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If we were having coffee

coffee2Over second and third cups flow matters of high finance, high state, common gossip and low comedy.  [Coffee] is a social binder, a warmer of tongues, a soberer of minds, a stimulant of wit, a foiler of sleep if you want it so.  From roadside mugs to classic demi-tasse, it is the perfect democrat.

~ Author Unknown

A spring bouquet.
A spring bouquet.

If we were having coffee, I would be thrilled to see you again.  I am thoroughly enjoying our weekend get-togethers.  As always, it doesn’t have to be coffee.  I have a large collection of teas, including a new magnolia oolong that is simply delicious.  The tea leaves unfurl like flowers so I like to serve it from the little glass teapot my youngest son and daughter-in-law gave me for Christmas last year.  I have herbal teas as well, and there is always plain old water if you’d rather have that.  There are potent potables, too.  I’m not partaking, but you’re welcome to sample the beer (a local IPA) or wine (we have both red and white).  And if it’s been that kind of week, there’s always good old Kentucky Bourbon.

Bringing the outdoors in.
Bringing the outdoors in.

Let’s have a seat in the kitchen today.  The cedar waxwings have come back after a brief absence, the bluebirds are sunning themselves on the perches we placed in the front yard, and we might see a great egret or a great blue heron as time goes on.  We also have a pair of mallards visiting the lagoon on a regular basis.  Did you know that the male mallards don’t quack?  It’s the female who makes the quacking sound.  Males rasp.

Sunshine in a flower.
Sunshine in a flower.

So.  Have a seat and I’ll grab those beverages for us.  How are you?  Did you have a good week?  What have you been up to lately?  Have you read any good books?  Seen any good films?  Listened to any good music?  Gone on any good walks?

I finished reading The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature.  Fantastic read!  The author, David George Haskell, is a biologist who spent a year visiting a one-square meter patch of old-growth forest in Tennessee on a daily basis.  I learned a lot, but most of all, I enjoyed Haskell’s prose which was almost poetry at times.  His love of nature and the forest permeates the book.  I was also given much to think about in regards to how we humans approach and think about nature as well as our own impact on the earth.

I heard about the book from Kathy, I think, so a big thank you, Kathy.

Budding.
Budding at the edge of the marsh.

I also finished reading Pema Chödrön’s book Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living.  I very much enjoyed her humor and her advice to lighten up.  One of my favorite teachings from the book is:  Whichever of the two occurs, be patient.  Ha!  It’s perfect, don’t you think?  Suitable for any occasion.

In the grass.
In the grass.

I finished the course of antibiotics this week.  It was good to be done with that, but I continued to have pain for a few days afterwards and that worried me until I reminded myself that whichever of the two occurs, be patient.  I’m not pleased with our medical system here.  I did go to my primary care physicians’s office and see a physician assistant (PA) a few days after my original visit to urgent care.  The PA was not terribly helpful.  When I told him the doc at urgent care suggested a CAT scan if the pain didn’t clear up within a few days of taking the antibiotics, the PA said, “Well, they can do that at the hospital if your symptoms worsen and you need to go to the ER.”  I think he missed the point that I didn’t want to reach a crisis situation.

Persian speedwell.
Persian speedwell.

No matter.  It didn’t reach a crisis point.  I took care of myself, altered my diet substantially as suggested by the first doc I saw (urgent care), and have been slowly adding back in foods to find out what’s a hit and what’s a miss.  On a positive note, I’ve lost about ten pounds which is remarkable when you consider the type of foods I’ve had to eat.  Low-fiber, white foods.  All the things they tell you not to eat.  I did grow weary of carbs, and switched to eating small amounts of meat with my overcooked vegetables.  Low-fiber is very difficult to do on a vegetarian diet, and I have to admit that I miss the loads and loads of veggies I’m used to eating, not to mention (but I will) the beans, legumes, and whole grains.

Spring green!  (Daylilies popping up near the greenhouse.)
Spring green! (Daylilies popping up near the greenhouse.)

Speaking of weight loss, I don’t think I can credit it entirely to my diet because no amount of dieting over the past ten years has helped me lose weight.  I have a great coach to thank.  Do you know Dana?  If not, let me introduce you to her.  I’ve been following Dana at her blog for a while, and I always think of her as one of the cool kids (even if she does call herself a geek).  Dana is just getting started as a coach, and offered a free weight loss coaching session which I availed myself of, and I am so glad I did.  I apologize for not telling you about this sooner because the offer was extended until April 1st (and we are obviously past that date now).

Dana uses EFT techniques (you may have heard of it as “tapping” or, if you haven’t heard of it, Google “tapping” and you’ll easily find it).  I went into the coaching session willing to be open to it, but have to admit there was a dash of skepticism.  Thankfully it was just a dash.  The coaching that Dana gave me was amazing and healing.  It brought up things I didn’t know were buried within me, and it was done in a way that made me feel safe and curious and willing to explore.  She also presented me with the opportunity to view things I thought of as negative from a positive perspective, and boy, does that change everything!  I can’t begin to describe how much lighter I’ve felt since working with Dana.  Yes, this is a shameless testimonial.  A well-deserved one, too.

Blossoming.
Blossoming.

