The light of memory, or rather the light that memory lends to things, is the palest light of all… I am not quite sure whether I am dreaming or remembering, whether I have lived my life or dreamed it. Just as dreams do, memory makes me profoundly aware of the unreality, the evanescence of the world, a fleeting image in the moving water.
~ Eugene Ionesco
The calendar indicates that it is officially summer, and the weather here on the Eastern Shore is nodding in agreement. M and I celebrated the solstice yesterday by going to the Hideway Grill for dinner and sunset. We also found our way to a new spot, another point (or “neck”) where we can, in the future, watch the sunset.
This morning I used a guided meditation, and one of the instructions during the meditation is to plant a seed of intention in your heart. At first, I was thinking “kindness,” but I quickly changed it to “gratitude.” I noticed that I tend to be a kinder person when I’m thankful for all the gifts I have been given in life. I complain less, too.
I bring this up because I would like to stop griping and grumping about summer’s heat. There are so many good things about the summer months. Without all this sunshine and heat, I wouldn’t have the bounty of fresh, locally grown or in-my-garden grown, vegetables and fruit that grace our table at meals lately. Without the sunshine and heat, I wouldn’t be swimming in the pool or the ocean. Without the sunshine and heat, I wouldn’t be enjoying the flowers in the scrounger’s garden.
To be honest, that’s all I’ve got at the moment. It’s a start.
I spent part of the morning and early afternoon weeding, and I did a little trolling and mowing along the way. We’re getting ready for family to visit us here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch. It will be the first time our oldest son, his lovely wife, and his two beautiful daughters will visit us here. They won’t be here until Sunday. There is a lot to do in the meantime.
The remnants of tropical storm Bill came through on Saturday night. After a lot of dire warnings, it turned out to be mostly heavy rain. There was some lightning before the rain arrived, but we didn’t get the hail or gusty winds predicted. We ended up with about 2.5 inches of rain, and it is still a little wet and boggy in spots. That should dry up soon since it’s supposed to stay sunny and hot over the next few days. Tomorrow, they say, will be our hottest day of the year.
While trolling this morning, I went out to the woods and rode along our woodland trail. The deer flies can be particularly bad in the woods, especially in those areas that are near the marsh. Saturday night’s heavy rains must have caused some flooding. There is a lot of debris on the trails.
I reckon that’s it from me and from the ranch today. Thank you so much for dropping by. If you’d like to join me for sunset, it’s at 8:29 PM this evening. The days will slowly be growing shorter now, but it will be a while before we truly notice it.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Ice cold water to quench my thirst; zucchini and summer squash fresh from the farmer’s market; the beautiful flowers in the scrounger’s garden; a dip in the pool when I finished working outside; iced mint tea.