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A Monday meander: After the storms

Little Doe, who is not so little anymore, came by early this morning to say hello (and eat some breakfast, judging by the grass sticking out of her mouth).

We part at the crossroads,
You leave with your joys and problems,
I with mine. Alone, I look down the road.
Each one must walk one’s own path.

~ Deng Ming-Dao, 365 Tao

We looked at each other for a little while and with a flick of her tail, Little Doe took off.

I think we must be in the monsoon season.  I didn’t realize the Eastern Shore even had a monsoon season, but I’m not sure what else you would call it.  We have had so much rain lately.  Storms rolled through last night and dropped another almost 3.5 inches of rain.  It was only a little over a week ago that we had 11 inches of rain.  We will need to build an ark soon if this keeps up.

She went that way.

Subtropical storm Alberto, the first named storm of the hurricane season (which doesn’t officially start until June 1), is not expected to bring us too much rain, wind, or trouble.  He’s headed almost straight up from where he’s coming to shore in the western part of the Florida panhandle and will make a jog east up in Michigan or somewhere in Canada.  We’re at a marginal risk (5%) of rain and flooding.  That’s relatively good news for us.  I’m not sure about the other areas the storm will impact.  If they’re in need of rain, it’s good news.

I don’t know what these shrubs are, but they are blooming now and smell quite sweet.

We’re lucky that the land here on the ranch drains well.  The gardens don’t seem to mind all the rain.  In fact, they’re doing well with the exception of the lacinato kale.  Something is feasting on it, leaving just the stems of the leaves behind.  I think I’ll stick with the curly kale from now on.  Apparently it isn’t as tasty to whatever critter is eating the lacinato kale.

Playing statues.

I planted marigolds and dahlias yesterday, and they don’t seem to mind the good soaking they got last night.


M and I had a rather quiet long weekend.  We spent most of our time working up a good sweat here on the ranch, weeding and planting.  I think M did a little mowing around the meadows before the rains came.  My portion of the mowing needs to be done soon, but I have to wait until things dry out some more.  The grass is growing like crazy.  The rabbits and deer don’t seem to mind the growth.  The rabbits in particular love the clover.

Hey! I’m trying to hide in here.

I started another round of 40 Early Mornings today.  With all the travel this year, I lost the habit of a daily yoga and meditation practice so I thought this would be a good way to get back on track.  That’s how I met up with Little Doe so early in the day.  She came around just after I finished my meditation.

Sweet gum leaves.

M and I started watching Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.  It’s a bit depressing and a little too close to what it feels like our future could be if we stay on the current course, but it’s very well done.  I read the book so long ago that I’m not sure how true to the book they’ve been with the series.  I was remarking to M the other night that when I read the book, my mind-picture of The Commander was of someone who looked like our current Vice President.  I think that’s one of the many reasons Pence gives me the creeps whenever I see him on the news.  I’m not sure Margaret Atwood (the author) described him that way.  I’m thinking about reading the book again.  I’ll wait until after we finish the first season of the series and see if I still want to read it.


We also watched The Shape of Water this weekend.  What a wonderful film!  It is described in the bonus features as “a fairy tale for our troubled times,” and I think that is a great description.  What struck me most about the movie — aside from the story — were the textures and colors.  Water and watery elements were well represented throughout.

Near the flower garden.

I reckon that’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this grey (and now rainy) Memorial Day Monday.  Thank you so much for stopping by and joining me on another meander.  All the images are from this morning’s walk around the property.

A watery day.

I doubt we’ll see the sunset today, but if it looks like we might, I’ll meet you at the Point.  I was going to suggest the dock but the mosquitoes and flies are really awful.  The ticks are out in force, too, so walking through the woods to get to the dock might not be very pleasant unless we spray ourselves from head to toe with something to repel the insects.  Sunset is scheduled for 8:18 PM.  I’ll be there early, as usual, if things are looking good.  If it’s not raining, I might head out there anyway just to have a look at the water.

