This, that, and the other thing

Reflections on ice

Reflections on ice

Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you’re just a reflection of him?

~ Bill Watterson



I have a smattering of images and a scattering of thoughts to share today.  It’s going to be one of those hodgepodge posts, the kind where I’m not sure where to start, where to go, or where to end.  To be honest, those are usually my favorites because I sometimes like meandering and wandering with no particular destination in mind.



A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature.  It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.

~ Henry David Thoreau

I was sitting at the table this morning, facing the pond (why do we call it a pond?  at what point would it be called a lake?), flipping through my journal as I listened to the rain, my attention divided between the flipping, the reading about the past, and the listening to the rhythmic sounds of water pouring from the sky.  For a moment I thought, “Nothing’s changed.”  Then the music of the rain soaked into my awareness and I realized, “Everything’s changed.”

Yesterday's frost

Yesterday’s frost

Meditation challenge

Day 111.  It’s going well.  I have days when I’m lazy or rushed, and only sit for five or ten minutes, but I consider five or ten minutes to be better than none at all.  The biggest challenge of this challenge is similar to that of my year of daily yoga practice:  How do I explain what I experience?  Where are the words, the labels, for when the body seems to disappear and I am the breath, expanding and contracting, the inhale and the exhale?  Is there a way to convey the sense of being emptied and then filled?

Today's rain

Today’s rain

2013:  The Year of Love

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

~ Mother Teresa

Love.  ♥  It’s a small word — only four letters — for such a big thing.  It is a big word or theme to live with, and I wondered where to start.  Reading Mother Teresa’s words, I decided a smile is a wonderful place to start.  Smile big, smile sincerely, smile often.  It feels good to smile.  Try it.  Go ahead.  I’ll wait.

Don’t you feel better now?  ☺

You may or may not have noticed that the quotes I use over there on the side (under my Gravatar) have all been about love since I decided on Love as my word for the year.  I’m not sure I’ll have enough (or find enough) quotes on love to get through the year, but it does seem as though a lot of folks have had a lot to say about the subject so I’ll be surprised if I don’t.  I like having the little daily reminder when I change out the quote each day or almost each day.  Some days are too rushed to change the header and the quote.



Lousy Bowling

If I had been on ‘Bowling for Dollars,’ I’d wind up owing them money.

~ Ricki Lake

I’m loving it.  It is so much fun.  My game has not improved much, but there is some improvement.  This week I started our first game with a couple of strikes.  Don’t be too impressed.  I followed that up with quite a few gutter balls.  M and I are currently in third place.  Don’t be too impressed with that, either.  After everything settled (people quit or people just didn’t bother to show up at all the first few weeks), we were left with only four teams.  We might be in last place after this week’s round.

The Mr.

The Mr.

Another challenge?

A friend recently invited us to join her on the RTC Sojourn 2013.  It’s a Rail-To-Trails Conservancy bike ride, 145 miles over the course of five days with an average daily mileage of 30-40 miles.  My first thought was, “It sounds like fun!”  My second thought was, “30-40 miles per day??!  Not sure I can do that.”  If I had to jump on my bike right now and do it, of course I couldn’t.  I might make it one day if I had to (assuming my life depended on it or it was to save someone I love), but for five days in a row?  No.  Not likely.  Unless the life of a loved one or my life really did depend on it.  I’m sure that would change my attitude.

The Mrs.

The Mrs.

With discipline and training, I could do it.  It would be a great challenge.  M and I are seriously considering it.  We’ll have to wait a little bit to see what’s coming up in June, but in the meantime, we can go ahead and train when the weather permits us to ride our bicycles, and when it doesn’t, I’ve found working out on the elliptical helps a lot with my cycling by strengthening my legs.

The beautiful couple

The beautiful couple basking in the sun

Well, I think that’s about it from me and from the Bogs on this strangely spring-like Friday.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  And a big thank you for all your comments and likes and such.  I’m honored that you want to spend time here in the Bogs with me.  Have a delightful weekend!

Rainy day blues

Rainy day blues

Above all, challenge yourself.  You may well surprise yourself at what strengths you have, what you can accomplish.

~ Cecile M. Springer

Twists and turns

Twists and turns


41 Comments on “This, that, and the other thing”

  1. Jaz says:

    Pretty!!!!!!! 🙂

  2. I did indeed smile, and indeed, felt better for it. 🙂

  3. Adela says:

    Beautiful photos as always. Beautiful sentiments. My word for the year is Trust.

