“Is it possible to become friends with a butterfly?”
“It is if you first become a part of nature. You suppress your presence as a human being, stay very still, and convince yourself that you are a tree or grass or a flower. It takes time, but once the butterfly lets its guard down, you can become friends quite naturally.”
~ Haruki Murakami, 1Q84
We saw butterflies yesterday. M and I spent most of the day outdoors, working on the garden and around the property, and the butterflies joined us. Perhaps the butterflies heard the crocuses singing and the daffodils beginning to unfurl.
It’s hard to believe that yesterday was short sleeve and flip-flops weather. The temperature dipped down overnight and we’ve gone from yesterday’s 70’s to today’s 40’s. Tonight it is supposed to snow. Our local weather folks don’t expect any accumulation. The explanation has something to do with the angle of the March sun, but I suspect the warmed earth will play a roll as well. It won’t stay cold long. It will be warm and sunny again later in the week.
The grass is growing (and will need to be mowed soon). The peonies are popping up. And some of the trees are budding.
After a day of sunshine and hard work, we retired to the front porch to watch the moon rise. The moon was 96% full last night. I’m not sure we’ll get to see the full moon tonight. Clouds are expected so it’s unlikely.
Because the sun has been shining for part of the day, we took ourselves back outside today. M has been cutting down trees. It’s not my favorite part of caring for the land. Not only do I dislike killing a tree, I feel like we’re landlords evicting the critters that have made their homes in the trees we have to cut down. But these trees had to go. They were growing on the edge of the lagoon where it needs to be graded to a gradual slope in order to make it safer. (A gradual slope is safer because you can’t really fall in, whereas an abrupt drop like it is now could be dangerous to someone who doesn’t know how to swim.) Cutting them down will also give us a place for martin houses. The Purple Martins are expected to arrive in a couple of weeks, and we want to welcome them to our neighborhood. They need a clear area with no trees nearby. Hopefully they will come, be impressed with the housing we are providing, and help keep the deer fly population down.
I’ve been working in the garden, getting a corner of it ready for a compost pile. Every day I fill up my bucket with pieces of plastic. With almost every piece I pick up, I remind myself that this is a labor of love.
That’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for today. Thank you for stopping by. Clouds moved in this afternoon, and unless they miraculously part around 6:30 PM, I don’t think we’ll see much of a sunset. It’s getting rather chilly, too, so maybe we should get a fire going in the wood stove, and have a seat in the Great Room where we can warm up, and watch the sunset from there if the clouds should happen to clear.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