Today's Wonder of the World is...Haystacks!
Flickr photo by Jared in Kansas
Excuse me while I linger next to this haystack. Can't you just smell the sweet hay in that photo? Feel it poking your neck as you prop your head against it in the grass?
I love haystacks. They remind me of the Little Miss Farm Girl fantasies I used to enjoy as a child whenever we'd go visit my family in Kentucky. My Aunt Patricia and my brother Steve and I spent hours hanging out in the barn, climbing the bales of hay and playing with the barn cats.
I used to think the hay would make a nice mattress if it wasn't so poky. I could lay my head down on a bale of hay and pretend I was Little Girl Blue.
(Where is the girl who looks after the sheep?
She's under the haystack fast asleep.)
Maybe that's why I fell in love with this painting.
It's one of my favorites by van Gogh.
I love the snoozing couple, but I also like the disheveled haystacks.
Haystacks make me happy.
Whether they're meant to...
Flickr photo by Pete Sturman
Flickr photo by helper jonty
I love the jelly roll kind. I keep waiting for them to start rolling across the field by themselves, to the tune of Rolling rolling rolling...Rawhide.
I know that might not make sense to you. But it does to me.
For some reason this Victorian haystack makes me laugh.
Flickr photo by Motorman Tel
It looks like a huge grayish cupcake. Not that huge grayish cupcakes make me fall on the floor with laughter. (Maybe I'm just happy it's Friday.)
I also like these Romanian haystacks.
Flickr photo by gdraskoy
They look like the kind Little Boy Blue would choose for a snooze.
And these Asian haystacks look cute to me.
Flickr photo by ianl1962
They sort of remind me of the haystacks Claude Monet painted.
In the sunlight...
and in the snow.
Flickr photo by Miron Podgorean
Whoops. Sorry. That's a real one.
Here's the painted version.
You know what else is gorgeous for an autumn Friday?
Flickr photo by JustJayne
Have you tried Haystacks? They're wonderfully easy! There are several different recipes, but I like this one:
Haystack No- Bake Cookies
3 cups butterscotch chips
5 oz. chow mein noodles
1 c. peanuts
Melt chips over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in the chow mein noodles and peanuts.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper.
Find a sweet smelling haystack to lean against, and nibble on a few!
Have a wonder-full Friday and a happy weekend, everyone!