Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Perfect Day

4:30 at the moment and 68 degrees.
Beautiful day
A lot accomplished in the small yard
She worked alone all day
Some raking and some mulching leaves with new riding mower
Lunch on the sunny deck with Miss Callie
The day went quickly

They will not last much longer - the turnip greens
Simple meal of greens, turnips, hard boiled egg, corn bread
and a tomato that was picked green and ripened in the window.
Ice tea and a slice of pumpkin sheet cake.
There have been times that someone would tell her - that
she was hard to please.

Last night was a toss and turn night. Old things put to rest
seemed to resurrect.
She is trying to remember that everything that surfaces usually
goes away.
No longer does she try to analyze.
Penetrating peace arrives when you stop trying to understand another person

On my birthday card last month - my son put some quotes on the inside of the card.

"The most important thing you can do is be mindful"
"Take it easy - ultimately nothing matters"
"Renunciation is not giving up the things of this world, but accepting
that they go away"
"Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again"
"What are you clinging to - shine a light there and practice letting go"

This evening "May we be peaceful, happy, content, fulfilled and at ease"


Anonymous said...

It has been warm here today, too. Such a great picture of the red sky. It makes me think of that saying, "Red sky at night, sailor's delight". I love the picture of your field of wheat.

shannon said...

I love your Son's notes on your card, so insightful!!
What a great son you have, I love you blog, so glad I have found it!

Beverly said...

That son of your is very wise....It was a beautiful day here in TN!!!!

Ugich Konitari said...

life is a
paying obeisance to Fall,
as some
thoughtful leaves
float down
get carried away
in a swirling wind.

sometimes, it is also
a freshly
green wheat field,
with well organized thoughts
growing in a line.

And in between,
all the
seasons in life,
where you marvel
at new flowers,
inhale the aroma
of fresh mint,
the perfume
of a wet earth
after a surprise rainfall,
the gratitude
of a green tomato
at not being fried,
but being allowed
to ripen,
at a warm window,
holding a tea
to warm tired hands,
and a pumpkin
matching its color
to the skies,
as it
dedicates itself
to being the sweetest part of your day......

you toss the greens,
your mind.....

All of it,
comes together,
to become,
as someone said,
"Oh, what a wonderful world !"

One Woman's Journey said...

Judy, Shannon, Beverly - thank you for visiting and your comments.
Dear Suranga, another poem :) I need to put them in a book!
Thank you dear lady - Over the ocean a perfect day is wished you.

Tabor said...

You have gotten so wise. Thanks for sharing and helping me.

One Woman's Journey said...

Dear Tabor, this early morning I read your kind comment - thank you.
I admire you - your are not a slow learner like this woman. Seems my evolving has taken a long time.
What I finally have learned - why did I not know it years ago? Life is a journey and guess that says it all.
Have a wonderful day. Spring like again this day :)

Ashling said...

Evolution takes time, eons...if you can see any of your own evolution, you're way ahead of the game. I don't know you or your life's journey. but your post was beautiful.

One Woman's Journey said...

Aisling, thanks for giving me an early morning smile. I miss your posting:) Have a good day.

the wild magnolia said...

You are blossoming by leaps and bounds, and it is pure joy for me to behold.

Wonderful writing, free flowing, honest, giving of yourself! You have located you rhythm.

Thank you so much for sharing! :)

One Woman's Journey said...

Sandra, thank you - your thoughts meaningful to me - I was unable to post on your blog. Would not come through?

Freda said...

Amen. And I can't help but envy your weather! 1 degree Centigrade here and far too damp.

One Woman's Journey said...

Freda, today is a repeat of wonderful weather - and I have continued with the leaves:)
I think it is almost over.

Sky said...

this photo is stunning! we have been away on the east coast celebrating with friends and family. i am only now catching up on my reading. it seems your holiday was lovely. :)