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If we were having coffee: If wishes were horses edition

Head on.
Head on.

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
If turnips were watches, I’d wear one by my side.
If Ifs and Ands were pots and pans
There’d be no work for tinkers’ hands.

~ English rhyme

Three for the road.
Three for the road.

If we were having coffee, tea, or something else to drink, I would be delighted to see you again.  Come on in!  Big hugs if you’re amenable to hugs of any size.  Let’s have a seat in the kitchen today, close to the food and drink, and enjoy the sunlight streaming through the bay window.  Lots of things happen outside of the kitchen window.  Cedar waxwings and other birds stop by to eat the juniper berries, the great blue heron visits the pond, northern flickers comb the lawn, and scads of red-winged blackbirds land in the yard and front meadows on their way to wherever they are going.  Once — it was the day after we went on the eagle watch boat tour — M and I saw a bald eagle come swooping in, lift up over the pond, and then dive down to catch a fish.  I daresay that’s not a scene we’re likely to witness again, at least not so soon, but you never know.  We’ve seen wild turkeys (with their babies), deer, and a red fox or two, too.

X marks the spot.
X marks the spot.

How are you?  What have you been up to lately?  Where has life taken you?  Have you traveled anywhere or seen anything new?  Have you gone on any good walks or hikes?  Have you experienced any challenges and/or victories?  Made any discoveries or gone on any treasure hunts to appease your curiosity?  Have you read any good, bad, or mediocre books?  Seen any good, bad, or mediocre films?

Approaching.
Approaching.

I finally finished reading The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was an odd book with an odd premise and funny names (Jack Schitt and Braxton Hicks, to name two).  I love odd things, don’t you?  I haven’t decided what I’ll read next.  My bookshelf runneth over with choices, and I’ve been availing myself of the library’s interlibrary loans when I want to read something from my reading list without purchasing yet another book.  Our local branch of the library does not have a very good selection of books, especially new books, so I use the interlibrary loan system when I want to borrow a book.

Looking back.
Looking back.

M and I watched a couple of movies last weekend.  A Walk in the Woods, which is based on the book by Bill Bryson (which I read some years ago), and Whiplash, a film about a young man who wants to be a jazz musician.  Whiplash was mostly for M who plays percussion and loves jazz.  I thought he’d like some of the music, and I was correct on that score (no pun intended).  A Walk in the Woods was for both of us, but mostly for me because walking the Appalachian Trail has long been a fantasy of mine.  I was going to write “dream,” but honestly, I’m not sure it will ever be more than fantasy given my fear of heights.  I suspect there are some steep climbs on that trail.  I have no problem going up, but coming down a steep grade raises my heart rate and fear levels considerably.

Beautiful highlights.
Beautiful highlights.

If we were having coffee, tea, water, or some other beverage, I would tell you that it has been another quiet week.  I’ve been feeling a little down.  Not really sad, but blue (which might not make sense, but I don’t know how to explain it).  I attribute it to the time of year.  Winter is one of my favorite seasons, but February has always been my least favorite month.  It stretches on into forever and as a result, I become somewhat restless, fidgety, hopping from project to project, unable to finish what I start, and ready for winter to move on.  I’m in no hurry to reach summer, of course, because it’s my least favorite season, but I do like a good spring (and fall).

Resting his eyes.
Resting his eyes.

The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd – The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.

~ Fernando Pessoa

Waiting.
Waiting.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I came across the above quote sometime during the week and the truth of it has been following me around as I stumble on to other things about longings.  Perhaps it appeals to me because of my mood and the late-winter blues.

I was listening to a talk the other day about Ayurveda, given by Durga Leela, and she asked that you close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and then ask, “What do I long for?”  A couple of words emerged from the depths of within, and I wondered if those, too, were a “longing for impossible things.”  The words were Love and Awaken.  It will be interesting to see where they lead, although I suspect they will lead me right back to where I am, into the present moment.

Grazing.
Grazing.

If we were having coffee, tea, or something else to drink, I would tell you that I’m planning to go out for a hike sometime this weekend.  I haven’t made up my mind as to where I’ll go.  There are several wildlife refuges within an hour’s drive, and I’d like to go see the tundra swans, snow geese, and other waterfowl that gather in this area for the winter.  They will probably be leaving soon.  I’ve heard that spring beauties are popping up in spots, and that’s a sure sign that spring is on the way.

