Sometimes I think there are only two instructions we need to follow to develop and deepen our spiritual life: slow down and let go.
~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer
It’s been a while since we’ve taken a walk around the Wabi-Sabi Ranch. A cold front moved through last night and swept out the near 100°F temperatures. It’s cloudy, very breezy, and much cooler. Perfect for a hike around the property to see what’s going on before the next wave of heat moves in. The mosquitoes are still a problem, though, since Dorian moved through. I don’t like having to wear insect repellent, but I think it’s going to become, if it isn’t already, a necessity. Mosquito- and other insect-borne diseases are, they say, on the rise.
We are starting to see more autumnal changes. More leaves on the trees are starting to change color. Some are even letting go and falling to the ground. Goldenrod is blooming, the partridge peas are finished blooming and have gone to seed (pods), and most plants in general are beginning to look like they are either finished or almost finished for the season. Except for the weeds. Some of them seem to have no season. They carry on year-round.
I have not seen our deer family lately. Perhaps they’re out in the cornfields, filling up on feed corn. Or they are feasting on the partridge peas and other plants in the meadows and future woods. The last time I saw them, there were only three. One of the twins was missing. It’s possible it was exploring elsewhere. I hope so.
Since we’re out and about on a walk, this would be a good time to tell you about the Walktober dates for this year. They are: October 6th through October 19th. If you need to take your walk sooner or later, that won’t be a problem. Just let me know.
If you’re new to this and not sure what Walktober is, there is a link over in the sidebar to help you out. Just click on the photo labeled Walktober and that will take you to the “in a nutshell” explanation. I will try to post the official Walktober post, the one that you should link to for pingbacks (or you can leave a link in the comments), on or around October 6th. You don’t need to remember all of that now. I’ll be reminding you from time to time at the bottom of my posts.
Do you have any plans for the weekend? I think M and I are going to be hanging out here, trying to get things in order for a party we might be hosting next week. I haven’t been given the official go-ahead yet. Hopefully M will let me know soon. It’s something we’ve been hosting every year, to welcome new students and to gather with some of M’s colleagues and their families.
I have more photos, but honestly, not much else to say so I’ll go ahead and wrap this up. Thank you so much for visiting and walking with me today. If it clears up, or looks like it will clear up, I’ll meet you out at the Point for sunset. It’s scheduled for 7:16 PM. Shortly after that, we should be able to watch the full moon rise (7:25 PM). It should be nice out there, provided the breeze doesn’t give up on us.
Be good, be kind, be love. ♥
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 1,156) Cool, cloudy, breezy days after a string of hot weather. 1,157) A visit with my mockingbird friend this morning. He still comes around when I whistle the first few notes of “Ode to Joy.” 1,158) Afternoon naps. 1,159) Sitting on the bench by the pond, watching whatever unfolds. 1,160) An interesting meditation about time and space.