Saturday, May 02, 2020

Felt good to be alive

It's been beautiful here today. These last several weeks, it has been remarkable. By mid-afternoon, the temperature was in the low 80s.

The back deck is our starter garden. We have tomatoes, zucchini, basil, lettuce, and sweet potatoes in small pots awaiting the big day when we commit them to the earth.

We sat out on the back deck and drank ice tea for a long while. Neither Jilda nor I talked much. A wooden down on the hollow sounded like a jackhammer. An owl whoo whoo whoo'd for its mate down behind the barn. A gentle wind out of the southwest had its way with the windchimes.

It felt good to be alive.

Below is a picture I shot this morning as we walked. Tiny yellow flowers growing up in a bed of poison ivy. I keep the walking path mowed, but I shot this picture near the edge. The contrast was striking.


  1. It sounds like a truly lovely day.
    We are aiming for a top temperature just under 60F. However, it is sunny with virtually no wind and I have been having a fine time in the garden. Weeding (which is never done) and planting bulbs for a spring display (and given the numbers we have weakened and purchased that may never be done either). Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Sounds like a great day Rick. I’d love to see an owl in my yard. I have seen one while walking in the neighborhood before.

  3. You described a perfect time. I could see you guys listening to the Wood pecker.I know you guys are gonna have a great harvest. We will be happy to see tomatoes. LOL
    It is nice to have a great friend as a wife,to enjoy such times together.
    Sherry & jack.

  4. Here we finally made it up to 70 degrees yesterday and probably will again today. I got out for a walk and it felt like good. So good to be alive. In the midst of all this pandomenic there is beauty to see all around us. Be careful of that poison ivy !

  5. I love peaceful days like that.

  6. Yes it is good to be alive

  7. I love how much you and Jilda are enjoying your time and so are we. Such delicate beauty among horrible plants.


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