This morning, as I sat down with my cup of coffee (actually a mocha as I put chocolate soy milk in mine), I realized I had not had any coffee for five days, all the time Leeya was with us. Guess I can function pretty well without caffeine!
We start our mornings on the run, ready to go. Leeya pops right up in bed, each morning, and says, “all done.” She gets out of bed and is rarin’ to go, unlike her mother who was (and still is) a morning grump. I have always been a morning-person, so this appeals to my nature. I’m off and running with Leeya, glad for a new day.
However, there was no time to just sit on these mornings, to sit and read the paper (which I do online) and enjoy a cup of coffee. Leeya would watch Sesame Street that I had downloaded onto my laptop while I fixed her breakfast. She would take a short break from Cookie Monster to eat, while I was cleaning up the kitchen. Afterwards she was ready for water play in the bathroom, running around outside, or painting, all activities that involved supervision by me, and open hands, sans coffee cup, for helping. Then we got dressed (again) and went out on the day’s adventure–to the park, to Nana’s office, to church, and finally, over the hill and through the woods to her house.
This morning, the house is quiet. Our tiny cat has come out of hiding. I’ve got laundry started, and there is time to sit with a cup of coffee, my computer, and the newspaper. Today will be quite different from the previous few, but I have new adventures with my ailing friend to keep me busy. I must also get back to taking care of the duties I have with the nonprofit for whom I am working. But first, there is time for another cup of coffee.
I know how hard you work. I know how much you give of yourself. I know the beatings you take, emotionally and physically. You give and you give. This summer I wish for you to unplug, regain perspective, nurture yourself, and slow down into stillness
Remember when I shared my backyard with you, dear Reader, back in April? I think I mentioned then, or at another time, that the front yard was in poor shape and maybe sometime I would share some pictures.
On a normal Sunday afternoon, during the school year, I am grading papers or projects, updating grades, and getting prepared to teach the next week’s lessons. Not today. I am done with grades. So, I cleaned off the front porch and in doing so, spent awhile under the mulberry tree, waiting for the porch to dry so I could return the furniture to its place. I thought I would share some photos with you.
A place to read the Sunday paper
Spook, the outdoor cat
Our weather is wonderful this afternoon, cool, in the 70s, with a breeze. It won’t be like this for long, though.
If I look up, the mulberry tree branches are thick and gnarled from all the pruning.
The big old mulberry tree in the front yard has leafed out quite nicely to shade the yard and the front of the house. It must be drastically pruned each year, otherwise it will make fruit which is very messy.
The grass and ground cover feel good on my feet.
This all makes me glad to just stop and rest for a moment in time and enjoy the promise of the summer to come.
This is the last Saturday morning of the holiday break. Because I am all caught up on household chores, and I only need to grocery shop today, I am feeling very relaxed. Don’t know when I’ll feel this away again. For now, I’m going to enjoy the pancakes my husband makes every Saturday morning, along with his great coffee, and my two newspapers. Life is good.
Breakfast at Zodys