324: Out on the water

Rowboat in fog and grass

I’m not sure what this day will bring so I’m scheduling this post to go out in case I’m either not home in time to do it live and in person, or I’m too tired.  M and I have a date with M the Younger and his lovely wife to go canoeing on the upper Cuyahoga River.  We’ll be having lunch after that, and then M and I have talked about taking a hike or going on a bike ride.  It depends, in part, on the weather.  There are scattered thunderstorms in the forecast for the afternoon.

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252: Let’s go sit on the swim dock

Rowing out to the dock.

Now that the swim platform is in place, one of the things M and I like to do some evenings is row out there, have a seat, sip on a drink, enjoy the view and, if no one is mowing, chain-sawing, weed-whacking, or tractoring, take in the peace and quiet.  I thought you might like to come with us on our latest relaxing adventure.  The photos are from Sunday evening.

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Rainy Friday

It rained today, a good soaking rain.  We needed it.  The Rain Maiden hasn’t been round much since somewhere around the end of June.  I did my little rain dance this morning in hopes that it wouldn’t miss us this time.  I don’t mind depriving the weeds of water but everything else (veggies, trees, flowers) suffers too.

I am grateful for the rain and enjoyed watching it come down to water the earth.  The birds seemed grateful for it too.  They were out there playing in the puddles and swooping around in what looked to me like pure joy.

I had a busy day, getting ready for the weekend.  Our granddaughters and their parents are coming for a visit.  They should be arriving later tonight.  M and our oldest son will be building a floating dock to put in the pond.  I’m just going to hang out with the girls (unless the guys need me to help out with something).

For some reason Mom was on my mind today so as I went about my chores, I talked with her.  I figure if she can hear me, maybe she can help me out with a few things.  And if not, well, she’s still in my heart and it’s nice to visit with her there.

The Widow Skimmer

(Libellula luctuosa)

I was out in one of the meadows on Saturday, watching the red-winged blackbirds, when I heard a faint buzzing sound in the high grasses behind me.  I looked and there was a dragonfly.  It is, I think, a female widow skimmer.  Did you know that the compound eyes of the dragonfly have up to 30,000 facets, each one being a separate light-sensing organ which gives the dragonfly nearly a 360° field of vision?  I didn’t.  It was one of those fascinating factoids I found while trying to identify Ms. Dragonfly.  (Be sure to click on the dragonfly for a larger view.  You’ll see more that way.)

(Agelaius phoeniceus , red-winged blackbird)

I’ve been having a devil of a time capturing birds with the camera.  I don’t understand it, especially in view of the fact that the dragonflies and damselflies have been making things relatively easy for me.  Birds, especially the robins and red-winged blackbirds, should not be that difficult to capture.  We have plenty of them and when I’m not aiming the camera at them, most are not terribly shy.  Perhaps that’s it.  They are camera shy.  Or just plain teases.  Especially the red-winged blackbirds.  They pose nearby and as soon as I get the camera ready, they take off with a red-winged blackbird form of laughter, taunting me.

I had a good break.  I didn’t go completely cold turkey.  I posted over at my other blog:  Bountiful Healing.  I post there for attitude adjustments.  It works, most of the time.

I got caught up on some homecaring (cleaning, laundry, various and sundry other chores) and worked in the garden.  I took walks around the pond and property while also taking plenty of photos.  I cleaned up the computer, decluttering My Photos now that I’ve realized I don’t have to save everything and learned that my Photoshop skills are not good enough to save a bad picture.  The decluttering felt good.  I did a little of that around the house as well.  I am learning to appreciate letting go.

M worked on the trench, filling it in with bricks, mortar, and dirt.  It is no longer a trench.  It is now the foundation for a brick wall.  Much rejoicing!  I know the poor man was getting tired of bailing and siphoning the rain from the trench.  There will be no need for that anymore.

(M relaxing on the deck.)

It wasn’t all work and no play.  We relaxed on the deck, rowed around the pond at sunset, and watched a movie (“Whip It”) and caught some World Cup action (USA vs. England… thank you, England, for giving us that goal).

(In the rowboat.)

On Sunday we took the 2-1/2 hour trip south to see our oldest granddaughter, Emma, perform in a dance recital.  She was, as expected, magnificent (and oh so cute!!).  I’d love to post a thousand pictures of her but stopped doing that a while back so as not to invade her privacy (because I believe even 5-year-olds are entitled to some privacy and she hasn’t signed a model release form*).  Emma’s younger sister, Maddy, charmed us with her big blue eyes and magical smile.  I am certain I have the two most beautiful granddaughters in the world.

It was a good break.  It was a refreshing and recharging time-out after having completed May’s NaBloPoMo and then continued to post as if I had signed up for June’s version of it.

So… if you’re feeling burnt out.  Take a break.  It helps.  🙂

*Just to head you off (because I’m sure someone will offer advice or comments on this):  I know I do not need a model release form when posting for non-commercial purposes.  It was a small (okay, wee) joke.

Summer showers

(048:  Rain at sunset.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

Tears are the summer showers to the soul.

~ Alfred Austin


(041:  Rowboat and reflections.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

Reverie is not a mind vacuum.  It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul.

~ Gaston Bachelard

More weeding for me today.  That will be followed by laundry, washing dishes, and other forms of housework.  I live such an exciting exotic enlightened life.