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September walks

Somewhere on the road.

September Meditation
by Burton D. Carley

I do not know if the seasons remember their history or if the days and
nights by which we count time remember their own passing.

I do not know if the oak tree remembers its planting or if the pine
remembers its slow climb toward sun and stars.

I do not know if the squirrel remembers last fall’s gathering or if the
bluejay remembers the meaning of snow.

I do not know if the air remembers September or if the night remembers
the moon.

I do not know if the earth remembers the flowers from last spring or if
the evergreen remembers that it shall stay so.

Perhaps that is the reason for our births—to be the memory for
creation.

Perhaps salvation is something very different than anyone ever expected.

Perhaps this will be the only question we will have to answer:
“What can you tell me about September?”

Along the trail.

Borrowing from The Pretenders:  I went back to Ohio.  I don’t know if my city was gone or not since I didn’t spend much time in any of the cities.  I was there to see my granddaughters and grandsons, and my sons and daughters-in-law.  It was a quick trip that felt somewhat long when I was in the car.  1300+ miles, I think, to go back and forth and see everyone.

A morning walk and divine light.

It was great to be able to spend a little time with my granddaughters.  We haven’t seen much of them since the start of the pandemic.  That is mostly our fault in trying to be careful since they have been back in school and busy with other activities (dance, cheer, soccer).  We went to a high school football game to watch our oldest granddaughter cheer and to a soccer game the next day to watch our youngest granddaughter play.  It was a joy to be able to watch them.

This tree is 350+ years old. It’s a Burr Oak.

We had a few days with the boys, too, and were able to watch a soccer game and soccer practice.  If you have ever watched littles playing soccer, you will know that it is one of the most adorable things on the planet.  They all huddle together around the ball, moving as almost one entity.  M the Younger is coaching the Little Wookie’s team and I enjoyed watching how good he is with the kids.

I’ve been holding off on this announcement but it’s official now so… We have another grandchild on the way.  M the Younger and his wife are expecting a girl in February.  The impossible has miraculously become possible and we’re all quite excited now that we’ve gotten over the surprise of it.

The top of the tree.

All in all, it was a good trip.  Love, family, and safe travels there and back.  The only negative was catching a virus of some kind which I hope is just a cold.  Covid tests have been negative so far.  Fingers crossed that it stays that way.  I was hoping to get the new booster and a flu shot when I see my primary care physician next week.  Now it will depend on whether or not I’m recovered and whether or not I score a positive Covid test.  I’ll probably test one more time, just to be sure.  I’ve read that the rapid at-home tests are not always accurate right away.  It’s best, I’m told, to test 2-3 times.  Or have a PCR test done, but our county health department only does them once a week and I wasn’t here on that day.

A phone booth in the woods.

I did a little hiking here and there along the way, getting ready for our Walktober event.  I have one more trip coming up and then I should be settling in for a while.  I’m hoping to hike in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, weather permitting.  It’s been on my list of places to visit since we moved here.   I’d like that to be my Walktober walk, but we’ll see how it goes.

A way to reach out.

Walktober reminder:  This year the dates will be October 8 through October 24.  That should give us all plenty of time to get our walks in.  The plan, at the moment, is to do the wrap-up of the walks on or near October 31.  If you need more time, let me know.  The rules are quite loose.  You can walk, run, drive, swim, bike, do whatever you need to do.  You don’t have to go anywhere.  A tour of your yard works just fine.  The idea is to get outside but if you need to be indoors, that’s fine, too.

A boardwalk on a trail somewhere near Columbus, Ohio.

Thank you for dropping by and taking a few walks with me today.  The photos are from my phone camera and were taken on different trails along the way.  I did take some photos with the big camera when I went on some longer hikes in the woods.  The fall foliage is just getting started so there wasn’t much in the way of autumn color, but beautiful even so.

I’d invite you out to watch the sunset, but Ian, formerly a hurricane, is on his way here today and tomorrow.  I think it will be quite windy and rainy by sunset (scheduled for 6:47 PM).  Let’s wait until tomorrow or Sunday.  It depends on how quickly Ian moves through the area.  Sunsets after a storm are usually quite spectacular.

Please be safe, be well, and take the time to just Be.

Lots of yellow in the meadows.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  2,090:  Safe travels and traveling mercies, there and back.  2,091)  Goldenrod lighting up the fields and meadows.  2,092)  Family and time spent with them.  2,093)  Love.  2,094)  Soup.  It’s the perfect food for when I’m sick.  2,095)  Being home again for a little while.  If I have to be sick, it’s better to be at home.

Soccer and sunset.
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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.

