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If we were having coffee: First Friday edition

Perfectly imperfect.
Perfectly imperfect.

One of the strangest things about life is that it will chug on, blind and oblivious, even as your private world – your little carved-out sphere – is twisting and morphing, even breaking apart. One day you have parents; the next day you’re an orphan. One day you have a place and a path. The next day you’re lost in the wilderness.

And still the sun rises and clouds mass and drift and people shop for groceries and toilets flush and blinds go up and down. That’s when you realize that most of it – life, the relentless mechanism of existing – isn’t about you. It doesn’t include you at all. It will thrust onward even after you’ve jumped the edge.

~ Lauren Oliver

Rosy.
Rosy.

If we were having coffee, tea, water, soda, or some other beverage, I would be delighted to see you again.  Hugs if you’re amenable to them.  Come on in!  Let’s grab our drinks and something to nosh on, and take them out to the deck.  The weather has been amazing the past few days, and I think you’ll enjoy the breeze and the cooler temperatures.  The air is fresh, clear, and dry.  Things will start heating up again tomorrow with highs in the 90’s expected.  Let’s sit outside while we can.

Bouncing light.
Bouncing light. (Editing in PicMonkey.)

How are you?  What have you been up to since our last chat?  Have you traveled anywhere?  Seen anything new?  Spent time with family or friends?  Met anyone new?  Have you gone on any good walks or hikes?  Read any good books or seen any good movies?

Centered.
Centered.

I have nothing new to report on the book or movie front this week.  I’m still reading Nemesis by Isaac Asimov.  It might take me another week or so to finish because I haven’t had a lot of time for reading lately, and when I do find the time, usually in the evening just before bed, I tend to start drifting to sleep after reading a page or two.  I need a rainy day so I can get caught up on my reading, writing, and a million other things.

Snuggled in.
Snuggled in.

The gardens wouldn’t mind a rainy day or two, either.  Although there were dire predictions about storms and lots of rain at the beginning of this week, most of it missed us and went Elsewhere.  Even so, everything seems to be doing well in both the vegetable garden and the scrounger’s garden.  I keep waffling between expanding the scrounger’s garden and leaving it as it is.  I spend a minimum of twenty minutes every day weeding, and still the weeds manage to stay ahead of me.

Togetherness.
Togetherness.

If we were having coffee, I would suggest we walk out to the gardens if you’re feeling up to it.  The wind ought to keep the bugs away for a while, and I think you might enjoy the scents coming from the scrounger’s garden.  The grand old dames of the garden (the pink roses) are still in bloom and have a strong, heavenly perfume that they send forth to greet you when you get near them.  There is some kind of flowering tree in the woods behind the flower garden that is emitting a lovely scent, too.  One of these days I’ll remember what the trees are.  I’ve asked M, our resident tree expert, a few times.  Somehow I keep forgetting their names.  I never have been good with names.  The lavender and mint add to the mix of fragrances, and when they all come together, it works.  You might think all those scents would be overwhelming, but they’re not.  The breeze, I think, acts as an alchemist, transmuting all those scents into one, ambrosial bouquet in which you can detect the notes of the different flowers.

Hard to resist.
Hard to resist.

As you already noticed, the daylilies behind the greenhouse are blooming.  That was a surprise!  The buds appeared last weekend, and given the cooler weather we were experiencing, I thought it might be a couple of weeks before they bloomed.  Imagine my delight when I rounded the corner of the greenhouse to find a couple of blooms.  By the end of the week, there was a riot of daylilies blossoming.

Behind the greenhouse.
Behind the greenhouse.

If we were having coffee, tea, or something else to drink, I would tell you that I am loving some of the benefits of modern technology.  Thanks to my new-ish smart phone, I’ve been able to see my new grandson nearly every day.  His parents have been generous enough to send me a picture almost daily.  Some days it’s a video which is always a delight.  And on weekends we Skype.  Skype doesn’t work great, especially with our slow satellite connection, but it gives us a chance to wave hello, and Little Wookie has the opportunity to see our mugs and hear our voices so maybe he’ll recognize us when we see him again (which isn’t too far off although the exact dates have not been established yet).

Lavender.
Lavender.

