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A Monday meander: Fall in (to) summer

Four crows. (2012)

Anything [manifested] in the physical world is already history.

~ Caroline Myss


Hello and happy summer!  I hope you had a good weekend and got a chance to do a little celebrating of the Solstice or Juneteenth or for no reason at all.  We could probably all use a little bit of celebration now and then, without an excuse to do so.  We’re alive and breathing.  That should be reason enough, don’t you think?

The cactus in the garden is blooming.

I’ve been sorting through old photos again.  That’s one rationale for starting with photos that were obviously taken during autumn months.  I also thought they were kind of interesting.  I’m not sure what I did to them in terms of editing.  I hope I left some notes behind in the notebook I keep for such things.  I might want to try something similar with other photos I’ve found.  My final excuse is that the weather here is currently hot and humid, and it’s nice to be looking at autumn and winter images right now.

Zooming in.

We do have plenty of interesting things happening around here right now.  Flowers in bloom, wildlife babies being born, and some amazing cloud formations sailing across the sky.  The cactus that you see above was one that M found somewhere and moved into a garden area so we could see what would happen.  They grow at the beach so he figured they might grow here.  He planted it a couple of years ago.  This is the first time we’ve seen it bloom.  It’s beautiful.


The hostas are about ready to bloom, any minute now.  Hopefully the deer won’t come along and eat them before I get a chance to look at them.  M sprayed them with some sort of cayenne pepper mixture.  I’m not sure if that will help or not.  Maybe our deer like their food hot and spicy.

Dewy roses.

The roses have been in bloom for a while.  There’s something going wrong with them.  That’s true of a number of plants and flowers in the garden.  The roses are dying, almost in the same way they do when the beetles attack.  There are no beetles to be found on them.  I will try deadheading them and see what happens after that.  I don’t really have the time right now to research and fuss.  They’ll have to save themselves this year.

Hanging out by the greenhouse.

The daylilies are not looking too healthy, either.  The same could be said for the yucca.  It shot up a couple of panicles (I think that’s the name for them), but they appear to be dying before the flowers bloom on them.  The yucca and daylilies are in the same area (near the scrounger’s garden and greenhouse), as is the cherry tree that appears to be dying.

Beautyberry shrub.

There are some plants and flowers out there that are thriving.  The beautyberry bush, the butterfly bush, zinnias, and sunflowers are all doing well.  I hope the bee balm continues to grow and do well as the summer wears on.  Like everything else, it will have to do without me.

Magnolia. It’s hard to get a photo of the blossoms because the tree is quite tall and all the blossoms are near the top.

We are about nine days away from leaving for Ohio.  There is still a lot to do before we depart and leave the house, cats, and ranch to our house/pet sitter.  We have figured out the restroom dilemma, and should be able to avoid public restrooms as we make our way north and west.  If you read my last post, you will know it’s a bucket with a puppy pad in it.  I did a dry (literally) run and see no reason why it shouldn’t work.  We’ve figured out a way to create privacy and enough space to maneuver.  This will be quite an adventure.

A volunteer.

Last Tuesday was our last day out and about.  We will continue to isolate until we leave next week.  If I’m honest, which I do try to be, I am a little anxious about the trip.  I worry that I’ll get someone else sick, particularly a family member, but I wouldn’t want to get anyone — not even a stranger along the way — sick.  That is why I wear a mask on the few occasions I’ve gone out.  We did not get tested even though we had hoped to do so (things didn’t work out), and if we did so now (our county is doing drive thru testing tomorrow), we would have to isolate longer.  Given how little we’ve been out and about over the past few months, I’m not sure we’ve been exposed.  Probably not.  Our county has been sitting at the number 83 (positive cases, 3 deaths) for a while now.  They’ve been testing and still, the number has stayed the same.

The bees and I have been enjoying the lavender.

I am frustrated, too, with how the pandemic has not been handled well, by the government and/or by the people.  I talked with my sons over the weekend and both said that only about 25% of the people they see in the stores are wearing masks (they — my sons — are avoiding spending too much time in the stores because of this).  It is maddening and selfish.  The people who won’t physically distance or wear masks, the people who refuse to take this seriously, are responsible for dragging this out.  I sometimes think it will stretch out into forever, given the way the U.S. is doing very little to contain it.  All that said, the states of Maryland and Ohio have done fairly well.  Maybe there isn’t too much to be worried about although it would be nice if Ohio would make masks mandatory like they are here in Maryland.  We have no plans to leave our bubble more than we have to once we’re relocated for our temporary move.  We’ll have something in Ohio that we don’t have here:  Instacart and curbside pick-up.  I’ve also been ordering things to be delivered ahead of time, and we will take a long plenty of food from the pantry and freezer here so that we don’t need to shop immediately.