18 thoughts on “September walks

  1. Congrats on the grandchild, Robin.
    I still don’t understand the Covid obsession. Friends have made themselves ill having boosters. Why? Fill your body full of chemicals that make the pharmaceutical companies rich and do exactly what for you? I’m afraid it’s a huge con. Flu could kill if you were vulnerable. This is no different.

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    1. Thank you, Jo. 🙂

      Maybe it’s because I am married to a scientist (yoga teaches this, too) but I think the obsession — whether the obsession is with Covid or the vaccine — is really about fear. Our thoughts/beliefs are not the same as what the data show. Our fear/thoughts/beliefs can color how we see the data or influence what data we are willing to look at that (such as only looking at something that verifies what we already believe), but it doesn’t change the data. Covid has been shown to be more lethal than the flu, and has more long-term consequences in some people (neurological problems, heart attack/stroke even in those who had mild Covid, and more).

      What chemicals are you concerned with? I understand a distrust of the pharmaceutical industry. I’m with you on that and I don’t believe medication is the answer for everything. I’m asking because my experience differs. I don’t know anyone who has become ill as a result of the boosters (other than the very short-term side effects that are possible and usually gone within 24 hours). The people I know who have had the vaccine and boosters are, generally, thriving and getting on with their lives for the most part. I do know unvaccinated people who died from Covid or are experiencing Long Covid and are unable to resume even some normal, everyday, activities the way they used to.

      The hope is that this eventually does become no worse than the flu. The reality is that we keep giving the virus the opportunity to change and there is no way to know if it will change to become milder or if it will change to become more lethal.

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      1. Thanks for the full reply, Robin. I rarely get involved in this kind of debate on here. I don’t consider myself well enough informed. Although I accept what you’re saying I do know a couple of people whose lives have been rendered miserable since having the vaccine. Positive proof is never going to be available but at the moment I prefer to take my chances with the virus. 🤗💗

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        1. Understood and I know what you mean, Jo. It’s so hard to discuss things when you can’t be face to face. Words can be misconstrued, and there is so much passion around this. I wish you all the best with your chances and choices. ♥♥♥

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  2. Exciting news about your next granddaughter, Robin.
    I hope Ian is not too tough on you. I really feel for the Floridians, gosh what a mess.
    I’ll have to give Walktober some thought… I’ve been just about everywhere around here… I think this is #9?? Geez!
    Hope you feel better soon and it isn’t Covid. Never a good thing to be sick. 😦

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. 🙂 Ian made quite a bit of noise (heavy rains, blustery winds) throughout the night, but didn’t spawn any tornadoes or severe thunderstorms. I am grateful for that. We’re supposed to get more rain and wind tomorrow and into Monday as the back side of Ian moves through.

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  3. Thank you for the lovely respite. I’m glad you were able to visit your grandchildren (and their parents!) and watch them do their favorite things. Congratulations on a new granddaughter coming soon! 🙂

    Bruce is in the hospital at the moment, had surgery to remove a kidney that had an attached very large tumor on it. That was scary. But we think they got it all, will know next week when lab reports come back.

    I am hoping to go to a new (to me) nature place for the Walktober…but we’ll see how much care Bruce needs when he gets home.

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  4. I’m happy for you that you got to see your family. Huge congratulations on your soon to arrive granddaughter! 💙
    I love that boardwalk and the whole idea of the whispering phone.

    I’ll have to see about Walktober. I walk every day, but I’m overwhelmed with work and projects right now.

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    1. Thank you, Merril. 🙂 I’m a bit overwhelmed too, and wondering how I’m going to manage Walktober but I think that every year and somehow it gets done. Good luck with your overwhelm and if you can join in, that’s great. If not, no worries.

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  5. So glad you had a wonderful trip, even if you came back with a bug. Congrats on the new addition to come… Oh, the poor (or lucky) little sister with two big brothers to care (or pick on) her 🙂
    Beautiful photos, of course. Still trying to decide where to go for my Walktober. Has to be somewhere different!

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  6. How I love that open phone booth, Robin! We’ve all lost somebody special, so I can’t fathom you found the thing empty. Maybe you just waited for a lull in the visitors??

    Congrats on the new baby-to-come! What exciting news! I’m glad you got away to visit family and enjoy everyday activities (for them, anyway) like sports events and such. Kinda grounds you back into reality, doesn’t it?

    Still pondering my Walktober destination … but I’m having fun anticipating it. Our weather has been perfect — coolish, clear, and practically no humidity — so I’d better hop to it before the worm turns! Feel better soon, ‘k?!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. 🙂 The phone booth was in the midst of the woods and there weren’t any other hikers out there so I had it all to myself. It looks fairly new. I’ve hiked that trail many times when we lived there and when we go for a visit. It wasn’t there during my visit in the spring. I’m guessing maybe not many people know about it? It was certainly a surprise to me when I saw it.

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