Divide the constant tide and random noisiness of energetic flow, with conscious recurring moments of empty mind, solitude, gratitude and deep…slow…breathing. Of this, the natural law of self-preservation demands.
~ T. F. Hodge
We were not able to get a look at the last super moon earlier in the week. Clouds obscured our view, and it wasn’t until Wednesday night that we finally got a glimpse of the not-quite-full-anymore moon. We watched the moon rise from the beach that night. I was surprised at how much light pollution there is in Ocean City, but the moon was bright enough that it didn’t matter.
The full moon conspired with the wind this week to give us some super high tides. When that happens, the woods flood. The Woodland Trail, the Yellow Buoy Trail, and the Deer Skull Trail were all under a few inches of water during high tide a couple of times this week.
If you don’t mind, I’m going to ramble on a bit while I show you how watery it has been.
I have not felt like blogging lately. I have been focused on other things, including my health. I’m not ill, mind you. Just trying to prevent future illnesses. I’ve been working with my new primary care physician on some health goals I’ve had for a long time, such as lowering my blood pressure which was a lovely 116/68 on Tuesday, my last visit to the doc, without medication.
Weight has been an issue for a while, and I have yo-yo’d with it over the years. I put on an extra five pounds over the past year. The stress of the move is partly to blame. You might not think five pounds would make a big difference, but it does. My body has a kind of set-point when it comes to weight. If I go over a certain weight, my lower back and hips start to hurt, and my knees are not appreciative of the extra load, either.
My objective between now and December, when I see the doc again, is to drop those extra five pounds along with another five or ten. At this point in life, the weight comes off very slowly. I’ll take whatever I can get after losing the extra five.
Exercise would be helpful, but the best I can do right now is walking (because of ye olde knees). The doc said, “Slow down. What’s your hurry? Walk… walk… walk…walk…walk.” He said it in such a gentle, almost meditative tone of voice, his voice fading with each “walk,” and his advice plays through my head when I start to speed up or jog around the house.
So, I’m slowing down, and taking care of myself. You’d be surprised at how much energy and focus that takes. Or maybe you wouldn’t be surprised, if you’re practicing your own form of extreme self-care.
You have a great body. It is an intricate piece of technology and a sophisticated super-computer. It runs on peanuts and even regenerates itself. Your relationship with your body is one of the most important relationships you’ll ever have. And since repairs are expensive and spare parts are hard to come by, it pays to make that relationship good.
~ Steven Goodier
I reckon that’s it from me and from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for today. Thank you for stopping by. I know I’m behind in responding to comments, especially those from my wind turbine post earlier in the week. Thank you to those who responded with thoughtful and thought-provoking comments. M and I are still researching the subject, and although it looks as though our leanings are con rather than pro, we are trying to keep our minds open to all possibilities.
Do you have any plans for the weekend? I think we’re going to be hanging out here, working around the house and the ranch. A well specialist is coming by today to shock our well. There are iron-eating bacteria that cause a nasty, sulfurous odor, so we have to have it treated once a year or so. That will mean no water usage for 24 hours. That’s not a particularly long time, but it is a small inconvenience.
Clouds have been moving in throughout the day so I’m not sure there will be much of a sunset. I might head down to the Point anyhow. Just to look at the water. Join me down there, and we’ll see what Mother Nature and Father Sky have to offer us today.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Water (one has to appreciate water to live here!); the beauty of the woods; fish jumping and splashing in the lagoon; a bountiful harvest; good health.