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If we were having coffee: After Thanksgiving edition

Wednesday's sunrise lights in the meadow.
Wednesday’s sunrise lights in the meadow.

If you have found your truth within yourself there is nothing more in this whole existence to find. Truth is functioning through you. When you open your eyes, it is truth opening his eyes. When you close your eyes, it is truth who is closing its eyes.

This is a tremendous meditation. If you can simply understand the device, you don’t have to do anything; whatever you are doing is being done by truth. You are walking, it is truth; you are sleeping, it is truth resting; you are speaking, it is truth speaking; you are silent, it is truth that is silent.

This is one of the most simple meditation techniques. Slowly, slowly everything settles by this simple formula, and then there is no need for the technique.

When you are cured, you throw away the meditation, you throw away the medicine. Then you live as truth–alive, radiant, contented, blissful, a song unto yourself. Your whole life becomes a prayer without any words, or better to say a prayerfulness, a grace, a beauty which does not belong to our mundane world, a ray of light coming from the beyond into the darkness of our world.

Osho, The Great Zen Master Ta Hui, Chapter 23

Holiday decorations are going up.
Holiday decorations are going up in the meadows.

If we were having coffee or tea or some other beverage, I would be delighted to see you again.  Hugs if you’re amenable to them.  Come on in, and please pardon the mess.  We’re still working on the living room/great room, and M and I just returned from a quick trip to New Jersey for a Thanksgiving visit with some of my clan.  Let’s go sit on the back porch (three-season room) so we can get away from all the noise M is making as he installs the last of the flooring.  Outside, it is cloudy with sunny spells today, but warm enough that we should be comfortable out there.  From the looks of things, it might even clear up enough to become mostly sunny with cloudy spells.  I’m seeing a lot of blue sky overhead.

Wednesday's moon rise.
Wednesday’s moon rise.

How are you?  What have you been up to this past week?  Did you celebrate Thanksgiving?  If so, on your own or with family and/or friends?  If you did celebrate Thanksgiving, did you eat too much or did you eat just the right amount?  Did you travel anywhere?  See any new sights?  Have you gone on any walks or hikes?  Have you seen any sunrises, sunsets, moon rises, or moon sets?  Have you read any good books or seen any good films since our last chat?

One of the bridges over the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. (Friday, near sunset.)
One of the bridges over the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.  St. Georges, Delaware.  (Friday, near sunset.)

I finally finished reading Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear and, as I told you last week, I loved it.  I’ll probably hold on to it for a while rather than donate it.  It will be good to dip into now and then when I need a pep talk that includes a lot of common sense.  I’m still reading Moonheart, and will probably finish it in the next week or so.  In addition, I started Nothing to Grasp which is described as “a celebration of what is, exactly as it is.”

Looking the other way.
Looking the other way.

If you pay attention to the sidebar here at Ye Olde Blogge, you may have noticed that I am often reading two or three books at one time and that there is a pattern of sorts that includes a recent work of fiction, some sort of non-fiction, and a classic (could be fiction or non-fiction).  I am finally using an e-reader (with the Kindle app on my Android tablet), and will likely be reading the classics on that.  Otherwise, I much prefer the feel of a real book in my hands (it’s more comfortable to hold, for one thing).  My eyes seem to prefer it as well.  I also noticed that I am more likely to feel a little car sick if I use the tablet rather than read a real book while we’re on the road.  I was hoping the tablet would allow more reading during our travels after dark.  Maybe I’ll adjust to it eventually.  I can read little bits at a time.  I just have to look up and out the window more frequently than when I have a traditional book in my hands.

Walking the paved trail that runs along the C&D Canal.
Route markers and shadows.  Walking the paved trail that runs along the C&D Canal.

If we were having coffee or tea or some other beverage, I would tell you that I did something this week that I rarely do.  It was something so shocking that those who know me couldn’t believe it.  Are you ready for this?…  I baked cookies.  Honestly.  I did.  I made M&M cookies (chocolate chip cookies with M&M’s instead of chocolate chips).  It probably won’t happen again for another ten or twenty years unless someone comes along and requests them.  I’ll run back to the kitchen and get them so you can have one or two or three or as many as you like.  After today, I’m going sugar-free again so it would be good to get the cookies out of here by some means or another.  They are really buttery and chewy and tasty, and hard to resist.

