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Under the sun and moon

Eastern Comma (I think)
Eastern Comma (I think)

“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

Pretty little crocuses all in a row.
Pretty little crocuses all in a row.

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.

Opening
Opening

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.

Peonies are popping up
Peonies are popping up

The grass is growing (and will need to be mowed soon).  The peonies are popping up.  And some of the trees are budding.

Watching grass grow
Watching grass grow
And trees bud.
And trees bud.

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.

96% full
96% full.  (A multi-exposure composite.)

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.

It doesn't look too bad without the two trees that were cut down.  We still have trees along the other sides.
It doesn’t look too bad without the two trees that were cut down. We still have trees along the other sides.

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.

One of the trees fell in the lagoon.  By the time this posts, we'll have dragged it out.
One of the trees fell in the lagoon. Trees sometimes fall the way they want to fall, and not the way you would like them to.  The only thing you can do is let it go where it will.  By the time this posts, we’ll have dragged it out.

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.

A lost boy, found.  M saw feet sticking up out of the dirt, pulled, and came up with this.
A lost boy, found. M saw feet sticking up out of the dirt, pulled, and came up with this.

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

Break time.
Break time.

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9 thoughts on “Under the sun and moon

  1. The first peony of the season 😉 How perfectly beautiful. A lovely post today, Robin. So glad you and M have been out enjoying the day. The rain has started here, and the temps are dropping. Here we go again… Glad you have a warm spot in the great room, hugs, WG

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  2. You’ve been busy Robin, you and ‘M’ both… and here’s me having a lazy weekend 🙂 You’ve made me feel very guilty (well, almost.. 🙂 ) …Such beautiful photo’s, showing wonderful new growth, proving that Spring is definitely here at last. Great to catch up with you…. Happy New Trails… xPenx

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  3. The weather is still flip-flopping here, too. It’s very odd. Last night / this morning it was only in the mid 30’s! It’s sad when you have to cut down a tree….we lost our huge prickly pear cactus in this colder than normal (or colder longer than normal) weather and probably won’t have a choice but to get rid of it.

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