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If we were having coffee: Recuperation

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Man does not live by coffee alone.  Have a danish.

~ Author Unknown

Morning
Morning.

If we were having coffee, I’d be thrilled to see you again.  I don’t know about you, but for me it has seemed like a long week.  Maybe it’s because I’m up very early in the morning which gives me more hours in the day for resting, relaxing, and general slackmongering.

How are you?  What have you been up to since our last visit?  Read any good books?  Seen any good films?  Gone on any good walks?  Please share.  I’d love to hear all about your week, the best, the worst, and everything and anything in between, that you’d care to share.

Fire and water.
Fire and water.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that even though I whined a lot, it was not an all-bad week.  Sure, I was sick again, but illness doesn’t have to be entirely negative.  There were lessons learned, one of which was to accept that I was ill, and to accept that I needed help and rest.  Plus I got to slack on the housework and the outdoor work.  The porch nap returned, which is a beautiful thing.  It was almost like a vacation.

I wish I could say I did a lot of reading, but it’s been difficult to concentrate.  Mostly I sit and stare out a window, watching the birds and rabbits or the way the wind moves through the trees and grasses.  I am currently reading The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling.  It has been slow going, yet I don’t have the desire to give up on it.  Rowling spends a lot of time on character development, and as I get to know the characters, I want to learn more.  That’s a good thing in a book, but I might be better off reading a brain-candy type of book right now, one that doesn’t require much attention.  Any suggestions?

Goodbye peonies.  We'll see you again next year.
Goodbye peonies. We’ll see you again next year.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we finally got a good day of rain.  Thursday it rained and rained for most of the day and well into the evening.  It was a great day for napping.  I know the rain means the grass will grow and will be in need of mowing again soon, but it also means the vegetable and flower gardens were well watered.  The trees have perked up, and we’re starting to see some growth of plants other than poison ivy in the Bare Meadow.  I was worried for a while that we’d end up with a whole field of poison ivy.

Morning sparkles.
Morning sparkles.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you there was some minor excitement around here early this morning.  Last year we set up housing for Purple Martins in hopes some would move in and help us reduce the deer fly population.  A few stopped by last year, but none stayed.  This morning a couple stopped to have a look, swooped around a few times, and came back to the houses to look again.  M and I have seen them a few more times throughout the day, hanging out at the houses.  We are hoping that means they are gathering nesting material, and have decided to stay.

The one and only, so far.
The one and only, so far.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I need to do something about the irises in the scrounger’s garden.  There is only one bloom so far this year, and I suspect that is because I haven’t treated them well.  I need to dig them up, separate them, and then establish a good bed for bulbs.  Right now they are so overrun with grasses, mint, and vetch that I don’t think it is likely we’ll get many blooms from them.  There are two tulips in among the irises that didn’t bloom this year, so maybe it will help to dig all that up and get them reestablished.  The crocuses are located in the same area.

I have been looking at bulb catalogs, thinking about what I want to do in the fall.  I have to be careful not to dream too big.  A little at a time is the best way to go.  Otherwise, I end up with a hundred bulbs and run out of steam when it comes to getting them all planted.  I exaggerate a little.  I’ve never actually had one hundred bulbs that needed planted all at once.  I think I bought fifty one year and only planted half of them, but you know what I mean.  Too much, even of a good thing, often turns out to be a waste.

Iris buried in grasses.
Iris buried in grasses.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I went to a local nursery yesterday and picked up a few more plants for the scrounger’s garden.  A friend gave me two butterfly bushes last year, but they didn’t survive the move and/or the winter.  Woodland Gnome recently published a lovely post called Dormant Isn’t Dead, and she’s right about waiting to see what happens, but in the case of the butterfly bushes (and the magnolia we moved from the woods), it’s obvious they are not coming back.  So.  I bought a butterfly bush to replace one of them.  I’ll purchase another one next year.  Slow and steady, as I mentioned earlier.  I also brought home some petunias for the planter on the deck, and a few more flowers for the scrounger’s garden that include a red calla lily (the flower looks like a flame and the variety is called Fire Dancer).

