Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
~ e. e. cummings
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, we would be meeting at the Breezy Acres house in The Bogs of Ohio. Surprise! M and I are visiting with Youngest Son and his lovely wife who, as you may recall, are living in our previous home. The link I provided is for those of you who are new here, and don’t know me from my time living in the secondary snowbelt of northeast Ohio. I will be using photos from the past for this post because I don’t think I’ll have much time to be messing about with images while I’m here. It’s a quick trip, and Oldest Son and his lovely wife and beautiful daughters will be joining us in a little while.
Come on in and let’s have a seat in the living room where we can look out over the pond and enjoy the heat of the fireplace. It’s quite a change in weather, isn’t it? It was nearly 80 degrees at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch yesterday. Here we’re going to have highs in the 50’s and lows in the 30’s.
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would be delighted to see you here. How are you? What have you been doing lately? Have you traveled anywhere or seen any new sights? Have you visited any museums or toured any historical areas? Have you taken any good walks or hikes? Or gone on any bike rides? Have you visited with family and/or friends? Read any good books or seen any good movies?
I finished reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things: A Novel last week, but forgot to mention it in my last coffee chat. I’m not sure what to say about it. I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of the book, but somewhere in the second half, it veered off course for me. I’m not sure why. The story began to feel a little contrived, things happening in order to… what? I’m not sure. Bring us a message? Tie things up in the end? Even with that, I enjoyed it. I think Gilbert’s writing often has a beautiful, lyrical quality to it.
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would tell you that I have taken a couple of walks around the pond and marveled at the changes. A few trees have fallen. Many of the 100+ trees we planted in the future forest have grown. The biggest surprise was finding that the rhododendren at the back of the pond is blooming. In November!
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would tell you that I am typing this on my fairly new tablet. This is the first time I’ve used it for blogging and it is slow going. I have managed to somehow delete a lot of what I typed earlier and may end up posting the rest of the images I saved and give up on the text. Please pardon any typos. As I am discovering, this is not the best way to blog.
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would tell you that I had a wonderful visit with my blogging friend, Shirley, on Wednesday. We had lunch at the house, and then went out to the dock to enjoy the beautiful day and chat like we have known each other for years. Blogging does that. It allows us to get to know each other before we meet in person. If you’re reading, thank you, Shirley, for stopping by. I thoroughly enjoyed our long and varied conversation, and hope I didn’t chatter too much.
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would tell you that on our ride west to Ohio on Thursday night, M and I saw two fireballs from the Taurids meteor shower streak across the night sky. It was an incredible sight.
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would tell you that my NaNoWriMo efforts have stalled. I haven’t had the time and quiet to sit down and get back into it. I have my work cut out for me next week if I want to get my word count up. I am hoping the extended break will somehow fill my creative cup with ideas. Or at least provide me with a few drops of inspiration.
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would tell you that we are going to be celebrating a mini Thanksgiving today. It should be great fun, especially with my granddaughters here. This was sort of an unexpected, last minute trip, and I didn’t think we would be seeing the girls and their parents. I am thrilled and grateful that Oldest Son and his wife could make the time to come up for the day. It is quite a bit of driving for one day, and the girls have busy schedules with their activities which keeps their parents on the go. This unexpected gathering is a big treat.
If we we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would ask you if you would like to go for a walk around the pond before the rest of the family arrives. We could explore the meadows and the woods, too, while we are out there. I could really use the exercise. I’ve been sitting too much lately, and my body wants to move. It feels good to have hills to walk up again. There are no hills at the ranch, and few on the Eastern Shore.
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would tell you that the photo just above this sentence is a good representation of how it looks around the pond right now. The only thing missing is a big tree lying across the right corner. We won’t be able to get past it if we walk down that way, so we will have to retrace our steps to come back instead of making the usual loop.
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would thank you for visiting with me here in The Bogs. Hang around for a while if you like. Sunsets here this time of year can be amazingly colorful and if it clears up, we can watch for meteors.
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.