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If we were having coffee

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I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee

~ Flash Rosenberg

A frog in the rain garden.
A frog in the rain garden.

If we were having coffee, I’d be very happy to see you again.  I truly do enjoy our coffee chats.  How are you?  What have you been up to this week?  Have you read any good books?  Seen any good movies?  Listened to any good music that you’d recommend?  Traveled anywhere since we last got together?

By the lagoon.  There are a pair of Green Herons living by the lagoon.  You might not see them, but you'll have no trouble hearing them.
By the lagoon. There are a pair of Green Herons living by the lagoon. You might not see them, but you’ll have no trouble hearing them.

I finished reading The Longings of Wayward Girls, thank goodness.  I even stayed up late one night to finish it.  Not because I was enjoying it so much or because I couldn’t wait to find out what happens, but because I just wanted for it to be over.  I kept hoping it would turn a corner, that the lackluster plot and characters were leading to something.  Sometimes a book that is slow in the beginning will do that, and I find myself gratified that I stuck with it.  That was not the case at all with The Longings of Wayward Girls.  I could have, and should have, applied the 50 Page Rule (if I’m not into it by page 50, I give up and get rid of the book).  It was slow, plodding, and I felt like the author didn’t care much for the characters, and the characters didn’t care much for themselves, so why should I care?  The ending, I felt, was lame, but then again, it was true to the main character.  A character I didn’t care about one way or the other.

Spring flowers.  (Does anyone know what these are?)
Spring flowers.

I’m currently reading The Magician King: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy), the sequel to The Magicians, which I read a few years ago.  I wish I could find (or if I gave it away, had kept) my copy of The Magicians because, even though I don’t think it’s necessary, I don’t remember a lot about the first book.  Flashes of it come back from time to time, but other times I’m feeling a little lost.   It’s necessary, I think, to have read the first book (meaning it’s really not a stand-alone).  Even though my recall of the first novel isn’t great, I’m still enjoying this one.  Maybe someday I’ll come across the first one.  I’m pretty sure it’s in a box in the attic.  When I know there is going to be a sequel or two (or eleven), I save the first book(s) in the series in case I need to refresh my memory with some re-reading.

As for movies, M and I recently watched The Station Agent.  I don’t know if someone recommended it or if I put in on my Netflix queue for some other reason.  It was a good movie, and I enjoyed it.  Worth a watch if you like indie films.  You can see the trailer here.

Soft and fluffy.
Soft and fluffy.

If we were having coffee, I would invite you out to the porch or the deck.  We are having lovely weather here on the Eastern Shore.  Summer-like.  It was in the 80’s today, and it would have been nice to go to the beach.  The ocean water temperature is up to 47°F now.  Not warm enough for swimming yet, but I wouldn’t mind dipping my feet in.  M and I have been busy around the ranch so we didn’t have time to go to the beach.  We’re working on getting the gardens ready for growing vegetables and flowers.  Seeds were started a few weeks ago, and the baby plants are coming along nicely in the greenhouse.  Lettuces are almost ready to pick.

Let’s take some bread out with us to have with our beverages.  M has been baking this weekend, and he made some wonderful bread and rolls.  We can have butter from a local dairy (where the cows are grass fed) and/or preserves on our bread.

A few drops.
A few drops.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it’s been a slow week.  Not much has been happening and I’m not even sure I have anything worth telling you about.  I’m still recovering from the Cold From Hell, and fed up with being sick.  I have taken a vow of wellness.  When this cold is played out, I am finished with illness.

Loblolly reproduction.
Loblolly reproduction.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that tick season started early, and I got my first tick bite this week.  I found the tick fairly quickly, but not quickly enough.  The tick was firmly attached.  Studies show that a tick doesn’t begin transmitting Lyme Disease (if it is carrying it) for 36-48 hours after it is attached to its host, and I know it wasn’t more than a few hours so I’m not particularly worried about that.  It’s a good thing I got into the habit of immediately showering after I’ve spent time outdoors during the warmer months.  I’ve washed two of those bloodsuckers down the drain.   I’ll be donning full tick-repelling regalia from now until the dry days of summer (ticks prefer humid weather), including spraying my clothing and shoes.  We’ll be safe on the porch or deck.  The ticks hang out in the taller grasses and in the woods, and I’ve been slow to get all the mowing done.  M and I took care of most of that today.

