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Through the window

Rainy day.

What I know is that it’s going to be better. If it’s bad, it might get worse, but I know that it’s going to be better. And you have to know that. There’s a country song out now, which I wish I’d written, that says, ‘Every storm runs out of rain.’ I’d make a sign of that if I were you. Put that on your writing pad. No matter how dull and seemingly unpromising life is right now, it’s going to change. It’s going to be better. But you have to keep working.

~ Maya Angelou

Through the kitchen window.

How are you today?  I hope this finds you well and doing all the things you need to do to keep you well.

It’s raining here today.  Somehow, that feels right and good.  Maybe that’s because rainy days are typically the kind of day one spends indoors, looking out.  I like to watch as the raindrops race each other down the glass of the window, creating different patterns and streams.  Rain softens the outside world, giving the colors an abstract feel.

It is Day 2 of the 40-day self-care challenge.  Today my self-care involved 30 minutes of cardio, the personal practice I was given by my yoga teacher (some movement, mantra, breath work), and meditation.  I also went out for a walk in between the bands of rain.  The birds were quite loud today, especially the crows and red-winged blackbirds.

Something that might help you muddle through:

  • Susannah Conway has started her April Love 2020 photo challenge early (it begins today with the prompt “Through the window” which you might have noticed is my post title and the subject of the first two photos which were taken in response to the prompt).  You don’t have to be a great photographer, or a photographer at all.  There are no emails involved.  No registration.  No rules.  Just check out the prompts and if you have a camera of some kind, join in.  I also think these would make great writing prompts, if you’re not as visual or you are more inclined to write.  (The quote I began this post with was included in Susannah’s latest newsletter.  I borrowed it (as we borrow quotes, anyhow) because it was so appropriate for this rainy day and the times.)

Just one thing/link today.  It can be pretty overwhelming out there lately.  So many good people are offering so many good things.  I can’t believe I just wrote that but truly, there are many, many generous people doing what they can to help us through as we wait for this to pass.

High tide in the marsh.

Thank you for visiting with me today.  I don’t think we’ll see much of a sunset.  There is more rain on the way.  Instead of going out to the dock or the Point, let’s just relax where we are and enjoy whatever the evening sky happens to offer through the window.

Be safe, be well.  ♥♥♥

In the woods today.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,286)  A walk in the woods, listening to the pitter-patter of the raindrops falling from the trees.  1,287)  Homemade bread and rolls.  We ran out of bread so M decided to bake some this morning.  The scent!  It’s amazing.  1,288)  Veggie meatball sandwiches on the freshly baked rolls.  I made the sauce but the meatballs are the store-bought variety.  That’s as close as we’re getting to junk food around here lately.  1,289)  The sound of hundreds of birds sitting in the trees, sharing the latest gossip with each other.  1,290)  The greening of the landscape.  

Author:

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.

16 thoughts on “Through the window

  1. Presently, it is snowing heavily – spring has been put on hold for a day, it seems. It’s nice to walk in the woods, listening to the crunch of snow beneath my boots. The birds are pretty quiet today, but lots of action at the feeders. Maybe all your blackbirds are talking about moving north en masse? The first ones started dribbling in a few weeks ago, with more arriving daily. Hope they’ll be okay with all this snow!
    I am baking dill/onion bread as I write, so I share that fresh bread smell here as well. Also had a nice yoga session today, too. I am liking the slower pace of life, the lack of traffic on our road, and not worrying about the rush to get things done.
    Lastly, I really like the Maya quote – such a wise lady. Stay well, Robin!

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. You too. 🙂 Your dill/onion bread sounds wonderful! So does your walk in the snow. We saw very little snow this year. Just a few flakes, here and there. I think the blackbirds will be visiting you soon.

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  2. Tis raining here, too. I had planned to roll some coins… may still get to that… of course, my bank is closed right now, but I’ll be ready when the end of this strangeness arrives. It’s a soup kind of day, I think. Thanks for helping me think about the rain which helped me decide what to have for dinner! My cardio today was watching a comedy special on The YouTube. I will go out for a bit tomorrow again. Stay warm! Stay safe!

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  3. We started the day with snow, and ended with rain. And it’s cold and damp and not fun. I am hoping for warmer temperatures soon. My sister, in Alabama where I should be right now, sent up a picture of her view of the lake, complete with azaleas in full bloom. I am sad that I’m not there. But it just seems too dangerous to drive that far and now Michigan and Ohio and I think Illinois are under a stay at home edict…so we will.

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    1. We’re not in Ohio for the very same reason, Dawn. It seems safer to stay put for now. We were supposed to be there last week and part of this week. It makes me sad that we’re not there, visiting with family (especially the grandkids), but everyone is probably better off if we wait.

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  4. It rained here for a couple of days just as we started self isolating, Robin, and it seemed like the weather was truly joining in with the way everyone felt. We’ve tried to shrug that off and enjoy what we have since then, and you’re right- so many people are reaching out and trying to lighten the mood. The sun has just broken through the clouds here and I’m off to the roof to look at my beautiful world and have breakfast. Stay well! 🙂 🙂

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  5. “The sound of hundreds of birds sitting in the trees, sharing the latest gossip with each other.” Truly, that never gets old, and it is always wondrous. After raining all day, the sun did come out here yesterday at late afternoon. It was beautiful. But your rainy day photos are lovely. 😀
    Your veggie meatball sandwiches on homemade rolls sound delicious. I found a recipe for veggie Swedish meatballs that I made a few weeks ago–my husband loved them.(It was on the NY Times site.)

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  6. Maya Angelou has the best thoughts. Supposedly the sky is going to clear here offering us some sunshine. If that happens I’ll go for a longer-than-normal walk, because even though we’ve been asked to stay home in Ohio I’m allowed to mosey around at will. Thus mosey I shall.

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  7. A rainy day can be so soothing. I take pictures out my bathroom window all the time. It overlooks the backyard and gives me a great view of our how the woods are oh so close to us. I always open the window so that I can get a clearer picture. Took pictures this morning, and I will be posting the photos on my blog. Last night it snowed and left five beautiful inches behind. That, too, felt soothing.

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  8. Adding a more upbeat comment now. It’s a new day. The sun is shining, it’s going to be warmer, the birds are all over the feeders, Katie and I went on a walk around the backyard which made her and me happy. I feel much better than yesterday. Yes, “every storm runs out of rain.” I hope you are having a sunny day today too.

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  9. Maya Angelou was such a wise and wonderful woman. No wonder there are so many fabulous quotes by her. Wonderful!
    And good for you! I have kept up my two days so far as well 😉

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