I was in my yard and thought that the tree was a living being. We take trees for granted. We don’t believe they are as much alive as we are.
~ Ziggy Marley
The difficulty with this conversation is that it’s very different from most of the ones I’ve had of late. Which, as I explained, have mostly been with trees.
~ Douglas Adams
If we were having coffee, tea, water, or some other beverage, I would be happy to see you again. And on a Monday too! We can pretend it was a long weekend. Hugs if you’re amenable to hugs. Come on in! Let’s grab our drinks and head out to the porch (which, as you may recall, is a three-season room). It is warm and sunny today, and we should be quite comfortable there. We can watch the birds at the feeders, the marsh grasses and trees swaying in the breeze, and the clouds racing across the sky.
How are you? What have you been up to lately? Have you learned anything new this week or practiced something old with new eyes and new attitude? Have you created anything? Or was this a week to tear down and begin anew? Have you traveled anywhere or seen any new sights? Spent time with family or friends or both? Read any good books or seen any good films?
I have nothing new to report in either the book or the film department. It’s been that kind of week. Oh wait! I did start a new book. I am reading The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke. The film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and based on the book, has been playing in theaters recently and was said to be favored to win Best Picture at the Oscars this year, but we all know now it didn’t win (DiCaprio, however, did win for Actor in a Leading Role). I haven’t seen the film yet, but the review I read of it in Rolling Stone magazine mentions that it is intense and savage. From what little I’ve read of The Revenant so far, I expect it would have to be. It’s that kind of story.
If we were having coffee, tea, or something else to drink, I would tell you that we had some wild and wicked storms last week on Wednesday evening. Perhaps you noticed all the debris scattered along the driveway on your way in. We started with a tornado watch and that turned into a tornado warning. I read in the local news that it looks as if there was a tornado nearby, but it hadn’t been confirmed. Whatever the case, the winds were howling, the lightning was flashing, the thunder was booming, and the rains eventually came pouring down.
If we were to walk out to the woods, you would see even more debris from the storm on all the paths. We lost a large, old, red cedar tree. I was sad to see it lying on its side, smashed up against a couple of large loblolly pines and a wax myrtle. I don’t think the wind brought it down although it might have assisted. I think it was water. The ground was already well saturated before the storms moved through on Wednesday, and the wind from the storms coupled with a full moon caused higher than usual tides. The tree, root ball and all, toppled over, leaving behind ripped roots and a large puddle of water where it used to sit. If I were a giant with great strength, I would lift the tree back up and try to replant it.
Consider a tree for a moment. As beautiful as trees are to look at, we don’t see what goes on underground — as they grow roots. Trees must develop deep roots in order to grow strong and produce their beauty. But we don’t see the roots. We just see and enjoy the beauty. In much the same way, what goes on inside of us is like the roots of a tree.
~ Joyce Meyer
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I had a wonderful and full weekend. M and I got together with M the Younger and his lovely wife for a hike and brunch on Sunday. They were out this way visiting another family member and we decided to drive up to see them for a bit. We hiked near a dam where bald eagles like to hang out and fish. M and I were there several years ago, and the number of birds to be found in that area is quite a sight. We didn’t see nearly as many bald eagles or other birds as we have in the past, but we did luck upon a few bald eagles as we hiked to the dam. You might have seen the picture of one I posted yesterday. They are beautiful birds, aren’t they?
If we were having coffee, tea, or some other beverage, I would tell you that M and I did some hiking on Saturday, too. We ascended and descended, something we don’t do much of here at the ranch because we are flat-landers here on the Eastern Shore. Hills are hard to find. I think we hiked around ten or eleven miles all together on Saturday and Sunday, and boy, my legs and feet are sore! I took lots of photos, but it will probably be a while before I can sort through them. We also walked on a beach by the Chesapeake Bay where there was a lot of sea glass scattered about. I brought a few pieces home with me.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that about a week or so ago, after I posted about how walking the Appalachian Trail was more fantasy than dream for me now, I decided that doesn’t have to be entirely true and I have challenged myself to walk and hike more. I am aiming to be able to walk 8-10 miles without feeling like I’ve walked the entire 2100+ miles of the AT. To help with hills, I’ll be using the treadmill occasionally since I can increase the incline.
If we were having coffee or something else to drink, I would ask if you’d like to take a walk with me now. I haven’t been out yet, and the day is getting away from me. We don’t have to go too far since today is not a training day. In fact, after all the weekend hiking, it is a rest day. A nice, slow stroll will feel good, and the day is too pretty not to get out and enjoy it.
Thank you so much for visiting today, and joining me for another coffee chat. I apologize for the lateness. I’m behind in most things lately as life is just so FULL. If you’d like to hang around for a while after our walk, we could watch the sunset from the dock or from down at the Point. Your choice. Sunset is at 5:55 PM today.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
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.