The world is quiet here.
~ Lemony Snicket
If we were having coffee, I’d be delighted to see you again. Welcome back! Big hugs if you’re accepting them. Come on in, grab a cup of coffee or tea or whatever suits your mood (or the time of day), and let’s go out on the porch where we can sit and gab for a while.
How are you? What have you been up to lately? Have you gone on vacation/holiday? Traveled anywhere for business or pleasure? Spent time with family and/or friends? Have you read any good books or seen any good films? Gone on any good walks or hikes?
If we were having coffee, you would probably notice how quiet it is around here. The M&M’s, along with Bo & Jake the Dogs, left early this morning to make their way back to Breezy Acres in northeast Ohio. I have the usual mixed feelings about seeing them leave. I love them dearly and I often wish we lived closer so we could visit more often, but it is also nice to have the house to ourselves again and get things back to their normal state of being (although with all the renovations, those done and those that still need to be done, “normal” is hard to define). Izzy & Bella the cats second that (e)motion. Bo & Jake are used to cats, and Izzy & Bella started life with dogs, so the animals all manage to get along in a watchful (suspicious) truce. Izzy, our fraidy-cat, always surprises me with how well she gets along with Bo. She was walking around here bellowing out a loud meow after Bo left, as if she’d lost her best friend.
Then again, she’s a cat. Perhaps she was celebrating the departure of the canines. One never knows with cats.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am glad I took time to send postcards out to you this week. Otherwise, we could be here for hours if I started rambling on about all the things we did with the M&M’s during their visit. Bike rides, beach excursions, walks on the boardwalk, watching movies, playing games (Bananagrams!), reading books (we are all book lovers), and hanging out at the ranch sums it all up well. M the Elder had M the Younger help out with a little heavy lifting (to hang a basketball hoop and backboard). Mostly it was a time of fun, laughter, and relaxation. I hope the M&M’s enjoyed their visit as much as M and I did.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that our last day with the M&M’s was an easy-breezy kind of day. We went for a morning bike ride, swam in the pool, went to the Hide Away Grill for lunch, and watched a movie after a light dinner here at the ranch. We watched Into The Woods, a movie none of us had seen. I mention that none of us have seen it because it can be difficult to find such a thing when it comes to M the Younger who tends to see films (he wants to see) shortly after they are released. Many years ago, M and I saw the stage version of Into The Woods as part of the Artist’s Series at Marshall University, but the theater we saw it in had a poor sound system and when we left, I had no idea what it was about. I couldn’t hear any of the lyrics or the dialogue.
I enjoyed the film and the music. I’m a sucker for musicals and, as we all know, for fairy tales as well. Combine the two, and I’m almost in heaven. Judging from the reviews, the movie is missing some of the more explicitly sexual and violent aspects of the original musical, but there is still a dark tone to it (Johnny Depp’s wolf is creepy in a pedophilia way). Be careful what you wish for seems to be the moral of the story. Or maybe it’s that happily ever after isn’t what you think it will be.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that M and I spent the morning cleaning up (“retting up” as M puts it in his Pennsylvania Dutch way). Between the pets and the sand, the place really needed it.
It’s a beautiful day so we will probably do a little yard work and then hang out at the pool. The grass has been growing, as grass tends to do during the summer, and the gardens probably need some weeding after all the rain we had on Tuesday.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we have a few days to rest up before our next visitors check in at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch. Friends will be arriving on Thursday and Sunday, and all are departing on Monday (I think… I will have to check schedules). This is the time of year when it starts to feel as if I’m running a bed and breakfast. I think that might have been a good business for me to go into. I like making people feel comfortable and at home. I also like cooking for others, so it’s a win-win. Actually, it’s a win-win-win because I particularly enjoy those things when it comes to family and friends.
If we were having coffee, I would suggest we take a walk. It really is rather pleasant outside. We can walk out to the dock and see what’s going on out there. There have been a lot of fish, eels, crabs, and turtles swimming by lately. If you’re interested in fresh crab, we can take some bait and drop the crab pot in. I’ll steam them for you, but you’ll have to pick them yourself. I’m not a fan of crab meat, although I’m starting to like it a little more than I used to.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the weather will be heating up again after today. We’ll be back in the 90’s by tomorrow. It looks like it is going to stay hot for a while. I see quite a few beach days in our near future. Going to the beach, even if it’s just for the evening, is one of the best ways to cool off.
If we were having coffee, I would thank you for visiting. Hang out a little longer if you like. We can head out to the Point at sunset which is at 7:56 PM. I hadn’t realized just how much shorter the days have grown. Stay until after dark and you will get a look at the Milky Way and maybe a meteor or two. The night sky has been gorgeous. I tried to take some pictures the other night, but they didn’t turn out well. I’m going to wait for cooler weather to try again.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
This post is in response to Part Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare. Put the kettle on, 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.