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If we were having coffee: Sunny day

A winter's day on Assateague Island.
A winter’s day on Assateague Island.

All our time disappears on us.  This is an incredible fact.  You are so knitted into a day.  You are within it; the day is as close as your skin.  It is around your eyes; it is inside your mind.  The day moves you, often it can weigh you down; or again it can raise you up.  Yet the amazing fact is, this day vanishes.  When you look behind you, you do not see your past standing there in a series of day shapes.  You cannot wander back through the gallery of your past.  Your days have disappeared silently and forever.  Your future time has not arrived yet.  The only ground of time is the present moment.

In our culture, we place a great and worthy emphasis on the importance and sacredness of experience.  In other words, what you think, believe, or feel remains a fantasy if it does not actually become part of the fabric of your experience.  Experience is the touchstone of verification, credibility, and deep intimacy.  Yet the future of every experience is its disappearance.  This raises a fascinating question:  Is there a place where our vanished days secretly gather?

~ John O’Donohue, Anam Cara

Munching on grass.
Munching on grass.

If we were having coffee, I would be happy to see you again.  Come on in out of the cold!  Brrrrrr!  Because it is so bright and sunny, it looks warmer than it feels.  The wind is playing its part in keeping down the temperature.  Even so, it’s great to see the sun again.  We’ve had another week of grey and gloomy weather.  I was so thrilled to see the sun that I washed some laundry and hung it out on the line to dry.  When I first put it up, the clothing stiffened and froze.  Then the sun found its way over to the clothesline and thawed things out.  The wind will help with the drying, too.  One of my favorite scents in all the world is that of clean laundry that has been infused with sunshine and fresh air.

Winter light.
Winter light.

Let’s have a seat in the kitchen today.  The sun warmed the room up nicely this morning, and we can watch whatever might be going on around the pond.  I haven’t seen our Great Blue Heron lately, but the Kingfisher is sure to be out there chattering and diving for fish.  The Bald Eagles have been visiting a lot, and we might catch a glimpse of them.  There is also a small doe who has been venturing out during the day, eating something that’s growing at the front of the pond.

Breakfast by the pond.
Breakfast by the pond.

We have the usual assortment of coffee (leaded or unleaded, as they say), teas (black, green, and herbals), and sparkling and still water.  We have plenty of snacks to nosh on, too.  There’s a Chioggia beet borani (roasted beets, yogurt, and feta cheese dip), hummus, vegetables, pita, chips, and salsa.  If you would like something more substantial, we have leftover spicy cauliflower curry with basmati rice.  I made it for dinner last night, and I think it tastes even better today now that all the spices have melded together.  I could also heat up the pizza stone and make you a pita pizza.  We have all the fixings for it.  I think that’s what we’ll be having for dinner tonight, along with a tossed salad.

Looking for the good stuff.
Looking for the good stuff.

How are you?  What have you been up to this past week?  Have you traveled anywhere?  Seen anything new?  Have you visited any museums?  Listened to live music?  Read any good books or seen any good films?

Grazing by the road.
Grazing by the road.

If we were having coffee, tea, or some other beverage, I would tell you that I am still reading Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer.  The story is becoming quite interesting, and I am so glad I stayed with it.  The key, for me, has been to stop being concerned about whether or not I understand the techie stuff.  Somehow or another, I do get the meaning of most of it, and even if I didn’t, it wouldn’t detract from the story.

Following directions.
Following directions.

As for movies, M and I watched Mr. Holmes last week.  It’s a film about an ageing Sherlock Holmes (played by Ian McKellan), his relationship with Roger (the housekeeper’s son), and the mystery of lost memories.  Mr. Holmes, sliding into some form of dementia, is having difficulty remembering things, and searches for clues to help him remember his last case, the one that forced him into retirement.  It is not a typical Sherlock Holmes story.  I thought it was quite good, and highly recommend it.

