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If we were having coffee

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It is disgusting to notice the increase in the quantity of coffee used by my subjects, and the amount of money that goes out of the country as a consequence.  Everybody is using coffee; this must be prevented.  His Majesty was brought up on beer, and so were both his ancestors and officers.  Many battles have been fought and won by soldiers nourished on beer, and the King does not believe that coffee-drinking soldiers can be relied upon to endure hardships in case of another war.

~ Frederick the Great of Prussia (1777)

Morning hair
Morning feathers.

If we were having coffee, I would be happy to see you again.  How was your week?  Was it a working kind of week?  Or a relaxing kind of week?  Did you remember to spring forward last night (if you’re in an area where they do that sort of thing)?  What are you reading these days?  Have you seen any good movies, discovered any new authors, or read any new blogs that you’d recommend?

I am currently reading The Vegetarian: A Novel.  I had to get it from a company in the U.K. because it’s not yet available here in the U.S.  I’m trying to branch out from time to time, and read books from other countries.  The Vegetarian was written by Han Kang from South Korea.  I’m not sure what to say (write) about it at this point because I’m not far into it yet.  It’s a little strange, but I don’t mind strange.

As for movies, last night M and I watched The Four Feathers with Heath Ledger and Kate Hudson.  It was okay.  I see the 1939 version got a much better rating so I’m going to see if Netflix has it.  I’d also like to read the book.  That happens frequently when I watch a movie based on a book.  Usually it’s in reverse and I’ve read the book first, but from time to time I watch the movie before reading the book (or knowing that there is a book it’s based on).

Posing.
Posing.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the blackbirds continue to gather.  More and more join the flock each day.  Just before you arrived I was in the bedroom putting away clean laundry when it grew shadowy, not really dark but darker than it had been, and there was a rumble and a sound like thunder.  I glanced out one of the side windows and realized it was the mega-flock of blackbirds.  All of the birds lifting in flight at once, all those wings fluttering at the same time, sent a small shock wave of sound and air towards the house.

It made me wonder about all the fuss regarding the farmers using chicken manure on their fields.  Oh, I know all those nutrients end up in the bay and cause dead zones, but what about all the manure from all the birds who winter here and who fly through on their way elsewhere?  Surely they drop a lot of “nutrients” of their own.  That’s not to say we should be adding to it.  It’s just something I wonder about.

Black & white.
Black & white.

I would also tell you about the black & white blackbird.  Have you ever seen such a thing?  It was a first for me.  The picture above is not very good (it was overexposed), but it gives you an idea.

Ignore the purples and reds.  They're a result of overexposure.
Ignore the purples and reds. They’re a result of overexposure.

I like the way his or her tail feathers are divided between black and white.

Enjoying the sunshine.
Enjoying the sunshine.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you there are tundra swans gathered in the one of the farm fields not far from here.  Maybe you’d like to go see them?  M and I went by there yesterday, and I took a few photos, but they are so far out in the field that’s it’s difficult to get a good close-up.  Even so, I can see (with eyes and camera) that they are beautiful birds.  They winter here, and I usually see them in the water at Assateague and Chincoteague.

All of the birds have grown restless lately.  I suspect those that migrate north in the spring will be leaving us soon.

Swans in the field.
Swans in the field.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’ve been working on some old and new projects and they’re taking up a lot of my time lately.  I’ve been doing some writing and editing, and some work around the house.  The weather is warming up, and I’ll be able to finish painting the yoga room soon.  Maybe on Wednesday when it will be in the 60’s.  I need a day when I can open the windows.  Even the low VOC paints bother me.  They say they’re odorless, but my nose detects an odor and it gives me a headache.

Looks like he had his nose in the suet.
Looks like he had his nose in the suet.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that M and I went up to Salisbury yesterday for pizza.  The local paper had an article about two pizza joints, and we decided we should give them a try.  One at a time, of course.  The pizza was good although it was overwhelmed with strong, raw garlic and strong, raw red onions.  Once I picked that off, I could taste the sauce and cheese and crust.  We decided we’ll give them another try sometime, ordering our pizza without the garlic and onions.

