Posted in Arlington, Life, Nature, Seasons, Spring

The doorway to tranquility

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Past the budding trees and down the stairs beneath the old railroad. I walk through a familiar landscape: the ball field, the tennis courts and through the fence to a quiet enclave of houses. I suspect they’re rehabilitated worker cottages from earlier days, when the pond was worked for ice. An old ice house still remains and has be
converted to a Boys and Girls Club. I meet a gravel path just past the small parking lot and am in Spy Pond Park.

The park is just coming to life at this time of the year with budding trees and a body of water that’s still fresh and clean. Ducks and geese roam the banks and the old, bent trees dip gracefully into the water.

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This is the pond, my five minute retreat from the world. There are other people here, but mostly it’s me, accompanied by bird song.

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It’s peaceful and I need peace. More than that I need a place that’s blossoming to natural life.

Can you hear the birds?

Posted in House, Kitchen, Nature, Seasons, Spring

Ah-yep, We’re in For a Nor’eastah

Get out the raincoats!

Nor’easters. Nasty bit of New England weather. We’re due for one this week and I think it’s already started. Wind, rain and plenty of bluster. I went out this morning when the sun was still shining in a bright blue sky and returned just as the clouds were rolling in. I’ve been sequestered in my office all day since then. I’ve gotten quite a bit of work done. Thank goodness for Amazon Prime music.

This weekend will probably be, well, a washout. On another note, our contractor came by this morning to lay out a temporary kitchen, since they’re going to start demolition on our kitchen on Tuesday. We’ll have a small fridge, microwave, toaster oven and coffee pot. They even brought in a table so we could have a place to put them.

The beginning of a mess
The beginning of a mess

Good think it’s going to be stormy this weekend, because we have a whole kitchen to clear out. I got a start on it last weekend, but the whole thing’s got to be cleared out by Monday. Packing boxes? Check. Garbage bags for all the junk that’s accumulated in a foodie’s kitchen for the past 16 years? Check.

Posted in Nature, Seasons, Spring, Weather

Signs of Spring

There’s not much blooming outside, but I’m feeling hopeful. The weather has been warming and I think (I think!) I’m seeing the merest of buds on the trees. There’s definitely some action on the spring bulb front. Not much, bit its letting us know that, yes they’re still there – they haven’t forgotten us.

The days are a bit longer and I’ve been tempted to visit a park or two. Caught a nice lowering-sun vista a few days ago, along with some absolutely gorgeous early evening skies. Very nice.

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Posted in Health, Meditation, Seasons, Spring

Scavenger Hunt

This is going to be fun. I’m setting up a meditation space in my house and I’m starting to look for objects. So far I’ve got candles, pebbles and rocks and a very pretty top for a busted tranquility fountain. The top has layered rock , with a removable tree and bare branches you can swap out depending on the season. I also dug out some pretty fabrics to adorn tables and blew the dust off of a small Chinese tea pot.

Mmmm, very meditative

I browsed Pinterest and came up with an arrangement that’s on a tray you can move around.  There were several sizes of candles, an Asian tea pot, vases with twisty branch twigs and assorted natural items. I dusted off a pretty oblong tray and am going to work with that. Then I went on an outdoor treasure hunt and came back with some green hedge trimmings and my own twisty little twigs. I did no snapping, pulling or cutting. Everything I got was on the ground.

I still need something I can hold in my hand, like a smooth stone or soft surface of some type. Haven’t found one yet, but I’m still looking.

Posted in Photography, Seasons, Spring

Spring Scale

The hubby and I went for a brief walk along the Charles River. And -hooray! – We saw the very first sign of spring. I took this picture while standing on a footbridge over the river. We had a squad of hungry ducks and geese fellowing us around, which I also tried to photograph. Not sure I succeeded.

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I was too far away, so I tried to zoom in and it got a little better.

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They still look like bugs to me! But while I was shooting close up I spied a tree branch with tiny buds. I propped my elbows on the railing and snapped away.

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Now that’s some perspective!