I baked cookies because life is too short not to indulge a craving or a whim every now and then.  If you are wondering why it was such a shocking thing to do, well, I don’t really like to bake.  I love to cook.  But baking?  Not so much.  You have to follow the rules when you bake whereas cooking leaves lots of room for improvising, or at least it feels that way to me.  That said, every now and then I do get the urge to bake something.  Usually it’s bread, but this week it happened to be cookies.

Using the canal.
Using the canal.

If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would tell you that I had a lovely Thanksgiving visit with my father, my siblings, their spouses, my nieces, and one of my nephews.  The food was great, the company was wonderful, and there was the usual fun banter and laughter.  We’re all a bunch of nuts, I think.  A little crazy, but in a good way.

Watching the sunset on our way back to the car.
Watching the sunset on our way back to the car.

If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would tell you that it was a quick trip.  We left here Thursday morning and came back Friday evening.  M and I have traveled over Thanksgiving in the past, and have learned not to travel on the Wednesday before or the Sunday after.  The roads are crowded on those days, and accidents seem more likely to happen (especially on the Pennsylvania turnpike which, thank goodness, we didn’t have to use for this trip).

Two bridges over the canal.
Two bridges over the canal.

M and I stopped on the way home to take a little walk on the trail that runs along part of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal.  We needed to stretch our legs and move our bodies a bit after all the sitting in the car and while visiting family.  We rode our bikes on this trail sometime in October of 2014 so we knew it would be a good place for a quick (30 minute) walk.  We arrived in time to watch the sunset as we walked back to the car.

The toll bridge.
The toll bridge.

If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would tell you that I’m still waking early in the morning and enjoying the sunrises.  Did you see this morning’s sunrise?  It was rich and red and beautiful.  Sailor’s lore says a red sunrise means rain, and we do have rain in our forecast either tonight or tomorrow.  It’s associated with a cold front, but our temperatures won’t be dipping too much.  We’ll still be in the upper 50’s or low 60’s.  Thanksgiving Day was incredibly mild and would have been a good day to spend outdoors if we’d had the time to do so.  Yesterday was wonderful, too.  It hardly feels like the end of November.  Perhaps those woolly bears were right, but it’s too soon to tell.  We haven’t even officially entered winter yet.

Looking out over the meadow at sunrise this morning.
Looking out over the meadow at sunrise this morning.

If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would tell you that I won’t be “winning” NaNoWriMo this year, but I am so glad I decided to take the leap into it.  I have a good start on my novel, and I will continue to write and work on it.

Amazing sky.
Amazing sky.

If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would imagine I have gabbed enough and it’s time to turn the conversation over to you.  Or it might be time for you to go since I know there are other people to visit.  Thank you so much for joining me on the porch for coffee, cookies, and a good chat.

View from the dock at sunrise this morning.
View from the dock at sunrise this morning.

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

Magical editing. (Processed in Pixlr.)
Magical editing. (Processed in Pixlr.)

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.

Please take some cookies with you when you leave. Thank you!
Please take some cookies with you when you leave. Thank you!

 

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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.

30 thoughts on “If we were having coffee: After Thanksgiving edition

  1. I love “Magical Editing” and “Two Bridges.” Thank you for the cookie. We ate just enough and today we finished the leftovers so it all worked out. Seemed like a lot of food at the time but we managed. Glad you had a good visit with your dad and family.

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  2. For me one of the best parts of Thanksgiving dinner is the leftover turkey for sandwiches. I have heard other people say they prefer holding “real” books, but I don’t agree. Once I started reading books on my iPad, I was hooked. I especially like that a book is always with me, so if I find myself in a position of having to wait, I can pick up where I left off with my phone. I only read one book at a time though.

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    1. No leftovers here, Carol. My sister made just enough. I’m thinking of getting a small turkey (is there such a thing??) and cooking it so we can have some leftovers since that’s one of my favorite parts, too. As for e-readers, maybe it’s because my tablet is so heavy. My hands get tired of holding it, and my left wrist actually starts to hurt. I always carry a book with me wherever I go and a paperback (sometimes even a hardback) is much lighter to carry around. I’ve never used (or handled) an iPad. Maybe they’re lighter than an Android? Even without the heaviness, there’s the issue of how it makes me feel ill when I read it in a moving car. That never happens with a traditional book. Maybe I’m not cut out for looking at screens in moving vehicles. 🙂

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      1. My iPad is not particularly light -I usually have the bottom resting in me and just support it with my hand. My friend just got a small LG tablet that is very light. I can’t read a paper book in a moving car, have never tried reading an e-reader in one.

