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The weekend report

Painting by Mother Nature
Ace of Black-Eyed Susans

Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.

~ Bill Watterson

A gathering of friends
A gathering of friends

M and I are the only human inhabitants here on the Wabi-Sabi Ranch today.  Our friends left early this morning to make their way back to Pennsylvania, hopefully beating the beach traffic.  We had a fun visit with them.

Over hang
Hang over

We sat on the deck, floated in the pool, took a couple of walks, talked, laughed, and generally enjoyed each others company.  An offer was made to take them to the beach to see the horses and play in the surf and sand, but it was declined.  That happened with my brother and his wife, too.  Hanging out here at the ranch seems to be the thing to do.

Four of Daisies
Four of Daisies

I did a Not Very Smart Thing yesterday.  I spent too much time in the sun without sunscreen.  I didn’t even think of it until it was too late.  I think that’s because I’m not feeling particularly well, and when I’m not feeling particularly well, my brain doesn’t work as it should.  I am tired and have flu-like symptoms.  My joints ache and some are swollen.  Perhaps it’s time to finally find a primary care physician, something I keep putting off.

Gracefully draped
Gracefully draped

I have a day of grace before getting ready for our next guest.  M’s sister will be arriving here sometime on Tuesday for a five day visit.  When I finish here, I’m going to grab a book I should be reading, have a seat on the deck in the shade, and probably fall asleep instead of reading.  I do need to finish the book today as I’m supposed to post a book review tomorrow.

Maryland's state flower
Maryland’s state flower

In spite of being tired and sick, I went for a long walk this morning.  Or maybe I did it because I was tired and sick.  I was hoping Mother Nature might perk me up.  She did manage it for a little while.  The sunny faces of the Black-Eyed Susans are scattered across the meadows and roadsides.  It’s hard not to smile and feel at least a little better whenever I see them.

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Ace of Dragonflies

There are some very large dragonflies flitting about in the meadows.  I did not see any butterflies.  I wonder where they are this year?

Ace of Morning Glories
Ace of Morning Glories

One of the things I was able to do while getting ready for our visitors this week was unpack a few boxes of books.  It was a reminder that I need to devote more time to reading.  Someone once said or wrote that if you want to be a good writer, you need to be a good reader first.  I don’t know that I’ll ever be a good writer, but I used to be a good reader.  I love books and stories and words and sentences.  I really should spend more time with them.

Hide and seek
Hide and seek

How about you?  Do you like to read?  If so, have you read any good books lately?  What are you reading now?  Do you have a particular genre that you prefer?

Highlights
Highlights

I reckon that’s it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this beautiful last Sunday in June.  It’s hard to believe it’s almost July.  Summer is sliding by quickly, even on the long and lazy days.  We are desperately in need of rain.  If you have any to spare, please send it.  Our trees and flowers and garden vegetables will thank you.

Made in the shade
Made in the shade

Thank you for dropping in for a visit.  Feel free to have a seat out on the deck with me.  Bring along a good book if you like.  We can sit, read, and enjoy the breeze.  Stay for sunset.  We can go out to the dock, or maybe make our way down to the Point.  Sunset is at 8:29 PM today.  Little by little, the days grow shorter.

Peering through the "legs" of the crepe myrtle.
Peering through the “legs” of the crepe myrtle.

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

The zinnias grow taller.
The zinnias grow taller.

 

 

 

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, yoga teacher, sometime poet, wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She shares her daily walks and meanders, a lot of quotes, some of her artwork, and a lot of her photography here on Ye Olde Blogge. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are (still!) in the midst of renovating the house and cleaning up the 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.

23 thoughts on “The weekend report

  1. Shhhh….I hope you are asleep now. And feeling better when you wake up. Thanks for your weekend report. I like that your visitors just want to hang out. That sounds lovely.

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  2. What Kathy said…. I particularly second the bit about hoping you feel better. It’s no fun not feeling well enough to enjoy the wonders all around you. I love reading, too. I seem to have drifted into more non-fiction as I get older. Have to read for awhile before I fall asleep and there’s always an audiobook in the car.

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    1. Thank you, Gunta. I’m a little better today. 🙂 I have to read awhile before sleep, too. I’ve done that for so long that I don’t think my body recognizes any other signals that it’s time to sleep.

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  3. There’s something nasty going around. Read and rest is perfect. Hope to catch up on some reading this week. By reading, all the different sentence types/forms and vocabulary word seep in and become part of a writer – without you even knowing!
    We have butterflies, but no dragonflies – they must be about ready to swap places?
    Enjoyed the lovely pictures!

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    1. Thank you, PhilosopherMouse. 🙂 You may be right about the butterflies and dragonflies. I suppose they will switch when it’s time and their ready.

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  4. Lovely colors in your morning glory picture. If there was anyway I could send you my rain I would, I would rapid up in a bow and send it special delivery … we have way too much rain, puddles, mud, overflowing streams, washed out roads, etc… . Thunderstorms on and off all weekend, electric out, mosquitoes prospering … feel better.

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    1. Thank you, Bearyweather. 🙂 It seems to be a feast or famine year. They have been getting a lot of rain back at the old homestead, too, while we haven’t had a drop of it in weeks.

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  5. I hope you feel better Robin. Sunburns and flu like symptoms do not compliment one another!

    I have been using my kindle lately to read books about slavery. I think “12 Years A Slave” and a visit to the Underground Railroad Museum set me on that path. It is difficult reading but I feel a need to do so. Horrifying is a bit of an understatement. I wonder what the people in one hundred and fifty years will think of some of our treatment of our fellow humans today.

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    1. Thank you, CM. 🙂 My hope is that in one hundred and fifty years we’ll be treating each other with compassion and love, and the need to remember some of the horrifying things we humans did to each other will no longer be necessary, but we’ll remember anyway so it will never happen again.

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  6. Hi Robin,

    Those beautiful photographs run quite contrary to the quote in the beginning.

    What really is the yardstick of measuring the worth of any activity we indulge in? If that is the space where we see our energy, there certainly must be some worth in it for us. The photographs you have clicked to freeze those moments in time…. what worth do you see in them?

    Shakti

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    1. Hi Shakti, and welcome to my blog. 🙂

      Excellent point, and very good question. The worth in my photographs, for me, is in the joy of sharing what I think of as ordinary magic, the everyday things that we don’t always take the time to stop and appreciate. Morning dew on a blade of grass, the way some flower petals droop down while others stand up so that the flower appears to be waving, a shaft of sunlight pouring into the woods. Lately I’ve thought of my images as ephemeral art. Here today, gone tomorrow, and something to be enjoyed while it’s around, but nothing to get attached to because it’s always changing.

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  7. I guess you were feeling a little off yesterday when you posted that it was the last day of June, since today, afterall, is really the last day, lol 😉
    Hope you are feeling better today and not suffering from a sunburn!

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    1. Thank you, Karma. 🙂 I wrote “beautiful last Sunday in June,” but wasn’t sure until I went back to look because I was feeling WAY off yesterday. lol!

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  8. Hope you are feeling better Robin, as I am after recovering from Parisian flu now that we are home again, rest is a great healer … how lovely that your guests just want to hang out at your place, a testimony to all you have done there … take it easy 🙂

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  9. Robin, I hope you’re feeling better by now…and that you’ll have many hours for linger in the world of books.
    I’ve been rereading a book that I especially love and feel inspired by…about a man who helped a family of African elephants “heal” and renew their connection with each other, their freedom and their lives…. The Elephant Whisperer.
    Your photos of the amazing details on the dragonfly, the black eyed susans and the gentle light and color of the morning glory…ahhhhh…lovely.

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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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