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If we were having coffee: The changing light edition

A softness in the light.
A softness in the light.

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

Light playing in the yucca plant.
Light playing in the yucca plant.

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

Where light and shadow meet.
Where light and shadow meet.

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.

An inner sun rises.
An inner sun rises.

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?

Morning visit.
Morning visit.

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.

Tipped.
Tipped.

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.

A hidden sun in the garden of flowers and weeds.
A hidden sun in the garden of flowers and weeds.

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.

Crossing the zinnia.
Crossing the zinnia.

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.

Looking out over Tangier Sound after dinner on Thursday evening.
Looking out over Tangier Sound after dinner on Thursday evening.

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.

Amazing grace.
Amazing grace.

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.

Zooming by.
Zooming by.

Thank you so much for stopping by for another coffee chat.  Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

The beautiful full moon.
The beautiful full moon.

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.

Cloud obscura.
Cloud obscura.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, yoga teacher, sometime poet, wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She shares her daily walks and meanders, a lot of quotes, some of her artwork, and a lot of her photography here on Ye Olde Blogge. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are (still!) in the midst of renovating the house and cleaning up the 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.

40 thoughts on “If we were having coffee: The changing light edition

  1. Happy Anniversary! Your dinner sounds wonderful–and those sunsets–oh my gosh spectacular!
    The full moon photos are also amazingly lovely.
    (Of course, it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, that your other photos are also glorious.) 🙂

    I haven’t watched much of the Olympics at all. Starting the first night when it was commercials every two minutes, and then the things I’m most interested in are only shown–often delayed–until late. I go to bed early. So I just stopped even trying to watch. I hear about it the next day, and I can watch clips if I want.
    That Leonard Cohen quote is one of my favorites.

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    1. Thank you, Merril. 🙂 It’s one of my favorites, too, as is the poem (“Anthem”) it comes from. I love his poetry and his music.

      The lateness of the Olympic coverage is another reason I don’t watch. I’m in bed by 9 or 9:30 most nights because I’m such an early riser.

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  2. Although our heat is not as high as yours abandoned is certainly much drier, it’s been enough to keep me inside and rather sloth-like. I play with inks, read, nap, repeat. My TV is what I get from streaming channels, so no Olympics, but I keep up by news apps. What these athletes can do amazes me, the sloth.

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      1. Freudian slip, Carol? lol! I would abandon this heat any day if I had the choice. 😉 We get our TV over the air (no cable or satellite) with an antenna on the house (it was here when we moved in). What fascinates me is that we can get the local channels in HD over the air free whereas our friends with cable or satellite do not without paying extra. The athletes amaze me too. 🙂

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  3. Happy anniversary. It would be great to be able to simply see all of the events you wanted with the Olympics. I too wanted to watch the gymnastics but because Australia only could send 3 gymnast to cover all disciplines it was difficult to catch in normal viewing time. Love the sunsets.

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    1. Thank you so much, Inspiring Max. And welcome to my blog. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. Please excuse the delay in responding to your comment. It’s been a busy week. 🙂

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  4. What a delightful selection of photos! Love the butterfly bush shots especially since I am missing my huge ones that were killed off during a nasty cold winter a couple years ago. I have one that has survived my attempts at replanting and its much smaller. And the moon shots at the end! Lovely. We didn’t have that golden color here on the night of the full moon.
    PS I didn’t believe you could possibly be “old” enough to celebrate a 40th anniversary! Congrats!

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    1. Oh, I’m not, Karma. Well, I guess I am because it will be 40 years tomorrow, but I got married rather young. 🙂 Thank you! The moon here was an amazing shade of orange that night. I’m not sure the camera captured the color well.

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  5. Happy Wedding Anniversary, Robin. Loved your photos, as usual.
    I have watched more of the Olympics this year than ever before. I feel there’s more background info and interviews with the athletes and their families than previous years and that interests me, possibly even more than the racing itself.
    My daughter dances and we were watching the rhythmic gymnastics tonight and loving it. So amazing and I was fascinated to hear you competed at such an elite level.
    My daughter’s off to play the violin at the Sydney Opera House on Monday night with her school. They have a huge school performance there. Probably won’t even spot her in the crown but I’ll know she’s there.

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  6. Happy 40th! Your sunset celebration was special. Time does go by so quickly, doesn’t it? I also loved The Language of Flowers. Your zinnias are like jewels.

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  7. Happy 40th anniversary! That is something that we see all too little of these days. 🙂 Good on you.
    LOVE these photos even more than I usually do, they are outstanding.
    Language of Flowers sounds like something I might like. 😉 Our bookclub book this month is the Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman. Good writer, but I’m feeling distracted by other reading like The New Wild by Fred Pearce (non-fiction). An environmental science writer – so good! I think you might like his work. I find myself exclaiming out loud all the time. (My poor husband!) He is really making me THINK!

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  8. Such lovely photographs to complement your narrative! Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary! My husband and I also have trouble fitting in a celebratory meal out, and that’s how we celebrate special occasions generally. I had not thought to book a table earlier, rather than try to catch up after the fact. Our anniversary is on a Monday, this year, but my birthday will involve complicated scheduling. 😀

    I also have turned to books. For me, mostly because of the advertising. I’m using my television now as the monitor for a stick computer. I miss the actual coverage of the Olympics competitions in earlier years. Being able to watch what I wanted and much less distraction from the talking heads.

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