CloudPosted: September 10, 2012
No, not that kind of cloud!
This kind of Cloud. Cloud, the white red-tail hawk from the Medina Raptor Center. The bird I thought should have his own post. I bet you thought I forgot all about him. Not so. A beautiful and unusual bird like Cloud is hard to forget.
As mentioned previously, Cloud is not an albino. He is leucistic. I suppose the easiest way to tell the difference (the scientists agree) is that a solid white bird with pink eyes is albinistic, whereas Cloud has blue eyes making him leucistic. You can read more about it here.
Speaking of gorgeous, we are having the most amazingly gorgeous day here in the Bogs. What makes it even better is this happens to be one of those rare days when I am under no obligation to do anything.
Of course I have “shoulds.” I should be working in the garden. I should be freezing peppers. I should be canning tomatoes. I should be… well, the list is endless if I allow it to be.
But I don’t have “musts” (must do this, must do that). It’s nice not to have “musts.” Any of the “shoulds” can wait a day. “Musts” usually can’t. After almost a full week of working hard and taking care of “musts,” it feels liberating to have a day without them.
So I’m going to do something different today. I’m going to take a blanket, a book, my journal, and a pen, and go sit in my favorite outdoor alcove. It’s near the garden, between the Future Woods and one of the meadows. It’s a lovely, peaceful place to sit and relax. The grass is soft, there are trees to lean on if you need support, and you can opt for sun or shade just by changing the spot where you’re sitting.
I might read. I might write. I might meditate. I might take a nap. I might do nothing at all except stare out at the pond or look up at the sky.
What would you do on a day you don’t have “musts” and your “shoulds” can be put aside?
Thank you for stopping by the Bogs today. I’ve scheduled this post to go out at it’s usual time. I’ll be outside, in the Alcove, if you’d like to join me. I’m sure by the time this goes out I’ll have had plenty of quiet time and will enjoy a good chat. Or we can sit quietly if that’s what you’d prefer.
Today’s joys: The intensely blue sky of morning; the lushness of the grasses and flowers; a red-tail hawk whistling overhead; a new air conditioner, installed today; tea, hot or cold; tomato sandwiches made with tomatoes picked a few minutes before lunch; a day with no “musts” or “shoulds” that need to be attended to right away.
I sincerely believe that there is a time in life for drifting. There is a time for sitting back and getting in touch with yourself. Some of our most interesting illuminations and ideas will come when we take time to reflect, time to kick back and cruise awhile.
~ Rudolfo Anaya