Working around the post.
Working around the post.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that up until today it has been a quiet week here at the ranch.  The Great Bathroom Renovation continues although without the folks from the company we hired.  They will be back when the top for the vanity is ready to be installed.  In the meantime, M is working on removing the old sink and toilet, and the wainscoting on the wall today.  You probably heard him in there banging around.  I will be glad to see the wainscoting go.  I didn’t like the pattern on it, and it was all the worse for wear and mold.  I won’t miss the old sink and toilet, either.  They are an ugly shade of beige.  I suspect Mr. and Mrs. B, the folks who built the house, picked those colors because they were not treating the well water which has a tendency to leave rust stains on everything if it is not treated.  If you’ve been following me since we moved here, you might remember that M built a little hut to house a filter and water softener so we would not continue to have that problem.  The water will still leave light rust stains over time, but that’s easily taken care of by keeping up with the regular cleaning of the sinks and toilets.

On the Life of the Dunes Trail.
On the Life of the Dunes Trail.

If we were having coffee, tea, or something else to drink, I would tell you that I have been out walking every day, no matter what the weather.  I’m on my own pilgrimage of sorts, seeing how far my feet will take me.  I used to wear the barefoot (or minimalist) type of shoes (Vibram), but have switched over to shoes with a bit more support in them to see how that goes.  It’s too cold to wear my Vibrams, especially now that I have Raynaud’s.  Maybe I’ll go back to the Vibrams when the weather warms up.

Grasses and heather and myrtles.
Grasses and heather and myrtles.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it’s time for me to go for my daily walk.  You are welcome to join me.  Be sure to bundle up if you do.  Or you can stay here in the warmth of the house.  You might want to move to the living room since M just fired up the wood stove.  I’m not sure where my walk will take me today.  Maybe out to the bridge that spans the creek, or perhaps out towards the Point.  It depends on the wind.  The road to the Point tends to be the least sheltered way to go and if the wind is making it too cold, I’ll want to stay near the woods and on a road that is a little more sheltered.

Goodnight, Sun.
Goodnight, Sun.

Thank you so much for visiting today, and joining me for another coffee chat.  It looks like we should have a nice sunset this evening.  It’s scheduled for 5:30 PM.  We can go out to the dock or to the Point to watch it.  If you decide to stick around, I’ll leave it to you to make the decision about where to watch Mother Nature’s and Father Sky’s show tonight.

Evening reflections.
Evening reflections.

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

Blue on blue.
Blue on blue.

This post is in response to Part Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare.  Thank you to Diana for hosting it. 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.

40 thoughts on “If we were having coffee: Sunny day

  1. I love John O’Donohue! I have Anam Cara on my lap top, read – spoken really, by him and his voice is just so beautiful to listen to – over all the years I have been listening I have never tired of it 🙂 He was such a special man! I often paint lost in listening to him.

    I saw La La Land and almost went home with the opening routine. To be honest, I pretty much disliked it all the way to the final sequence – which I loved. Then I thought it was worth sitting through just for that.

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    1. I love him, too, Pauline. It must be wonderful listening to his voice. 🙂

      Our local paper just had a long article titled “Not a fan of La La Land? Try these movie musicals instead.” Apparently there is some kind of backlash regarding La La Land, and a lot of folks are saying they disliked it. Some of the movies listed in the article are films I’ve never heard of, and some sound quite strange. For instance, “The Lure” which is described as a “reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid,” “possibly the weirdest thing you’ll ever see,” and a “Polish-language horror musical.” I’m not too much into horror movies these days, but might have to see that one just out of curiosity.

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  2. I saw the moon on a drive a bit ago. Decided it’s too cold for a walk today. You’re right — this sunny day is deceiving, but so welcome after gray for so long! Great pics as always.

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  3. I always enjoy my time with you, Robin. I love all the photos–of course–but the ponies with the sign made me smile.
    It is nice to see the sun. I hope you enjoy your walk.
    We saw the movie Paterson last week. It’s a quiet, lovely film about a bus driver/poet named Paterson who lives in Paterson, NJ.

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  4. I finally finished my book of Billy Collins’ poetry, The Rain in Portugal, which held a few gems. I enjoy his poetry very much, esp. Sailing Alone Around the Room and Nine Horses.
    I started a new Jody Picoult novel, but I won’t be continuing as I do not need to read about hate crimes right now! It was recommended by a friend so I didn’t read the flap. Back it goes to the library. 🙂 I started reading the letters of an early Victorian English gardener/writer Mary Russell Mitford, which harken back to a gentler time and her pleasure derived from gardening. I can relate to that!
    I always feel better whenever I visit and see your lovely photos. Nature provides such peaceful renewal. Have a good week, Robin!