Having a smart phone has meant seeing a little more of my granddaughters, too, in much the same ways.  It makes me wish I’d made the switch a while ago.  My only complaint at this time is that my phone keeps running out of storage space.  Do you happen to have an Android?  The reason I ask is because mine came loaded with apps, many of which I don’t want.  However, when I go to uninstall them, I get warnings about how the other apps might misbehave if I remove, say, Facebook.  Misbehave.  Ha.  You might think the apps are children.  What I’m wondering is, if you do have an Android and it came with apps, have you removed any?  Were there any dire consequences such as Instagram throwing temper tantrums, or Waze bullying Uber, or the photo gallery refusing to share with Shutterfly?  I strongly suspect that the “misbehaving” would be more in line with Instagram being unwilling to share with Facebook if I uninstalled Facebook, and things of that nature.  I have no problem with that because…

Raspberries.
Raspberries.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’m thinking about giving up Facebook.  Oh, I know.  I’ve said that several times in the past and never followed through.  I’m not going to delete my account or anything drastic.  It’s just that I don’t visit Facebook too much, especially since I fell in love with Instagram.  Sorry, Facebook.  I’ve never been comfortable with you.  Instagram and I have much more in common.

Resting on the rosemary.
Resting on the rosemary.

If we were having coffee or something else to drink, I would tell you that I find it interesting the way some things flourish one year, and don’t do well the next.  This year, the rabbits are flourishing.  I wondered where they were last year.  This year, the Virginia creeper and poison ivy are having a field day, but some of the other vines are not.  This year, we have been bombarded with dragonflies.  It’s hard to walk outside without moving through a glimmer of them.  (Some folks call a group of dragonflies a “glimmer,” but a “flight” and/or “cluster” are the correct terms.)  The bumble bees, on the other hand, seem to be having difficulties and we have been occasionally finding one or more of them dead on the deck.

Skink on the boardwalk.
Skink on the boardwalk.

The snakes and turtles have been out and about, crossing roads.  We stop for them, but others do not so I’ve seen a few dead ones here and there.  There is a skink living on the boardwalk that leads from the back door to the driveway.  He scurries across the boardwalk and somersaults under it whenever I go out the door.  Toads are everywhere.  Be sure to watch where you walk although they do a pretty good job of staying out from under foot.

One more just because.
One more just because.

If we were having coffee, tea, or some other beverage, it would be time to turn things over to you.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I always enjoy our coffee chats.  Our sunsets have been spectacular lately.  Hang around for a bit, and we’ll go down to the Point to watch from the beach.  Sunset is at 8:25 this evening.  Oh, and the fireflies are out!  They showed up early, too.  We spotted them about two weeks or so ago.  We can watch them from the deck after sunset.

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

A Thursday sunset.
A Thursday sunset.

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.

37 thoughts on “If we were having coffee: First Friday edition

  1. I miss fireflies since we don’t seem to have them here. Mosquitoes we have, in abundance. I wouldn’t mind if they disappeared. I have a Samsung Note 4 phone, which holds a mini SD card for additional storage. I have not had much luck actually uninstalling pre-loaded apps, but once I got the nerve to ignore their dire warnings, I have disabled some of them.

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    1. I can’t imagine living somewhere without fireflies, Carol, although I suspect there are other things to make up for it. Nature is good that way. 🙂 Disabling might work. I should try that instead of uninstalling. Thank you!

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  2. Beautiful photos–as always. The dragonfly is incredible, but so is the skink, the flowers, and that incredible sunset!
    I love this sentence: “The breeze, I think, acts as an alchemist, transmuting all those scents into one, ambrosial bouquet in which you can detect the notes of the different flowers.”

    Enjoy your grandchildren time. Sorry I don’t have an android, so I can’t help you there. I just Google everything when I have a question like that. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Merril. 🙂 I usually don’t spend a lot of time working on my sentences for a coffee chat (because it’s chat and who works on their sentences for a chat?), but I have to admit I did work on that one for a little while because I wanted to find a way to describe the poetry of what it is like when all those scents are wafting about. I did forget to add in the cocoa bean shell mulch which is still giving off hints of chocolate.

      I usually Google it, too, but the results were not satisfactory. Seemed better to get some anecdotal evidence before I proceeded. Most of the time I just press buttons and see what happens, but I’d hate to miss out on my grandson’s latest smile or my oldest granddaughter’s latest dance pose or youngest granddaughter’s works of art because I tried to jettison Facebook or some other app.