Cleaning up after winter.
Cleaning up after winter.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we had our first spring bonfire of the year today.  A lot of brush gets dragged to, and piled in, a place where the critters can use it for their homes, but there is so much to clean up around here (still!) that we resort to burn piles occasionally (because we grow weary of dragging and piling).

Yellow flowers near the scrounger's garden.
Yellow flowers near the scrounger’s garden.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the tide was rather high today, probably because of the new moon.  Did you know this new moon is the start of the shortest lunar month in 2015?  According to Earth and Sky, the typical lunar month is 29 days, 9 hours, and 16 minutes long.  The current lunar month, from today’s new moon until the new moon on May 18, is 3 hours and 28 minutes shorter.  I’m not sure I’ll notice the difference.  Do you think you will?

I don't know what these are.  Probably weeds.  I'll mow them down when they finish flowering (unless I find a reason not to).
I don’t know what these are. Probably weeds. I’ll mow them down when they finish flowering (unless I find a reason not to).

If we were having coffee, I would guess it might be time for you to go.  If you want to stay a little longer, you’re certainly welcome.  We could take a walk out to the dock.  You will want to use the insect repellent spray to keep the ticks away.  We keep a couple cans of the stuff out here on the deck, over in the corner.  You probably saw it when we first came out.

Toad in the scrounger's garden.
Toad in the scrounger’s garden.

Thank you so much for visiting, and having coffee (tea, whatever) with me.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Dogwood.
Dogwood.

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

Another look.  Just because.
Another look. Just because.

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.

Honk.
Honk.
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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.

34 thoughts on “If we were having coffee

    1. I love spring, too, Bill, but could do without the heat of summer (except I couldn’t, not really, because I love all the fresh fruit and vegetables of summer). Enjoy your bonfire. 🙂

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  1. Thank you for the coffee today – I’m feeling draggy, so perhaps some caffeine will help with that. I’m glad your cold is getting better, but I do hope it’s completely gone very very soon. My week? Pretty quiet, but I did go in for my annual visit with the oncologist – my blood work all came back just fine and no lumps or anomalies showed up, so I’m happy. I found the steam mop I’ve been wanting on sale at Big Lots – refurbished, but I’ve had good luck with refurbished items. Today I went to see The Woman in Gold with my good friends and we all enjoyed it. I do love Helen Mirren. I’m now reading Lisa Genova’s Inside the O’Briens – as with all her books it’s about a neurological disorder, in this instance Huntington’s Disease. I love her books – the first of which I read was Still Alice and now I watch for anything new coming out. You are right, it’s time for me to go – I’m having dinner with The Gracious One and her husband and friends and I don’t want to be late for that.

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    1. I am happy, too, Carol, that all your blood work came back fine and that all is well. I’ve been thinking about buying a refurbished vacuum cleaner. My old Hoover is slowly dying, and a Dyson might be on the horizon, but not a new one as they are so expensive. I’ve been wondering about The Woman in Gold. The trailers I’ve seen reminded me a bit of Philomena (with Judi Dench). Have you seen it? I enjoyed it. I’ll add The Woman in Gold to my list of movies to watch. Someone else recommended Still Alice (both the book and the movie). I’ve added both to my lists (otherwise, I will forget again). Inside the O’Briens sounds interesting, too. Thanks so much for stopping by to chat. 🙂

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  2. Lovely day, lovely to catch up. I spent part of it reading outside, admiring the dogwood through the redbud branches. No ticks, but I was nailed by a bird. The last book I read that I kept reading even though it seemed to go on forever was The Luminaries. It took place during the New Zealand gold rush and there were so many threads, I’m still not sure what it was really about, but the writing was beautiful. Now I’m reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, which is gripping and strange, and a little horrifying. I may have to read something light after I finish it. I love your toad.

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    1. I think it might be better to be nailed by a bird, Lisa. There is such a high rate of Lyme Disease here on the Eastern Shore, it’s a little scary. Both books sound good, and I’ve added them to my ever increasing wish list. I used to say I couldn’t die until I’d read all the books I want to read. If that were really true, I’d have to live forever. lol!

