Lost In the Swirl

This is the third or fourth time I started my blog today. I am feeling a bit like Ms. Cranky Pants writing a paragraph or two and then deleting it. It is not that I do not have anything to write about, it is just the opposite. There are TOO many things I could write about.

I feel like blaming my foul mood on politics and the impeachment hearings would be a valid reason for my crankiness. Of course I could also blame it on the unexpected call I received this morning that ruffled my feathers and interrupted my morning routine. I could blame it on not getting enough sleep last night and my inability to pull cohesive thoughts together.

Instead, I will tell you how happy I am to be sitting in this sunbeam pouring through my windows.  I feel like a cat whose happiness depends on that single solitary beam of sunlight flooding the floor. It makes the coffee just a little richer and a tiny bit little sweeter.

My thoughts drift to these huge leaves on the tree outside our living room so I took a break to walk outside. The leaves near the ground are huge, at least 10 inches long. They are remarkable. Maybe a Bur Oak but it will take a little research to know for sure.

I did a short walk around the house. The camellias are perplexing. They have buds, flowers, and dying blooms all on the same bush. It must be a confusing season for the plants. But regardless of their stage of life, there is some beauty to be found.

There is a Downy Woodpecker at the feeder not at all worried about the swirl I was feeling. He is just doing what woodpeckers do. Suddenly I feel calmer. More at ease. Less caught up in the chaos. Nature has some magical powers.


16 thoughts on “Lost In the Swirl”

  1. I don’t think you’re alone about thinking clearly. What with the holiday season coming and impeachment angst everywhere I turn, I’m finding it more difficult to form complete thoughts. I agree that nature is a great antidote to what our society is foisting on us right now.

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  2. Spotting a woodpecker is a good way to calm down, Maggie. 🙂
    I am ‘Mr Cranky Pants’ most of the time, but blogging and Ollie both help to keep me on an even keel.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I try to keep my crankiness at bay, Pete, but some days it creeps in. Fortunately, the birds frequent our feeders. We even had a huge pileated woodpecker one day. They are huge and to see him at the feeder was a surprise.

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  3. The political situation in both our respective countries is enough to make anyone cranky! I’d love to ignore it all but there’s a horrible compulsion to watch. You are right that viewing nature does calm us down – as long as we don’t start thinking about climate change!!

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    1. I agree, Mary. It is a horrible time to be a caring citizen. Luckily, I am surrounded by ‘natural’ woods so I can step out my back door and find a bit of a respite. So much of natural forest land is completely gone, though. It is a sad state of affairs.

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  4. Maintaining emotional equilibrium at the moment is a daily challenge. Repeat after me :”No man can take away my peace of mind!!”(you know who I mean–the big orange)

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  5. If I didn’t also live in such naturally beautiful surroundings, life would be much harder to bear. I understand your frustrations.


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