It is only when people begin to shake loose from their preconceptions, from the ideas that have dominated them, that we begin to receive a sense of opening, a sense of vision…That is the sort of time we live in now. We…live in an epoch in which the solid ground of our preconceived ideas shakes daily under our uncertain feet.
~ Barbara Ward
Happy Sunday! I hope your weekend has been going well. I am not going to join the Weekend Coffee Share this week because it doesn’t seem right to join the link-up and then not follow through with visits to the other bloggers who join in. Things are ripening in the garden and in the local farm fields, and that means it’s the beginning of harvest season. Harvest season means I don’t have a lot of time to blog and visit other blogs because I’m busy prepping and preserving said harvest.
Sundays, as you might recall, are now my day of rest. Unfortunately, the ripening tomatoes and peppers are not familiar with the idea of taking a sabbath so the best I can do is take the occasional short pause today in between the prepping and preserving of vegetables. I used some of those pauses to get outside since the heatwave finally broke and the weather this morning was gorgeous and much, much cooler. Boy, did we get some rain on Friday and Saturday! About 4.25 inches of rain.
The rain storms we’ve had lately have been accompanied by a lot of lightning, some of which struck a few of the loblolly pines in the cemetery. I had the long lens on the camera this morning and was unable to get a good picture of the gouges that go all the way up (and down) the trees. Four of our biggest (and tallest) loblollies were struck.
I heard and felt the nearby strikes. In fact, at first I thought the house had been hit since the loud boom of the thunder occurred at pretty much the same time as the incredible flash of lightning, and the whole house was a’shakin’ and a’rattlin’. Luckily for the house and for us, it was not. It wasn’t until this morning that I was able to get out and have a look at the trees. I was looking for downed trees (usually a lot of rain will oversaturate the ground and cause some trees to tip over). I’ve never seen vertical stripping before, and always assumed that if a tree was struck by lightning, it would blow apart. After a few minutes on the internet, I learned that’s not the case. Blowing apart can (and does happen), but there are times when the lightning causes vertical stripping and times when the damage is internal and you won’t know it was struck by lightning until the tree dies.
Trees that are struck by lightning are, naturally, stressed after the event. It can take up to six months to determine if the tree will survive the strike. The recommendation is to keep them well watered and fertilized in hopes that it will help bring them back from the stress of the strike. On the plus side right now, summer is waning (even if we do have at least two more months of it) and this is the time of year the rain returns after the dryness of June and July. Hopefully Mother Nature will keep the trees well watered and not too stressed out.
I walked out to the dock while I was meandering this morning. The tide was high and the laughing gulls were gliding in to check for breakfast. I caught one as he or she caught something. I can’t tell what it is. A crab maybe.
It’s the first time in a while I’ve spent any time in the woods or on the dock. The cooler temps and the breeze kept the bugs away, and it was nice to ramble on the Woodland Trail once again.
Today is Day 28 of my Healthy Living Journey (for lack of a better title for it). I’ve stalled a bit on the yoga and exercise front due to an injury to my right shoulder and arm. I could blame it on the yoga but honestly, I had this tiny voice in my head whispering, “Are you sure you want to do that?” when I attempted something I shouldn’t have attempted. It’s not a bad injury. Two days of rest and I’m almost as good as new. Or as good as I used to be (which some might consider old rather than new).
Well, it’s about time I get back to chopping up peppers. I got a great deal on a 1/2 bushel of peppers from a local farmer. I don’t know if you’ve seen a half bushel of peppers, but it’s quite a few. I chop them up and freeze them so we have plenty of peppers for soups, stews, and stir-fries throughout the winter months.
Thank you so much for stopping by. I’m thinking about going to the Point for sunset this evening. Join me on the beach if you like. Sunset is scheduled for 8:14 PM. I’ll be there early so I can enjoy the beach and this lovely weather for a little while.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 236) The remarkable way the body heals when given the chance. 237) This amazing day! 238) Red-spotted Purples. I saw quite a few of them out and about this morning. 239) Wild cherry trees. 240) Seeing the moon come up behind the pond while I was outside doing some chores this afternoon.