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If we were having coffee: In the garden of weeds and flowers

A moment.
A moment.

Solace is the art of asking the beautiful question, of ourselves, of our world or of one another, in fiercely difficult and un-beautiful moments.

… Solace is a direct seeing and participation; a celebration of the beautiful coming and going, appearance and disappearance of which we have always been a part.  Solace is not meant to be an answer, but an invitation, through the door of pain and difficulty, to the depth of suffering and simultaneous beauty in the world that the strategic mind by itself cannot grasp nor make sense of.

~ David Whyte, Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

A pause.
A pause.

If we were having coffee, tea, or something else to drink, I would be happy to see you again.  Come on in out of the sweltering heat!  Isn’t it almost unbearable out there?  You’d think it was still August.  Thank goodness it’s cloudy, keeping the temperature in the low 90’s.  I can only imagine how much hotter it would be if the sun was bearing down on us.

Peeking out.
Peeking out.

Let’s get our drinks and some snacks and have a seat in the living room where the air conditioning and ceiling fan can keep us cool.  We can watch the slight breeze drifting through the loblolly pines, and the hummingbirds chasing each other away from the feeder.  I don’t know how they manage to keep up their energy with all the skirmishing they do.  We’ll be able to see the goldfinches and chickadees hanging out in the sunflowers, too.

The reds have really captured my attention this year.
The reds have really captured my attention this year.

How are you?  What have you been up to lately?  Have you traveled anywhere or seen any new sights?  Have you gone on any good walks or hikes?  Read any good books or seen any good films?

Intermission.
Intermission.

I’ve been in reading mode lately (which might explain my almost-absence from the blogosphere).  I finished Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series sometime soon.  I like to put some space between books in a series.  Otherwise, I start noticing mistakes (especially in continuity) or I get bored when the author retells the story to bring us up to date (something that is necessary when there are years between books, but not so much when you’re reading them one after another).  I also started and finished The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.  Have you read it?  It is a fast-paced book that kept me turning the pages.  I didn’t want to put it down.  I see they’ve made a movie that will be released next month.  It will be interesting to see what the film folks have done with it.

Uplifted.
Uplifted wings.

If we were having coffee or tea or some other beverage, I would tell you that yesterday was the anniversary of my mother’s death (09/09/09).  It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years already.  Sometimes the sadness feels new, especially those times when I think (without thinking), “I should call Mom and tell her about that.”  Since she’s in my heart and memories, I don’t have to lift up the phone to call, but can speak from the heart now.  Still, it would be nice to hear her voice again.

Mind if I share this flower with you?
The little bug is asking, “Mind if I share this flower with you?”

Those of you who have been visiting my blog for a while know that very often when I’m thinking about my mother, a doe (deer) will show up.  Lo and behold, we had one come by and drink from the pond yesterday.  She was quite beautiful, and the way the sunlight was pouring over her enhanced that beauty.  I don’t have any pictures to show you.  It was a time best spent communing with the deer rather than running off to grab the camera only to miss the rest of her visit.  I am no longer surprised when this happens.  In fact, I greet the deer with a “Hi, Mom,” although it should be noted I don’t believe the deer is my mother.  But I do think Mom sends them to visit just to say hello.  Because I’m crazy that way.

Preparing for take-off.
Preparing for take-off.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it’s been a relatively quiet week.  On Thursday I started a 21-day yoga challenge presented by YogaUOnline.  They sent out some early bird practices a few days before it started, and I really enjoyed “All About Core” with Natasha Rizopoulos, and I engaged muscles that must have been lazy for a while because I was sore for a few days after.  I failed to notice that it was designed for yoga teachers and intermediate students.  I am not a yoga teacher, and I think my yoga status/talent lies somewhere between beginner and intermediate.  Although I’ve been practicing at home (using videos and DVDs) for at least a decade or two, I haven’t been regular about it.  I’ve only taken one class and that was back in the 1990’s.  It was at a resort where we were staying for a business trip and the cost was $10 so I decided to take the plunge.  The class was challenging for me, and I was soaked in sweat when we finished.  I went back to my room and cried and cried.  I wasn’t even sure why, but after getting cleaned up from the class and the good cry, I felt as though I’d been swept clean from the inside out.  Thus began my interest in yoga.

Each flower has its own butterfly.
Each flower has its own butterfly.  (I did a poor job of trying to get both butterflies in focus, but in my defense, I didn’t have time.  The Monarchs flit all over the place and don’t give me a lot of time to capture them.)

If we were having coffee, tea, or something else to drink, I would tell you that M and I are going to pick up our very own kayak tomorrow.  I think I forgot to tell you all about it last week.  The place where we took the kayak lesson has an annual sale of their used kayaks.  The price was right for a tandem kayak, and we decided to go for it.  We did stop by and look at it first, and we also made sure that we can lift it.  Because it wouldn’t be much use if one of us (I’m not saying it’s me, but it could be) couldn’t lift it to put it on top of the car or to carry it from the car to the water.  It weights 67 lbs. and we managed it.  I figure if we get enough use out of it, I’ll be stronger for all the lifting.

