Scenes from this small-town life.
This evening the Barnum and Bailey circus train rolled slowly through town.
Over the weekend,
the alpaca grazed in autumn pastures, while
The Kline Kill, with K. at play
the Kline Kill beckoned under golden sycamores.
And this afternoon,
The barn, with fresh paint.
the painting of the barn was completed.
Life is good.
(All photos by Seth Rockmuller.)
The work has started on painting the barn. First is the scraping of the old, peeling paint. I hope the warm weather holds long enough for the actual painting! A few of my more delicate plants were touched by frost last night. Autumn is upon us.
These words arrived from a friend: “…when I attempt to be productive in the traditional sense, it seems as if I am hiding in busyness and running away from the heart of my being.” Her words struck me – yes! Because I am the caretaker of my elderly mother, some of my “busy-ness” cannot be avoided. But there are tasks I do that others could do just as well, if not better than I, and those I am in the process of releasing.
Like my friend, I wish to devote more time to contemplation, and to writing. Early autumn always feels like a slowing down time for me, before the Thanksgiving and holiday rush and visitors. Already I sense the busy-ness of the approaching holidays, as I help plan for the community’s multifaith Thanksgiving service.
Photo by Seth Rockmuller
On the walls of the barn, the old is being scraped away, in preparation for the new paint. What else is awaiting release and renewal?
Big day at church tomorrow. A new pastor will be offering his message, and because we operate via congregational polity, we will then vote about whether he will henceforth be the pastor of our little church.
Then in the afternoon, at 2 PM, Marian will be at the Real Food Co-op to speak with us about GreenSpirit and living lightly. And maybe about Elderwoman, as well. I hope to see you there.
Marian With Flowers
Very soon my granddaughters will arrive with their mother for a visit. Most people will be celebrating Independence Day this weekend, while I will be preparing for a house full of Interdependence.
Grandparenting is indeed grand. To be able to share family traditions, form unique bonds, and experience the daily growth and boundless energy of little people is a profound reminder of the depth and wonder of this Third Age. I will be forced to take it slow for this visit because of my ankle injuries, so this visit may be less boisterous than usual.
This visit also may mean that I will not be able to find blogging time for a while. But who knows, I may be surprised.
Last night Ankle swelled up and became very tender.
This morning, Ankle spoke.
“You aren’t listening to me!” said Ankle. “I need to heal, and you are making me worse by running hither and thither, acting as though the pain doesn’t bother you!”
“I need to heal,” Ankle insisted. “So you need to rest. Empty your calendar!!”
“Now that you’re finally paying attention, I’ll say it again,” Ankle said, a bit more quietly. “Clear your schedule. Heal.”
Ankle is right.
I spent today with my foot up, rearranging my schedule so that I’ll have time to rest, to listen carefully to Ankle, and respond appropriately. So you may not be seeing much of me.
I am still able to blog, however.
My friend Marian Van Eyk McCain has edited a new book, GreenSpirit: Path to a New Consciousness. Because the topics in it are related to my work on Temple of the Cosmos and my interest in our spiritual responses to our world, I intend to read it as soon as I can get my hands on a copy. Marian also wrote The Lilypad List: 7 Steps to the Simple Life.
8/17/10 News Flash! Marian Van Eyk McCain, editor of and contributor to GreenSpirit: Path to a New Consciousness, will be in Chatham, NY on Sunday, September 12. 2010, 2 PM to speak about the book and about living simply. The Real Food Network Co-op, 15 Church Street, Chatham, NY. This event is sponsored by Sanctuary Without Walls.