Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Sun Draws Close Once Again


The air is heavy tonight which contributes to my general feeling of malaise and dis-ease. Another day of not-much although I did go to town for a few items but stayed on this side of Capital Circle which is what we now call what we used to call the "truck route" back when Tallahassee was still a small, fairly contained town with borders on all four sides which has now spilled over into the former woods and forests and pastures and even the other counties which surround it and Capital Circle cuts right through all of it, traffic jammed up it where cars used to speed from one point on the enclosed compass to another. There are chain restaurants and big box stores, office complexes and housing developments where once there was nothing but cows and trees and the wild birds and critters.
Still, I am happiest if my trips to town do not take me any farther than the old truck route and it's pretty easy to do. Lily's house, the branch library, two Publixes, Japanica, the Indian buffet, even Costco all lie this side of it and today I only needed to go to Costco and Publix and so was in and out in less than an hour.

I really don't have much to talk about or, to be truthful, anything at all. The picture above is my annual photo of the blooming clitoria ternatea, or butterfly pea as it is commonly known. I see them on my walk through the woods. The heat is building into summer's full blast and I come home with hair as wet as if I'd been in the shower. The beauty berries are beginning to form up, the wild grapes cover everything. When two people are in the post office at the same time the topic of conversation is the heat, of course, because it enfolds and covers us all.
Speaking of the post office, I have noticed that someone has left a copy of the Holy Bible on the table where people can stand to sort their mail or stamp their envelopes. It enrages me. I have not yet had the courage to either toss it in the trash or hand it to the post master, telling him that this is the United States of America and we have separation of church and state and this building is all about state.
Our post master now looks to about seventeen and comes in and quietly does his job and then leaves. I have no idea how he'd react to me giving him a piece of my mind about the bible being there where it does not belong.
Perhaps I should just go buy a copy of the Koran and leave it anonymously beside the Christian holy book but the Koran no more belongs in the Post Office than the Bible does.

And so it goes, as May is about to turn into June and the edamames have busted through the dirt and it might rain this week. Time, which is so slippery and so devious is passing even more quickly than it did last year for me when it seemed that I went to sleep in fall and woke up in spring. I did go through my shirt drawer and gather my long-sleeved shirts and put them away in the Rubber Maid bin in my closet, leaving my tank tops and short-sleeved T-shirts. I hardly want to waste the energy. It will be cool again so soon, despite how endless these hot days sometimes seem to be as the crickets sing and rise in chorus and quiet themselves again.

Here we are. Thank you for being here too as another season makes its presence known onstage and dances swiftly across it to the music of those crickets, the shrill whistle of the hawk, the frogs' jubilant song when rain promises, the mockingbirds' tunes which proclaim their own domain, the Chuck Widow's Will when darkness falls.

I am not sure about where you live, but here it is summer.

Love from Lloyd...Ms. Moon




23 comments:

  1. The annual photo. Didn't we just have that? Time sure does sneak by. I like both of your Bible ideas. I'd probably swipe it and donate it with my next thrift store run. I haven't set foot in a church in years except for a funeral here and there, but the guilt would get me if I threw it away. If you have the nerve I like the idea of giving it to the postmaster. It puts him on notice to take care of any future copies too. And well, since you asked, here in MN it was a chilly 60* today but it'll be 70* by the weekend!

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    1. That Bible was still there today. Next time I go in I'm giving it to the Post Master. Yep. I can't believe it's Clitoria time already.
      Sixty degrees? Sounds sort of like heaven to me.

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  2. My two cents: I'd ignore the Bible, although I do kind of like the idea of placing a Koran beside it. That is one sensual flower. And here in NYC, it's cloudy and cool. It's been a tough day emotionally. I think I've been absorbing the free floating toxicity all around us. I think you call them the "saddies." This too will pass.

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    1. Yep. "Saddies" is what my Sue-Sue used to say.
      Maybe we should try tinfoil hats because I'm getting sick of absorbing all these toxic waves!

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  3. 55 degrees. We had a fire in the woodstove this evening. Southern Vermont.

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    1. Holy shit! Well, it did get down in the fifties here a few nights ago. It was wonderful.

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  4. I'd like to say that I'm as serene as Angella and ignore the Bible, but such is my mood that I'm thinking a nice steaming pile of cat shit would be good on top of it. Yikes. Don't tell anyone I just typed that out.

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    1. I won't tell a soul, dear Elizabeth!

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  5. right?! time flies ever more swiftly. tomorrow will be June and summer is upon us.

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  6. If only I could be bold enough to tip anyone's holy book into the rubbish bin! Great idea, though.
    I'll
    Living in upside-down-land, it's just starting to cool down here. We had the bedroom heater on last night for the first time this year and will definitely have it on again tonight. Tomorrow is officially our first day of winter.

    LOVE the flower picture!

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    1. Isn't it an amazing thing how we are so opposite and yet...here we are!

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  7. The rain hasn't made it south to us yet. I long for it, looking at the weather in your area. We are dried up and crunchy, and even oak trees are dying of thirst. I hate to think this, but I am longing for the humidity that brings the summer rains.

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    1. We just got a little unexpected shower today. It was sweet. But yeah, we are SO getting the humidity.
      Love you, LeeAnn!

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  8. It's warmer today. They promised us warmer weather, (SF) but it hasn't arrived so far. I just opened the office window again. I had to close it a few days ago because it has been too cold.
    You changed your opening photo. I'm up and down about that. I loved those roses but I am also so in love with your hen planter I love it too. Change, no matter how much for the good, is never easy.
    Have a sweet day and thanks for sharing with us.
    Tom

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    1. I just love the way the late afternoon sun cuts through those begonias and lights everything up on that little porch. It's the magic hour for sure.
      Oh! And those were camellias- not roses! I know. I hated to let them go but I'll have more next winter and take more pictures. I promise! I hope it warms up for you soon, Tom.

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  9. It's summer in Bosie! 92 yesterday, the sun lances through the top of my head and hurts. I like the new banner photo, the way the light is there shining through the plants. Tomorrow we move to higher elevation, and cooler weather. Very happy about that.

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    1. 92 is serious heat. Enjoy your cooler elevation!
      I like that light too. Thank you!

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  10. So this is weird, but really isn't everything? I have a kidney stone and when I'm not actively dying I'm watching YouTube and found a series of candy making videos from a shop in Tallahassee. Immediately I thought of your Owen and Gibson and how they might enjoy visiting and watching candy being made. Funny how we humans seek out connections in such ways no?

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    1. We've been to that place! The guy who owns it is a neighbor of Jessie's. They sell ice cream and cool stuff besides candy.
      It's a small world and it's lovely when these connections happen.
      Now- KIDNEY STONE!?!? THAT'S HORRIBLE! May it pass soon.

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  11. I saw that flower on your facebook post and loved it because it did remind me of a woman. Here in Santa Fe spring is taking its time. We left the indoor pool today to cold wind and spitting rain.

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  12. It's named CLITORIA?! The 12 year old boy inside of me giggled wildly at that.

    Great photo!

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  13. Maybe you could just throw that bible in the mail slot. I'm not sure where it would wind up, but it probably wouldn't come back to your post office! Ah yes, it wouldn't be spring without the clitoria! Do you have to pass the truck route to get to the Goodwill?

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