“What do you call yourself?” the Fawn said at last. Such a soft sweet voice it had!
“I wish I knew!” thought poor Alice. She answered, rather sadly, “Nothing, just now.”
“Think again,” it said: “that won’t do.”
Alice thought, but nothing came of it. “Please, would you tell me what you call yourself?” she said timidly, “I think that might help a little.”
“I’ll tell you, if you’ll come a little further on,” the Fawn said. “I can’t remember here.”
So they walked on together through the wood, Alice with her arms clasped lovingly round the soft neck of the Fawn, till they came out into another open field, and here the Fawn gave a sudden bound into the air, and shook itself free from Alice’s arms. “I’m a Fawn!” it cried out in a voice of delight. “And dear me, you’re a human child!” A sudden look of alarm came into its beautiful brown eyes, and in another moment it had darted away at full speed.”
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
If we were having coffee, I would be delighted to see you again. Welcome back to the Wabi-Sabi Ranch! Hugs if you’re amenable to them. Come on in out of the heat. It’s awful out there, isn’t it? Bleh!! The current heat index is 119°F. The weather prognosticators claim there is a cool front coming on Monday or Tuesday, and we’ll cool off a bit then. Not much. Mid to upper 80’s instead of the mid to upper 90’s.
Let’s have a seat in the living room today. It’s shady and, between the air conditioning and the ceiling fan, it’s the coolest place to be right now. Even the pool isn’t all that refreshing today. More like a hot tub than a place to cool off. As for beverages, we have the usual assortments of coffee, teas, and sparkling water. There might also be some mint-infused water in the fridge. I’ll have to look. (And make a note to myself to make some more mint- or fruit-infused water later on.) If you’re feeling peckish, we have guacamole, hummus, tortilla chips, and pita. There are also peaches. Lots of freshly picked, juicy, delicious peaches. They are soooo good this year! Oh, and there’s peach cobbler! I almost forgot about that. M made it this morning.
How are you? What have you been up to lately? I apologize for not keeping up with you. It’s been a busy week. I’ll tell you all about it in a bit. In the meantime, have you traveled anywhere or seen any new sights? Have you taken any good walks or hikes? How’s the weather in your neck of the woods? Are you experiencing this extreme heat, too? Have you read any good books or seen any good films?
I am still reading (and almost finished with) All Our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment and the Perfect Ride. My review of the book will be posted on July 27th so I’ll tell you all about it then. As for films, M and I watched Kingsman: The Secret Service earlier in the week. Last night we watched Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. Both films were entertaining, but I enjoyed Kingsman more in spite of the violence. Tonight we’ll be watching Hidden Figures. I’m looking forward to it.
If we were having coffee, tea, or something else to drink, I would tell you that my niece was here for a visit this week. She arrived on Monday and left on Friday. It was a lovely visit, and she helped us out with a chore that needed doing. We had some wood chopped and drying in the cemetery area, and K moved it to the wood pile for us. Even though it is summer, we are thinking ahead to winter and getting ready to fuel the wood stove. It’s too bad there isn’t some way to bottle this heatwave and save it for when the weather turns cold.
While K was here we went on a boat tour of Assateague Island which was wonderful. It was hot that day, but the breeze was coming off the water. The ocean water is still a little chilly, and that helped bring the temperature down into the mid-80’s (rather than the mid-90’s we were experiencing at home). We decided to go with MR Ducks Assateague Adventure tour, something we hope to do with our grandchildren someday. The Duckaneer Pirate Ship looks like a lot of fun, too. Maybe we’ll do that next time.
The tour took us through the Ocean City inlet, past the fishing boats and the West Ocean City Harbor, and over to the bay side of Assateague Island where we pulled up on the beach to walk around for a little while. The southern most tip of the island is the only place where boats are allowed to pull up on the beach. Quite a few people were taking advantage of that, with their boats anchored on the beach while they were swimming in the water.
