Changing is not just changing the things outside of us. First of all we need the right view that transcends all notions including of being and non-being, creator and creature, mind and spirit. That kind of insight is crucial for transformation and healing.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
We woke up to a warm and slightly hazy (foggy) morning. I hear visibility was bad in some spots, but most of our fog was of the light and hazy variety rather than thick clouds that fell to earth.
I went for a long, slow walk, enjoying the warmth and the humidity. Someone remind me of that next summer when I’m complaining about the warmth and humidity. It’s all a matter of perspective, isn’t it? Or maybe it’s a matter of seasons and seasonal thinking. After a few days of cold and chilly, warm and humid feels good.
During our outdoor cleaning spree this past spring, we found a lot of things in the outbuildings on the property including a large box of Christmas decorations that were weathered from their time outdoors. The bottom of the box was damp, and any non-coated/painted metal parts (the hanging hooks, mostly) were rusting.
M was going to throw them all away, but I confiscated them and put the box in the greenhouse. Every now and then, I take an ornament out and hang it somewhere in the scrounger’s garden. I don’t think they’ll last a long time exposed to the elements. Windy days often knock them down, and I did run over one with the lawn mower the last time I mowed. But I do think it adds a touch of whimsy to the garden, and I might as well have fun with them while they last.
The magnolia tree we transplanted in the spring, the one that shows no signs of life, has become my favorite place to hang the ornaments. Today I stayed out there for a while, hanging decorations. I’m not sure we’ll have a tree indoors this year, and this satisfies my need to hang things on a tree. Maybe we’ll resurrect the Christmas lava lamp tradition. At least that way we can say we decorated for the holidays.
It’s hard to compete with Mother Nature when it comes to decorating. Even though I referred to this time of the month as the December Drearies in yesterday’s post, if you look closely enough, you’ll find it’s not dreary at all. There are still plenty of beautiful things to look at even if when the sky insists on being gray.
The rains came shortly after lunch, and that put an end to my outdoor decorating for now. They say we’ll see the sun tomorrow although it will be blustery and not nearly as warm. We might be celebrating here tomorrow, but I’ll tell you all about that tomorrow.
That should do it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch. The fog has thickened along with the rain so there is no point in going out to watch and wait for the sun to set. It’s dark enough at times that I’m not sure we’d notice the difference once the sun does go down. In case you’re wondering, sunset is scheduled for 4:43 pm today. Sunrise this morning (and we did briefly see flashes of sunlight) was at 7:03 am. In just a little over two weeks, the days will be growing longer again.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Spending most of the morning outside, following the people trails, following the deer trails, and decorating the scrounger’s garden; burritos for breakfast made with soyrizo (a vegetarian version of chorizo), potatoes, onions, peppers, and beans; a lazy afternoon; my lap-cat, Izzy, who shows up whenever I sit down lately (I suspect she’s seeking heat which I don’t mind because she’s sharing heat, too); an early birthday gift that made me laugh so hard I feel like I had a good ab workout.