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    1. Thank you so much, Eliza. 🙂 I need to read more poetry. I first heard of Billy Collins when he was on A Prairie Home Companion years ago. I know I have some of his books on my reading list. Time to bump them up.

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  5. Robin, thank you for stopping by today. Somehow, I lost you in my WP Reader, so I signed up again to follow. The ponies are lovely, especially with that golden glow around them. We had a few moments of sun here but mostly it is dark and stormy. I continue to dream of spring and read sic fi/fantasy novels to escape 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome, Lynn. And thank you. 🙂 I dream of a real winter, but I don’t think that will happen this year. The daffodils began popping up a couple of weeks ago so we may have an early spring here.

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  6. The pictures are all very beautiful. I am making the beet borani soon…never heard of it, and I will absolutely love those flavors together. I have Vibrams that i have not worn for a long time…thinking of getting those out again. Thanks for all the inspiration.

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    1. You’re welcome, Pamela, and thank you. 🙂 The borani is scrumptious, especially with veggies. I like it with pickled vegetables, too. If you make it with regular red beets, it turns a beautiful and shocking pink color.

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  7. Hi Robin,
    It’s great to get back in touch. We’ve been away in Tasmania for 3 weeks and I’ve been out of the loop. Indeed, we went right off the grid and then took another right. We saw quite a few horses while we were away, which is a novelty for us. Since we arrived home, I’ve been settling the kids back into school, researching posts about our holiday and trying to get the house in order and experiencing an epic fail. We’ve had a heat wave today, and it’s wiped me out.
    Hope you have a great week.
    xx Rowena

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    1. It’s good to see you again, Rowena! I think it would be wonderful to be off the grid for a few weeks. Maybe even a few months. Sounds like your after-holiday is pretty busy (which is usually the way of things, isn’t it?). Heat waves always wipe me out too.

      Thank you. Wishing you a great week, too! 🙂

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  8. What a great quote. I enjoyed its end question, “Is there a place where our vanished days secretly gather.” Fascinating. The photographs that you accented your post with are beautiful. I have never read Neal Stephenson, so I just googled him and the novel you are reading and it looks interesting. I’m always looking for a good read. Anyway, great post. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. You’re welcome, Shari, and thank you. 🙂 That was my favorite part of the quote, too. The novel, for me, got off to a slow start, but it’s gaining momentum now and I’m looking forward to spending some time with it later today (since I’m not a fan of football, Super Bowl Sunday is always a good reading day).

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  9. Good Morning! I watched Denial and Inferno, I finished reading Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World,/i> Decided to take a more purposeful stab at my spiritual practice and increasing my conscious contact on a daily basis. I keep looking back at what was, rather than working on how it is Today. So far it feels right, even if I am muttering at the internal prompt of a thing I ‘have’ to do (shaking head at myself). Thanks for the writing and the sharing of life and gratitude around you. Letting my light shine!

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  10. If we were having coffee, I would probably share with you my disenchantment with (a nice way of saying complain about) what-used-to-be-snow but is now compressed, slushy, dirty white stuff, inhibiting my movements for fear of slipping and falling. And then I’d share my disappointment with a weather forecast that calls for snow on Monday. Sigh. I would tell you most of my time is spent inside, playing with inks, ignoring the housework that should be done, needing to get outside – perhaps I’ll don my boots with my stud things and Shasta and I will attempt a little walk this afternoon to try to counter our lethargy and combat our growing chunkiness. Our groundhogs would not have seen their shadows on the 2nd, so perhaps spring will not take another six weeks to arrive here? It’s necessary to have hope.

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    1. I’ve always thought that about hope, Carol, but lately have been pondering this quote:

      “Hope and fear come from feeling that we lack something; they come from a sense of poverty. We can’t simply relax with ourselves. We hold on to hope, and hope robs us of the present moment. We feel that someone else knows what is going on, but that there is something missing in us, and therefore something is lacking in our world.” ~ Pema Chödrön

      I hope the weather improves for you soon, and that you were able to get out and about without incident today. 🙂

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  11. Thank you for the relaxing walk Robin. I needed it.

    Life is nowhere near as idyllic and scenic here in turbulent Bucharest.

    Nonetheless, you helped me get away for a few moments to play with the ponies and the fawn.

    Good luck on the Great Bathroom Renovation!

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