Phragmites (something else we'll have to take care of someday).
Phragmites (something else we’ll have to take care of someday).

If we were having coffee, I would not have to tell you that it is a gorgeous day here because surely you noticed it on your way in.  Cool, dry, sunny, and simply lovely.  My kind of spring.  We should enjoy it while we can.  The temperature will start creeping back up tomorrow, and it’ll be near 90 again by Tuesday or Wednesday.  This is great porch-sitting weather, and even the deck is not a bad place to be when it’s in the shade.  The deer flies prefer to attack in bright sunlight, but will leave you alone when you’re in the shade.

Although these grasses are an invasive species that will have to go, I still enjoy the beauty of them.
Although these grasses are an invasive species that will have to go, I still enjoy the beauty of them.

If we were having coffee, it would probably be time for me to let you go and get on with whatever else you have to do today.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  If you’d like to stay a little longer, we can go out to the dock to watch the sunset later.  I didn’t make it the Point (or out to our dock) yesterday.  I was busy porch napping.  I should be able to make it today.  Sunset is at 8:13 PM.  I’ll head out about thirty minutes before that.  You’re welcome to walk out there with me, or I’ll meet you on the dock when you’re ready.  Just take the Woodland Trail straight out there (or, if you want to explore a bit, you can head off on either of the side trails — all trails in the woods lead to the dock).

Stop by the scrounger's garden on your way to visit with the roses.
Stop by the scrounger’s garden on your way and visit with the roses.

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

Lush and lovely.
Lush and lovely.

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.

36 thoughts on “If we were having coffee: Recuperation

  1. I’m not usually into romances, but this one was really good: Room For You by Beth Ehemann. Also remember J.D. Robb’s books – those are good too. They move fast but you don’t need to keep notes.

    Nancy

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  2. Oh your flowers are so lovely, Robin. I love your roses especially. You are right about lifting the iris. If you can’t see rhizome between the leaves, they may be too deeply planted. Lifting and dividing them should rejuvenate them. I’m so happy to hear you have the energy to plant up your porch containers and plant a new butterfly bush. You are so right about too much of a good thing, which makes the fun of planting turn into a wearisome burden. I have just finished Patty Boyd’s “Wonderful Tonight,” which is her memoir, and absolutely fascinating. She includes several pages of wonderful photos with George and Eric, and other 60’s notables.
    And thank you so much for the wonderful mention in your post. Please take good care of yourself, Robin, ❤ ❤ WG

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    1. Thank you so much, WG. 🙂 I’m glad to hear I’m on the right track with the irises. I’m still fairly new to gardening, and I worry I’m going to kill things off. The fact that I haven’t yet astounds me. lol!

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  3. If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’ve been busy in the garden too, my garden and Youngest Daughter’s garden, Eldest Daughter is growing a vegetable patch in the garden at her new house and Middle Daughter has been decorating. 🙂
    I’ll take a few snaps of my garden and share them later in the week.
    Thanks for coffee, it was lovely to catch up. 😀

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  4. If we were having coffee I’d tell you I am very glad your’e getting better, as I told you health is very important, and now more we are getting older!!! My life compared with yours is a litlle bored, you’re married, have la large garden where you keep beautiful flowers, bushes, trees, a pound a lot to loof after. Me in a large city and living in a flat, alone…my daughter died 4 years ago (I told you it) my life’s not very funny. I’ve started to read The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama let’s see… but I like reading blogs… there many of them which are very interesting… Lok after yourself!!!!!

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  5. Yes definitely do the 5 photos challenge. We all want to see more! I’m currently reading “Inside thee O’Briens” by Lisa Genova. She wrote “Still Allice” and “Left Neglect” both of which I loved. this one is good too. Not mindless, but you can read it with feeling like you’re weighed down. Even though the underlying story is heavy.

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    1. Someone else recommended that recently, Dawn. With two recommendations, I’m going to move it up on my reading list. Thank you! As for the challenge, I’ve been snapping away in the garden today so I’ll have something to show for all the work I’ve been doing in the scrounger’s garden. It’s too bad I can’t share the scents along with the images. I put down the cocoa mulch today and it reeks of chocolate out there. lol!

