I put instant coffee in a microwave and almost went back in time.
~ Steven Wright
If we were having coffee, I would tell you how much I enjoy our weekly visits. Let’s take our coffee, or tea, or whatever it is we’re drinking, out to the porch and have a seat out there so we can enjoy watching the rain and listening to the sound of the birds. The birdsong has changed lately. It sounds more like spring. And oh!! Did you hear the spring peepers on your way in? I first heard their otherworldly chorus early this week. Monday, I think.
How was your week? Have you read any good books lately or seen any good movies? Did you travel anywhere or see something new?
My week was a little on the rough side, mostly for health reasons, but I seem to be leveling out now. I gave up sugar and coffee, and who would have thunk that giving up sugar can cause symptoms of withdrawal? Not me, that’s for sure. I expected trouble from the caffeine. Not only did I give up the small cup of coffee I have in the mornings, but I switched to strictly green tea and I’m limiting that to two cups/glasses a day. I usually drink a cup of green tea and a cup of black tea every day. Or sometimes two or three cups of black tea. Who am I kidding? I kept up a steady infusion of tea all morning long. It was time to cut back. I was getting too jittery and caffeine contributes to anxiety, something I’m prone to from time to time. Insomnia came to visit this week, too, along with some tummy troubles on Friday so all and all, I’m kind of glad the week is over.
If the rain subsides, and after we’ve had our beverage and caught up a bit, we should walk out to the scrounger’s garden. The crocuses are putting on such a lovely show this year. A bunch of them popped in an area where I’ve not seen them in the past. I don’t know how they got there. I was thinking of planting more last year, but never got around to it. It’s almost as though someone came along and planted them for me. Was it you? Nobody around here is taking credit for it. (I do know that crocuses naturalize so I’m kidding when I say I don’t know how they got there. I found this article this morning, and I’m thinking about planting more crocuses to help spread the joy. I’m also thinking I should plant daffodils in the woods, but that’s a whole other story.)
I went out to visit the crocuses on Thursday and the sunlight was pouring through the petals of the flowers, lighting them up in a soft and beautiful way. I stretched out on the ground to look at them and take a few (many) photos. While I was admiring them, I heard laughing gulls overhead, looked up, and a large flock of them flew by, their white feathers glowing in the sun. It’s one of my favorite sights around here.
M and I have been painting this week. M has been working on the hall that runs from the office and guest bedroom to the living room and kitchen. It was dark and dingy, and looks so much better now that it’s been brightened up with white paint. You may have noticed when you came in that I’m still in my painting clothes. I have a dedicated pair of jeans just for painting. They have splotches of paint from three houses we’ve owned and renovated. A lot of the paint has faded with washing. So have the jeans, for that matter. Anyway. I’ve been painting the yoga room today. Finally! It will no longer be the Before & After Room (half finished). Yay! Once the paint dries I can start moving things around and do a little decorating.
Let’s see. What else is new? I finished reading The Vegetarian: A Novel. It was a strange and interesting book. I honestly don’t know how to describe it. Dark and disturbing. Still, I’d recommend it. Here’s a brief bit from a review by Daniel Hahn in The Guardian:
This is Han Kang’s first novel to appear in English, and it’s a bracing, visceral, system-shocking addition to the Anglophone reader’s diet. It is sensual, provocative and violent, ripe with potent images, startling colours and disturbing questions.
You can read the full review here, if you like.
The other thing you might want to know is that the northern part of the Chesapeake Bay is closed. Well, not really closed. But boating is restricted due to icy conditions, and you will need permission from the Captain of the Port of Baltimore (or his designee) to do any boating in the region. If interested, you can read the story here (but beware of ads that pop up).
If we were having coffee, I wouldn’t want to hold you up too long although I also don’t want to rush you along, either. I’m enjoying your company. We can sit here on the porch for a while, and when you’re ready, I’ll walk you out. I need to go up and grab the mail, something I forgot to do earlier.
Thank you so much for visiting. The clouds and rain often clear out at the end of the day. If that should happen, I’ll be going down to the Point to watch the sun set. You’re welcome to join me. Sunset is at 7:09 this evening. The temperature is in the 60’s, but you’ll still need a jacket. It cools off quickly once the sun slips behind the horizon. There are a couple of eagles out there and it’s likely we’ll hear them whistling and chattering. On Thursday we saw them cartwheeling around each other as they whistled and called.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