One of a large flock of birds here at sunset the other day. I have been unable to identify them. It's a gull of some sort, but the colors are off because of the way the setting sunlight hit them.
One of a large flock of birds here at sunset the other day. I have been unable to identify them. It’s a gull of some sort, but the colors are off because of the way the setting sunlight hit them.

Provided the weather cooperates with us (a cold front will be moving through tonight or tomorrow and might bring us some much-needed rain), we’ll pick up the kayak in the morning and take it out for a paddle on Little Assawoman Bay.  (Yeah, I know.  I’m childish enough that sometimes I giggle at the name, too.)  I’ll bring Lulu (my waterproof camera) along and we’ll see what we can see.

They are fast movers, too.
They are fast movers, too.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the birds have been on the move.  The geese have been flying overhead and honking at sunrise and sunset, always a sign that the seasons are changing.  The chickadees, who hang out here year-round (as they do in most places where they’re found), have come out of hiding and, as I mentioned earlier, have been frequently seen sitting on and snacking from the sunflowers.  Large flocks of gulls have been spreading out over the meadows, eating whatever it is they eat when they visit our meadows.  We don’t see rabbits during the day anymore (unless someone happens to flush them out of hiding in the flower garden).  I suspect that means they can somehow tell by the angle of the sun that the hawks will be returning soon.

A fisherman at the Point.
A fisherman at the Point.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it’s time to start thinking about Walktober.  If you’re new here and unfamiliar with the Walktober event, there is a link over in the sidebar, but I’ll make it easy and put one here too.  It sums things up for you and gives you a link to follow if you want more information about previous Walktober events.  The first Walktober event took place in October 2012 (and you can find that here, on my old blog, if you’re interested; there are some very colorful autumn shots from The Bogs in that post).  The dates this year will be October 15 through October 23, with submissions due by October 25 which, technically, gives you extra time and it should be noted that I am loosey goosey with the dates so if you need to take your walk prior to the 15th, go for it, and if you need extra time, let me know.  The dates are set as guidelines, not hard and fast rules.  It’s a walking event, but feel free to run, skate, bike, or swim if that’s your preference.  You could even take a virtual hike or walk.  Whatever floats your boat is fine with me (so go ahead and kayak or canoe if you’d rather).

A small moon in a big sky, floating amongst the clouds from Hermine.
A small moon in a big sky, floating amongst the clouds from Hermine.

If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I believe it might be time to turn this over to you.  Thank you so much for stopping by for another coffee chat.  I might not have time for a chat next weekend, but we’ll see.  If I don’t, it might be 2-3 weeks before you see me again because it’s a busy time.  In the meantime, if you want to follow along, I’m posting on Instagram pretty much daily (sometimes 2-3 times daily).  Usually it’s a morning and evening meditation shot, but sometimes it’s something a little more exciting (okay, maybe not exciting, but maybe interesting?).  There’s a link and the latest shot over in the sidebar.

The sun going down.
The sun going down.

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

Beautiful evening.
Beautiful evening.

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.

Rainbow colored sky.
Rainbow colored sky.

 

 

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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.

22 thoughts on “If we were having coffee: In the garden of weeds and flowers

  1. Beautiful photos as always, loving the butterflies and sunsets particularly. Sending you warm hugs regarding your mother’s anniversary of her transition. I was curious to see the numerology of her DOD, so I looked it up here: http://www.intuitivejournal.com/spiritual-meaning-of-999/ – SO amazingly relevant!
    I went to the library today and took out 2 movies – ‘Brooklyn,’ which I failed to see in theaters but was intending to and ‘Bucket List’ with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. It looked good. So it’s movie night tonight. Something we rarely do in the summer as being outdoors is always more desirable. Sunset is close to 7 pm these days, so there is time for a movie now.
    Took a nice forest hike today with hubby and Wren, who always loves sniffing her way through new places. I was amazed at how dry everything is and how leaves are turning and dropping early. I hope we get some good rain this fall to soak in and raise the water table. Some folks are having issues with their wells. Everyone is encouraged to conserve water, something I always do anyway. ‘Never take more than you need.’
    Have a good week ahead, Robin. 🙂

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    1. I never thought to look that up, Eliza. Wow. Amazing is right! Her time of death involved a nine as well (10:39). Thank you for sharing that with me.

