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A Monday meander: Rainy days and Mondays

Early this morning.

As I get older, I realize the thing I value the most is good-heartedness.

~ Alice Walker

Many of us sense in the time of this current pandemic a great opportunity: it is as if we have collectively been sent indoors to do our essential human homework, to hit the pause button on our hyper-accelerating lives and reflect on what is really of value. It is to get into our hearts; to discover that being human is a magnificent thing; that each human being is a uniquely formed stream of creativity so perfectly designed to flow into communal rivers of renewal and into a great tidal shift that moves us in the years ahead to declare, “Powered by love? Indeed the whole thing is powered by love: every forest, every lake, every creature, every human, every galaxy is powered by love—by a love as potent and creative as we allow it to be.”

~ James O’Dea

Saturday’s rain.

We finally got some rain over the weekend.  It was a relief to wake up on Saturday morning and listen to the rainfall.  There were rumbles of thunder, flashes of lightning, and gusts of wind to go with the rain.  I can’t remember the last time I felt so blessed by a rainy day.  I thoroughly enjoyed the break from the bright sunlight and the heat of summer.  The earth and plants are much more lively.  So lively, in fact, that on Saturday afternoon the boys and I watched as the trees did their own dance of joy as the wind played with their branches and leaves.

Rain in the trees.

Aside from the thunder, the pounding of heavy rain, and the boisterous noise of boys, it was a sort of quiet weekend.  I suppose that’s true for a lot of folks who are not going out much these days.  We hung out at Breezy Acres or over here at what the Little Wookie has been calling our “summer home.”

A portal to another dimension?

This week we are filling in for the babysitter so that the boy’s mum can work.  Fortunately, she does much of her work from home so there is no risk of exposure.  The babysitter is on vacation, or more likely, a staycation.

In the garden, before the rain.

Today’s weather has been absolutely amazing.  Sunny, breezy, mild.  Tomorrow is forecast to be similar.  After that, summer heat and humidity will be returning, with a vengeance as if to make up for the mild days.  But what else would you expect in July?  Almost mid-July.  Wow.  Time has been speeding by since we landed here on the first of July.

Looking down.

Everyone is still healthy and well.  Fingers crossed and prayers said that it stays that way.  I am so, so tired of the way the U.S. government has not responded well to this.  It seems all of the isolation in the early months was just tossed on the rubbish heap by a man who thinks of no one other than himself.

Not quite open yet.

I am also weary of the rudeness and selfishness of some humans.  M and I were pulling out the driveway this afternoon in our pickup truck after M ascertained that it was safe to do so.  There was a man on a motorcycle WAY down at the bottom of the big hill, far enough away that if he had been driving the speed limit, we would not be cutting him off.  Not too long after we pulled out, he came roaring and speeding by, no helmet on his head (a future organ donor, as a friend calls the guys who ride motorcycles without helmets), waving his arm overhead, middle finger extended as he looked back at us with a growl and a snarl on his face.  This is not the first time I’ve encountered the middle finger while on the road, but for some reason this made me incredibly and tearfully sad, that we humans treat each other that way.

Blue.

Enough of the negativity.  It pops up every now and then, and given that it’s part of how I feel, I’m letting it out occasionally.  That doesn’t make for very peaceful blogs posts, does it?  I’ll try to save the negative stuff for my journal.  I’m sure we’ve all had our fair share of it lately.  I’m going to try for a more “powered by love” attitude, in blogging and in life.

Hosta, after the rain.

That’s pretty much it from me for now.  Thank you for visiting with me.  Our sunsets continue to be lovely.  It’s scheduled for 8:58 PM this evening.  I’ll meet you by the cornfield and we’ll see what we can see.

Please be safe, be well, and be kind.

A drop.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,471)  Wonderful rain to soak the parched earth over the weekend.  1,472)  Early morning hikes with the boys, looking for insects and crabapples and whatever else we can find.  1,473)  This beautiful day we’ve been gifted.  1,474)  Kindness.  Let’s spread it around when we can.  1,475)  The super power of love.

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.

13 thoughts on “A Monday meander: Rainy days and Mondays

  1. ” I watched as the trees did their own dance of joy as the wind played with their branches and leaves.” What a delightful phrase. I can see it – oh, maybe we’ll get some rain end of the week…meanwhile scorcher – even the dog sags when the door is open to the backyard and the wall of heat hits.. Luckily our backyard is sheltered by some very large crepe myrtles and we are in a path of prevailing wind – if one is stirring, so a little chance to get outside.
    You are right people re very cranky and angry right now. All you can do to find any peace is to Be with those close around you and try to stay out of the others’ way.

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  2. Rain is such a blessing and boon to the all the growing things. We’ve been getting isolated showers nearly every day since the big deluge over the weekend.
    I’m sorry you are encountering rudeness out there, your former home no less. Do you think it is your license plate they see and think you are vacationing and spreading disease? Small minds, you know…

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    1. I suppose that’s possible, Eliza, but I suspect it’s just plain rudeness. There is a lot more of that going around here than there is concern over spreading disease. Unfortunately. 😦

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      1. ‘Go lemmings, go.’ Sometimes I wonder if some unseen force is sending them over the cliff. 😮
        Stay out of the crowd so you don’t get pushed over by the ones behind you. 😉

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    1. Thank you, Laurie. 🙂 I’m thinking there are any of us feeling this sadness and a kind of collective grief, although we might not realize yet that’s what it is. Death is certainly in the air (quite literally). We’ve lost three people since this began, and just got word this afternoon that my daughter-in-law’s grandmother died this morning. As far as I know, none were Covid related, but we’re unsure about at least one.

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  3. We got some rain to… It was pure bliss! Still feels like we need a lot more but we’ll take what we can, right? Our humidity is coming back as well so tomorrow, I hope, I can take advantage and go for a decent walk without melting.
    Enjoy your time with the boys!

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  4. Alas, we are human and we have feelings. I like to think of this space as a safe one for being who you are and that includes sharing your real human feelings. I read it as an observation of just how poorly some humans regard others. It feels more raw these days, I believe. Be well, dear Robin. Enjoy those children and your time there. 💟☮️

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  5. I like the first quote with its focus on “good-heartedness.” I agree that as a society we are quickly going down the path to mean-heartedness. I attribute this decline in civility to The Donald, but like you won’t be drawn into it. It is an intentional decision on my part, like your “powered by love” approach to life. I’m not ignoring the existence of the negative, just moving past it.

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  6. I am tearfully sad about your encounter with the middle finger, too. I am also light-heartedly happy about the picture of those sweet little boys. Sigh…that seems like life right now. So easy to be tossed & turned by all that’s going on.

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