  4. Can’t help but get a few giggles today. (a noisy smile?)
    I’ll hang out with the first few pictures and quotes…even when I was little I pondered the possibility of water reflecting or is it a portal to somewhere else…does set the imagination flying.
    Nice post!

  5. bearyweather says:

    I don’t think you will ever run out of “love” quotes … thanks for sharing your pretty pictures. Someday I hope a cardinal will visit my house … I have only seen pictures of them and yours are always so very nice.

    • Robin says:

      I think you’re right, Bearyweather. A lot has been written about the subject. 🙂
      I was surprised that you don’t have cardinals visiting you, but just looked at map of their range. You must be too far north?

  6. seeker says:

    How did you do that? Taking pictures of the lake with ice, snow, fog or ??? Life in the bogs sure looks mighty pretty to me. Good job and keep up the LOVEly challenge.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Seeker. 🙂 Mother Nature did it for me, for the most part. The ice on the surface of the pond is melting, forming puddles where reflections gather on a sunny day. What looks like fog or clouds is actually snow that sat in little drifts and changed over to ice when it was extremely cold. It’s packed tightly enough that it’s not melting as quickly as the regular ice. The reflections are upside down so I flipped the image, setting them right-side up.

  7. Joanne says:

    I don’t know where you find the time and energy to do all of the things you do Robin, you are amazing! I’ve missed a couple of your posts this week so will have to read back about your choice for the word love for this year. LOVE all of the reflections photos, they are really beautiful, as are Mr and Mrs Cardinal. 🙂

  8. Chloe says:

    such beautiful reflections

  9. syrus316 says:

    Beautiful pictures. I love the rain!

  10. dawnkinster says:

    Sat and stared at that first picture for the longest time, couldn’t figure out if those were clouds or fog…and THEN figured out (finally) that it was reflection…love that one. And of course love the cardinals too. They are so shy I have never been able to get a good shot. The bike trip sounds awesome if you can manage to find time to get ready by June!

  11. Gilraen says:

    The reflections on ice are magical. Mother nature may have helped, but you captured it beautifully

  12. Karma says:

    You’ve accomplished one of my photography goals – I’ve wanted to take a shot with Mr and Mrs Cardinal together. Just lovely! This post is full of lovely! And a Bill Watterson quote – Calvin and Hobbes was one of my favorite comics of all time.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Karma. The cardinals have been incredibly cooperative this year. The day I took these shots, the two of them sat on the spruce tree for about ten minutes, apparently just basking in the sun. Calvin and Hobbes was one of my all time favorites too. 🙂

  13. dogear6 says:

    I loved your blog post! Meadering around with a few quotes in there was just perfect against the photos. I don’t think everything we share has to have a beginning and an ending. . . sometimes we simply share being together for a few minutes. Thanks for the smile and relaxation.


  14. kolytyi says:

    Fabulous and very-very peaceful!

  15. It has been a long while since I have had the time to visit the Bogs and I am so happy I had the time to today! Thank you for the lovely photos (love the clouds of ice) and the wonderful meander along your train of thought.

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Cyndi. And welcome back to the Bogs. I suspect I’ll be here for a while so stop by whenever you have the time. One of the things I like about blogging is the way people can drop in and out, like old friends stopping by for a visit. 🙂

  16. What lovely snow reflections! I so enjoyed this walk and especially the quote by Mother Teresa whom I absolutely adore–such a wise woman.

  17. Not sure one CAN explain the experience of meditation, Robin. However, your reflection photos certainly put me in a totally different space – looking at them make me feel like Alice peering into the looking glass and seeing a world beyond.

    • Robin says:

      Oh! I’m so glad you said/wrote that, Lynn! That’s how I feel looking at the reflections on the puddles and ice on the surface of the pond. Even more so after I started playing with the images and flipped them right-side up. After looking at the first one that way I thought, “I wonder where I would end up if I stepped inside this reflection?” I usually don’t get the opportunity to see those kind of reflections on the pond until spring so it was nice to experience that “world beyond” earlier than usual.

      I think you’re right about explaining the experience of meditation. There really are no words for it.

  18. Sallyann says:

    That’s a beautiful first photo, at first glance I thought they were low clouds wisping across the pond. 🙂

  19. Mimo.ň says:

    Beatiful as always…

  20. Pat Bean says:

    My sprained ankle appreciated the walk. You take amazing photos of all the things I enjoy best about Mother Nature. Thanks

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