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Synchronicity

A collage of the ducks on the pond and the clouds at sunset.
A collage of the ducks on the pond and the clouds at sunset.

At various points in our lives, or on a quest, and for reasons that often remain obscure, we are driven to make decisions which prove with hindsight to be loaded with meaning.

~ Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras

Someday
Someday

This week’s The Daily Post @ WordPress.com photo challenge is A Day in My Life.  I was going to participate by photographing my day and then realized all I had to do was take five minutes to walk around the house and snap a few photos because A Day in My Life looks a lot like this:

Kitchen
Kitchen

And this:

Dining room
Dining room

You get the idea.  But for those who like this sort of thing, I’ll continue showing you the chaos that is currently my home.

Part of the living room
Part of the living room

When I began my Great Spring Cleaning Project back in January, I had no idea we would be moving.  I was sorting through closets and cabinets, drawers and shelves, with no clue that soon all of those closets and cabinets and drawers and shelves would be exploding all over my house.

More of the living room
More of the living room

See what I mean?

A guest room.  (Probably the tidiest room in the house right now.)
A guest room. (Probably the tidiest room in the house right now.)

Thank goodness I got rid of so much extra baggage before we started packing!

The library/guest room/Princess Room
The library/guest room/Princess Room

We will have about half the space in what we hope will be our new home as we have now.  The mess you see in these photos is still being pared down, and will probably be pared down even more once we get another good look at the house we’re trying to buy.  We saw it once.  For about an hour.  And made an offer on it a few days later.  We’re crazy that way.

Another view of the library
Another view of the library.  Those shelves were packed with books.  Most of the books have found a new home at our local library.

Let’s leave the mess, and head outside to see what spring is up to.

Breaking open
Breaking open

It occurs to me that I was supposed to break the big news about the move either today or tomorrow.  I jumped the gun a bit by announcing it yesterday.  For those who missed it, M and I are leaving the Bogs and moving to the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  The Eastern Shore is a pretty good size, divided into different regions.  M and I will be living in Somerset County, not far from the crab capital of the world (and about 37 minutes from Chincoteague Island).  I guess I better learn to like crab, eh?

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Actually, I do like crab.  Sort of.  Sometimes.  It has to be fresh.  I don’t think that will be a problem.

Someone took a bite
Someone took a bite

I’d better move back indoors and get back to the sorting and packing.  I don’t expect things to be neat and tidy for a while, but perhaps I can get a little better organized so I can try to clean up the place a bit.

The Mallards this morning.
The Mallards this morning.

Thanks for stopping by.  Feel free to stay outside and enjoy the day.  It’s been sunny and in the 50’s.  A very good day for a hike around the pond and into the woods.  I had to make it a quick walk, but you’re welcome to take your time and linger by the pond where the light and reflections have been wonderful lately.

Pine reflections
Pine reflections

Have a delightful day, evening, night… whenever and wherever you are on the spectrum of time.  🙂

Cattail reflections
Cattail reflections

Coincidences link us to the unknown and weave us into it.

~ Doug Dillon

Two
Two

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

24 thoughts on “Synchronicity

  1. What a job you have on your hands Robin! Your announcement yesterday, although slightly surprising, didn’t come as a shock, as you had talked about moving when you visited Nova Scotia. Perhaps the moving seed was planted in your minds at that time. Your daily walk outside right now will be such a welcome relief to your indoor chores!

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  2. Ah, Jung is my constant companion these days, so your title called out to me. “I’ll continue showing you the chaos that is currently my home” – I laughed out loud at this. Even though we are not moving, that is a sentence that would fit my house at times. So, from what you write, I am guessing that at some level you knew that you would be moving. It is like a dream that tells us something that takes months to process and realize that our “real” self already knew what was coming. Perhaps it was that way with you, but of course, it comes out in many expressions. Robin, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to let things go and explore the new – I envy you in many ways. The thing that strikes me most is your drive to surround yourself with even more water; now the pond, next the bay 🙂 Enjoy the process!

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  3. We did similar when we bought the house we are in now. Saw it for less than half an hour. Left, looked at another house where I walked in, walked out. We went to Tim Horton’s with our realtor and wrote up an offer for our house. Less than half the space we had. We are still paring down! 🙂

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  4. such a lot of gold around the pond today, gold in your plans to move, it is so exciting to be led by the universe into a larger life, even if that means your books go to the local library (yay for them!) … meanwhile enjoy the chaos, it too has treasures to offer 🙂

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  5. Ohhhh…photos of reflections on the pond and pussy willows both on the same day…. oh what a very happy sight.
    And Robin, I’m so happy for you and M in your move, with new adventures and exploring… hopefully, the rest of us will get to walk through, wander around and spend quiet moments in a whole new territory through your photos…another happy thought! 😀

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  6. The one good thing about my former itenerant lifestyle (my ex was Navy) was that each move forced us to keep the ‘stuff’ pared-down. Donations, yard sales, gifts to neighbors (that they had to figure what to do with on THEIR next change of duty station!)… Now, I seem to be swimming in ‘stuff’…
    Enjoy your calm, warm(ish) weather, and the respite that a walk around the pond can bring.

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  7. Moving is such a stressful experience. Nonetheless, pairing down is a much better option than moving the stuff you really don’t need to take along. Unfortunately, everything has a story. 😦

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  8. Isn’t it interesting that you started cleaning out your closets in January! Thanks for sharing the chaos in your house with us. We can see you’ve been busy working in every room – you gave all your books away? I am impressed!

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  9. Oh my goodness! I’m behind on my blog reading, working my way backwards through your week, so I did indeed miss the big announcement! I’m so surprised! I didn’t think you’d ever leave your meadow and pond and bogs. Maryland, eh? I’ve been wanting to get to Maryland for a while now. I have to go read your actual announcement now. 🙂

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    1. I didn’t think we’d ever leave here either, Karma. I was pretty positive M and I would grow old here. Who knows? Maybe we’ll come back. I think Maryland is going to be a wonderful adventure. And who knows? Maybe we’ll stay there and grow old. 😀

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  10. What fun to see the inside of your house, even in the chaos! And what momentous news – moving! I wish you luck with the move and resettling in your new community. Will look forward to seeing your photos of it. I confess, though, I will definitely miss your very beautiful Bogs.

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  11. It’s good to be down-sizing some. After going through what we have with my parents’ house I look around at all the stuff we’ve accumulated and keep thinking, I need to start getting rid of some of this stuff. A tough job, I imagine. I hope you are happy about going.

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    1. Thank you, Christine. 🙂 I was a little sad at first, but now I’m getting excited about going. The Eastern Shore is a beautiful area with lots to explore.

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  12. I was actually wondering about this– whether you had known about the move when you started your Great Decluttering Project. Now I know! I love synchronicity. 🙂

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Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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