      I have both of those movies on my Netflix queue. We’ve been watching movies lately, too, because of the earlier sunsets. Last night we watched “The Painted Veil,” which a couple of people visiting my blog have mentioned and recommended. The cinematography was fantastic (gorgeous!), and the story was interesting as well. We also watched “Side Effects” and “Redwood Highway.” “Side Effects” was okay. As someone interested in the pharmaceutical industry (I worked in a pharmacy and my husband is a pharmacologist), I was kind of hoping they might delve more into the pharmaceutical side of things, but then again, it’s a psychological thriller and not a documentary, and it was entertaining. “Redwood Highway” was also entertaining and once again made me want to put on my walking shoes and go for a ridiculously long walk. Maybe someday I’ll do that.

      Thanks for the hugs. Wishing you a good week ahead, too. 🙂

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  2. I don’t know if I could live without my own kayak – I hope you enjoy yours (I do have a tandem but use the single most of the time). Very cool about the deer. Wish you had a picture but understand why you don’t.

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  3. I love the moon shot. Also, I think I get signs as well from people, so your story with the deer sounds right. And while I haven’t experienced what you did with the yoga, someone warned me about it. That apparently happens to many people beginning yoga, once they reach a certain place–I’m sure there’s some sort of explanation of mind-body communication, but I don’t know what it is.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. 🙂 I don’t know what it is either, but there is something about yoga that makes me feel quite light when I finish (and occasionally, but not often, finish with a good cry).

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  4. All the comments about kayaking in thisI feel thTA week’s coffee share are motivating me to find ways of transporting our kayaks to the beach. We have kayaks and a laser yacht and live 700 metres from the beach but are struggling to get them down there. We have a couple of lighter weight fibreglass ones which fit on the roof racks but you put your legs inside and I’m not too sure about that. It sounds a bit claustrophobic.
    My thoughts are with you regarding your Mum. I feel that way about my grandparents. What I would give to have a cup of tea with them again!
    By the way, you’ll no doubt appreciate that I have quite a collection of antique and vintage tea cups, tablecloths etc which remind me of them.
    Hope you have a great week!
    xx Rowena

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    1. Thank you, Rowena. 🙂 Yes, I do appreciate that. I kept a few things of my mother’s just for that reason. I feel close to her when I use them.
      Our new/used kayak is a sit-on-top. The legs inside kayaks made me feel claustrophobic when I tried them out. We won’t be in wild water of any kind so the sit-on-top will be fine for us.

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  5. So MUCH in this post! I love your butterflies, so lovely. I haven’t seen many around our gardens this summer. Maybe too hot. (For me. not the butterflies) I love the fisherman shot. And it’s time for WALKTOBER!! ?? 🙂 🙂 🙂 How can it be another year has flown by? AND you’re getting a kayak? Maybe you’re out in it RIGHT NOW! (OK, I know, I’m overly excited about all of this. I’ll just take a breath now…) It’s all so wonderful. I can’t wait to see more photos. And I’m going to go put Walktober on my calendar right now.

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    1. I couldn’t believe it’s almost time for Walktober either, Dawn. This year has moved by so quickly. It’s been rich and full, so I’m not going to complain. And yes, I think I was out in the kayak when you posted. The timing is just about right. You should have seen us trying to bring that thing home on the roof of our car. LOL! When we picked it up, the folks at the kayak place tied it all down for us. Thank goodness I took pictures of how they tied it! We drove off to a state park where we could test the water, so to speak, untied it, got it into the water, paddled around for almost an hour, and then got it back on top of the car. We were quite proud of ourselves that we managed that much. Then we used the ropes and straps and got it all arranged on top of the car (after looking at some of the pictures), and then drove off only to have to stop several times to fix the ropes. The wind had picked up due to a front moving through and we ended up taking the back roads home for fear that the kayak might go tumbling off if we hit the highway. It was quite an adventure. 🙂

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  6. Sorry about your mother. It is so cool though about seeing the doe.
    Your photos are stunning, as usual. I like the birds and the sunsets. It has been SO hot, but last night we actually sat outside at my daughter’s apartment. There was a slight breeze, and it was quite pleasant.
    I read The Girl On the Train. I thought it was good–fast reading. I saw a trailer for the movie a while ago, and it looked like maybe they had made her American? I hope not.

    Good luck with the kayak!

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    1. Thank you, Merril. 🙂 It’s been hot here, too, and it’s still that way. I was hoping the front would bring us some rain, but no luck (even after all the rain dances I’ve done! lol!). The kayaking was fun. Bringing home the kayak was the adventurous part. I think it will take us a few tries to learn how to tie everything down.
      I do hope they don’t make her American! It wouldn’t be quite the same.

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        1. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could order the weather to come when we wish? Then again, maybe not. Some might hog all the rain or all the sunshine or all the snow. I do love to listen to the rain at night while I’m falling asleep. It’s very soothing (when it’s just rain and not a noisy storm).

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  7. My mom died 13 years ago. Sometimes I still think of calling her to tell her about something great that happened. For a year after Mom died a little yellow bird came to my window almost every day. I find myself more like her as the years go by.

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