Ocean City, we were told on the tour, wasn’t much back in the old days. The Native Americans might have disagreed with that statement, but who knows? History has it recorded that the land where Ocean City now resides was obtained by an Englishman, Thomas Fenwick, from the Native Americans as a land grant from Lord Baltimore. Whether the Native Americans approved of that land grant or not, I don’t know. The land had been used for centuries by the Algonquian tribes in the area before Fenwick acquired it. Wikipedia states that prior to 1870, the area that is now Ocean City was known as “The Ladies Resort to the Ocean.”
If we were having coffee, I would not bother you with too much more of Ocean City’s history. I don’t want to bore you to tears. If you really want to know, I’m sure you can find plenty of information online. I will tell you, though, that in 1933 there was a major hurricane (they didn’t have names back in those days) that created the inlet between Assateague Island and Ocean City. That same storm brought down the railroad bridge that went across the Sinepuxent Bay to the island. In an effort to save the bridge, the local folks thought it might help if they weighed it down with two train cars. Well, it didn’t. The bridge and the cars are now under water in the inlet and marked with buoys.
The Army Corps of Engineers, by the way, decided to take advantage of the hurricane’s creation of the inlet and make it permanent. This offered easier access to the fishing grounds in the Atlantic Ocean off of Ocean City, Maryland.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that while K was here we also spent a lot of time chatting, swimming around in the pool to cool off (it’s been hot all week), kayaking, riding our bicycles, cooking and eating healthy, delicious food, and we took a trip down to Chincoteague where we swam in the ocean, had a picnic dinner of sandwiches from the Sea Star Cafe (they make some great vegetarian and vegan sandwiches!), and stopped off at the Island Creamery for some ice cream (because you can’t visit Chincoteague as a tourist and NOT have ice cream at Island Creamery).
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my 365 challenge has been going well. It’s day 20. I haven’t yet completely eliminated dairy from my diet, but there are days I have none at all and on the days that I do, I usually limit it. The one-scoop ice cream cone at Island Creamery was an exception rather than the rule. Life is too short not to have the occasional exception, don’t you think?
I’ve lost 7 lbs. and other numbers are also on their way down. I am in the midst of a 30-day yoga challenge that has been, well, challenging me. I’ve been doing Kundalini yoga for a while, and it was time to add back in something a little more athletic (not sure that’s the word I truly want, but it will do). A friend turned me on to Kino‘s 30-day beginners challenge, and I practiced along with the day 17 video today. Kino does Ashtanga yoga, something that is maybe too athletic for me, but I’ve been modifying where I need to and it’s been going really well. Each of Kino’s beginner videos builds up to the next. I am now able to do a fine chaturanga dandasana (a yoga push-up of sorts). If you’re interested, the videos are available (free) on YouTube here.
If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would tell you that M and I were supposed to go to Annapolis tomorrow for a good friend’s pool party, but the heat is just too much for me. I was out mowing for a little while this morning and I ended up feeling ill even though I hydrate like a crazy woman. I’ve never been good in the heat, and that gets worse as I get older. M and I are sorry to be missing the party, but hope to get together with our friend in the fall when she plans to make her way down to the ranch. We might even get a chance to see her before that if the timing works out.
If we were having coffee, it would be time for me to turn this over to you. Thank you so much for stopping by for another coffee chat. I’m going to spend the rest of the afternoon in the coolness of the house, and try to get caught up with y’all. You’re welcome to stay if you like, maybe go for a swim in the pool. I don’t know if I’ll brave the heat to go see the sunset or not. I’m more of a sunrise gal these days. Of course you can always make your own way out to the dock or to the Point if you’d like to watch the evening show. It’s scheduled for 8:21 PM.
I will be back this week with more from my summer vacation series. Until the cool front moves through, I’ll be spending a lot of time in the house and that will be a good time to get caught up.
Be good, be kind, be loving. And take a little time to pause during your day and Just Be. 🙂
This post is in response to #WeekendCoffeeShare which is now once again residing at its original home with Diana at Part-Time Monster. Thank you to Nerd In The Brain for taking on the job of hosting it while Diana took a break. 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.