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

By the creek.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  731)  Grilled carrot dogs and homemade sauerkraut for lunch.  Delicious!  732)  An early morning visiting with Little Doe and multiple rabbits.  733)  The Sweet William blooming in the rain garden.  734)  An otter swimming by when I went out to visit the creek.  735)  The various shapes of water on a rainy day.

Sweet William in the rain garden.


Robin is... too many things to list, but here is a start: an artist and writer; a photographer and saunterer; a daughter and sister and granddaughter; a friend, a partner, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother; a gardener, a great and imaginative cook, and the creator of wonderful sandwiches.

19 thoughts on “A Monday meander: After the storms

  1. What a nice encounter with Little Doe after your meditation. I don’t know if I want to watch The Handmaid’s Tale as I fear it will be too depressing. I haven’t yet seen The Shape of Water as I tend to avoid anything that resembles fairy tales, but maybe I’ll have to give it a try since I’ve heard so many good things about it. Enjoy your rainy weekend, Robin. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. 🙂 The Handmaid’s Tale has been somewhat depressing since it feels like a cautionary tale. My husband thinks it’s too slow, but I think the slowness is appropriate for the story.

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  2. Beautiful, Robin! Not-so-little Doe with the grass hanging out of her mouth made me laugh. Everything is sprouting up here, too, with the rain. I guess there’s been enough sun in between the storms.
    I haven’t seen The Handmaid’s Tale. I remember how much the book terrified me. I don’t remember what I thought of the commander, but current VP, yes. 🙂 I LOVED The Shape of Water. It really was wonderful.

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    1. Thank you, Merril. 🙂 Rain, rain, and more rain here this weekend, but I hear it’s going to be nice this week. I’m enjoying the cool down and the breeze, but wouldn’t mind if things dried out a bit.

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    1. Thank you, Kim. 🙂 I looked it up and although there is some similarity in the flowers (and the scent), I’m still not sure. Jasmine appears to be a vine and this is a big shrub.


  3. I love your rabbits and the honeysuckle and so much more. And I’m glad you haven’t had so much rain that you’re floating. And my sister gave me a DVD of The Shape of Water but I forgot to watch it, so thanks for reminding me! 🙂

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  4. Deer represent unconditional love, so it’s a nice thing to see after your meditation. A loving message. 🙂 Does the deer have a problem with her left eye? Does she have fawns this year?
    I was wondering how you were faring with all the rain. Endicott’s flooding is on the news, but that may be far from you. The rain sure is making everything lush and green. I walk around in a kind of ecstasy, drinking it all in. I love looking up into the leafy canopy!

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    1. I wondered about her eye, too, Eliza. I can’t tell very much even when I zoom in on the photos. “Lush and green” describes the state of things right now quite well although all the rain is making the farm fields look muddy and brown. I noticed some of the wheat fields are flooded and the wheat is dying. Ellicott City is across the bay from us. We pass by there whenever we go to Ohio. M and I have been meaning to visit because we’ve heard a lot of good things about it, but then the flooding occurred two years ago and again this year. It doesn’t sound good for them.

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  5. Beautiful post. Deer are special. I’ve watched the news about my beloved Ellicott City. The intense rains have hit them once again, even as some have only recently reopened following the flood 22 months ago. I lived there for twenty years. My children and I spent so much time in the historic district. I’ve cried so much for that sweet place and its inhabitants. Nature has been forgotten by the developers. Your pictures remind us all of both the importance and beauty of nature. If we care for her, she supports us.

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    1. Thank you, Carrie. 🙂 I haven’t yet had the chance to visit Ellicott City since moving here. It’s on our list of things to do, but we always seem to be coming or going, on our way to get somewhere else, whenever we’re near the area. I haven’t had a chance to look at the news after this latest round of rain. I did see flood warnings for that area the other day. I’m hoping they weren’t flooded again.

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  6. I always enjoy your meanders, even if I’m late reading them like I am with this one. The early morning pictures are wonderful and so inviting!

    I tried reading The Handmaid’s Tale years ago but the beginning was so very boring that I have up on it. I don’t have Hulu so I’ll have to wait and see if I can watch some of it when I visit my son later this month.


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