This morning when I was trying to quickly hang my clothes on the line while contemplating the long list of chores I needed to complete today when all I really wanted to do was sink my teeth into this book I had just started reading, it suddenly occurred to me:


the sun was beating down on my bare shoulders;

the breeze was bringing me wonderful scents;

the birds were serenading me;

the brook was telling me a story;

and, the barn cat, Boot, was keeping me company.


Right then and there my perspective shifted. It was a wonderful feeling.


I stopped fighting the breeze as it ruffled the tops I was pinning to the line.

I first heard and then saw the little woodpecker (Hairy or Downy, I am not sure) fly by and cling to the budding tree.

I paused to watch the horses swishing their tails against the flies while they congregated around the round bale.

I breathed in the unique scent of sea and barnyard.

I bent down and scratched the cat.

I quietly smiled as I listened to the birdsong (which included crowing roosters).


Life is good.




PS – For those of you who are wondering, and I know that some of you are, the book is The Four Letters of Love by Niall Williams (and I did manage to devour several chapters this afternoon.)

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

3 responses to “Today”

  1. Nancy millson says:

    Meant to comment on your last post. A loss is a loss; deeply felt.

    Good for you – we often forget to appreciate what surrounds us.

  2. Kathy Ferguson says:

    It’s always good to stop and scratch the cat!!

    Nature can always bring serenity back to us…

    …when we stop to smell, feel, hear, and see what surrounds us!

    And, I hope you tasted and enjoyed a nice, relaxing beverage tonight!!

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