Standing on the shore.
Standing on the shore.

If we were having coffee, I would ask if you’d like to take a walk.  The temperature has been warming up since you arrived.  It’s in the 50’s now, the sun is shining, and we could head out to the scrounger’s garden to see the crocuses.  Please pardon the mess out there.  I never did get around to cleaning up at the end of last season.  That’s just as well.  The goldfinches are still enjoying the zinnia seeds.  I will have to get out there soon, though, and start getting it ready for this year.  I’ll be planting the usual zinnias since they attract so much attention from the butterflies, hummingbirds, and finches.  The lavender and rosemary wintered well, as did the butterfly bushes.  I hope the lupines survived and bloom this year.  As for what else I’ll put in there, I haven’t decided.  Now that the deer have discovered the garden, I’ll have to look for plants and flowers that they are not likely to eat.  There are bunnies to contend with, too, although they are easier to keep out.

A running start.
A running start.

After we visit the crocuses, we can take a stroll through the woods and out to the dock.  It’s a lovely place to sit and relax, especially on a sunny day.  We can watch the tide come in or go out.  I’m not sure which way it’s going right now.  I could look it up, but we’ll find out when we get out there by watching the water to see which direction it is going.  There were wood ducks visiting the pond this morning, and we might see a variety of ducks on the creek.  There is usually a heron wading around in the marsh and at the edge of the creek, too.

One of many.
One of many.

If we were having coffee, tea, or some other beverage, I would think it time to turn the conversation over to you or maybe it’s time for you to move on.  Thank you so much for visiting.  Our coffee chats are always a delight for me.  You are welcome to stay for a while, if you like, and take a walk around the ranch or simply sit on the dock and enjoy the breeze and sunshine.  You can also join me for the hike I mentioned.  I want to go near sunset which is the best time to catch the birds settling in for the evening.  If there’s time, we can go to the Point to watch the sunset show before coming back to the ranch for dinner.  I think we’re grilling scallops or some other seafood.  There will be some homegrown broccoli to go with it.

Most of today’s images, by the way, are from last week’s visit to Assateague Island.  I think the best time to visit Assateague is in the winter months.  We see more horses, especially in the wild parts.  I do have photos of the horse away from the roads which I hope to show you soon.

Pretty little flowers.
Pretty little flowers.

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

Crazy squirrel.
Crazy squirrel.

This post is in response to Part Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare.  Thank you to Diana for hosting it.  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.

 

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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.

45 thoughts on “If we were having coffee: If wishes were horses edition

  1. If we were having coffee, I would tell you how I would like to roam with the horses on Assateague Island, walk in the sand as it’s being kissed by the waves, enjoy the splashes of color provided by your crocus, and wander to the dock to see whether the tide is going out or coming in. I see out my window that green stubs are poking up through the earth and the light dusting of snow, but it will be weeks before those stubs become blossoms. For now, I can only dream of time spent in the gardens, taming the weeds, cleaning out the debris from last year’s blooms, inhaling the scent of fresh earth and green grass. Restlessly, I can only dream.

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  2. Crocus blooming already that is nice. The trees haven’t shown any signs of budding out. A few days of warm should do it. We watch Ospreys catch fish and carrying them away. Another vreat sight I remember watching the Franjlin gulls catch the salmon fliesas they hatch and raised in the air.

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  3. I think last week was Peak Restlessness Week, so you’re not alone there! I wondered if it was the position of the moon or possibly the line up of the planets, which ended today. I do feel better since taking a walk today (47 with a warm breeze) and came back to sit on the front porch where the sun made it 60. Fresh air and sunshine are not to be underestimated as a winter tonic!
    Your horse pics are so lovely – the highlights esp, so. Was that X just straw or was it a real mark? Still smiling about your croci – along with the gathering redwings, I know it won’t be long for me now!

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. 🙂 The X was created by pieces of grass/straw. I’ll send those red-wings up your way. They are taking over the feeders and really pigging out. The other birds hardly stand a chance unless someone goes out to shoo away the blackbirds.

      I got out for plenty of walking and fresh air yesterday, and it’s made all the difference. Isn’t it nice to be able to sit outside in the sun? 😀

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  4. Loved your photos. Sounds as though you suffer from a late onset SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and is common in cold countries. Hopefully spring will continue on its way and you will pick up. Are they Icelandic ponies? Would love to see Tundra swans and snow geese.Sounds like you have some wonderful places you can go walking.

