Awe enables us to see in the world intimations of the divine, to sense in small things the beginning of infinite significance, to sense the ultimate in the common and the simple, to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal.
~Abraham Joshua Heschel
If we were having coffee, I’d be delighted to see you again. Come on in! It’s a beautiful day, isn’t it? A little warm, but a good kind of warm. There is such a nice breeze and the humidity is low. It is a wonderful day to sit out on the deck or the porch. Your choice. The advantage of the porch is some shade and the screens keep out the insects which are not too bad today. The breeze keeps them away.
As for beverages, we have the usual assortment of tea and coffee plus some fruit infused water. This week’s water is infused with mint from the garden and lemons. I highly recommend it. It’s quite refreshing.
How are you? What have you been up to lately? I hope life has been treating you well. Have you been on any adventures? Traveled anywhere? Or seen or done anything new? Have you read any good books or seen any good movies?
I am still reading Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates, and will probably finish it soon. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t want to put it down. M wants to read it next so I’ll be saving it for him. It’s a good summer read. Fast paced and, so far, it has kept me wondering and guessing.
As for films, M and I haven’t watched any lately. We just finished the last available (on DVD) season of Orphan Black, and have started the newest available (on DVD) season of Orange is the New Black. Hmmm… looks like we have a slight pattern there in picking things with “black” in the title.
If we were having coffee, tea, or something else to drink, I would tell you that M and I went out to the Point on Thursday evening to watch the sunset. It was a time to relax, take a few deep breaths, maybe go for a walk on the beach, and tune out for a little while. As it turned out, there wasn’t much beach to walk on since the tide was high. We have had a lot of higher-than-usual tides lately, sometimes due to wind (usually associated with a low spinning around somewhere nearby) and sometimes due to the moon phase. I do wonder, though, about the tides and sea level changes. In the four years we’ve been here, the tides seem to have risen somewhat and this year appears to have brought more super high tides.
I’ve noticed that there are more trees in the woods dying lately, too. We expected it with the loblolly pines. Pine bark beetles have been chomping on the pines all over the Eastern Shore, and that has been going on for at least the past two years. We first noticed it during our occasional visits to Chincoteague where they have cut down some of the trees to avoid problems with them falling over onto people’s cars or heads. Mother Jones has an interesting article about the pine bark beetles out west (in the U.S.). The entomologist they interview suggests that the pine bark beetles might “be on the forest’s side” when it comes to climate change (a suggestion that perhaps Mother Nature knows what she’s doing). The article can be found here.
In addition to the die-off of the loblollies, the magnolias and American holly trees are losing their leaves and dying. I don’t know if that’s due to too much rain over the past few months or if it is associated with the super high tides that flood the woods. The water that comes in is brackish. How salty it is, I don’t know. Up until this year, it appeared that the trees didn’t mind the brackish water. The hardwoods (oaks and maples) are doing just fine so maybe it has nothing to do with the rain or the high tides. As M pointed out to me the other day, we may end up with a hardwood forest for a while.
We have also lost quite a few large cedars. No mystery to solve there. They tumble over when the ground is over saturated.
If we were having coffee, I would have to cut this short today which might be just as well since I’ve rambled a bit this week. I need to go do something about dinner. I’m not sure what we’re having. Pierogies, maybe, with sauerkraut.
Thank you so much for stopping by for another coffee chat. Please feel free to stay if you like. You can take a walk out to the garden or the dock, and join us for dinner (whatever it turns out to be). I’d like to go sit out on the dock and watch the sunset this evening. It’s scheduled for 8:21 PM. I’ll probably go out around 7:45 or so. I think there’s enough of a breeze to keep the biting insects away, but we can take what my granddaughter calls a smoke stick with us. It’s really a stick of incense but I like the term smoke stick.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
This post is in response to #WeekendCoffeeShare which now has a new home. Thank you to Nerd In The Brain for taking on the job of hosting it, and to Diana for starting 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.