Menacing Barn

Maple Dale 059

This is the second time that I photographed this barn – and both times the barn feels menacing, maybe sinister. It is a good photo for me to post today because right now I’m feeling a little surly. I had a great day shopping with 13 year old granddaughter Emily and I am working on the quilt I’m making her for her bed (and college dorm). I’m paying the price with a very sore back and fatigue and that is frustrating. I’m tired of chronic pain that always has to be pushed through if I want to have a life. I’m frustrated with having to always pay a price for having fun.

There, I’ve had my pity party and now I’m ready to get our supper of fresh sweet corn, hot dogs, and peaches with blueberries from my favorite fruit people at the farmers market. Then I think I’ll work on the quilt a little more, soak and polish my feet, and then Emily and I are watching Christmas Holiday together. She said it is really funny and I know laughter produces more feel-good chemicals in the brain. I wish I could get this barn to laugh.

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  1. That IS an intimidating barn, but great photo. I empathize with your thoughts re chronic pain–it gets old and overwhelming some days for sure.

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  2. Not that it makes your pain go away, but misery loves company and all that: even people without chronic pain suffer through sewing. I come away with terrible aching shoulders that stay cramped up for a few hours each time I try to tackle a project. I can relate to the cranky barn then šŸ˜‰
    Your peaches and blueberries sound lovely. And so much healthier than the ice cream + brownie I had.

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  3. That barn is very intriguing and you’ve captured it so wonderfully. I quilt a bit too and attempt to knit but with some arthritis in my fingers, I have to do these activities in short intervals. Can be so frustrating at times. But on a happier note…what a nice grandmother you are! Sounds like a fun night!

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    • We had a lot of fun, Sue. Your comment just helped me realize that my short attention span is finally a blessing because I don’t usually stay with anything long enough to get achy. šŸ˜€ It helps to be reminded that most all of us are in the same boat – thanks.

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  4. Hmmmm…
    The dark space, where the door used to be, does look a little menacing.
    Like an open mouth waiting to swallow up anyone who passes by too closely.
    Don’t stand too close to a lonely, hungry barn.

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    • I thought about it a lot – I think it is also that it is peeking from behind the trees – almost hiding to pounce. Thanks for the comment. šŸ™‚

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  5. I love how you stay so positive despite the chronic pain. I hope laughing helped a bit. And maybe it doesn’t matter if the quilting takes a little more time. šŸ™‚

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  6. Great barn shot, Pat. I feel another monochrome moment coming on!! I empathise with your frustration, but you seem to keep going….I’ve had to learn patience with a capital P, in order to keep going…it is maddening, but it works! (Rest was never formerly in my lexicon!)

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    • Boy you hit the frustration right on. It seems to take constant patience to not do too much and the courage to push through on those days we would like to stay in bed. I also have to think about how much is normal aging – grrrrr. But overall I feel happier than I have ever been – but that may be poor memory too. šŸ˜€ Thanks for understanding, Sue. And I look forward to what you can do with mono – I don’t enjoy working with B/W so go for it.

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    • I am feeling better – and eager to start another day. Thank you, Nora, for your happy wish for me. As I was falling asleep I felt bad about dumping on my blog but it did help me feel better – maybe next time I’ll journal. The nasty barn make me do it. šŸ˜€

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