Guess who we finally got a chance to see?

This seems like a good place to wrap things up before I haul out the soapbox and start ranting.  Thank you so very much for stopping by and visiting with me.  I think sunset will be interesting this evening.  How about meeting out at the Point?  It’s usually easy enough to physically distance out there.  Now that things (especially the beaches) are open here, there should be fewer people out there.  And if there are too many, we can come back here and watch from the dock.  Sunset is scheduled for 8:29 PM.  It’s quite warm (feels like 100°F currently).  You might even want to go for a swim.  The current water temperature is somewhere around 75°F.  That’s fairly warm for this time of year.  Wear your swim suit if you want to take a dip.

And please, be safe, be well, and be kind.  ♥

Mama is on guard.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,446)  Good health.  1,447)  Deep breaths.  1,448)  Getting some of my email cleared out.  What a mess!  1,449)  Blueberry upside-down cake with a butterscotch “icing.”  1,450)  Fresh peas from the garden.  We harvested the last of them over the weekend.  Some went into a delicious risotto that we had for lunch yesterday.

Not one, but two. We have a new set of twins on the ranch.


Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, yoga teacher, sometime poet, wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She shares her daily walks and meanders, a lot of quotes, some of her artwork, and a lot of her photography here on Ye Olde Blogge. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are (still!) in the midst of renovating the house and cleaning up the 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.

32 thoughts on “A Monday meander: Fall in (to) summer

  1. I am glad you are going to be able to go. You will be happier when you’re with your family, especially the grands. Still, it will be quite the adventue. I so want to go to AL to see my family, but their numbers are spiking and there’s little health care in rural AL which is where I’d be, so I won’t go. But it’s hard. Michigan’s numbers have slowed to almost nothing the past two days. Still 2 people have died each day, but we were, for several weeks at 100 dead every day. Progress that I fear will not last as people are getting lax even though our governor is still pushing for staying home. ANyway…I hope your trip goes well. Tell us how the toilet thing works…as some of us may end up using that idea on trips of our own eventually. I’m planning on camping up north in mid-August…and am considering your system for my campsite so I don’t have to use the public bathhouse.

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    1. Thank you, Dawn. 🙂 I’m glad we’ll get to go, too. Things could change in the next nine days, but it for now it’s all systems go. I will let you know how the makeshift toilet works out. We bought a tall bucket from Lowe’s that has a twist on-off lid. I think it was less than $5 but I’m not sure (M quoted one he found online at $3.69 or something like that and this one was an upgrade since the lid twists rather than pulls off). Medical care is something we considered, too. In our case, we’d normally get better care in Ohio than we would get here since this is a rural area. As long as the numbers stay low in Ohio, that will be the case, but if they should suddenly spike, that will change things. There are two smallish hospitals within an hour drive of us here, and they are not being overwhelmed like they are in some places.


  2. Thanks for the expedition update, Robin. I hope it all goes smoothly. How long do you plan to stay there? I expect your family will be thrilled to have you so close by, esp. the grandkids. Have a safe journey!

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. 🙂 Two months (July and August). M is working from home via the internet. He can do that there as well as here. Better, actually, since our internet service here is spotty.

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  3. Wonderful that you have got it figured out. I expect all will go well, but sure would be interested in reading an account of your travels when you are settled. As for the soapbox…go ahead and rant. I am with you all the way.

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      1. Please do, if you have time. As for ranting…Oh, yes! However, I am feeling hopeful that finally the tide is staring to turn. Not overconfident. But it seems as though the fool in the White House is finally getting his comeuppance. Fingers, toes, and everything else crossed.


  4. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos. Good luck with your trip. I don’t envy you the bucket (not part of a bucket list, I’m sure). 😏. I haven’t been in any stores–my husband has been doing the shopping–but I think they’re required here. More things are starting to open up–but I know some people are not wearing masks. Ugh. I don’t wear them when I go for a walk early in the morning, because I walk in the street and there are few people around.

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    1. LOL, Merril! Not part of anyone’s bucket list, I hope, but it’s practical and makes the trip possible without having to isolate for two more weeks once we arrive. I don’t wear my mask when I’m walking or riding my bicycle for the same reason — few (or no) people around. You’re welcome, and thank you. 🙂

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  5. It’s frustrating that so many people aren’t wearing masks. It’s simple and it helps. I don’t understand the issue. Hope you have safe travels and all goes well. You’ll enjoy grocery shopping that way and curbside pickup. I hope when we go back to normal, whenever that will be, that curbside pickup stays. I’m a fan! Lovely photos as always.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tara. 🙂 I don’t understand the issue, either. People are believing all sorts of weird things about wearing masks, none of which make sense if you take the time to think about it. Are they uneducated? Under-educated? I just don’t get it. There is so much anger and lying about it. These are very strange times.