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    1. Thank you, Jane. I think we’re going to have a bumper crop this year. They grow wild in the thickets so all we have to do is beat the birds to them when they ripen. Usually there are enough to share so it shouldn’t be a problem. 🙂

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  3. Great photos, Robin, i especially like that skink one. Now that I’ve moved from the “woods” to the bay, I don’t see skinks any longer. We are also lovin’ this cool weather, especially at night. At least the flowers are loving the sun during the day and the chill at night–optimum conditions. Enjoy it while you can. Thanks for the cup!

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    1. You’re welcome, Teresita, and thanks you. 🙂 We live near the bay and frequently see skinks, but we also have some wooded areas so that might make the difference.

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  4. Mmmm I just love the scents we get in the air here starting in April really. I love the scent of hollies. And Magnolia grandiflora is lovely, citrus scented. Mixed with roses and lavender, ah paradise!

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  5. What a delight it always is when I come by your blog, Robin. But I never know where to start, there’s so much in your posts, this one being no exception. 🙂 I recognised the skink and yet can’t recall if I’ve ever seen one ‘in person’. Where you have loads of toads (ooh – that rhymes!) we have rather too many frogs (though a toad did take to posing on our front doorstep a week or two back). Can’t help you with the phone as I don’t have one. Oh and you do know that your photos are still gorgeous, don’t you?

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  6. Love that last sunlit daylily and your Thurs. sunset was so beautiful!
    I’ve been taking advantage of the cooler weather to trim the hedge and finish mulching the gardens. Almost done with a cartload left to go. Still, no rest for the weary, I walk around adding to the list in my head. Things are looking better than last year, I’ve noticed. The mountain laurel has started to bloom, loaded with buds, it is going to be outstanding this year. Love it!

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. 🙂 I think things are looking better this year, too. Now that the heat is upon us, they might start wilting, but everything got off to a great start and is thriving so far. I have that kind of list going on in my head, too. There’s so much to do even when I’m not coming up with new ideas.

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  7. I wish smell-o-net could be invented for your blog posts Robin – I would love to experience the lovely scents you describe blowing around at the Wabi-Sabi. Bunnies have been flourishing here too – which surprises me since I have a family of foxes living under my shed! They are adorable and don’t bother anyone so I have no problem with that. I think they eat rodents – perhaps they stick to the slower ones like mice.

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    1. Thank you, Karma. 🙂 We have a fox around here, too, and I guess she or he must be busy eating mice and moles rather than baby bunnies. Have you ever seen a fox catch a mouse? They pounce in the same way cats do.

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  8. Hi Robin,
    Great to get into another Weekend Coffee Share and the new time slot suits me so much better because being so far ahead, I was posting on Sunday nights here and that gets pretty busy planning for the week ahead.
    I agree with Merril: I love this sentence: “The breeze, I think, acts as an alchemist, transmuting all those scents into one, ambrosial bouquet in which you can detect the notes of the different flowers.”
    I love your photos as usual…especially the dragonfly. Stunning.
    My sister-in-law and family have the same daylillies as yours and your photos brought back beautiful memories. They live a day’s drive away in the Byron Bay hinterland.
    Hope you have a great week!
    xx Rowena

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  9. Hi! Love catching up with you on the weekends and seeing your photos! They’re all dazzling! Are the daylilies also referred to as tiger lilies? I have some in my yard, but only one has opened. They look alike and I thought mine were tiger lilies. I have an Android (Samsung Galaxy S4) but I’ve never gotten the warnings when deleting apps. What I usually do when my storage gets low is go to your Settings, then Storage, then clear your cache. One mine if you tap Cached Data it prompts you to clear it. Hope this helps!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathleen! 🙂
      Daylilies and tiger lilies look somewhat similar but they differ in a number of ways (from the look of the flowers and leaves to the root systems). I think, but I’m not sure, tiger lilies have spots on the flowers.
      Clearing the cache did help. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Marie. Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂 Instagram is basically a way to share photos with friends, family, or everyone on Instagram (if you don’t have a private account, which I don’t). It’s sort of a fast way to blog with an image and a bit of text (although some folks add a lot more than “a bit” of text; I’ve seen whole tomes!). If you click on the photo (which is currently a sunset, but it changes when I put a new photo on Instagram) under “Walktober” in my side bar, it will take you to my Instagram account and you can get an idea from looking at that.

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  10. The photo of the dragonfly resting on the rosemary is gorgeous!

    So happy you are getting daily pictures of your grandson – I get those, too, and it makes the miles apart so much easier to bear. I’ll never forget the Skype session when my granddaughter kept trying to find me by looking behind the screen or under the keyboard. But I think she’s beginning to understand now.

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