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    1. Thank you, Irene. 🙂 The myth of the wild ponies of Assateague Island is that they came to the U.S. from Spain. The story is told that a ship wrecked off the coast of the island and the horses bravely swam to shore. More likely they belonged to landowners on the mainland who didn’t want to pay taxes on them, and over time, the horses reverted to their wild nature. They are left to run wild on part of the island.

      Yes, it could be a late onset of SAD. Thankfully spring seems to be on the way. As for walking, I think that’s one of the wonderful things about living in what I call the Middle of Nowhere. Lots of good places to hike, walk, and enjoy nature. 😀

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  5. I understand the blues this time of year. Midwinter, with spring due in late March, a few weeks to go. I had a nice walk today with a friend at Great Falls. The water is amazing, what with all the snow melt. I’m feeling much better now, having been out and walked a few miles in the 60 degree weather. Thanks for showing us the ponies. I can almost feel and smell them.

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    1. I bet Great Falls is really something to see now, Lisa. I was there years ago after a lot of rainfall. It’s a place I’d like to get back to someday. The weather was wonderful yesterday. Perfect for a walk/hike. 🙂

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  6. Beautiful photos, as always 🙂

    I understand exactly what you mean about the month of February. Though it is the shortest month (even in a leap year), it does drag on, doesn’t it?! I do hope you are shaking your blues with spring, really and truly, right around this next bend!

    Be good to yourself this weekend and during the coming week!

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  7. Thanks for another enjoyable morning with you, the horses and the sea. The first picture, your header, I guess looks a lot like Misty. I love all your pictures.
    It’s been way too warm here in northern New Mexico. We had a good snowpack, but it is melting too fast and too early. Very beautiful, though.
    Thanks again for coffee. I’ll bring some Kahlua next time.
    Mary

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    1. Thank you. 🙂 I thought of Misty, too, Mary. I didn’t read the book until last year. It might be time to read the next book in the series.
      This winter has been warmer than usual here, too, and it worries me that the insects will be worse than usual as a result. Ah well. It will be what it will be so there really isn’t any point to worrying.
      Kahlua sounds excellent. 😀

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  8. Thank you for sharing a cup of coffee. I have just watched and older movie called Miller’s Crossing by the Cohen brothers. And I did like Whiplash although I am not particularly interested in percussion. And I am reading the older sequel of books by Stephen King called The Dark Tower. Gorgeous horse photos. I enjoyed the conversation.

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    1. You’re welcome, Otto. And thank you. I’m glad you could join me for coffee. 🙂 I think I saw Miller’s Crossing, but I’m not sure. I do like the Cohen brothers’ movies. I really enjoyed King’s The Dark Tower series. I have the newest book in the series which, I think, is a prequel. I was thinking about reading the series again just to refresh my memory, but it is a lot of reading.

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        1. You might be right, Otto. That would explain why I had some difficulty jumping right into it (and feel the need to go back and read the other books again). A prequel would have been easier, maybe, since I wouldn’t need to remember all that happened in the other books.

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  9. I’m having my Sunday morning coffee reading your post. How lovely it would be to go for a walk with you in your gardens or around the woods or on your hike – wish I could do that for real some day. I, too, feel the restlessness and a bit blue. It was school vacation for me this past week and the first one where neither of my daughters were home with me, although I did get to see them both this week. I feel that longing for things that seem impossible – wanting the best of the past to still be possible while wanting to move forward to even better things at the same time. Oh dear, this comment is starting to sound like a blog post or something – you’ve brought many of the things that have been bumbling through my mind this week to the surface.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the horse photos and the peeks at springtime.

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    1. Thank you, Karma. 🙂 I do hope it happens (that we get to walk together someday), whether it’s here or there. Maybe we can meet on Cape Cod some summer. I’ve been there once and I loved it.
      Maybe you should write that blog post. Sometimes it’s good to explore those longings, even if you end up not publishing it.

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  10. I sure could use a walk. I need to free my mind of all the noise and take in as much quiet nature as I can. It’s colder here…just checked and it is 39 degrees, almost time for the sun to come up. I’m going to run and put on some shoes and a coat and see if I can catch some color from the sunrise but it’s cloudy so I may not get much if it is also cloudy in the eastern sky. Thanks for the coffee.

