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A ride to Raccoon Point

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There were butterflies and dragonflies dancing all around the driveway this morning.

Some people are still unaware that reality contains unparalleled beauties.  The fantastic and unexpected, the ever-changing and renewing is nowhere so exemplified as in real life itself.

~ Berenice Abbott

Summer Farm Lane

M and I went out for a bike ride to Raccoon Point this morning.  It was what so far has been a typical summer morning here on the Eastern Shore.  Hot.  Humid.  The usual.

Near the Manokin River.
Near the Manokin River.

The ride to Raccoon Point is nice.  We pass a few really nice houses (more like estates with tree-lined driveways), fields of corn or soybeans (now that the wheat has been harvested), woods, and marshes.  Eventually we end up at the point where the Manokin River flows out to the Chesapeake Bay.

End of the road
End of the road

You may already be familiar with the ride and the park since I’ve taken you out there a couple of times.  It’s one of my favorite rides.  Not too long.  Not too short.  And you end up at a beach with great scenery.

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While you have a look at the scenery, I thought I’d tell you a little about why I’m having trouble getting back into the swing of blogging.

Marsh
Marsh

It’s mostly a matter of balance and energy.

The beach at Raccoon Point at low tide.
The beach at Raccoon Point at low tide.

You see, I’ve been busy making some big lifestyle changes for health reasons.  Don’t worry.  I haven’t been sick.  I’m trying to avoid illness.  Once your warranty expires (you start to age), things begin to decline or fall apart, and it seemed a good idea to take some preventative measures.

Outward bound
Outward bound

You know what they say about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure.  I took it to heart.

Snails on the beach.
Snails on the beach.

Being so focusd on the lifestyle changes makes it difficult for me to concentrate or write about anything else.  I decided it was better to write in my journal than to come here and natter on about exercise, diet, yoga, and meditation.

Someday I'll remember to wear my bathing suit so I can go for a swim.
Someday I’ll remember to bring my bathing suit so I can go for a swim.

The focus (obsession) and the changes have left me, at times, feeling a bit like the guy in the next image.

Crabby
Crabby

It takes a lot of energy to make big changes in one’s life.  Sometimes I feel worn out by it all.  But other times, I feel terrific and glad that I decided to start taking care of my health.  I’m renovating myself along with the house and property here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.

I seem to have focused on curves today.
I seem to have focused on curves today.

One part of the plan involves movement.  Lots of movement.  That means I spend less time sitting here at the computer.  There are studies out there showing that too much sitting is bad for your health so I make it a point to get up about every 15-20 minutes and walk, dance, jog, run the cats around the house (they need to lose weight, too), hula hoop, or whatever joyful movement comes to mind.

Casting shadows and spells.
Casting shadows and spells.

The journaling I’ve been doing seems to satisfy my need to write, and be creative.  I started an art journal type of thing for this particular journey.   I’ve been collaging and drawing and writing.  My drawing isn’t great, but that’s okay.  I enjoy it.  As a result, I’ve been taking fewer photos.  Would you believe entire days go by without me picking up the camera??  It’s true.

Bubbles and rocks
Bubbles and rocks

So there you have it.  Someday this new normal will feel like a regular, old normal, and won’t zap my energy and take up most of my focus.  I’m looking forward to it.

Cedar
Cedar

Thank you so much for stopping by.  And thank you for all of your recent comments, likes, and visits.  If I haven’t been by your place lately, I will be soon.  I’ve been taking a little time each day to make the rounds because, really, I’ve missed you all.

Berries
Berries

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

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18 thoughts on “A ride to Raccoon Point

  1. Understandable Robin … you are rebuilding your life in all ways in your new place .. takes time and energy. I will shortly be too busy with school to pick up my camera everyday and blog, too … life goes in cycles. The beach looks refreshing … I think I would hang out there on hot days. (it is not salty, is it?)

    Side note … that cedar tree looks like a dog paw … don’t you think?

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  2. Hi Robin. I spend a lot of time every day on my exercise program. Sometimes I think it is more for my brain than my body. Bravo to you for starting now while you are healthy. I love the photo of the cedar tree – looks like a big friendly paw …. Jane

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  3. As usual, a thoughtful and beautiful trip, Robin. I’m surprised that you have the energy to do half of what you’ve been doing. You’ve made some major life changes in moving, fixing up a house, exploring your new world. plus now you are making other lifestyle changes. Whew! You always amaze me. I’m having trouble getting back to the blogging world too, after my intense 8 weeks of composing in studio; all I can think of are notes rather than words 🙂 So, my friend, be patient with yourself. Whenever you are ready to share, we are ready to listen, but take your time and enjoy life.

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  4. What a wonderful place to be able to ride your bike to! (I’m sure that sentence could have been worded better grammatically, but I have one more week before I have to go back to being “teacher” so I’m going to let it slide, lol!) I think it is wonderful you are taking preventative steps to improve your overall health. As I’ve reached my mid-forties (difficult for me to admit that “mid” part now, ha!) I’ve come to realize just how important all that is. If you don’t have your health, you don’t have your freedom to enjoy anything else, so you go girl! 😉

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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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