I will greet this day with love in my heart. And how will I do this? Henceforth will I look on all things with love and be born again. I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit. I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars. I will welcome happiness as it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul.
~ Og Mandino
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
~ Leonard Cohen
If we were having coffee, tea, water, lemonade, wine, or beer, I would welcome you back to the Wabi-Sabi Ranch with open arms and a big smile. Hugs if you’re well-disposed towards them. Let’s grab our beverages and some snacks from the kitchen and have a seat in the living room where the air conditioning and the ceiling fan will keep us cool. The heat wave hasn’t abated much since a weak cold front moved through on Wednesday night. The rain has been much appreciated and the lightning was something to see. Two nights in a row of strobe-light lightning and booming thunder had left me feeling rather sleepy, but I finally made up for the stormy sleepless hours with some deep and dreaming sleep last night/early this morning.
How are you? What you have you been up to lately? Are you feeling happy, sad, angry, loved, lonely, or something else entirely? Have you been traveling or gone on holiday/vacation? Taken any good walks or hikes? Visited with anyone interesting? Have you had any deep conversations that you’d like to share? Read any good books or seen any good films?
If we were having coffee, tea, or some other beverage, I would tell you that I finished reading Revival by Stephen King. As I mentioned last weekend, it was a good summer read. Fast, easy, and entertaining. I started and finished The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, and oh, what a wonderful read it was! Have you read it? It has flowers and heartbreak and love and flowers and a magical element and did I mention flowers? I’ve always been fascinated with the meaning and language of flowers. Reading a book that ties in the Victorian language of flowers with a really great story and a character I was cheering for even though I sometimes wanted to shake her and tell her to wake up, well… I didn’t want it to end.
If we were having coffee, tea, or something else, I would tell you that I haven’t watched many films lately because the Olympics have been on television. Not that I have really been watching all that much of the Olympics. To be honest, I’ve had my nose stuck in a book more often than I have had my eyes on the television screen. I used to enjoy watching the Olympics, but I don’t so much anymore. I’m not sure why. I was a gymnast for eleven years, and I competed in the Junior Olympics many eons ago, so I should be interested. It all seems so different now, and I don’t mean the difficulty levels (although those are pretty darn impressive). Maybe it’s the body shapes of some of the athletes. They are almost unreal. I sometimes wonder if Michael Phelps has gills. I did watch Phelps as he went for additional medals to add to his already impressive stock. Pretty remarkable, all in all. Still, the interest I used to have in watching the Olympics has waned and I find myself more interested in books (or other things) than athletics. When I mentioned this to a friend, she suggested it might be the coverage. The network that carries the Olympics picks and chooses what we’ll see, and maybe I’d enjoy it more if I could make my own choices.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’ve noticed a subtle change in the light. The temperature is still screaming “summer!” but the light is beginning to soften. There is an easing off of the harshness of the summer light. I see it more in my photographs than I do with my eyes. There is a coolness that wasn’t there even a few weeks ago.
If we were having coffee, tea, or something else, I would tell you that the small changes — or challenges — I meant to start this week didn’t get off the ground. That’s okay. I am still in summer mode, and there are still some summer travels and/or visitors in my near future. It will be easier to do what I have in mind once we get past Labor Day. In the meantime, I have reestablished a daily meditation practice, and that has been helpful.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that M and I went out for dinner on Thursday to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. It was an early celebration. Our anniversary is on the 27th. I’m surprised we pulled it off. Most years we end up celebrating it late so I suggested that we try to celebrate early this year figuring that if we were lucky, we might actually fit it in this month rather than wait until September or October. We had a reservation at a restaurant up in Salisbury, but they called to say it shouldn’t have been taken because they were already booked for the evening. That was their loss and our gain (in several ways, including monetarily). The restaurant we did end up at — the Watermen’s Inn in Crisfield — turned out to be a great choice and I think I enjoyed it more than I would have the fancy-schmancy place we originally picked out. The food and service were wonderful. I especially liked the way my food was plated and looked so visually pleasing and beautiful. We were also able to watch a beautiful sunset and moonrise when we finished our dinner. Had we gone to the fancy-schmancy place as planned, we would have missed them and certainly not been able to watch the sunset while looking out over Tangier Sound.
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, it would probably be time for me to turn this over to you. I’m thinking about going out to the pool for a swim. After that, we’re grilling some veggie burgers for dinner, and then maybe, if we’re feeling ambitious and not like sloths, we’ll head down to the Point to see what sunset looks like this evening. It’s at 7:50 PM, but if we’re going, we’ll go early so as not to miss the early parts of the show. Join us for some or all of the above if you like.
Thank you so much for stopping by for another coffee chat. 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.