Coffee is a beverage that puts one to sleep when not drank.
~ Alphonse Allais, French writer and humorist (1854-1905)
If we were having coffee, I would tell you how happy I am to see you. How was your week? Did you do any traveling? Read any good books? See any films, or go to any good concerts, listen to any good music, or see any plays?
I’ve barely been out of the house this week except for some walks around the ranch, and I’m still reading the same books I was reading last week. It’s been slow that way. I’ve been listening to Ed Sheeran, Mayer Hawthorne, and TV on the Radio on Pandora Radio. If you’re familiar with Pandora, you know that means I’m also listening to similar artists that they choose. No movies this week, but we might fit one in this weekend. We just received the new Hunger Games DVD (Mockingjay, Part I) from Netflix. But with March Madness going on, we probably won’t get to it.
If we were having coffee, I’d invite you into the kitchen where we can see the juniper. The reason we want to see the juniper is because there is a small flock (twenty or so) of Cedar Waxwings hanging around and chowing down on the berries. Although they live here year-round, it’s the first time I’ve seen them since moving to the Eastern Shore.
Cedar Waxwings are fruit eaters, and they appear to love the juniper berries. They have been scarfing them down like it is the best meal ever. I think you’ll enjoy watching them. They are beautiful birds, and their antics are entertaining. Sometimes they hang upside down trying to get one of the berries.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the weather has been crazy this week. Not crazy-crazy as in severe storms, but ups and downs in temperature. Earlier in the week we had heat and humidity, summer-like conditions. Today it’s cold with snow (!?) in the forecast. We’ll be dipping down into the 20’s again tonight. It won’t last long. Monday we start a string of days that will have highs in the 60’s. We’ve also had quite a bit of rain this week. The ground is pretty soggy, but I’ve noticed that drainage is good here on our part of the Eastern Shore and it doesn’t take too long to dry out.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we’re spring cleaning this weekend. Back in the olden days, when our sons were children, spring cleaning used to be a family affair. I’d issue invitations for the Big Spring Clean with promises of favorite foods for dinner. We’d work hard for one day — dusting, vacuuming, washing, scrubbing, airing out — and then feast and relax that evening after a job well done. Since the boys have grown up to be men, I often do the spring cleaning on my own, little by little throughout the course of a week. I thought it would be fun this year to bring M back into the mix. And I was right. It’s surprising the things that can be made enjoyable with a little company to help along the way.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I haven’t gone out to watch the sunsets this week. I’ve seen the sunrises, though, and we’ve had some really beautiful light and color shows in the early mornings.
If we were having coffee, I would ask if you noticed how GREEN it is now. Oh, the trees haven’t leafed out yet, but the grass! About two days ago it suddenly turned the most marvelous shade of green. It was if someone came along and poured emerald green over all the brown, and now it looks so bright and new. It’s also growing. Fast. It won’t be long before the mowing season starts. M has been working on the small tractor for about two weeks, getting it ready. The blades are sharpened, the spark plugs have been replaced, and I don’t know what else. Probably several other maintenance type things have been done. I’m in no hurry for the mowing to commence. It takes me about six hours or so a over the course of two or three days to get all of the mowing finished. By the time I finish, where I started is almost ready to be mowed again.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that the first of the daffodils are finally blooming, the periwinkles are blooming in full force, and there is evidence that some of the trees will be flowering soon (if this cold snap doesn’t get them). This is also a great time for bird watching because all kinds of birds are either making their way back to us or flying through on their way Elsewhere. (The Delmarva Birding Weekend is April 23-26 this year.) I was out in the marsh yesterday and there were hundreds of Laughing Gulls in flight, filling the stormy sky with their laughing calls. I think I know where they are hanging out this year, and will make my way over there soon. (If you missed it, the Laughing Gulls spent some time in a farm field next door last year. You can see and hear them here, if you’re interested, but be warned. There’s some mating behavior going on. Actually, it’s not that explicit. Mostly just a bit of showing off.)
If we were having coffee, I’d ask you to keep a friend and fellow blogger, Corina, in your thoughts and prayers. She had to go to hospital, and may be home by the time this post goes out, but is scheduled for surgery in the near future.
If we were having coffee, I would suggest that we go to the Point for sunset if it looks like there will be a show. If the Laughing Gulls are where I think they are, we’ll see them along the way. We’ll need to bundle up. Between the low temperature and the wind, it’s going to be a little brutal near the water, but it’s usually worth braving the cold to the see the sunset after we’ve had storms roll through.
Thank you so much for visiting today. I hope your week has been a good one. Tell me all about it in the comments, if you’re so inclined. I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to and how you’re doing.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