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If we were having coffee

coffee2Moderately drunk, coffee removes vapours from the brain, occasioned by fumes of wine, or other strong liquors; eases pain in the head, prevents sour belchings, and provokes appetite.

~ England’s Happiness Improved (1699)

Up, up and away.
Up, up and away.

If we were having coffee, I would suggest we have it in the living room.  The real estate listing called it a great room, which I suppose it is, but that seems like such a grand title even if it is the biggest room in the house.  It is also one of the warmest rooms in the house in spite of the high ceiling, the patio doors, and the large, arching window.  The afternoon sun spends time in there helping to heat the living room.  We haven’t had much sunshine today, but the warmth is still hanging around from yesterday.  Plus the temperature is increasing today.  That’s a nice change of pace from the past few days when it continued to plummet until it eventually went below zero last night.

The birds are making snow angels.
The birds are making snow angels.

We can see the feeders and the birds at the feeders from the living room.  The blackbirds continue to try to hog all the food.  They are even landing on the finch feeder trying to get at the thistles.  I’ve seen the Juncos on the finch feeder, too.  I went out earlier and scattered some food for the little birds.  I stayed with them a while so they could eat in peace.  When I left to go on my walk, the blackbirds gathered again within minutes.  They must have scouts hanging around, waiting to see if we’ll provide more easy food for them.  Coming back from the dock I could hear what sounded like thousands of blackbirds in the marsh and trees.  Maybe the flock that was already here spread the word to other flocks, and we are now Blackbird Central.

If we were having coffee, or some other hot beverage, I would ask you how you’ve been.  What have been up to this past week?

Watching the sunset at the Point yesterday.
Watching the sunset at the Point yesterday.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that it has been a good week for me.  I revived my yoga practice, and I can’t begin to tell you how great it feels to stretch and move with the breath.  I was surprised by my muscle memory.  My body knows what to do and how to do it, and I had to hold myself back because it’s been about four weeks since I’ve had any real exercise and I don’t want to overdo it now that I’m beginning to feel healed and well.

It was bitterly cold (10°F), but beautiful.
It was bitterly cold (10°F), but beautiful.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am feeling pretty happy lately, for no particular reason.  Maybe it was the opportunity to play and walk in the snow, and to enjoy the beauty that winter offers.  Oh!  Look out the window.  It’s snowing now!  Big, fat fluffy flakes falling from the sky.  It’s supposed to change over to rain sometime tonight.  That means the yard will be a pond for a while due to the snow melt and the rain.

The ice at the Point looks purple at sunset.
The ice at the Point looks purple at sunset.

If we were having coffee, I wouldn’t have much to talk about this week so I think I’ll have to hand the conversational reins over to you for now.  Or, if you don’t feel like talking, let’s just sit and watch the snow as it drifts down through the loblolly pines or the birds as they gather around the feeders.

Sunlight poured over ice.
Sunlight poured over ice.

If we were having coffee, I would thank you for stopping by.  Be careful as you go out the driveway.  There is still a lot of snow and the slight warm up is causing some melting, but the under-layer of cold snow is refreezing the snow that melted and well, it’s getting icy.  The roads are still clear so you shouldn’t have any trouble once you’re out of the driveway.

Winter at the Point.
Winter at the Point.

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

Sun pillar forming.
Sun pillar forming.

This post is in response to Part Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare.  Jump in and join us.  I’d love to hear all about what you were up to this week.

The earth is round.  (Lens distortion.  It happens.)
The earth is round. (Lens distortion. It happens.)
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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and 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.

16 thoughts on “If we were having coffee

  1. I love ‘sunlight poured over ice’ both the phrase and the photo. I am happy to hear you are feeling happy and well. You inspire me to do some yoga stretches – I think I’ll try a few immediately. My muscle memory is sharp, however the muscles themselves are somewhat stiff ….. 🙂

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  2. If we were having coffee I would share with you my week – the couple of hours a day spent outside trying to rid the yard of the trees over-generous shedding of pine needles and pine cones this year. I think they’re trying to set records. My trip to town where I looked at blouses and sweaters but resisted the temptation to buy because I don’t need clothes. The short walks with my furry girls which they now view as a “must do” each day. I would tell you how much I enjoy reading your words and seeing your photos. I could go on, but that would require another cup of coffee.

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    1. There’s always more coffee, Carol. 🙂 I enjoyed hearing about your week. Sounds like a wonderful week, even with the clean-up. At least it’s warm enough to be doing outdoor work.

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    1. Thank you, Karma. 🙂 I owe that ability to find colors to my daily walks. It’s easier to find the colors, and the way the light changes them, if I visit the same places over and over.

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  3. I’m having coffee now, and I hope it prevents any sour belches that might be coming! Thanks again for another beautiful tour of your environs. I loved the take-off and the snow angel and winter at the point! One of my neighbors has feeders out (which I think of as the hawk MacDonalds) and last week as I cam up the walk, the hawk flew from a limb of the cherry the feeders hang from (nothing against the hawk; it took our squirrel population down to a reasonable level). It flew on my approach and the cardinals and snowbirds (juncoes) came back. I stood there for a while, just like you did, so they could feed in peace. Off to shovel the car out soon. Enjoy your day!

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    1. lol, Arlingwoman! I find coffee does the opposite to me. You’re welcome. And thank you. 🙂 Feeders do provide fodder for the hawks, that’s for sure. I’m surprised that I haven’t seen one near our feeders yet. We have a Sharp-Shinned Hawk hanging around the meadows. Maybe he’s busy picking off the blackbirds and doesn’t need to come to the feeders.

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  4. So enjoyed your photos today. I can’t even say I have a favorite – they all are stunning! Muskrat, with shadow, on ice – how rare a capture is that? (He’s lucky a raptor wasn’t nearby.) Did you capture the goldfinch down-wingbeat on your Rebel & what setting to get a pic like that? Love the snow angel! 😉
    Glad you are feeling better and back to life-giving yoga – what a difference it makes! Be well – blessings!

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    1. Thank you so much, Eliza. 🙂 I did use the Rebel for the goldfinch. I use the Sports (auto) setting when I’m taking pictures of the birds because it’s a dark area (under big pines) and I can fire off several shots in a row easily without adjusting manual settings to accommodate changing light (I sit or stand out there for an hour or so and the light does change either from wind blowing the branches or just the movement of the sun). I usually turn on the flash, too. I noticed with the hummingbirds last summer that the shots came out better using the flash (it somehow stopped the motion so there was more clarity yet still a sense of motion). I didn’t do that with this shot (because I forgot).

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      1. Meant to comment on the Muskrat too, Eliza. I was surprised when he came strolling across the creek while I was standing on the dock. I think the only reason a predator didn’t get him was because I was there. He made it across the creek and back.

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  5. If we were having coffee, Robin, I would tell you that I love seeing nature through your eyes…that I have trouble seeing the beauty in the snow and cold air here, and that I’m happy you’re feeling healthy and getting back to your yoga practice. I would enjoy sitting with you and watching the snow drift among the loblolly pines and tell you that pine trees have always been my favorites. I would thank you for the coffee and leave before dark, feeling peaceful and grateful for the experience. 🙂

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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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