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    1. You’re welcome, Corina, and thank you for joining me. I’m hopping over to your place soon to catch up with you. I hope the sunrise brought you some much-needed color. 🙂

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  11. If we were having coffee, I’d tell you this is my first visit and I look forward to stopping by again. This reminded me that I love that rhyme… “If wishes were horses…” (I should hang that on my wall for those days when I don’t feel like writing.) I’m sorry to say I’ve never visited Assateague Island even though it’s within a day’s driving distance. Maybe will get there someday. Your photos are lovely. They make me even more eager for spring. 🙂

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    1. Hi, Delynn. It’s nice to meet you. 🙂 Thank you for the lovely comment and for stopping by. I was thinking something similar about the rhyme (that I should post it somewhere as a reminder). I found several variations on it (“if wishes were fishes, we’d all be casting nets”). I do hope you get to Assateague someday. It’s a beautiful place. I know most folks prefer to go in summer when it’s hot and they can swim in the ocean, but I think the island is even more beautiful during the rugged winter months. Autumn is a good time, too, when the marsh grasses turn a brilliant shade of red.

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  12. Lovely photos, as always. my February has been flying by with working so much. I’ll try to keep that up so your February goes a little faster. 🙂

    I get my books from the library, too, and love that they’ll have books from other libraries brought in. It’s the best.

    Have a great week! ~Tara

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    1. lol! Thank you, Tara. I appreciate your willingness to sacrifice for the cause of a faster February. 😉

      I’ve always liked owning books, but as I get older and want to lighten my load, the library is a much better option. It doesn’t hurt that it’s free, too. 😀

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  13. Those photos are really giving me wanderlust at the moment. I love love love living where I live, but I also love to see new places, and it’s been a while since we’ve been able to take a journey of any true distance–a few years at least. We go on mini-adventures, but I think it’s time for a bigger one. Maybe soon!

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  14. I’ve finally made it for coffee, I feel as if I’ve been rushed off my feet for weeks, Hubby would definitely argue that fact though, my iron ílevels, my thyroid and a few other bits and pieces, not to mention my general doldrums have got the better of me this winter. I’ve been sleeping a good twelve, thirteen or sometimes more hours at a time. By the time I’ve taken my work hours out of what is left, there’s not an awful lot of awake time left and I have to squeeze in whatever I can find the get-up-and-go to go and do.
    One thing I have managed to get more than a little excited about is the very real possibility that “One Day” is just over the horizon and within the next few months we’ll be moving to Weymouth.
    I’d better drink up and move on, I’ll try to catch you again for coffee next weekend. 😊

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  15. Thank you so much for the coffee but even more so for the beautiful photographs of the horses. They’re so beautiful and full of movement.
    It is so intriguing reading about your and the commenters are observing the first signs of Spring with such excitement. We have such a temperate climate in Sydney, although our Summers get pretty hot and I end up hibernating inside from the sun just as much as Northerners hibernate from the cold.
    I have been quite tired so haven’t been doing my usual beach walks with the dogs and perhaps this would help. It’s been quite a thing to get the kids settled into a new school year while dealing with the heat. It would help I’m sure if I went to bed earlier!
    Hope you have a good week ahead xx Rowena

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    1. Thank you, Rowena. 🙂 I am not a fan of heat or summer (I hibernate when it’s hot, too), but I do like a good spring and fall. Although winter is my favorite season, by the end of February I’ve pretty much had enough. It’s like making a big pot of my favorite soup or stew, and then after eating it for three or four days, I’m over it.

      Hope you found some time to rest and go for a beach walk. 🙂

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      1. You summed that up really well, Robin. I am feeling the same way about this heat but it will settle down very soon. Went for a great walk with the family on the weekend…and the dogs!

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  16. If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about the two holes I’ve worn in my thumb and third finger from too much quilt making. I am obsessed. Can’t seem to get a thimble to work for me! Making a My Little Pony Quilt for a thirty-something young lady I know who is still young at heart.

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    1. Yikes, Jane. I hope you’ve patched up your thumb and third finger. I love the idea of a My Little Pony quilt for someone still young at heart. How nice of you to do that! 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome, Lori, and thank you! My apologies for taking so long to say hello, welcome you to my blog, and answer your comment. I’m am (obviously) far behind when it comes to all things blogging. Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope to return your visit soon. 🙂

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