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      1. Judging from the Trumpies in my life, people are actually believing the bullsh*t coming from his mouth about it all going away and it not being a big deal. I just stay more than six feet away from them at all times and hope they don’t get sick! There’s some weird psychology stuff going on in people who follow him (it’s not just lack of info, imho). These are very strange times indeed…..


        1. I found this book to be most illuminating: “The Cult of Trump: A Leading Cult Expert Explains How the President Uses Mind Control” by Steven Hassan. Trump is an effective cult leader which is why his followers can believe so many whacky things and behave so inexplicably.

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    1. Could be white fly or something that causes black spots on leaves that my dad used dish soap and warm water spray to clear but he could grow anything. hopefully the ladybugs will munch anything bothering the roses while you’re away. Sometimes Nature heals thing better than humans?

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      1. Thank you, PhilosopherMouse. 🙂 I was just telling Lisa that I sprayed the roses with soap (dish soap, as it so happens) to deal with the beetles that are trying to devour it. Maybe that will help with whatever else was causing problems. I think you’re right about Nature. She often does a much better job.

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    2. Thank you, Lisa. 🙂 I’ll look into it when we return. The Japanese beetles are now attacking it. I sprayed with soap. Usually I pick the beetles off (and put them in soapy water to kill them), but I just don’t have the time right now.

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  6. Always such beautiful pictures, Robin.
    Things here are weird, too. Last week when I did my fruit and veggie shopping, everyone, including staff wore masks, less 2-3. This week? I was one of three wearing a mask! None of the staff did… I don’t know what this will mean…

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  7. Safe travels, Robin! I wish we could do the same but North Carolina isn’t doing so well… (Other reasons, too.) The deer pictures are so lovely, what a blessing it must be to see them so often, even if they do eat some of your garden! I don’t get it about the masks, either. And this morning I was reading that some public health officials have been getting death threats. It doesn’t bode well for us as a people finding an intelligent way to live with the lingering menace of COVID-19.

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    1. Thank you so much, Barbara. 🙂 No, I don’t think it bodes well at all. It seems to be getting worse. I’ve thought about cancelling the trip, but I’m afraid things will be worse in a few months. I hope not. I hope we smarten up and things get better.


  8. I hope your trip goes well and everyone stays healthy. My son and I are going to venture north a short ways to spend a couple days so he can do some fishing – fishing is a pretty solitary endeavor, so I think with masks and distancing we’ll be fine. I did get tested for Covid because I’m having cataract surgery Thursday and it was a requirement. Not the most fun thing I’ve ever done but fortunately it doesn’t take long. Oregon started opening up too, and my county was quite low in numbers but people became complacent I guess – or they’re just not bright – and I’ve been seeing too few masks when I go to get groceries so the numbers are now climbing. It’s going to be a very long haul I think.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. 🙂 Yes, a very long haul. It’s frustrating and tiring, especially when I look at the graphs showing how poorly we’re doing compared with other countries. I hope your trip goes well, too, and that you and your son enjoy your time together.

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  9. Your photos are lovely. I never tire of seeing flowers. I wish you well with your travels. I’m in Ohio and have to admit that using curbside pickup for groceries has been life altering for us. In a good way. Who knew such convenience was at our fingertips? You’re going to like it.

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  10. I was wondering when you were going (or if you had already gone). Glad to know when you’re leaving. We have a friend who keeps debating whether she should go and visit her son’s family down in Virginia. No easy answers. P.S. Love that you’ve seen a fawn and captured it so beautifully in photos! Haven’t seen one here yet this year. Kinda odd, as they are often bouncing all around.

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  11. Have been glad to think you were snug in your own little world and space.
    Nature has been the best healer – and soothing.
    We’ve had more deaths here, but we are between two cities and people commute to work. For a while masks orders lapsed, but we continued and stayed apart. I think part of the problem is that people are not taking this seriously – life has been far too easy here and so many do not understand “be cautious and wait” or delayed gratification. Government can just do so much. People have be logical, think and “no one takes as good of care of you as you will yourself” as my dad kept saying. Young people have never faced uncertainty and vicious disease – on TV everything is fine ( or lawyers fix it ). I remember polio – the fear parents;’ faces, it was the year without pools, movies, going anywhere – and terrifying pictures of children in iron lungs on tv. No one knew what cause it. A next door neighbor died. There was such joy lining up all-around the school for the vaccine. So discouraging history seems to repeat and people never learn.
    I love your bucket idea! We need to travel to see a brand new grandchild, but the bathroom stops worry is what is holding us back – running back to read your solution.
    Safe travels. Take care – and find joy.

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