There are days I wish I could bottle,
and place on a shelf in the closet for safekeeping -
so that on a grey, cold day when I need it the most,
I could uncork the bottle and let this escape...
There are times that I think a set of horns would come in
But, of course, horns are out of the question;
and holding on to any given day is impossible.
The next best thing I can do is to try and capture the essence of
every given day in photographs and words,
and etch a lasting impression within my memory.
I have found that focussing on gratitude for the wonders of each
day is a good exercise in committing that day to memory.
When I not only observe the gifts of a day,
but silently speak the words of appreciation,
the day becomes tangible and lasting.
There is much we are missing in this new normal world.
Our task is to focus on what is in front of us and be grateful.
I've had a lot of fun lately watching the birds as they go about their
lives, once again able to free range (fox-free... we keep our fingers crossed).
The ducks seem to have become more of a cohesive group,
and yet, the five elders stay together (on the right),
and the seven youngsters do the same (on the left).
Their days are busy, busy, busy... so much work to do.
They chatter to each other as they run through the pastures
searching for insects.
The chickens are happiest when they have their freedom...
spending their days in small groups,
searching for tasty bugs as they catch up on the latest gossip.
Elwood, our rooster, spends his time running from group to group,
trying to keep an eye on all of his girls.
He is one of the best roosters we have had.
Besides being dashingly handsome,
he is very attentive to his girls...
making sure they are aware when there is something tasty available.
These sunny cool days will soon come to and end,
and heat and humidity will move in for the summer.
We are all enjoying the present conditions immensely...
working hard, playing hard,
and taking a little time each day to read and reflect.
Having a small, peaceful space expressly for this purpose
has been wonderful.
It has forced me to slow down each day...
even for just a half hour.
I wish we could visit together, here, in person...
what fun that would be!