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  3. Your bridge pictures are gorgeous. So are the frosty meadow plants. I was wondering why cookie baking was such a momentous occasion, lol!!
    I had Thanksgiving dinner locally, but unfortunately must travel tomorrow (Sunday) to bring my girls back to school. sigh roads will be nightmare I’m sure.

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  4. It sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving! I love the bridge photos.
    That’s funny about the cookie baking because I bake cookies all the time, and even with all the Thanksgiving cooking and baking, I baked some cookies, so my daughters would have them before Thanksgiving. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Merril. 🙂 I never could get into baking although I can do it well enough. I do, however, enjoy baking bread during the winter months. There’s something warming about it the whole process. I bet your daughters enjoyed having a mother who bakes cookies all the time.

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  5. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving visiting with family. It’s the family more than the meal to me. Loved your photos, per usual. Adored the sparkly QAL in the meadow. Red sunrise was awesome. Composition of the bridges were wonderful – as are you! 😉

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  6. It’s been a very rare frigid stretch here. I keep forgetting to cover the Agapanthus which normally makes it through the winter, but needs help when we drop below freezing. Funny that we’re alike in not liking to bake. I suspect that your craving implies that you like the results, but except for brownies, I really don’t like pies and pastries much. It’s a waste of perfectly good fruit when fresh and in season.

    M installing flooring sounds like something in my future. Holding my breath that we’ll close on the old house by Tuesday. Once the money is in the bank, we can start working on the fixer upper we bought a bit south of here and closer to the coast. Lucky me, I won’t have to live in the place since we plan to stay put until the demolition and remodel is done. I’ve had enough of living around major remodel going on. It’s just too stressful.

    Happy to hear you had such a pleasant Thanksgiving with family.

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    1. I don’t eat a lot of baked goods, either, Gunta. Or sweets for that matter. I like my fruit as is when it’s in season. But every now and then, I want a cookie or a piece of cake or pie. Thank goodness it doesn’t happen often.

      Ugh. Living in place while renovating is hell, I think. Very stressful in deed. I don’t ever want to do it again.

      Thank you. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving too. 🙂

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  7. As always, your photos are just gorgeous, and there’s lots to think about here! Thanks for the book recs, too–I’ll have to check them out!

    We made our way to my parents’ for Thanksgiving this year, so we were in the country with a lot of my family. We baked cookies (!!!) and made all sorts of food and played games. I’m glad to be home, though—my introvert self needs a rest.

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    1. Sounds like a lot of fun, Diana! But I understand needing a rest after all that contact with people. Even though I wasn’t gone long, it felt good to be home again where it’s quieter.

      Thank you. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Tara. 🙂 I haven’t yet spent much time at any of Delaware’s beaches. I think I’ll put that on my list for next summer. I’ve been to Rehoboth once or twice for their film festival and to have a beer or two at Dogfish Head, but didn’t do more than walk out to look at the beach.

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  8. Love the silhouette pictures (the bridges and sunsets) but my favorite is the last one, Magical Editing. Thanks for the cookies (I walked away with two!) 🙂

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  9. Thanks so much for the coffee and cookies. I snuck a couple into my handbag for the kids and the chocolate melted into a gooey mush. I love the idea of using red and green M & Ms in your cookies to give them a Christmas feel. I’ll have to give that a go!
    xx Rowena

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  10. Your photos are amazing, especially the close ups of the frosty plants. I was planning on making a batch of cookies with the kids later on this afternoon, might have to buy some M&Ms to put in them, think they’ll like that.
    Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 🙂

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  11. Your pictures are once again, absolutely stunning. Love, love, love. It is always great to get together with family, isn’t it? Nothing makes me happier.

    I actually just made some pumpkin cookies and thought we could exchange one for the other but I imagine by now you are back off the sugar. If not, please do help yourself! (they will, of course, be showing up on my next coffee share!)

    This working crap is really cramping my style. I have no time to read my favourite bloggers! I am so behind it’s making me crazy. Oh well, Thanks for the herbal tea (it is my bedtime, no caffeine for me!

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