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If we were having coffee: 4th of July edition

Clouds at sunset.
Clouds at sunset.

Celebration — is self restraint, is attentiveness, is questioning, is meditating, is awaiting, is the step over into the more wakeful glimpse of the wonder — the wonder that a world is worlding around us, that there are beings rather than nothing, that things are as we ourselves are in their midst, that we ourselves are and yet barely know who we are, and barely know that we do not know all this.

~ Martin Heidegger, 1942

A sunset.
A sunset from last weekend.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you how happy I am to see you again.  Come on in.  We’ll take our beverages out to the porch, or if you’re up for a swim, we’ll hop in the pool and enjoy our chat and drinks while we whirl around the lazy river of the current caused by the pool pump.  There is plenty to choose from in terms of food and drink so I’ll leave it to you to decide what you’d like to have.  Our cucumbers have been coming in and that means homemade pickles.  Help yourself, if you so desire.  They are pretty tasty.

In the pool.
In the pool.

How are you?  What have you been up to since our last chat?  Have you taken any good walks?  Visited any gardens or parks?  Read any good books?  Seen any good films?  Has life been treating you well?  Have YOU been treating you well?  Have you been on holiday (vacation) or traveled anywhere on business?  What’s blooming in your world?  How has the weather been?  Did you see the full moon the other night?  Have you been watching Jupiter and Venus as they move closer to each other?  If you’re in the U.S., do you have any plans to watch any 4th of July fireworks?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I haven’t been doing much reading lately.  I have been busy spending time with family, and that kind of time spent is much better than any book, film, or television show.  We crammed a lot into a short amount of time.  It will take me hours to tell you about it all, but I’ll try to hit just the highlights.

Looking out over the sound at sunset.
Looking out over the sound at sunset.

Before I get to the highlights, I would also tell you that today is the 40th anniversary of the day M and I met.  I thought I told the story somewhere, either on this blog or my old blog, but I can’t find it anywhere.  Perhaps I meant to and never got around to it.  There are so many other things to talk about now that the tale about how M and I met will have to wait.  I told a shortened version of it to my oldest granddaughter and maybe, when I get to that part of their visit, I will tell it to you, too.

Last night M and I decided, on the spur of the moment, to go to The Freeman Stage to see (and hear) Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.  It was an incredible performance, and a great way to kick off our own celebrations.  We danced and danced and danced.  I can’t remember the last time I had such a great time.  I can’t remember the last time I danced so much.  I really should do that more often.  When was the last time you danced?

Playing in the sand at the Hide Away Grill.
Having fun at the Hide Away Grill.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that M and I spent last Sunday evening, Monday, and Tuesday with our granddaughters and their parents.  They arrived here at the ranch on Sunday and had to leave Wednesday morning.  More time with them would have been wonderful, but I am deeply grateful for the moments we did have.  We were able to give them a small taste of what it is like to live here on the Eastern Shore.  We got off to a good start with a tour of the Wabi-Sabi Ranch followed by dinner and sunset at the Hide Away Grill on Sunday.

Exuberance.
Exuberance.

The menu at the Hide Away might not be extensive, but the food is good, the service is friendly, and the kids enjoyed being able to run around and turn cartwheels on the sand.

More exuberance.
More exuberance.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my first glimpse of my granddaughters when they arrived almost made my heart burst, as it always does.  Maybe “burst” isn’t the right word.  “Expand” might be more appropriate.  They must think I’m a strange bird.  I tend to want to try to absorb every detail about them during the time we have together, and I wonder if that doesn’t make me seem too intense at times.

Not yet!
Not yet!

If we were having coffee, I would warn you that I was wrong about “hitting just the highlights.”  I suspect I’m going to want to share every detail I can with you.

Looks ominous, doesn't it?  This was after the storms moved through on Saturday and Sunday (sunset on Sunday).
Looks ominous, doesn’t it? This was a few hours after the storms moved through on Saturday and Sunday (sunset on Sunday).

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that on Monday we went to Assateague to look for wild horses, seashells, and to spend time on the beach.

Small footprints in the sand.
Small footprints in the sand.

M and I have seen small groups of horses, usually several small groups, every time we have gone to Assateague Island.  Every.  Time.  Except this time.  There was one in the parking lot at the state park portion of the island.  It looked like the same horse who was checking out beach blankets and coolers during our last visit to Assateague.  Later, as we were leaving, we saw a few horses off in the distance, coming off the beach at one of the campgrounds.  Otherwise, no horses.  It was disappointing, especially since I’ve been telling the girls that we’ll see horses when they come to visit.  We did see them, of course.  Just not the way I had expected, hoped, and planned.

Watching the waves.
Watching the waves.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this is the first time I’ve gone to the beach with my granddaughters, and I hope it is something we will do again and again and again while M and I are living out this way.  It was a fun and relaxing experience.  The girls seemed to enjoy it, as did their parents.

Watching the sand and waves.
Watching the sand and waves.

If we were having coffee, it would probably be time for me to hand over the conversation to you before I talk your ear off.  There is more to tell about my granddaughters’ visit, but I’ll save it for another day.

