A person looks,
The blossoms look back:
Plain heart seeing
into plain heart.
~ Sun Bu-er
Hello! How are you? Anything new going on in your life?
I had a lovely pause from Ye Olde Blogge. It was good to step back for a little while, and make a trip to the well to refresh and renew.
The soul is not in the universe; on the contrary, the universe is in the Soul.
I took a short, but wonderful, trip back to the Bogs. There was business and there was pleasure, but mostly pleasure. I had time to walk around the pond and the meadows and all of Breezy Acres to see what’s been going on since I moved. Most importantly, I had time with family, with M the Younger and Mere (his lovely wife), Bo the Dog, and Bo’s new companion, Denver the Kitten.
I thoroughly enjoyed the cool, dry air. It was Windows Open weather with a nice breeze blowing in through the curtains. I could walk outside without donning the insect-repelling gear that is so necessary here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch. I loved going out in shorts and a t-shirt. Boots were necessary because there has been a lot of rain in the Bogs lately, but insect repellent spray and mosquito netting to keep away the deer flies (and mosquitoes) were not. Not that the Bogs are insect-free. There was the occasional deer fly or mosquito. Ticks were not a concern as we never had (and still don’t have) a tick problem at Breezy Acres.
The one you are looking for is the one who is looking.
~ Francis of Assisi
I reentered the land of heat and humidity yesterday evening, but it’s going to be like that in the Bogs this week, too. A lot of the U.S. will be suffering from the intense heat of summer. I am grateful I had the opportunity to experience a cool-down for a little while, and to once again take deep breaths of fresh air (rather than air conditioned or hot and humid air).
I am immensely grateful for the time with family, for the laughter, the joy, and the love. And also for the sheer joy of watching a kitten at play. Denver was a good reminder that silliness and total abandonment to play lightens the heart and the soul.
My daughter-in-law is doing wonderful things with the house. I already knew she would so I would have expected nothing less. (Thank you, Mere!)
It was reassuring, in a way, to walk around the property and realize that it, too, is wild. Perhaps not quite as wild as nature is at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, but darn near. The young people are having as much trouble keeping up as us older folks. Like us, they are learning what’s what, and how to deal with whatever needs care, and trying to find the time to do what needs doing. I gained a deep appreciation for how much work M did when he was puttering around the property at Breezy Acres now that I see it reverting back to a wilder state.
That’s it from me and from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for this intensely summery Monday. Thank you for stopping by and visiting the Bogs with me once again. I have more photos from the Bogs and Breezy Acres, and will post them as soon as I have things sorted out. I hope all is well with you.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