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  6. Coffee this morning must be quick. Yesterday I pruned the wild roses and picked up far too many pine cones again so today I must go out and mow the lawn, finished picking up pine cones and maybe even plant the petunias I bought for the old wheelbarrow.
    I laughed when you talked about the bulbs and buying too many. I did that one year bought 150 of them and swore I would never do that again! I did get them planted but many of them were tulips and the ground squirrels have since consumed all of them.
    thank you for the coffee but now I really must go get busy. You relax and enjoy a porch nap.

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    1. Why do you pick up the pine cones, Carol? I just mow right over them. However, we’re pretty wild out here and no one will care if the lawn has pine cones pieces scattered all over it. I got my petunias planted on the deck today. I might get some more to put out in the scrounger’s garden on the table.
      You’re welcome, and thank you for stopping by. 🙂

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  7. Roses always look fresher after a rain – such pretty things. I’m glad you took the time to rest and relax. Sometimes we just have to – I came down with Lyme (again!) this weekend and that pretty much stops me in my tracks. Thank God for antibiotics!

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      1. Thank you, Robin, for your kind thoughts. Slow-going, but the rest will do us good, right? I agree that the ticks are worse than ever. It is a pity that the cold winter doesn’t touch them. I hear that Congress is finally appropriating funds for research. Little good that does us right now, but it gives us hope that they might discover a vaccine or something!

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        1. A vaccine would be a wonderful thing. After my first tick bite of the season, I tend to want to avoid going outdoors. It doesn’t last long, but I do have to push myself back out there. It’s the same after my first snake sightings, too.
          My husband had a tick on him yesterday, and I’m afraid I didn’t get the head out. Hopefully I did and all will be well. I flushed it out with alcohol and put an antibiotic ointment on it. He can’t reach it because it was on his back. No sign of a rash or the iconic bulls-eye, so far, but I know that can take a while to develop.

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          1. Keep an eye on it, for sure. Since I’m never exactly sure which bite gives me Lyme, I’m guessing 10-14 days before onset of symptoms. Some docs go ahead and give 30 days of antibiotic when one gets bit, but because I have unmistakeable symptoms, I just pray and hope I got it out in time. Not everyone manifests symptoms, however. It is such a dicey thing. “Are you feeling lucky, kid?”

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  8. A lovely post to sip my coffee with; it sounds like you are recuperating! I’d never heard of purple martins so I followed your link to read about them. No idea if they hang out around here or not, looks like they could according to the habitat map. I’ve finally gotten to spending some time in the garden and yard myself this long weekend. Decided to downsize the veggie garden this year to reduce the work involved in keeping it up. Planning to shop for some more flowers for containers, but I think that will be the extent of it for planting this year, and I’m okay with that.

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    1. Thank you, Karma. 🙂 Purple Martins are fun to have around if you can entice them to come live near you. I was reading that they are so used to the houses that people put out for them that most live in those now and not out in the wild somewhere. The two martins we had here were chased off by two Great Crested Flycatchers (which I’ve never seen before today), and now we’ve lost our martins. Hmph. Maybe we should have let the flycatchers have the houses, but the experts say that if you allow other birds to move in, the martins won’t. Picky birds, apparently.

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  9. Loved the phrasing in your blog…If we were having coffee, I would say that I,too, am recuperating; from asthmatic bronchitis, finished the ZPack and on the prednisone countdown. I am reading “Not Cool” by Greg Gutfield. I agree with many of his principles; I would have preferred he used less profanity to make a point. I think he has a large vocabulary and there are some very good words to replace the profane ones, if he wished.
    I will see you at Sunset by my back gate as I gaze at my city creek with no dock…seeing yours far off.

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    1. Ah well, it might be “not cool” to have replaced those words with smart words, Linda. Even the un-hipsters tend to be hipsters these days when it comes to the selling of points of view and principles. The book does sound quite interesting. I’m going to put it on my library list (we have a tiny library here and they will have to request it for me). Sunset at your back gate sounds wonderful. And cool. 🙂

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