This morning I was reading Patti’s blog and she was saying that she’s doing some inside maintenance – new window treatments, new rug, rearrangement of furniture – you know the drill. And as I was reading her post, I found myself listening to the quiet that is the way of life in the country. There is absolutely NO sound of traffic. I can hear birds (and bugs), and the sounds that young limbs make when the squirrel jumps off and the limb springs back. Looking out of my window the trees have burst to life with beautiful foliage, still that almost lime-green of new growth but darkening a bit every day.
The mid-west is being hit by some major storms and there are flood warnings through our county and the surrounding ones. We aren’t in any danger as we sit up, but I am amazed by Mother Nature. Last week we had flood warnings (and flood it did!) yet we had clear, beautiful skies and not a drop of rain that day. So why did we have flood warnings? To the north (different states) they had bad weather and the Illinois River was being deluged by the additional water. The result was that it flooded here. Hum. Yet another example of the rippling effects that one occurrence has on another. It reminds me that we need to strive to live a life where we do not cause damage. You never know what ripple your action (physical action/inaction, a kind or unkind deed, a soft word or a harsh one) may cause to something or someone far, far away. It is a reminder that we have a great responsibility to humanity to tread lightly and lovingly.
And as I sit here enjoying my peace and quiet and the sounds that are from nature I don’t even mind that the skies are grey and that the sun will not be joining us until Saturday at the earliest. Never mind that the ground covering which I call “lawn” is 6-8 inches tall and needs a hair cut. Never mind that the garden, beautifully tilled and plowed, now will have to be reworked before planting.
Today I will focus on my inside maintenance. I need to do photography work, I feel the need to rearrange some furniture, my desk area is in desperate need of a good tidy and better arrangement. There is soup to be made – I want to do the cooking for the weekend so that we can enjoy kicking back and relaxing. (Ms C’s finals are the week after next and she needs to chill.)
And through these physical inside maintenance chores I believe that my soul/spirit will be re-energized.
Today and tomorrow I will focus on maintenance – in side my home and in the place where my spirit lives.
And to share with you, some photos of the outside I took this morning (outdoor maintenance list!)…