Up in the tree.
Up in the tree.

If we were having coffee, I’d reckon it’s probably time for you to go although you’re welcome to stay longer if you wish.  I’m getting ready to go out for a walk since it’s so nice and warm (50’s) outside.  Join me if you like, or feel free to have a seat out on the porch where the sun will probably lull you to sleep (especially if you sit in the “sleeping chair” that’s so comfy you can’t help but nod off).

I might go down to the Point for sunset.  With the jump in time, it’s now at 7:03 PM.  It’s been a while since I’ve spent time watching the sun go down.  Probably because it’s been cloudy and snowing and sleeting for what seems like a week.  Yesterday was our first sunny day in what felt like a long time (although I don’t think it was really all that long).  Come on down and watch the show with me.  There might still be some ice on the sound and the sunset colors reflected on ice can be quite beautiful.

Hooded Merganser.
Hooded Merganser.

Thank you for visiting.  Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

A robin in the woods.
A robin in the woods.

Today’s gifts:  Sunshine, clear skies, and warm temps; music flowing through the house; chatting with M the Younger; feeling the house warm up after last week’s cold and ice and snow; insights and understandings.

Enjoying the sun.
Enjoying the sun.

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

 

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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.

26 thoughts on “If we were having coffee

  1. I would venture to say that a vast majority of movies that I see , I read the book first. I like it better when I form my own image of the characters. Otherwise I envision what Hollywood thought that the character should be like

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    1. It used to be that way for me, too, Deb. The movie was frequently a disappointment after reading the book until I learned to separate them, and not think of the movie as a replica of the book. Plus Hollywood’s version of the character usually didn’t match that of my imagination.

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  2. I’m exhausted today. We had Anderson’s 5th birthday party yesterday and I’m beat. I came home after the party and promptly fell asleep. I slept until almost 9 last night. Then I made myself get up and I tried to read some blogs but I was too tired. I ended up curling up in front of the TV. I watched an animated movie that was quite good. I had never heard about it but it was one of those “recently added to Prime” movies on Amazon so I streamed it. It is called Wrinkles. I think it’s from Spain but was dubbed in English. Martin Sheen did one of the voices as did Matthew Modine. It’s about life inside of a retirement home. It was quite good. Then I fell asleep and didn’t wake up again until 10 this morning. That’s a lot of sleeping and I’m sure that if I put the laptop away, I would fall right back to sleep!

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    1. Sounds like a very full day, Corina! I’m sleepy today, but I blame it on the time shift. Springing forward always leaves me sleepy for about a week.

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    1. I think it comes too early, Gunta, and maybe it shouldn’t come at all. I read a study somewhere that showed daylight savings time doesn’t save energy. I wouldn’t mind getting rid of the spring forward and fall back (although I do enjoy the fall back because it means more sleep!).

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      1. I’ve read several studies that say it doesn’t save a bit of energy, but it sure disrupts people’s sleep cycles. It takes me nearly a month to readjust to the new time and then it’s nearly time to do it all over again (though, yes, fall is easier!)

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  3. If we were having coffee I’d comment on how adorable that little fella is in “Up In The Tree”. Though he may not appreciate being called adorable. But my week has been so full of work I just want it to be adorable. So it is.

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  4. I drank my coffee while reading, so I feel like we had a good chat. I have not so very much to contribute this week, as most of it was quiet and low key as I took the breathing space I needed and stopped panicking about having everything ready for my upcoming adventure. Surprisingly I got quite a lot of gifts completed 🙂 I watched cricket on my giant computer screen [my unused TV] as we are hosting the Cricket World Cup this season and our team is performing very well. I spent two afternoons and evenings watching and plying my crochet hook and enjoyed the change of pace and the games. We haven’t let go of summertime time yet, not til the end of the month. But the mornings are dark and the lights are on by 7 in the evening – it isn’t long now til the equinox! The white blackbird is a beauty – I suppose it stands to reason that when you are so inundated with so many, one must be different 🙂 Yay for difference!

