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The sun shines

Sun worship.  (A multiple exposure collage.)
Sun worship. (A multiple exposure collage.)

I love when the sun plays hide-n-seek for a few days because its invisibility often goes unnoticed.  The world seems content that its presence behind the clouds is enough.  But as soon as the brilliant sun jumps into the open sky once again, shining in full splendor, our closed eyes automatically turn toward it, and we bask beneath a warm and tender touch, grateful all the more that our glorious sun exists.

~ Richelle E. Goodrich

One of the original photos used in the collage.  Taken on the dock today.
One of the original photos used in the collage. Taken on the dock today.

The sun has come out and it’s ready to play!  What a wonder, to feel that bright light and warmth once again.  Truthfully, it’s not that warm because the overnight clearing let whatever heat might have been here escape, and it’s windy, but the sun gives the appearance of warmth and sometimes that’s enough.

The other photo used in the collage.  Sparkles on the surface of Back Creek.
The other photo used in the collage. Sparkles on the surface of Back Creek.

I wrapped up in lots of layers, laced up my boots, and went out to enjoy the bright light and blue sky.  While I was out and about, Izzy and Bella (the cats) were also following the sunlight around and I came back to find them sitting where they should not be sitting.

While the human is away...
While the human is away…

Izzy looks a little defiant there, but she soon changed her attitude.

You caught me.  I know I shouldn't be here.  If I look downcast and ashamed, will you let me stay?
You caught me. I know I shouldn’t be here. If I look downcast and ashamed, will you let me stay?

I’m sure they missed the sun as much as I did, so I felt bad chasing them off the table.  Then I didn’t feel bad because a little while later I found them there again, stretched out and sleeping.  It’s difficult to keep cats away from a perfect perch like a kitchen table where they can not only catch some rays, but watch the wildlife.

Blue Jay enjoying the sunshine
Blue Jay enjoying the sunshine

I had a little incident last night, one that sent me to one of those urgent care centers.  It was nothing serious.  I was cooking dinner, reached into the old pantry in the laundry room (which needs renovated), grabbed a can of beans, and gouged the index finger on my left hand on an old, rusty, dirty nail.  To add to the grubbiness of the situation, we’ve found evidence of mice in that closet, said evidence being the mice themselves (as well as holes chewed into bags of nuts — they seem particularly fond of cinnamon almonds).  Our Proud Mousers took out two mice a couple of weeks ago.  We haven’t seen any since, but it did seem to me that with the combination of a dirty, rusty nail, and the possibility of mouse droppings, I should give some thought to a tetanus booster.

Grasses and pines, dancing in the sun and wind.
Grasses and pines, dancing in the sun and wind.

I can’t remember the last time I got a tetanus shot.  The fact that I can’t remember means it was probably a while ago.  I went through the medical file I have, and couldn’t find any evidence of a tetanus booster within the last ten years, so I hied it off to the urgent care center where they took a look at the gouge, which made a couple of people wince because it runs through the nail bed, and got a shot in the arm.  I’m good until 2024.  Hopefully we’ll have the renovations and clean-up finished by then.  Heh.

Pine needles sparkle in the sun
Pine needles sparkle in the sun

When was the last time you had a tetanus shot?  It might be time.  Tetanus seems like an awful way to die, especially since it can be prevented.

My little chickadee
My little chickadee

That’s all I’ve got for today.  Thank you for stopping by, and joining me in a little sun worship.  I hope Tuesday has been bright and warm and delightful for you.  We should have a nice sunset this evening.  A storm is on the way, although nobody knows for sure yet if it will be a Big Storm or a little storm.  We’re under a Winter Storm Watch for tomorrow night and into Thursday.  Snow and sleet before a changeover to rain.  The snow, if we get it, is expected to be heavy and wet.  That could mean power outages.  We have all day today and all day tomorrow to prepare for the possibility.  We’re already mostly prepared with lots of water stored away, and wood for the wood stove ready to go.  Whatever happens, it’s supposed to be sunny and near 50 on Friday so it won’t stick around for long.

Light and light
Light and light

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

Cold and warm
Cold and warm


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.

28 thoughts on “The sun shines

  1. So glad the sun came by to play (hard to begrudge the cats a sun spot). The dancing sun sprites are charming – like the feathery grasses.
    Button things down – it’s headed that way – 38 and rain here -it’s moving on over
    (and updated shots here, too – wander around outdoors much too much not to…good job mousers! The hawks are busy here.)


  2. One of my kitties likes to sit in the sun on the dinner table too, but how can you scold them when they are simply sun loving animals? Mine stays up towards one end of the table, where we rarely sit these days, and she seems to know her limits. The sparkly water is a sure sign of the sun trying to make its presence felt. 🙂


    1. Don’t tell M, Joanne, but I let the kitties sit there on sunny days. Nobody sits at that end of the table, and I can always change the tablecloth if needed. 🙂


  3. Not much sun or warmth up here in central NY (at least once I get out of work) so your glimpses of sun are appreciated. I really like the photo collage you created. It has my brain thinking of how I could use something like that… hhhmmmm? Hope the snow doesn’t hit you too bad.


  4. Lovely sunshine! Hope you’re getting through today’s mess without too much hassle…it’ll be here by midnight…
    My last tetanus shot was 6 years ago – speared my index finger with a fillet knife while cutting up salmon for a sale…not good for the Boss to leave in the middle like that ;). The young doc who cleaned it out and gave me the shot kept saying, “Now, you did WHAT?”


  5. That me wince just hearing about it!! Glad you’re OK, and the tetanus booster was definitely a good idea. I don’t remember when I got one…it’s been over 25 years for sure (yikes!) but I probably won’t get one unless I have to 😉
    We’ve had some dreary weather here, too, and finally got to see the sun again today.


    1. Thank you, Michaela. 🙂 I take that approach, too, which is why I couldn’t remember the last time I had a booster and figured it’s probably time now that the nails around here are biting my fingers.


    1. My doctor never reminded me, either, Dawn. I don’t know why they don’t keep on top of things like that. It should be simple enough to keep track of by having a page in the chart with vaccines.


  6. Argh!!! sympathy waves flowing your way, Robin, (belated ones ) Tetanus? An injection too? NO wonder the chair in t’sun, I’d flop there and cry, mind you, I am a prize wuss!! Loved seeing Izzy!! happy New Trails. xPenx


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