The very teeny tiniest slice of my day is a sliver of sadness that feels like at times, all consuming. The power of unkind words can forever change one’s attitude regardless of how much one forgives.
The rest of the day was spent canoeing on the river-we have crystal clear water in our rivers. It’s a place where the outside world is left behind-where we spend our time sitting or swimming in the water and fishing and listening to the multitude of bird songs. And if we are really lucky, we will see a bald eagle-or at least hear the screeching of a young one. They have established themselves along this waterway.
No communication with the outside world…just enjoying nature and letting the river wash away pain and worries. It’s always refreshing and rejuvenating to get on the water.
The weatherman said today is going to be the hottest day of the year so far. It is going to get up to 97-98 with a humi-temp of 105-106. That’s a hot day. And there are only 2 things to do in weather like that-stay inside with air conditioning or get outside in the water.
How appropriate that this is our first day to get on the river with the canoe. Oh, we will sweat because we don’t float like most people. We will put in at one point and paddle upstream for a mile or so and then take our time floating and fishing back down to where we started. But we can hop into the crystal clear water at any time to cool off. Sometimes, we take a break from fishing and just sit in the water enjoying an icy cold soda letting the water flow over us.
It will be refreshing to get on the water, fish for some bass or catfish, sit in the water, and search for some bald eagles that have moved into the area and have been nesting along the river the past few years. A day filled with adventure…beats sitting inside all day!
They sit like statues in a field decorated with nature’s decorative vines. A reminder of a lifestyle long past. Left to its own demise as it slowly rots down to the ground. Boring aluminum barns have replaced these old wooden barns that have so much character.
This is one of my favorite barns I pass often on a country drive. It’s 3 stories tall with a cupola all the way up there on top. I can just imagine kids playing inside on a rainy day, animals snuggled in against a harsh winter, and perhaps a romantic kiss or even a marriage proposal up in the cupola. I’d love to sit and listen to the stories these walls could tell.
Well, I’ve just about missed the deadline for this week’s Slice of Life. As I sit here wondering what to write about, nothing comes to mind except for my peaceful, quiet walk I set out for last night along our gravel road. I enjoy walking on this road except when cars go flying by at a faster speed than they should be driving, leaving me in a cloud of dust. (cough, cough). And now the flies are out. Between the cow flies and horse flies that fly circles around my head attracted by my rapid release of carbon dioxide and trying to land for a stabbing bite and the dust clouds, my peaceful walk was mostly of annoyance. When I reflect on my walk after the fact, I remember the sweet scent of honeysuckle, the pink wild roses in bloom on the fence rows, and the beautiful colors of the sky in the setting sun and am comforted that the beauty overshadowed the nuisance. I’ll walk again this evening!