Playing.
Playing.

Thank you so much for visiting today, and sharing a little time and conversation with me.  If you’d like to hang around for sunset, it is scheduled for 8:29 PM.  I’m not sure we’ll see much.  We have had a lot of cloud cover today, and thunderstorms are in the forecast for late afternoon and early evening.  But you never know.  We might even see a rainbow.

One horse is better than no horses at all.
One horse is better than no horses at all.

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

This post is in response to Part Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare.  Put on the kettle, start the coffee maker, open a bottle of wine, or 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.

27 thoughts on “If we were having coffee: 4th of July edition

  1. I’m absolutely sure you’ll spend more time on the beach with your granddaughters….they must have loved every minute of it. I predict that soon they will each be asking to come spend a week or more with their grandparents at the shore! Love the ‘watching sand and waves’ shot.

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  2. So glad you had a nice visit with your beautiful granddaughters. I imagine that you could never get enough of them. 🙂 Love your beach photos, the sand looks so soft and white. I think I’d spend the summer there, or at least half of it! 😉

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. 🙂 I would live at the beach year-round if I could afford it. I love it in all kinds of weather (although I don’t mind taking a pass on hurricanes and spending some time inland to avoid them).

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        1. 40 minutes to the southern end of Assateague Island (Virginia). About 45-50 to the northern (Maryland) end. Maybe I do live at the beach. 😀 Problem is, I have a driving phobia (something I’ve been working on here since there is so little traffic) so if I can’t walk it or bike it, I usually won’t go on my own. I’m slowly and steadily working on it. Being able to wander around on my own at Assateague is a great motivator. I love going with others, but there are times when it would be nice to get out on my own and spend as much time as I like staring at the same spot if that’s what I want to do.

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          1. I hear ya! I love being on the beach, just BEING. When I was single in my 20s, I would drive to Cape Cod (4 hours) on a Fri. nite after work, set up my tent (usually in the dark) and spend the weekend on a nearly deserted beach that I would hike a mile to. Returning Sun. nite. I wouldn’t dream of doing that now…too tired! 😉

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  3. How wonderful that you had that time, short as it was, with your family.

    I went on two nice hikes this week. I thought of you each time. I think we’re going on another today (Anderson is my walking partner).

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  4. The pictures of your granddaughters tell such a beautiful story. Will be on the East Coast from September…can’t wait to see the places you have introduced me to. I want to sit at The Hideaway, wriggle my toes in the sand and sip a cool glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

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    1. Thank you, Anna. 🙂 The Hide Away is off the beaten path, but now that I think about it, much of this area is off the beaten path. That’s part of what makes this a wonderful place to live and/or explore.

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  5. I wouldn’t have wanted you to stop talking Robin, our visit was full of the energy and love from your celebration with M and then your family. It was wonderful to sit and listen with you!

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    1. Thank you so much, CM. 🙂 To be honest, I’m pretty sure I could talk your ear off. I spend so much time alone that when I do get the chance to chatter and natter, people start looking for my “off switch.” lol!

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  6. Every time you talk about visits with E & M it’s a joyful post, and this one is no exception! I too had a taste of that bursting, or expanding heart feeling during the weekend, as I watched the DVD of the ultra-sound of my daughter-in-law to be, and saw my 19 week baby grandson. It’s amazing how far ultra-sounds have advanced since I had my babies, we could even see him yawn! I look forward to hearing more news of your families visit, and thank you for sharing your joy. ❤

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  7. I must apologize for being so late to coffee, but the heat has taken its toll on me, and my sinus are being a little difficult, so I have been feeling tired and very, very lazy. Result is I have done little and have little to share with you, but I am enjoying hearing about your visit from your family and time spent on the beach with your granddaughters. No, I did not view any fireworks for the 4th, not even on TV as I have sometimes done in the past. I did have dinner with dear friends, followed by wine on their deck as we enjoyed the sunset and each other’s company. Perhaps tonight I will watch my Netflix movie (Selma), which has been waiting for me for a week now. Thank you for the coffee – I enjoyed our visit, as I always do.

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    1. No apologies necessary, Carol. Show up when you can, and if you can’t or you’re late, no problem. I’ll save you a chair on the porch just in case, and it’ll always be there when you can and do show up. 😀

      I did not view any fireworks this year, either, for the same reason. The heat is wearing me down. It’s hard to get motivated when it’s like this. “Selma” is on my Netflix list. Should be coming up soon, I think.

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  8. I’m even later to coffee than Carol, lol. Just returned from an impromtu visit to Maine. One more thing that I still haven’t blogged about! I’m so happy to have lots of your posts to read though. I’m having trouble figuring out just how to get started again. Times with the family are so super precious, I’m happy you are getting to enjoy some.

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    1. I sometimes find it difficult to get started blogging again after a break, even a short break. You’ll get back in the swing of things when you’re ready, Karma. In the meantime, it sounds like you still have a lot going on. Maine! I fell in love with Maine during my one and only visit (in 2012, when we also toured some of the Canadian Maritimes). I would really like to go back someday soon. I bet it’s cooler there than here, too. 😀

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