1. It’s nice to be able to post blogs “whenever I feel it” after a two month experiment with once-a-week blogging. It truly was a lovely experience. So much time and space opened up for reflection, for walking in spring beauty, for enjoying the present moment. However, it’s equally delightful to be able to post when one feels like it, sharing the ordinary moments of one’s day.
2. I could post an entire blog detailing the pros and cons of weekly versus daily blogging, but will spare you. There are positives and negatives to both, as in all of life, yes?
3. Our crazy rutted back-country pavement has now been “modernized” back to a dirt road. We travelers have been forced to drive 15 mph on our road for the past couple of years due to the crumbling pavement. Our mechanic just discovered a broken rear coil spring on one of our twin Buicks this week–a legacy. Now we can scurry along at 20 mph on gravel. A new modern world!
4. Barry spotted a piebald deer two weeks ago. I’ve never seen one. Piebalds are animals with large asymmetrical brown and white patches. Wouldn’t it be fabulous to get a photo of this fella?
5. I could write an entire snake follow-up blog, but will narrow down the update to one paragraph. We had not spotted the basement snake in two weeks. On Wednesday, I was putting laundry in the dryer when suddenly–hello, snake!–three inches of a snake’s head appeared from beneath our insulation above the washing machine. Turns out the snake(s) were coming in through a hole in our cedar siding. Barry filled the holes with black roof tar and, hopefully, please hopefully, the snakes now will stay content in our woodpile.
6. Speaking of woodpiles, we have been splitting wood almost every evening. I run the splitter; Barry lifts the heavy logs and we both toss them in the ’49 Studebaker pickup truck. It’s a three day process. On the first day we fill three rows in the truck. The second day we finish off the last two rows. On the third day we stack the logs in the woodpile.
7. We are trying to complete twelve pickup loads of wood before July 25th. That’s when Barry will have his second knee replacement surgery.
8. His left knee is doing pretty good, although it’s still can be stiff. Apparently some folks have more trouble with stiffness than others. He also has pain on his right side–from head to foot, including wrist–which we hope will abate after the second surgery.
9. Our daughter and her boyfriend come to visit for a week in July, hurray! We’ll also see our son, Chris, in late August or early September. Being with family is the greatest, isn’t it?
10. What other little tidbits can I share? Our garden progresses nicely with all the recent rain. I am going to pick some arugula and romaine for lunch soon. It will be covered with dirt and you put it in the salad-spinner and merrily wash and spin until it’s clean. Barry does not like arugula. I am going to make an arugula salad with fresh blueberries, feta and almonds. He can fend for himself.
11. I have no idea how often this blogger will be posting now. Could be daily; could be weekly; could be every-few days; could be whatever the Universe desires. If I return to daily blogging–do NOT feel that you must read or comment daily, sweet reader. Only read when your heart desires. I am so often blogging because of the joy of sharing and writing. Only read when you feel a similar tug on your heart.
12. Hope you all enjoy this beautiful summer weekend! May we all allow the ordinary daily unfoldings to delight us. Love, Kathy