      I love the toad, too. I was mowing when I found him. I mow at turtle, sometimes snail, speed to give the critters time to get out of my way. I set up a broken bowl that looks like it will be a great toad house. I hope he or she moves it.

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      1. I do hope the toad adopts the house. We had a puppy once who was sleeping blissfully in her house on the patio when a large toad jumped in with her. Such a frightened yelping resulted. None of us has ever forgotten the day baby Boots was “attacked by the toad.” I know what you mean bout the reading lists. And in spite of that, sometimes I wish I hadn’t read all of a particular author’s work yet, that there was still, say, Penelope Fitgerald or JIM Stewart or Hawthorne I hadn’t read yet. Or that Kate Atkinson or Richard Russo would hurry up and write another!

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  3. If we were having coffee, I’d share with you that I am reading “A Curious Mind” by Brian Glazer, about curiosity and how it helps us live a better life. I’m really enjoying it.

    I’d also tell you how much I’ve enjoyed all the flowering trees. They’re not in any special spots – rows of them leading into a strip mall, in front of the bank, going down the street as we leave our subdivision. It’s just all pretty though no matter what’s around it.

    And I enjoyed today just hanging out on the deck with my husband and enjoying the beautiful weather.

    Have a good week!

    Nanchy

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    1. I know what you mean about the flowering trees and how they’re not in any special spots, Nancy. We drove through one of the nearby towns over the weekend, and the flowering trees are wonderful. Your weekend sounds lovely. 🙂

      I’ve been exploring curiosity, too, so I think I’ll look into that book. Thanks for mentioning it.

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  4. Since we last had coffee I have been on a wee trip to the US, admired the scenery and sights of DC and parts of south-west Virginia and spent time with an array of completely fabulous and interesting women. It is going to take a long time for it all to shake down and settle into a coherent picture – put simply it has to be up there amongst the most wonderful occasions of my life!

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    1. I am so happy to hear your trip to the U.S. was such a success, Pauline. I think it sometimes takes months for a trip like that to sink in. I really need to get over to your place so I can read more about your trip. 🙂

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  5. I think it’s Rapeseed, the yellow flowers. I have been busy in real life and reading and studying. Not making time for this wordpress thing as much as I was. Hurt my shoulder/back/neck turning dirt at my garden yesterday in the 80 degrees! Felt good at the time but swelled down over my socks in evening and have that awesome rash on my face. Usually a flare passes as I get acclimated to heat–that or I take steroid and bathe in ice water! Got some beans in yesterday, waiting to hear if I may use 2 plots, so that I can put in the cooler longer growth veggies in one bed and the greens and beans and ‘faster’ crops in the raised one. If not the elderly woman who has had the raised bed will be blessed with my beans 🙂 oh and turned loose soil. Hope all is well!

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    1. Thanks, Elisa. I’ll look into it. I thought it might be mustard (since mustard greens are a huge staple down here). Sorry to hear you were injured. Gardening is dangerous work. I’m not kidding, either. I spent the weekend working outside and could barely hobble around last night. Some NSAIDs and a good soak helped, as did some yoga this morning. Hope you’re feeling better this morning, and that you get the extra bed to grow your beans. 🙂

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  6. Our first ticks of the season showed up this week, too. It is always with a groan that we adjust our habits…socks in pants, light clothes, spray Deet everywhere, Frontline on the dog. Sigh. Resistance is futile. But I won’t give up my woods walks. We mow the paths wide. I suspect you’re probably the same.

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    1. Yes, we do the same here, Eliza, and mow wide paths. We groan, too. lol! The cats weren’t happy to get their smear of Frontline, but it’s better than ticks. Not that they understand that fact. Or maybe they do. Who knows? I won’t give up my walks either, so I do what I have to do to avoid the ticks. Soon it will be deer fly season. Ugh!! They don’t carry the danger of Lyme Disease, but they do provide me with some large welts when they bite (actually, they don’t bite, they cut, but the end result is the same). We’ll be trolling for them soon, and putting out the fly traps. We depleted the deer fly population considerably last year. I hope that means it won’t be so bad this year. They are impervious to insect repellent and no one has yet invented a spray to kill them so we end up catching them with sticky traps. Probably just as well, and safer. No toxic chemicals involved. If only we could get some Purple Martins to move into the martin houses we’ve provided. fingers crossed They would help, too.