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    1. I agree, Pauline — Yay for difference! It was strange seeing the mostly white bird flying within the huge flock of blackbirds. I hope they were treating him or her well.

      That’s a big adventure you’re going on so I can see how you might feel panic every now and then. I bet you will have a grand time. 🙂

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  5. If we were having coffee–I would be overjoyed. We would talk and talk and talk. And perhaps we would be silent and get to know one another truly in the silence…

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  6. So many sweet birdies. Thanks for sharing the yin/yang blackbird photo, never heard of partial albinism before, it’s very interesting! I expect they’ll be moving on soon. I’ll let you know if I see him up here. 😉 Hope your day goes well.

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  7. Love that quote by Frederick the Great! Where do you find these things? I’ve been seeing the “If we were having coffee” titles to your blog posts in my inbox, but I haven’t had time to open them until now because I’ve been traveling for the last 6 weeks and then last week was just recovering from my travels! So, if we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’m reading American Romantic by Ward Just, which I’m loving so far. I went to see the ridiculous Jupiter Ascending in a Chinese movie theater (all they show are action/adventure American movies, or Chinese with no subtitles, so I can’t get my foreign or independent films I love). I did watch the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the umpteenth time and also started watching the TV series The Scandal and the first episode of House of Cards (new season), since I finished watching all of Breaking Bad before my holiday. Mostly I’m sorting through my 8,000+ pictures that I took on my travels through Hunan, Yunnan and Myanmar and I’ve started slowly writing blog posts. I have to begin a new semester today, so won’t have another break for 4 1/2 months, when I will return home to Virginia.

    Glad you’ve been doing some interesting things. I’ll have to look up your book and your movie, and I’m sorry about the overwhelming garlic and onions on the pizza from Salisbury. Love that black & white blackbird. I love the tundra swans, and yes, whenever I’ve had the chance to see them, they’re always so far away that they look like dots on the horizon in my camera. Some things are just that way.

    Thanks for sitting down for some coffee. It was fun to catch up! 🙂

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    1. I search high and low for just the right quote, Cathy. Actually, I collect them and can usually find what I’m looking for in my collection although sometimes I do have to go searching for just the right words. You’ve reminded me that I want to get started on season 2 of House of Cards. I am so far behind on just about everything. I may have to watch the end of the first season again because it’s been so long, and I don’t remember what happened.

      8000+ pictures! I was going to follow that with “wow!” but went back and saw that you were traveling for six weeks. I’d probably take at least that many pictures in that time, too. I’m going to have to get over and get caught up with you as I always enjoy your photos, especially when you’re traveling. It allows me to see places I’ve never been to (and might never get to).

      Glad you stopped in for coffee! 🙂

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  8. If we were having coffee, I’d have thoroughly enjoyed hearing about your walk and the visit to the pizza parlor. So thanks for sharing it here! I loved all the pictures – those swans are something! I didn’t realize they wintered by you. We don’t see them here in Richmond. My favorite though was the first one – morning feathers. What a fluffy little bird! Not for long though – spring is coming.

    Nancy

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    1. I like that fluffy little bird, too, Nancy. They make themselves look so much bigger when their feathers are fluffed like that. It’s been pretty warm here the past two days so I think you’re right. Spring is coming. 🙂

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  9. If we were having coffee, I would love hearing about all of your doings and any days where you weren’t doing. I would share with you my plans for my upcoming trip – I leave tomorrow morning – and tell you about the lists and lists and lists I make in an effort to remember everything, which never happens. I would have to decline the sunset visit, however – there is just too much to do here today, which makes this morning’s coffee break that much more precious.

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  10. What a lovely selection of photos. I can almost feel your emerging spring as I scroll through them and read your words and imagine we really were having coffee.

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