M and I have been going through more boxes from the attic today.  We now have a large pile of stuff to be either be given away to someone specific or donated to a suitable charity.  We also found that the movers broke a number of heirlooms, but there is nothing we can do about it now since we settled our claim with them last year (to the tune of a few thousand dollars because they busted up a lot of our furniture).  We should have unpacked everything and looked at it.  Another life lesson, and one we should have known already.

There all kinds of tiny flowers blooming among the lawn grasses.
There all kinds of tiny flowers blooming among the lawn grasses.

Well, I think it might be time to head outside for a walk.  You are most welcome to join me if you like.  It’s windy and around 60°F so a light jacket ought to suffice.  It’s a sunny with cloudy spells kind of day, with big, fluffy clouds being driven across the sky by the wind.  Let’s go out to the woods behind the lagoon.  I was telling you about that section of woods in yesterday’s post.  M said he’ll act as guide for us since I don’t know the trails back there yet.  Later we can go down to the Point and watch the sunset if you have time for it.

A little one.
A little one.

Thank you so much for visiting today.

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

The peonies are popping up.
The peonies are popping up.

This post is in response to Part Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare.  Grab a cuppa of whatever your preference is 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.

29 thoughts on “If we were having coffee

  1. EFT is amazing when it works. There’s a next-generation version called TAT, which is useful for people who have no affect recall (EFT doesn’t work unless the person doing it can assign a value range to recalled emotions, and then assign a post-session value range). Anyway, TAT shifts energy differently, and has the benefit also of not requiring the person doing it to identify the problem they’re working on…which can be useful if you start in a place such as “behaviors around food,” but get to a place of “something’s in the way, but I don’t know what it is.” I’m sure your blog will block links, but if you’re interested, Google TATLife, and you’ll get the website of Tapas Fleming, the woman who discovered the technique.

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    1. Thank you, David. 🙂 I will check it out. (Links sometimes work, but mostly they cause Akismet to scoop up your comment and place it in spam. I would have fished it out of there.) I was surprised by how well the EFT session worked.

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  2. I think today I’d like coffee; it’s a little early for anything stronger. I have done very little this week, actually. Played with photos from my trip – there are oh, so many of them – blogged about it, and have done a really good job of avoiding both house and yard work. I did see a couple of movies I really enjoyed, The Second Best Marigold Hotel with the neighborhood “girls” followed by a delicious at The Waffle Hut, and last night I streamed Wild on Amazon Instant Video. I’d love to sit longer, but today I must do something productive. Thank you for the coffee and the conversation.

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  3. If we were having coffee or whatever other drink, I’m sure we coud spend a very good time, I like so much the way you explain things you do. My week has been not very good and not bad at all… just normal. Now I’m reading a novel by an Iceland writer and yestarday I saw The best Exotic Hotel Marigold, well the first part made 3 years ago, was vey good, but this second part has disappointed me. Your shots… vey nice, as always they are.

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    1. Thank you, Rosa. I’m glad you could stop by. 🙂 I’ve heard the second (Marigold Hotel) is not as good as the first. I enjoyed the first one very much.

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  4. Very informative for a conversation over coffee…or in my case I’d like to try to magnolia oolong tea please. Will check out the book Kathy recommended, sounds wonderful. And am glad you had a good result working with Dana…will check out her website too. I like you have never been able to lose 10 pounds, and I’ve been trying for a very long time.

    My week was not good, but I can see the light at the end of a very long tunnel. Hopefully soon.

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    1. I’m so glad you want to try the magnolia oolong, Dawn. I was hoping someone would. We can watch it unfurl in the glass teapot. I’m sorry your week was not good, but happy that there is light at the end of the tunnel. And spring. I hope spring is at the end of that tunnel, too. 🙂

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  5. Still too busy for an extended visit, but so nice to pop in. We’re down to the final stretch. Bits and pieces to finish up and the house should be listed by Thurs morning. It’ll be nice not having to drive out there nearly every single day anymore. Will like have to keep mowing. Hoping it sells quickly and I can be DONE with it… finally! Tried to sell it in 2010, but the market was dismal. Seemed like renting was the thing to do, but the renters left a mess and that’s what has taken so very, very long to bring it back to what it should be.

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    1. Good to see you, Gunta, and I’ll make your beverage to go. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you in hopes the house sells quickly and easily. Seems like selling or buying a house these days is ridiculously complicated.

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  6. I’ll have to look up more on EFT. It sounds interesting and I know nothing about it.

    Once I have my surgery I’ll be needing to see PAs at a clinic I plan to go to. I need a prescription for my diabetes medication and although I don’t want to take any statin drugs, there’s some concern about blood pressure so I guess that will have to be investigated. Not looking forward to it but I want to really try to stay healthy once the surgery is over.

    Thanks for the drink. I’ll see you soon.

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    1. You’re welcome, Corina. 🙂 I’ve seen some good PA’s, and actually prefer one or two of them over the doctor they practice with. I hope the PA’s you see are good, too.

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  7. Aw, I’m just catching up on old posts at a random cafe in Washington, and I’m tickled to see your kind words about our session here! I loved the opportunity to work with you and I’m happy that EFT was helpful as well, skepticism or not. (I’m totally jazzed by the technique, and it’s always nice to share it with others!) Hope you are well! 🙂

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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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