Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.
~ Alan W. Watts
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would be delighted to welcome you back to the Wabi-Sabi Ranch. Let’s grab our beverages and a snack, and take them out to the back porch where we can stay warm while pretending we are outdoors. The back porch, in case you’ve forgotten, is what they call a three-season room, but we get about three-and-a-half seasons out of it. The afternoon sunlight keeps it warm and toasty. Too toasty at times. If that’s the case today, we can open a window or two and enjoy the breeze. Or maybe I should refer to it as the bluster since the winds are pretty fierce today.
How are you? What have you been doing lately? Have you traveled anywhere? Tried anything new? Gone out for an amazing meal at a local restaurant? Or better yet, cooked an amazing meal in your own kitchen? Are you making Thanksgiving plans yet? You’ll have to pardon me if I don’t mention the December holidays. I don’t even want to think about those yet even if the folks that sell things want me to be thinking about it right now. Heck, they wanted me thinking about it back in July.
Have you read any good books lately or watched any good films? I recently finished reading A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon. It’s been on my bookshelf for a while. It was on my bookshelf before we moved here. I don’t know why I took so long to pick it up and read it. It’s an odd book, and I’m not sure how to describe it. It reminded me of a British sitcom that revolves around a wedding where everything goes wrong, and then comes together for a happy ending. Or at least a decent ending. As you know, I like quirky characters and enjoy dark humor (which I almost spelled “humour”), but there was at least one scene in the book that made me go “oh god” in a way that was not quite laughter. I did like the book, and while I wouldn’t highly recommend it, I would recommend it. I suspect that anyone who wanted to read it probably has by now. It was published in 2007.
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would tell you that the latest film I’ve watched was “Inside Out,” a Disney-PIXAR movie that I loved. Absolutely loved. We watched it with our granddaughters when we were in the Bogs. M and I haven’t had much time for movie watching since we returned home, but we have watched an episode or two of the first season of “Orange is the New Black.”
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would tell you that my novel is slowly coming along. I finally passed 10,000 words which is not enough for me to get to 50,000 by the end of the month. Taking a week off for travel and other things put me so far behind that I don’t think it’s probable that I’ll catch up. I won’t say it’s impossible. Just not likely. For one thing, I can’t bear to sit in the office chair — which is not an office chair, but a chair in the office — for more than twenty minutes at a time because it’s very uncomfortable. Our local Habitat Restore had a good office chair that I considered buying, but I decided against it because the discomfort is what keeps me from spending enormous periods of time at the computer.
Another reason it is unlikely that I’ll finish on time is that we are in the midst of renovating the great room. You probably noticed the mess in there on your way in. Between the work I need to do in there and the work I need to do outside while the weather is good, I just don’t have the time to spend writing. I also have the occasional editing work which I’d rather not do, but it’s the only paying job I have at the moment.
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would ask: Does it sound as though I am making excuses? Yeah, I think so, too. In my defense, if I need a defense, I have been getting up early to do my writing. Yesterday I spent a lot of time getting to know my character better instead of on the story itself, and I am not sure how that counts or if it counts when it comes to NaNoWriMo word counts.
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would move on to some other subject. Did you notice that most of the trees have finally lost their leaves? The oaks, of course, are still hanging on, and the sheltered trees still have some leaves. Today’s winds might take care of whatever is left. M and I never did get out for our annual leaf peeping tour. We made plans, but you know what John Lennon sang about that:
Before you cross the street, take my hand.
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
I am hoping we will get up to Trap Pond State Park sometime soon to see the Bald Cypress trees in all their autumn finery. I think it will have to be this weekend. Otherwise, we might be too late.
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would ask if you would like to take a walk through the meadows and to the edge of the woods. We should avoid going into the woods because of the wind. I don’t want you to get beaned with a pine cone or a branch or, worse yet, an entire tree. We have quite a few dead loblolly pines still standing in the woods and you never know when one will come crashing down.
If we were having coffee, I would guess it might be time for you to go although you are welcome to stay longer if you wish. Sunsets have been glorious lately. We could go down to the Point to watch. It’s at 4:51 PM. I’m making a sweet potato, black bean, and chipotle chili for dinner, and that should warm us up after our visit to the Point.
Thank you so much for visiting. I hope to stop by your place real soon.
Be good, be kind, be loving, be well, and 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.
Final thoughts: I don’t usually discuss world events here, but just want to add that if we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would tell you that my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Paris. My thoughts and prayers are for and with the people of the world, for the refugees, for all the victims of violence, and for an end to violence. One can hope, even if it does seem impossible given our history.
May all beings be safe and be allowed to find their home in this world. May all beings be happy. May all beings be healthy. May all beings dwell in peace.