Whatever we are waiting for — peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance — it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
Let’s take a little meander around the Wabi-Sabi Ranch while I make an announcement, offer up an apology, and maybe ramble a little about whatever comes to mind.
The announcement: I am extending the deadline for Walktober. I’ll be doing the round-up on Monday, November 2 so you have until then to join in. I originally planned to do the round-up today, but you know how it is with plans. My own Walktober walk has been delayed because of the situation with the cats. M and I had planned to go hiking at one of the state parks on Saturday when the weather was wonderful and the fall foliage seemed to be reaching its peak. I wasn’t sure we should leave the cats on their own for what would have been the entire day.
Hindsight being what it is, I can clearly see it would not have hurt Izzy and Bella one bit to be on their own for a day. They are doing what they need to do to heal, and they are doing it without our help. The kitties have been eating, drinking, and sleeping as needed. Mostly sleeping, which is what cats do even when they’re well. Both cats are doing well today, and it is likely I will be opening the bedroom door and allowing Izzy to once again have run of the house. I’m not sure she’ll leave. She seems to have established her own little Queendom in the master bedroom, and hasn’t once tried to escape. Moving her food back to the kitchen will solve that problem.
I hope to get to the park sometime this week for a shorter version of the originally planned hike. If that doesn’t happen, then we’ll just have to take a walk around the ranch for my Walktober submission. Nothing wrong with that. It’s beautiful here this time of year. The only reason I’m hoping to get to the park is so we can look at some new scenery.
The apology: To those of you who have already submitted your walks, I apologize for the delay. I realize I probably don’t need to apologize, but it’s possible some of you who have already walked and posted have or had your own blogging plans with regard to the timing of the post or the round-up and this delay would effect that. Besides, I don’t like being late. Not even for blogging things.
The ramble: Well, I’m not sure I have anything I really want to ramble about today. We woke up to another cloudy day. There was a beautiful streak of green stretched out across the sunrise sky. Folklore has it that green clouds indicate hail or severe storms, but that doesn’t seem to be bearing true today. We’ve had peeks of sunshine with those clouds, and no real rain is expected until Wednesday when the remnants of what was Hurricane Patricia move through. If they move through. The rain has been missing us a lot this year.
I have a lot of work to do in the gardens. All I need now is the ambition to get out there and do it. I want to add another bed to the scrounger’s garden. I have to dig up the irises first. The ground is hard, almost like concrete, because of the lack of rain so I will have to wait until things soften up. I have plans to plant a tree out there, too. A weeping willow would be nice although I am not sure it is wet enough out there for a willow. If I locate it close to the lagoon, it should do okay.
Have you heard of the Candida Diet? (Or the Candida Cure Diet?) I bet some of you have. That’s the diet my primary care physician has recommended for the laundry list of symptoms I’ve been experiencing this year. Frequent colds/flu, digestive difficulties, joint pain, brain fog, a weird coating on the back of my teeth that does not brush off, and more. The diet is very restrictive and not at all in line with my move towards veganism since it includes a lot of meat. Will it help? I’m on the fence since a little research turns up articles that say it will and articles that say it makes no difference. Frankly, I lean more towards cleaning up my diet once again and practicing a lot of good, healthy self-care.
I think my blogging will continue to be erratic for a while. I have a lot to do this week, and I am seriously considering signing up for NaNoWriMo. It’s something I’ve considered every year since I first heard about it back in 2006 (I think). I may have to sign up as a NaNo Rebel since what I have in mind doesn’t meet the criteria of being a “lengthy work of fiction.” That said, who knows where my writing might go?
I reckon that’s it from me and from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for today. Thank you so much for dropping by and joining me on another Monday meander. I don’t know if we’ll be able to see the sunset this evening or not. If it looks good, I’ll meet you at the Point. Sunset is at 6:11 PM today.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Time to sit and sip and enjoy a cup of herbal tea in the middle of the afternoon; the beautiful colors of the foliage; being able to walk through the woods and meadows without fear of attack by mosquitoes, ticks, or deer flies; sitting in the woods early this morning; almost back to normal kitties.