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Friday, October 5, 2012

SIMPLE PLEASURES


My dog Sal and I have taken the day off from the busyness of life today. My schedule today has been simple meals, lots of coffee and tea, reading and watching nature from my small private back porch.

Nature parades down my hill in back, almost to my back door. Early this morning as I sat inside reading I heard the cries of a Red-tail hawk close by. I crept up to my back screen door, looked outside, and saw two Red-tails in my Grandmother Oak tree. Within minutes they sensed me, one took off majestically in one direction and the other in the opposite direction. 


Grandmother Oak's Arms
Right then and there I decided this was going to be my day off from the busyness of life - errands, shopping, talking on the phone, paying bills, etc. I sensed that my spirit needed to be with nature. So, I have spent the better part of my day relaxing in a chair on my back porch watching nature in action. I have drank coffee and tea -- more than I should. I have read parts of a Zen book, and read some of Animal Farm. Now at 5 pm I am on my computer writing this blog. I feel fortunate that I could spend this lovely fall day in this way. With all that goes on around the globe our country is fortunate - although, I feel there is a lot of room, on many levels, for civility. 

My surrounding woods



27 comments:

  1. Beautiful!

    Have a lovely day......

    Mimi
    The Goat Borrower

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    1. Mimi -- So nice to hear from you. I see you are on google+ also. Read your last post on the Goat Borrower. thanks barbara

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  2. I could use a day like that myself! I'm sure you have a wonderful view from your porch.

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    1. Mamabug -- Sometimes the "now" just seems right rather than a planned one. The Red-tails were an incentive for me to drop everything and live with nature for the day. I sure am glad I did -- it was like a cleansing for me. thanks -- barbara

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  3. I completely understand quiet, nature days...More people should listen to quiet. Our souls need it. ps...I'm having a hard time writing what i really want, with just my one hand. 5 more weeks of this

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    1. turquoisemoon - Yikes, 5 more weeks. You'll be a whiz with that one good hand by the end of this trial. My place has almost no noise. Only noisy when one of my five neighbors (that are located unseen from me) drive up our dirt road do I hear noise (or maybe a plane occasionally overhead). Stay safe with your hand -- barbara

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  4. Those days are the best kind of days. We all need those moments to calm our minds. Life is so very busy.

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    1. Michelle -- Yes, I think most of us need a day away from the maddening world and what better place than a walk in nature or just sitting watching the ever changing seconds of nature. thanks -- barbara

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  5. I think we would all be more civil if we followed your example and took a day off occasionally to rest our soul in nature.

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    1. Florence -- Even busy city folks can find nature right around them. I would like to find a book describing how city folks enjoy nature. Civility is easy to live with -- anger is difficult to live with -- not that I am perfect but I try to practice what I preach. Thanks for stopping by -- barbara

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    2. Florence -- It felt good. I plan on doing it more often. For some reason our society always thinks we have to be busy, busy. Too bad.
      thanks -- barbara

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  6. Perhaps we would have more peace in the world if each of us would take such a day just to be. For me, one of the good things about getting older is having the freedom to simply do what my soul needs to do. I'm glad you took it.

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    1. Rubye -- You write such thoughtful introspective posts on your blog. Your subject matter is far ranging. I think it reflects your comment words above, "to simply do what my soul needs to do." thanks -- barbara

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  7. Thank you for this moment of peace, Barbara.

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    1. Granny Sue -- You are welcome. We all need it don't you think. Peace to you -- barbara

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    1. Vicki -- I think that taking time out to the awareness of nature can nurture not only your mind but your body. thanks for stopping by -- barbara

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  9. What a tree to watch the seasons 'attack'.

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    1. Birdman -- My White Oak tree produced thousands of acorns this year. I think it has been about four years since it produced such quantities, which is a natural cycle. I love to watch the colors move in. -- thanks barbara

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  10. Wonderful to take a while to enjoy nature. We all need some times like that.

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    1. NCmountainwoman -- to quote David Abram, "The diverse forms of the earth still speak and offer guidance to humankind, albeit in gestures that we cannot always directly understand." thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  11. How beautiful your woods are! What a lovely way to spent a day. In a poem Mary Oliver says she has been walking the fields all day, "what else should I do?" she asks. It is what she should do and your day was what you should have done. Lovely.

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    1. June -- Mary Oliver writes like she is part of nature which she is as we all are. I loved her poem where she tells of bringing a record player out in the field to play a song for a bird. It was her gift back to the bird who had delivered a past beautiful song for her when she was in the field. Thanks -- barbara

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  12. A beautiful way to spend a beautiful day. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. marciamayo -- Glad that I took advantage of that day. This weekend is cold compared to the day I posted the above. But then cold is OK too as my body was conditioned as a child by the snow and blizzardy state of Michigan. -- barbara

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    1. Nature Weaver -- Isn't that a neat word -- quite historical -- "pshaw." I haven't heard it for so long -- I'm going to write it down for future reference. Yes, agree, "pshaw" to busyness. thanks -- barbara

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