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A meander on Tuesday

Baby loblollies rising up above the periwinkles.  (Or maybe they are spindly spaceships floating among a sea of blue stars.)

Sometimes the soul takes pictures of things it has wished for, but never seen.

~ Anne Sexton

Little piggies have googly eyes.

There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside of them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.

~ Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf 

There’s another world inside this container.

Hello!!  And happy spring!  It’s not exactly springlike in terms of temperature here (in the mid-20’s and frosty when I got up this morning), but it is bright, sunny, and the trees have their spring aura surrounding them.  It’s almost as if you can see the energy building in them, the leaves ready to burst out from the buds that are forming.

Jake the Dog, Little Wookie and his dad (M the Younger).

I’ve been Away again, visiting with family.  I can’t think of a better way to usher in spring than with family, especially with youngsters (some of my grandchildren) who celebrate pretty much every moment because every moment is new and worth celebrating.  I saw on the news that we had another nor’easter here (our fourth) while we were Away.  That same system brought us snow on the first day of spring in the Bogs (NE Ohio).

It was a wonderful and wonder-filled visit.  M and I spent a lot of time with Little Wookie, taking him to a small waterpark at the hotel where we stayed. We had him with us for pretty much an entire day last Thursday.  We played in the water (where, after three visits, he was no longer afraid of the water and had a grand time sliding down the small froggy slide), had lunch, took a nap in our hotel room, went out for quesadillas at a local Mexican restaurant, took a walk, then went back to his home where we played outside until dinner time.  A huge flock of blackbirds filled the sky overhead while we were playing outside and he was so excited that I think I’m still feeling his enthusiasm.

Meanwhile, here on the ranch… Peonies rising.

Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.

~ Anne Sexton

Daffodil nodding in the breeze.

After all the fun and excitement, it’s good to be home again and soaking in the peace, beauty, and silence here on the ranch.  While out on my walk yesterday I got to wondering if my word for the year should have been Silence instead of Love.  Then I stumbled across this poem:

It is in the last step that one finds
the unfathomable beginning;
it is in the aloneness that one
discovers himself never alone;
it is in the deep silence that one hears
the hidden music, the chant of eternity,
the whisper of Love.

~ Heather K. O’Hara

By the pond.

The poem reminded me that Love seems to encompass quite a few words and notions within it so there is no need for another idea, theme, or word.

A delicate moment.

Silence, though, has become a kind of theme for me here on the blog lately.  I do write blog posts in my head from time to time, but haven’t been motivated to actually type them up.  Like thoughts and clouds, the words gather and clear, sometimes getting blown about so much that I’m not sure what it was I wanted to write or say.  And then there are things I’d like to tell you about but can’t seem to find words or thoughts to express them.  (I suspect — but didn’t go back to check — that most of my blog posts lately have been a variation on this theme.  I keep expecting I’ll have something to write about other than not feeling the desire to write, but it hasn’t happened yet.)

Looking down at the earth.

In more practical or corporeal news, spring is slow this year but there are plenty of signs that it’s here.  The daffodils were blooming when I returned from my trip west and the peonies had popped up out of the ground.  The Bradford pear tree has unopened buds on it that look as though they will flare open any minute now.  I’ve been putting it off but will soon have to start mowing the grass.  M did a little lawn mowing the other day just to make sure the mowers are primed and ready to go.  He has also been out in what we call the small meadow mowing the brush with his new brush mower.  Even though we no longer have to do that (since deciding not to renew the conservation agreement), we do want to keep that section of the property as a meadow.  To do that will require occasional mowing.  Otherwise, the trees will take over.

Daylilies springing up.

This morning there was a large flock of robins searching the front yard for breakfast.  The bluebirds are still crazy about mirrors on the cars so M came up with covers for them to keep the car and truck clean.  He even made extras for visitors.  Bluebirds don’t just attack the bird in the mirror.  They poop all over the car or truck while they’re at it.

A pair of ‘lions.

I reckon that’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on what has turned into another gray day after the hope of sunshine this morning.  Thank you so much for stopping by and meandering a bit with me.  It doesn’t look like there will be much of a sunset this evening.  If that changes, I’ll meet you on the dock.  Sunset is scheduled for 7:22 PM.  I’ll be there about 10-15 minutes early so I can take a short walk on the beach.

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

In our little cemetery.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  591)  Flocks of robins greeting the early morning.  592)  Carpets of flowers.  593)  Buds on the trees.  594)  The cheerful, nodding heads of the daffodils.  595)  Time with family and friends.

Circling ’round.
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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.

15 thoughts on “A meander on Tuesday

  1. Love the starry periwinkles – so pretty.
    The baby pix are so charming, that age is especially delightful as we watch them explore their new world. Wookie is so big – wasn’t he a babe just yesterday? 😉
    We’re still waiting for the rest of the snow to melt out of the shadows. A couple of crocus have sprung up and the snowdrops are popping up everywhere, each year they spread more and more. I am ready for the warmer weather!

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  2. Sounds like the perfect day with your Wookie. I’m sure he’ll remember that water park for a long time. Glad he’s not afraid any more. And such lovely signs of spring. It’s full out late spring here in Alabama and your post makes me want to go home and see what’s popping in my own yard. Probably not quite as much as you have yet. They still have snow in the shadows I’m told. There’s a tulip poplar here down by the lake and the leaves are just coming out. The evening sun makes them shine. I”ll have to see if I can capture that.

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  3. Grandchildren and colors of spring – pure delight. We managed to get up around 60 today – with full sun, the first we’ve seen in awhile. It’s wonderful. I went out and did a bit of raking – a tiny bit, because I have parts that seem to decide to just tighten up and get painful when I do things like vacuum, rake, etc. I’m sure it’s partially due to age (the dreaded word), and partially due to my winter couch potato position. I found a crocus in bloom while I was out there – one of very few that remain because underground critters find them tasty.

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  4. I love those little baby feet! Thank you for your wonderful Spring images- it is still quite cold here and still some snow laying around from last week’s storm. I agree that there is plenty to be happy about …

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  5. It seems you did have plenty to write about, Robin. 🙂 But I also write a lot “in my head” that never gets onto paper or screen. It is wonderful to watch the delight with which children experience things–birds, nature, etc. I’m glad you were able to have such a wonderful visit. Spring does seem to be coming–slowly. I love the last photo! 🙂

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  6. I’m so glad you had fun with your little Wookie, Robin. It sounds like you had a delightful time. I’m also glad spring is in the air, especially today, as it’s supposed to get up to 76!! Unbelievable after having just had snow last week. I’m ready for warmer weather. 🙂

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Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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