~ Henry Ward Beecher
If we were having coffee, I’d be happy to see you again, but I would ask you to keep your distance. This flu I picked up on my travels is a doozy, and you really don’t want it. Poor M has caught it now, too, so it’s a good thing, at least this time around, that these coffee chats take place in cyberspace rather than in real time and space at my home.
So. How are you? What have you been up to lately? Have you taken any good walks? Read any good books? Watched any good films?
I just finished reading the third book in the Southern Reach Trilogy. According to Wikipedia, Paramount has bought the movie rights to the series so maybe we’ll have some good films to look forward to based on the books. It is difficult to describe the series. One of the descriptions on the book states that they are psychological thrillers, and that’s true. I found it difficult to put the books down, wanting to find out what happens next. The odd thing, in the end, is that I am still not entirely sure what happened, but that’s all I can tell you without giving away what I think the books are about.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it has been a slow week. I’ve been busy resting and haven’t spent much time outdoors. Just some short walks every now and then. I went out to the scrounger’s garden this morning with every intention of planting some oregano, putting down some more mulch on the path I am creating, and doing a bit of weeding, but I didn’t last more than 10-15 minutes. The heat and humidity made me feel worse.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the pink, old English-style roses are in bloom. Normally I’d be carrying on about their wonderful scent but, alas, I can’t smell them right now. Hmph. Still, they are lovely to look at, and worth the walk out there just to see them.
We finally got a bit of much-needed rain last night, but not enough to thoroughly soak things the way they need to be soaked. We have rain in the forecast for the next few days before another cool front arrives. I’ve been doing my rain dance every now and then in hopes of getting a good soaking rain. We’ve been watering but, as any gardener well knows, watering with a hose doesn’t seem to promote the same kind of healthy growth that rain water does. Mostly it keeps the flowers and veggies alive long enough to wait for a good rainfall.
If we were having coffee, I bet you noticed the Bare Meadow on your way in. That’s how I think of it right now. We have had a few visitors to the Bare Meadow. The wild turkeys seem to love it. I keep waiting for the males to break out in their mating display and strut, but it might be too late in the season for that.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that two Bald Eagles came by right after the mowing. Turkey Vultures have been picking around out there, too. I don’t like to think about it, but I’m sure “the leveler” caught a few critters along the way. The eagles were interested in the fresh kills. The vultures, of course, are okay with it being aged a bit.
I have not taken a very extensive walk out in the Bare Meadow because I want to wait until the clean-up is accomplished. I am extremely grateful to Mother Nature for providing a clean-up crew.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we should have thought about leaving a hedgerow out near the road. With all the trees and tall shrubs gone, we can see straight out to the road now, and cars going by can see straight back to the house. I keep wondering how many people have driven by so far thinking, “I didn’t know there was a house back there!”
If we were having coffee, I would imagine it’s time for you to go. I don’t think we’ll see much of a sunset this evening so it’s not worth the walk out to the dock or a drive down to the Point. If you’d like to stay, just in case the sky clears, we can watch from the porch the way we did the other day. That way the black flies won’t bother us. Everyone seems to have a different name for the black flies. Our petsitter calls them Mayflies. Some call them biting flies (simple and direct) while others refer to them as She-flies. That’s accurate since it’s the females who do the biting.
Thank you so much for visiting with me. Take good care of yourself, and I hope to see you again next week.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