Someone reminded me that I had a sticky note, with some words on it, stuck to my arm.
“I know,” I said! “I put it there because I am about to write a poem….”
You see – that is what bloggers do sometimes!
We get ideas and have to scratch them down right away!
And a few lines came to me while I was waiting for the Keurig Brewer to warm up (yum). Now if you have the model we have, you know that it does not take very long to warm up – and so these words came quick – and well, they could have left just as fast…. so I jotted them down. Not because it’s Poetry month, but because I like a bit of poetry now and then.
Sometimes poems are the perfect way to say something quick – with a little flow – especially for those on the go.
Which ties into today’s post – my walk with Restless Jo…. Well not literally walking with Jo – but will you join me with my take on her challenge?
First, when we went to the store- yeah, the same night that led to my cheesy “Me and My Beau” poem – well when we walked into that store – I spotted this couple and it reminded me of Richard Guest’s cool blog. You see Richard photographs street portraits (cool one here) and while I do NOT want to start doing this, I will grab a shot when inspired.
I didn’t get their names and I didn’t tell them where they could see their photo (oops), but I did get their permission and had the pleasure of sharing smiles.
Next, One of the things we bought here was some bread. The apple cider looked cool, so I am adding a shot of that too – but some old-fashioned white bread came home with us that night.
Sometimes a loaf of plain white bread is just refreshing!
– Plain white bread may not be as nutritious as Spelt bread or a hearty wheat – and it may not be as tasty as sourdough rye – but it rightfully has a place in this world! Just like iceberg lettuce can be enjoyed at times. I know iceberg lettuce gets slammed for not being as nutritous as darker greens like spinach or kale, but sometimes I just want to enjoy some refreshing iceberg lettuce! And it is not a waste of time to eat (as my mom suggests).
This also ties into what has been on the television at the Priorhouse – our favorite comedian Jim Gaffigan (link is here)! Now even though I actually love the taste of Kale – both raw and cooked – well I enjoyed his funny comments: “Can we stop with the kale propaganda? That stuff tastes like bug spray. I was looking at a can of bug spray and it said, “Made with real kale.”
Third, after the store trip, we went for our little stroll (and I refuse to add those pictures that I took for the travel theme “glow….” because if you want to see them, you know where to go)- but here is a cool crosswalk I wanted to show!
On a different day – I walked in to discover something delightful.
You see, my older son and I started a few seedlings last week.
It is a bit late to start them, but at least we got to it! Now my boys have not gardened with me since they were young (you know, when they “had to”- ha!) and so this added a special touch.
Anyhow, we then accidentally left the starters outside overnight – and it was cold out! brrr…. Then – we both forgot to water them – not once, but twice! Now I, am not sure if you garden, but most seeds are delicate and sensitive – and the chill can zap them. Also, the starter soil is so thin that it does not always hold water. So I decided to place this little neglected project inside the house for good, on my little 1950’s chair, and I let it sit! I was getting ready to go and recycle the peat pots- or add fresh seeds to the slots – when I walked in to a nice surprise.
Most of the seeds had endured the cold night out back- and had endured dehydration twice – and they were now – full of LIFE.
This was even more invigorating to me because I have been fighting something off through this month of April – which took patience and strength – and I too was now starting to feel full of life again! Whew! It was the best feeling looking down at the surprise sprouts!
Resiliency is amazing – and so is patience for things….
And of course this reminds me of a Victor Hugo quote:
“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”
And people are like seeds, we can be delicate and sensitive – but we can also be tough and resilient! Oh yes we can!
In closing, I then walked in to an email from Karin – with an updated photo of their house, as they patiently wait for it to be completed.
Hope you have a great Monday –
If you are enduring a trial or waiting for things to turnaround – hang in there – and remember that “this too will pass” (Thanks Marilyn for that one – as she gets a gold trophy for her strength!)
Also, I have said it before and I will continue to say this – Trials have much value….. they do….! And so do you!
For more walks with Jo – go here.