Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Beauty of Organizing

As my eyes opened this morning, the moon was still brightening my room, and, as always, I did a quick check on mood, and body mechanics while I contemplated the beautiful light and what the day might bring.  I knew immediately, that today would be bright and full of accomplishments. I haven't felt that motivated in a while.  My feet hit the floor, and so many things waiting for my attention, were addressed in a methodical and easy, joyful way.  The shower and tub had been calling my name for weeks, today they got my full attention and are now bright and shiny.  That set the tone, and I hiked up to the attic to retrieve my heavy box of important papers. It had been moved to exile, because it wouldn't stop nagging. Knowing income tax prep is on the docket for next week, pushed me up those stairs. As well as my income tax records, that box contains family history, photos, and love letters. What an incredible day ensued.  Taking out the box, helped me to write some overdue letters, sort a few photos and send them off, prepare all my tax papers, solve a car insurance issue and clean out the glove box in my car, discard a lot of "baggage" (ahhhhhhhhhh), and organize my papers so that I can find anything I want, whenever needed. My Will, Power of Attorney, and Health Care Proxy are now easily accessible should they be called for by my family.  My father had sat with me and talked about his paternal ancestors 2 years before he passed, and today I took those faded and carelessly written notes from a file, and typed them to add to folders of genealogy that are in the box. 

In between all the activity of the day, I made myself some nice egg salad for lunch. Just like my mother would have made, with chopped olives and some chives. Even though it was cool and very windy all day, I still got a little sunshine on my face, and also spent some time chatting with a dear former co-worker. 

My soul is fed, and peaceful, and I look forward to the energy born of this day.

Tomorrow is Food Pantry day. I so enjoy my 1-2 days a week working there, and it is a great workout with some lovely people.

The big green box is staying in my sitting room for a while, as I have thought of a project to do with a packet of photos I came across on this bright and beautiful day. Stay tuned.

Peace and love going out to Brussels and all those affected by the bombings of this morning. So painful.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Snow Day


Teddy's home from school today on a snow day.  The media hyped up a huge storm for us, even saying that our area by the Cape Cod Canal, would get the jackpot amounts. Here we are with barely a coating on the ground!

 Anyway, I thought I would show you some photos from the weekend with LM. Saturday morning brought us glorious sunshine, although outside, it was much colder than it looked. We decided to brave it and head to Provincetown, and take an early Spring walk through the Beech Forest, our favorite part of the National Seashore of Cape Cod.  In another month Beech Forest will be filled with migrating birds, drawing birdwatchers from all over.  The first week in May, especially, there are all sorts of warblers to be sighted.  We had a great walk!!  Being such a cold day, no one else was around, and we indulged ourselves in the pure sound of nature. We stopped often to feel the sun renew our souls while the wind whispered through the reeds and trees. During one stop, we discovered a busy downy woodpecker and 2 chickadees,  and next thing we knew, they were following us on our walk. I didn't get bird pictures, but as we often do, we found a tree we are certain must be home to the friendly Beech Forest troll, and some other animal friends.  See if you can find the rabbit, the fish, and alligator.
 We had fun finding the critters in this tree, and a woodpecker near the top (not in photo)
 Our troll tree

A glimpse through some reeds to one of the many ponds in the backed-by-sand-dunes Beech Forest.

On the way to Provincetown, I asked LM to take me to an area I'd never explored before.  It is known as High Head and is at the northernmost area of N. Truro. From there one can see all over the Cape.  
High Head Road
Looks like we will drive right off the edge at the top. 

Looking toward Provincetown over Pilgrim Lake from the top of High Head. It is truly a breathtaking view.

We turned the sharp corner at the top (there are a number of homes up there) onto a dirt road which meanders through typical dune low growth. This view was west looking over cottages along the road in N. Truro.

What a spectacular place. LM had a friend who once lived atop High Head.  I imagine it to be a very wild place in a storm.

Thanks for coming along on our Saturday tour. We are forever seeking out places we haven't explored before, and always  manage to find a surprise of some sort - most often beautiful.

Our snow is already about gone, Teddy and I have been out to do some exploring of our own today, and tomorrow he is very excited about returning to school. A very happy 1st grader.

Love and peace to all!!