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      1. We love spring, but not the bugs! I’ve found that most of the time deerflies land on the tallest part of us, which is our head, so wearing a baseball cap takes care of that problem. We had the dog trained to hold still while we smooshed them, she would come running up to me when she had one on her! New dog this spring, so we’ll see if she learns the same trick.

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  7. FYI, the third book in the “Magicians” series is terrible. I enjoyed complaining about it to the two other people who were reading it at the same time I was. I loved the first book, liked the second one, and was so disappointed in the third, which felt as if it had been painfully written to a looming deadline. I loved “The Station Agent”—my dear friend Elissa says that the main character reminds her of me, which actually I could understand after having seen the film…but that wasn’t why I liked it.

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    1. That’s good to know, David. Thank you. I am getting too old to waste time on terrible books. I’ll enjoy the second book, and skip the third unless my curiosity gets the better of me and I can find it at the library. Interesting about you and the main character in “The Station Agent.” Now I have a better picture of you (not in the physical sense, mind you, but as a personality).

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      1. I’m perhaps a little less like that now than I was when Elissa first met me, but really, she and I were very much like Peter Dinklage and Bobby Cannavale’s characters for the first couple of years that we knew each other…she was elaborately courting me, and I was like…sigh Fine. All right. But back off, k?

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  8. If we were having coffee as other days we have had… I’d tell you I enjoy so much your blog and the photos you insert. comment all what you tell here and I’d tell you more or less what happened to me this week. I finished to read a book by Yu Hua, very good, the title in Chinese is Houzhe. This morning I’ve been for a walk along the seaside in my city Barcelona and the weather was fantastic… 20º! and so on… Cheers!!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Rosa. 🙂 Cheers to you too! I looked up the novel (Houzhe), and the story sounded so familiar. I recently watched the film based on the novel. I may have to read the book now (since the movies are almost never as good as the books). Your walk along the seaside sounds wonderful.

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  9. I found lately, ok, for many months, I don’t have time to read anything. I return books to the library unopened. It is sad. Be careful of the ticks!!! Loved the photos and the break from work thoughts!

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  10. I love your coffee share posts. One of these weeks I will join in. The frog in the beginning gave me a chuckle, as well as the picture titled “honk”! Homemade bread with local butter sounds just lovely!

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  11. Hi Robin. I like the ‘honk’ at the end! I generally like to read but there are some books so tedious it makes me wonder. If I hit the 50 page mark, I often switch to editing mode and think what improvements could be made. Right now I am reading Born to Walk. Non-fiction, it contains many stories of people who have gone on epic walks, some for months in duration. Lately I have been walking more … My husband and I are on a jag of seeing all the covered bridges in the St. John watershed. Each bridge means a walking challenge for my knees, but so much fun. Every bridge is a little different and birds are on the move this time of year, looking for nesting places in the beams and angles of the bridges. Glad to see my crocuses at last! Jane.

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    1. Thank you, Jane. 🙂 I’m so happy to hear your crocuses finally made an appearance. Your bridge adventures sound like fun. The book sounds good, too. One I would like, I think. 🙂

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  12. Hi Robin, it’s nice to catch up for coffee again this week. I realize I’m a little late, and this is probably last week’s post, but that’s okay. We can catch up anyway. I won’t write much here about my week, as I just became inspired by your Weekend Coffee Share and wrote a post of my own called “Cocktail Hour in the Laundry Room.” It’s similar, but instead of drinking coffee, I’m offering spirits. 🙂 I hope your week is going well. I’m glad you’ve recovered from your cold and I’m glad spring is upon us. Take care and enjoy your week. 🙂 I’m sorry about the disappointing nature of your book, The Longings of Wayward Girls. I know that feeling when a book disappoints. I think the 50 page rule is a good one. As readers we’re always eternally optimistic that things will get better. The challenge it that sometimes they do. But often they don’t, and then we’ve wasted all that time. 🙂

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