in the surroundings. You’ll swear you can see to the end of the earth. The sky is clear and beautiful, no smog or pollution. There’s plenty of room to move around.You can see the rain as it falls miles away.
The windmill in my backyard
The sun through the mesquite tree
My backyard
Clear, blue sky
Raining over Odessa
I really like the sunsets. I like sunrises too, but I don’t like to get up early. So, I see more sunsets than sunrises. The sunsets out this way are exceptional. The colors are from an artist’s palette, swirling reds, yellows, pinks and oranges. The backgrounds are blue, gray or black.Some look like water color paintings.
Sunset on the way home
Sunset by McCamey
Clouds in the sunset by Seminole
More clouds by Seminole
Hole in the clouds
In the early fall, before daylight savings time, it’s dark when I leave for work. By the time I get there or shortly before, the sun is rising. That’s the time I get to see the sunrise. After daylight savings time kicks in it’s rare I’m up early enough to enjoy the rising sun. It’s almost dark though, when I get home, so I can see the sun in various stages of going down. I guess it’s a fair trade off.
Sunset on another cloudy day
Almost dark
The sunrise is just as pretty. The vivid color isn’t there but the sun peeking through the clouds is magnificent. If there is a picture of heaven, the sunrise could be it.
Sunrise on the way to work
Early morning sun
Sunrise on the horizon
Of course the inviting colors attract me. I have some yarn that reminds me of the sunsets. I don’t know what it will be yet but I’m sure it will be pretty.

The sunrise begins the countdown to the end of another day. The minutes and hours fly by until another day is gone. Before we even notice, it’s a week gone. Soon a month, two months and finally a year pass. And we wonder why time passes so quickly. Would it slow down any if we stopped every day to appreciate the sunrise and the sunset? Probably not.

Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears

Knitayear is passing more quickly than I thought too. It was just the start of a new strip and now it’s already the second month. If you wonder why my blog dates are a little off it’s to keep it with the knitayear. You’d be surprised how confused I can get with a list of dates! Day 218, November 4 was a bit disappointing. Is there someone in your life that you let hurt your feelings over and over? You know it will happen and it makes you sad, but you don’t break away? It was that kind of day. I picked blue trellis yarn. It’s dark blue, light blue and white. It’s a ribbon yarn with little squares of ribbon then an open spot. Day 219 was much the same as yesterday. Different people, different reasons, same disappointment and hurt. Besides that it’s almost like I’m invisible, concealed behind some desk, not knowing anything. Oh well, I need to accept that it’s this way and move on. It’s November 5, and I found an off white cotton with little color dots. The offwhite symbolizes invisible and the little spots of color, which if you don’t look closely you won’t see, are the bright spots, the days I can be seen. Yes, they are far apart. It’s bound to get better. It’s Saturday, day 220, November 6, and I’m feeling renewed. I got to be with a group of ladies I like, we visited, snacked (of course) and knitted. It was a very much needed break for me. I picked yellow because it was bright. This yellow is cotton with a red and blue thread twisted around to make a solid strand. It’s like the group of friends, each with a different personality, a different life, but held together with a common thread as well. This day brought a happy sunset, and the hope that the sunrise tomorrow brings an even better day.
Now they must learn from one another,
Day by day.
Sunrise, sunset...


  1. There truly is nothing better than a West Texas sunset! Great pictures.

  2. You're right Miss Bee! I know you've seen plenty up close and personal!

  3. Gorgeous pictures & wonderful writing!

  4. What fabulous pictures! I wish I lived somewhere that I could see things like that. Living in the city means you miss out on so many beautiful sights.

  5. @Bev...Thank you! Can you believe a lot of those pictures were from my phone in a moving car through a dirty windshield? Just imagine if I had pulled over! haha

  6. @Sinead...I guess it's a trade off. There's so many things we don't have out here that you probably have. But I wouldn't trade when I look out and see the beautiful sunset!

  7. I live in a city in Massachusetts now, but for years I lived in Moriarty, New Mexico. Seeing pictures like that makes me want to go back.

  8. Wow Pam. Small world! I grew up in Albuquerque. I know exactly where Moriarty is!