The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.
~Robert Frost, Two Tramps in Mud Time, 1926
If we were having coffee, tea, water, or some other beverage, I would be happy to see you again. Come on in! Let’s go to the kitchen, pick up our drinks and maybe some snacks to nosh on, and go out to the living room where we can relax and chat. It will be warm out there, and warmth is something we’re seeking today. Old Man Winter is being persistent this year, and the roller coaster ride between warm days and cold days continues. There is snow in our forecast for today with a freeze warning for tonight. By Wednesday we’ll be back into the 70’s.
How are you? What have you been up to lately? Have you traveled anywhere or taken a staycation? Have you gotten together with friends, family, acquaintances? How is your blogging going these days? Are you taking part in the A-Z Challenge? Have you been on any good walks or hikes? Learned anything new or practiced something old? Read any good books or seen any good films?
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am exhausted. Simply exhausted. I enjoyed having guests visit us here at the ranch, but it wore me out. I found that odd at first because I would have described their visits as fun, invigorating, and even energizing, especially the time at the beach. However, as a friend put it when I mentioned I was exhausted, it can be tiring being “on” all the time no matter how much fun you’re having. I have grown used to having lots of time to myself, and I know I need a period of time alone to recharge my batteries.
I have occasionally toyed with the idea of owning a bed and breakfast. I’d have to win the lottery or something first, of course, in order to afford such a thing. I like cooking for others, and making them feel comfortable, relaxed, and at home. Then we have a run of guests like I did last weekend — a girls’ weekend that I set up, by the way, because M was out of town — and I realize that I might not be so good at it if it was something I had to do on a regular basis.
If we were having coffee, tea, or some other beverage, I would tell you that I finished reading She Is Me: A Novel. It was okay. It is a multi-generational tale of three women, and honestly, I just wasn’t into the story, probably because this isn’t a genre I particularly like. I found the author’s tendency to throw in obscure words every once in a while kind of strange, too. If you like chick lit, you’ll probably like this book.
I am currently reading Everything I Never Told You. A friend, one of my guests here at the ranch last weekend, gave it to me after she finished with it. We had a mini book exchange and I gave her a book I’d read last year that I thought she might like.
While we’re talking books, I would also tell you that I will be a TLC Book Tour host on April 25th. The book I’m reviewing arrived this week, and I am looking forward to exploring and reviewing it. It is a beautiful book, but I can’t tell you any more about it now. I want to save my thoughts for the review.
As for films, we watched Everest last weekend. I have heard good things and bad things about it. I thought it was entertaining, and the cinematography was great. Although I don’t think I’ll ever do much mountain climbing, I am interested in it, and having seen the film, I would like to read the book, Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster. The author of Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer, was one of those who didn’t care much for the film (he didn’t like the way he was portrayed and felt it was inaccurate, to put it politely — his term was not quite as polite).
If we were having coffee or something else, I would ask if you saw the wild turkeys on your way in? I was out walking yesterday and say a giant turkey print in the driveway sand, and I was thrilled when he showed up this morning with his mate. I wasn’t wrong in thinking that based on his footprint, he would be huge. He’s impressive. The two turkeys have hung around for most of the day, exploring the yard and the driveway and even going so far as to walk around the (empty) chicken coop. I was hoping the male might find a reason to display, but no luck on that front so far.
If we were having coffee, we would have noticed the drop in temperature, the rise in wind, and the big, fat snowflakes currently falling from the sky. Yesterday I was out admiring the lilacs. Today we’ll be starting a fire in the wood stove to keep warm. What a strange spring it has been so far. Almost as strange as winter. It’s like that from time to time. Mild winters followed by cold springs. I was scanning through my photo archives the other day and noticed all the snow and ice we had for almost the entire month of April in 2007, yet the winter pictures don’t show much snow at all.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I unlearned a few things this week, and that the unlearning has made my life better. I often wonder if unlearning becomes easier as we get older. Perhaps that has something to do with the wisdom people associate with aging.
If we were having coffee, tea, or some other beverage, I would guess it’s time to turn this over to you so you can tell me what’s been keeping you busy or unbusy lately. Thank you so much for dropping in for another coffee chat. Feel free to hang around a while and enjoy the warmth from the wood stove. M is making pizzas for a late lunch and you’re welcome to join us. There’s plenty to go around. We have salads, too (a raw beet and parsley salad and a Greek-style slaw).
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. Also, a big congratulations for the #WeekendCoffeeShare being featured on WordPress’s Daily Post. So glad to see it being shared among the rest of the community! 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.