When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities and so on. When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for but also helps us to develop inner happiness and peace.
~ The Dalai Lama
Hello! Welcome back to the ranch! Come on in out of the damp and mist (or rain, depending on what time you get here). It sure is gloomy outside today, isn’t it? It’s been that way for days and days. At least it’s relatively warm (in the mid-50’s) which is a good thing because we still haven’t gotten our heat pump fixed. I don’t know if I told you but it looks like we’ll have to get a whole new system. The joys of homeownership, eh? That’s okay. I’m thankful to have a home.
Let’s grab some drinks, and have a seat in the kitchen. We have the usual assortment of drinks (coffee, tea, water, juices, hot chocolate) and the usual hummus and pita for munching. There’s some fresh naan, too, that we just picked up from the Indian market. It might still be warm.
How are you? What have you been up to lately? Have you traveled anywhere or seen any new sights? Have you spent any time with family and friends? Gone on any good walks or hikes? Have you read any good books or seen any good films?
I have been reading quite a bit lately. I might even meet my 50 book challenge this year. To make it more fun, I joined Colline over at the 50 Book Pledge site. I like it because it is smaller than Goodreads where I have trouble keeping up and sometimes feel a little lost. According to the 50 Book Pledge site, I am currently on pace to read 66 books this year, but we’ll see. I imagine I’ll slow down once we get into gardening and mowing season. The grass is already growing, by the way. But I don’t want to think about that just yet. (Imagine having to mow in February?!!)
I am currently reading two books that have been sitting on my To Read shelf for a long time. The first is Taliesin (The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1) by Stephen R. Lawhead I don’t know how long I’ve been carrying the book around with me as we’ve moved from here to there and there to here, but I do know I didn’t pay much for it because the receipt was in the book. It was a grand total of $1.06. M found a box of books up in the attic that I am going to try to work my way through. They look to be mostly sci-fi and fantasy, two genres I like a lot. That said, when I picked up this book to read, I wasn’t sure I’d get past the 50 Page Rule (wherein I give up on the book if I’m not into it by page 50). To my surprise, it grabbed my interest. I should have known it would. I’ve always been fascinated with the Arthurian legends and stories.
The second book is Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart by Tara Bennett-Goleman. I started reading it last night so I don’t have much to say about it. The quote at the beginning of this post is from the forward which was written by the Dalai Lama.
I just finished reading Reveal: A Sacred Manual for Getting Spiritually Naked by Meggan Watterson. I loved this book and will probably hold on to it for a while in case I want to dip back in. It is a beautiful book about the Divine Feminine, and learning about the love that starts from within. Another recent read, which was the February read for the New York Times-PBS book club called Now Read This, was Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. It was an excellent read about a period of history I knew nothing about because it isn’t something we learn about in the usual U.S. history classes. It is a true crime book about the murders of members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma who were oil-rich at the time, and the beginnings of the FBI. Quite an interesting book, and one thing that struck me is that government corruption isn’t anything new in this country.
As for films, we haven’t seen any lately. I blame that on the Olympics. Have you been watching the Olympic coverage? I usually look forward to it, but this year I’ve been feeling kind of meh about it. I think that’s because the coverage is so poor. Things I would like to see are on late and so, we are stuck watching whatever is available at the time. I know that they are streaming a lot of stuff, but we can’t do streaming out here in the middle of nowhere on our not-so-great and limited internet connection. That leaves broadcast television. I also know that the time difference is part of the problem (curling was on at 1:35 AM, for instance). It would be nice if NBC, who seems to have a monopoly on Olympic coverage, would run some of that stuff on the regular broadcast stations during the daytime hours. I would imagine the advertising revenue would make it worth their while.
Complaints aside, I have enjoyed watching the snowboarding and downhill skiing events. And the excitement of watching Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall win the gold in cross-country skiing was really something. I was on my feet, saying “go! go! go!” at the end.
The images I’m using, as you might have noted in the captions, are from the hike M and I took on Assateague Island on February 10. I left you with a sort of cliffhanger in this post, mentioning that we didn’t get to see Tingles Island (our original destination) because we detoured to see something else. The Bunting Family Lodge was that something else. We didn’t know it was there. We saw it from a distance and decided to check it out.
There is an excellent website, Allen Sklar’s site, which has a gallery of The Old Assateague Island Hunting Lodges where you can find out more about the Bunting Family Lodge as well as some of the other hunting lodges. Mr. Sklar was given access to the lodges and photographed them in 2003 and 2004, and then again in 2012. When he first photographed the Bunting Family Lodge, it was still sealed from the elements. In later years people have shot out the windows and otherwise vandalized the place. It’s a shame because some of the history was lost, especially with things that had been left behind and then stolen by vandals.
The lodge is mostly sealed from human intruders now. I suppose someone who really wanted to get it could probably do so. We did peek in through the windows. I’ll show you some of that in a future post.
It’s time to turn this chat over to you now. Thank you so much for stopping by and joining me for another coffee/tea chat. Rumor has it that someone has taken over the responsibility of the link-up for the coffee chats. Eventually I’ll make my way over and join officially but I think an informal chat is good enough for today.
The clouds will probably be hiding the sunset once again. If that changes, let’s go out to the Point and watch the show from there. Sunset is scheduled for 5:52 PM.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 571) Coffee/tea chats with friends. 572) Foggy mornings. 573) Seeing a beautiful buck run across the marsh while I was out walking around in the fog this morning. 574) Hearing the geese and swans somewhere off in the distance. The fog carries sound well. 575) Seeing some tundra swans sitting in a nearby field.