There is nothing like a cool, drizzly morning. In the absence of cool (it is August after all) I'll enjoy the appearance of it, along with the 100% humidity.
A nice cup of hot tea along with my eggs, toast and home raised, grass-fed beef breakfast sausage hit the spot this morning. While I ate, I watched the furry, whiskered members of the Audubon Society watch the hummingbirds that they are thankfully not fast enough to catch. Whether they are sprawled on the deck in utter feline exhaustion, or squabbling over how close another cat is allowed to walk without getting swatted, there is always a show out there.
I feel blessed to live on a farm in the Ozarks where I can enjoy such things. It is generally peaceful outside, though rarely quiet. There are so many sounds: birds, bugs, frogs, cows, cats, the dog, cars passing by on the gravel road, and occasionally an airplane or helicopter passing over. But all of those sounds belong to this place.
We've been here for a little over 3 years now, and I still can't imagine choosing to live anywhere else. We'll never be “from around here” of course, but that has always been true for me, no matter where I've lived. I have learned that being “from around here” is no guarantee that you'll ever belong anyhow.
We feel confident that we are where we belong, among a wonderful community of people who are also where they belong. Despite all of the hate and fear and cruelty in the world, that is a feeling of safety which has nothing to do with the crime rate or how much money is in the bank.
I can feel the season is about to change. Not just from summer to fall, but from one stage of life to another. We are hoping and praying for an exciting new chapter to open up soon, but waiting (not at all patiently, I might add) for all of the pieces to fall into place. We have been waiting it seems like forever for this new chapter to open, though in the context of a lifetime, it's hardly any time at all.
Funny, when I sat down to write, I didn't think I had all that much to say.
Sharing at Bernideen's today.