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If we were having coffee: The battle of winter and spring edition

Drifting in and out.
Drifting in and out.

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

Windswept.
Windswept beach.

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.

A windy day on Assateague.
A windy day on Assateague.

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?

I think Eliza was right and this is a Tricolored Heron.
I think Eliza was right and this is a Tricolored Heron.

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.

When winter surprised us.
When winter surprised us.

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.

In the woods.
Sometimes it’s winter.

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.

Sometimes it's spring.
Sometimes it’s spring.

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.

In the weeds.
In the weeds.

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).

Isn't he pretty?
Isn’t he pretty?

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.

Lilacs at last. (This is the first time I've seen this lilac bush with flowers on it.)
Lilacs at last. (This is the first time I’ve seen this lilac bush with flowers on it.)

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.

We had a super high tide this week. The water came up over the dock, and there were fish swimming in the woods (flooded trails).
We had a super high tide this week. The water came up over the dock, and there were fish swimming in the woods (flooded trails).

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.

Growing up the window.
Growing up the window.

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.  🙂

I hope the cherry blossoms survive this cold snap.
I hope the cherry blossoms survive this cold snap.

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.

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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.

35 thoughts on “If we were having coffee: The battle of winter and spring edition

  1. Love the ‘windswept beach’ photo..but then I also loved the ‘high tide’ and of course the ‘cherry blossoms.’ So hard to choose. We are going to a conference in Charlottsville VA May 5. I am working on getting my husband to drive up to Assateague Island after. I don’t know if I will win, and I don’t know when we might be there if I do win. But I’ll keep you posted because maybe we can meet there. I don’t know. There are a lot of moving parts.

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    1. Oooh! I hope you can pull it off, Dawn. I would love to meet you, and I think you’ll love Assateague. May 5 is early enough that it shouldn’t be crowded. I was just looking at the map and it does look like quite a drive. If you have lots of time and take the southern route, you could check out Williamsburg. The other option — which looks even more exciting to me — is to take the ferry from Reedville, VA. You would stop on Tangier Island and then take another ferry to Crisfield, MD. Looks like that could be nearly an all-day affair, arriving at Tangier Island at 11:30 AM and having to hang out there until 4:00 PM. Tangier Island is one of those places I haven’t visited yet, but would love to.

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    1. LOL! He was wrong. But he was right. Our weather has gone back and forth so much over the past month or two that it’s hard to say if the groundhog was more right or more wrong. 😀

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  2. This weather is crazy! We had rain today, then snow, then rain and snow. . .I think it’s finally stopped. Your photos are beautiful. I know I always say that, but it’s true. I still think the heron photo is stunning.
    I couldn’t imagine having a B&B and being “on” all the time either. Stay warm this weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Merril. 🙂 I have the same problem (or non-problem, really) when I read your musings and poetry. I can’t seem to find new ways to say how much I like, love, and enjoy them.
      As for the weather… it’s nuts! Rain and snow here, too. I wouldn’t mind the snow if it weren’t for the newly budding plants and trees. Our asparagus crop has suffered twice from the cold snaps, but I have to admit that’s mostly my fault for forgetting to harvest before the cold hit. The sun is out now and it might be a pretty sunset. I will probably end up watching it from indoors because of the wind. Sure is blustery out there.

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    1. Thank you, Jane. 🙂 Isn’t it wonderful to open up the windows again after a winter of being shut in? I love the feel and scent of fresh air flowing through the house. We have a short window of time to do that here before the heat and humidity move in and it becomes too hot.

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  3. Love the Frost quote – so right on! Spring weather can be quite variable.
    Maybe the turkeys will nest close by so you can see the babies. Interesting that they were checking out the coop, condo-shopping? 😉
    Hope your lilacs and cherry blossoms make it through the cold spell okay!

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. 🙂
      Maybe they were condo shopping. lol! I think our coop would be too small for them unless they like it cozy.
      I’m on my way outside soon to see how things fared last night. I don’t think it got as cold as predicted. We did have some howling winds last night, though, and a brief power outage this morning after the winds had died down.

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  4. Really lovely, Robin as always. Always relaxing to read and the pictures are always so good. And you ask good questions. How do you put the copywrite and name on your photos?
    Hope your weekend is good.
    Peace
    Mary

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    1. Thank you, Mary. 🙂 I hope your weekend is going well, too. I use Picasa (an editing program from Google) to put the copyright info on my photos, but I don’t think Picasa is available anymore. Google is transitioning it over to Google Photos. I haven’t checked yet, but maybe they’ll have the editing program there as well. Another option is to use an online editing program such as Pixlr. They have text options, and you can use an alt key code (press alt + 0169) to get the copyright symbol (©). I’m not schooled or skilled enough in Photoshop to do it in there, although it’s probably something I should learn.

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  5. The weather has been strange all over. The rivers are near flood so it is a good thing that there is not rain in sight. It is hotter than usual for April. The flowering pear trees are out all the Boise Valley. I guess your opening picture was a pheasant, I was wrong a wild turkey.

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    1. I hear we have pheasant here on the Eastern Shore, Betty, but I haven’t seen one yet. That would be a treat. 🙂 Yes, the weather is strange everywhere these days. I don’t know if it’s a new normal or part of the old normal (since mild winters and cold springs are not unusual).

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      1. They inport the pheasant for hunters. The males are beautiful, females are drab. I look and see if I have a picture of one. If so, I will post. Most people like the meat and it consider a luxury meal

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  6. Enjoyed your tour from summer to winter to spring and back again, lol. Hopefully Mama Nature makes up her mind that it really is spring soon! (I’m very tired of my cold weather clothes!)

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    1. lol! Thanks, Karma. It really has been a journey through the seasons the past few weeks. Last Friday it was so hot and humid we had to turn on the air conditioning and today we have the wood stove going. Crazy.

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  7. If we were having coffee I would be so interested to know about your unlearning this week. To discover the how and what of your unlearning. That sounds absolutely as fascinating–or more so–than the wild turkey and the exhaustion and this crazy spring weather. P.S. I posted some ice pics yesterday, too.

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    1. I hadn’t thought about it but I suppose it is fascinating, Kathy, isn’t it? How we learn and unlearn? Although to be honest, I’m not sure about the how. I suspect it has something to do with the reading I’ve been drawn to lately (some of the books are books you recommended or have mentioned in the past). What I unlearned, or started to unlearn (because these things have a way of coming back again and again), is my tendency to want to fix (or help or offer advice or create stories) when really all that is needed is to be present (and listen or be aware or sink into). Maybe it’s more of a learning than an unlearning? It’s very confusing. lol!

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      1. Oh yes, I keep unlearning about that need to fix things and people and self, too. When it does seem–like you say–what’s needed is to just be present. What a relief to grok this! (And then to forget it sometimes, and remember it again…)

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  8. It has been a crazy spring for the north. We are having a mild spring in Texas. 🙂 I posted my first weekend coffee share. I am not sure I did the tag correctly, no link I suppose…

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