We are not separate from this Earth; we are a part of it, whether we fully feel it in our bodies yet or not.
~ Sharon Blackie, If Women Rose Rooted
Every year, without fail, it astounds me how fast we go from the first crocuses popping up to the full bloom of the roses and peonies. I am also surprised by the change in light, the movement of the sun and moon and stars.
It’s as if I wake up from a deep sleep one morning and all the trees are leafed out, the landscape is many shades of green, and the rose bush is heavy with blossoms.
The critters are fast-forwarding through spring, too. The bunnies are multiplying, the deer are hiding somewhere (will they be showing up again with fawns soon?), the Bobwhite quail are issuing their spring call-and-response, and we have a pair of Mockingbirds nesting in the rose bush. How they get past the thorns on their way in and out is beyond me. Perhaps it’s because they move so quickly, flitting out and in.
The weather, on the other hand, is still not sure what it wants to do. It’s hot one day, cool the next. I love the cool days although they are sometimes accompanied by clouds and rain. We are sitting beneath a warm front today, the temperature and humidity rising in spite of the heavy cloud cover. Thunderstorms have sailed through the past two nights, usually around 1:00 in the morning, and they say we might have more of the same tonight.
It’s possible to understand the world from studying a leaf. You can comprehend the laws of aerodynamics, mathematics, poetry and biology through the complex beauty of such a perfect structure.
It’s also possible to travel the whole globe and learn nothing.
~ Joy Harjo, The Woman Who Feel from the Sky: Poems
The gardens are cleaned up, replanted, and doing well. I had to pull out the rosemary and all of the lavender. It didn’t survive the winter. The sage, though, is thriving and blooming. I was late getting the zinnia seeds in the ground (just did it this weekend) so it might be a while before we see their flowers.
M and I have been feasting on lettuces, chard, kale, and broccoli rabe (rapini). Broccoli rabe is my favorite green. I buy it whenever I can find at the grocery store (which is not often around here). We found some seeds at Farmers & Planters (a local feed & seed kind of place) and decided to give it a try. As it turns out, broccoli rabe is as easy to grow as any other green. It didn’t take long to come up, and it didn’t take long to become big enough to start harvesting.
I’m getting ready to travel again. I’m going west to see my grandchildren. When I return from this trip, I should be settled in for a while. Friends and family are coming out to us this year. That will keep us busy, in a very good way.
I reckon that’s it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this hot and humid Monday. Thank you so much for stopping by and meandering along with me. I’m not sure I’ll have time to go out to see the sunset this evening. There is still much to be done before my trip to Ohio. But if I should find the time, let’s meet out at the Point where there is bound to be a good breeze that will help keep the biting insects away. (Yes, they’re back — deerflies and mosquitoes, oh my.) Sunset is at 8:07 PM. Perhaps the clouds that have been breaking up as I type up this post this afternoon will provide a good backdrop for light and color.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 711) Much needed rain to water the earth and wash some of the pollen away. 712) Shiitake and turmeric tea. It’s delicious and refreshing served cold. 713) Another not-too-serious opportunity to learn to let go and to stop making comparisons. Just when I think I’ve got this covered, something else comes along to teach me otherwise. Maybe these are lessons we all have to keep learning, over and over, throughout our lives. Or maybe I’m a slow learner. 714) Finishing another mandala. 715) How quickly the peonies opened on Saturday. I thought they might wait until I left for Ohio to open, and that I might miss them this year.