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

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Wonderful Morning

What a beautiful morning. The weather is delightful. The sun is shining and there is a slight breeze. The ground is almost covered with leaves. The leaves are starting to turn and she senses an early Fall. Wonder what kind of winter will appear. Wishes she had a wood burning fireplace. With this thought in mind she can smell the wood burning and feel the warmth of the coals. There is nothing as pleasing as sitting close to a fire while it is burning. In the old farm house she would put her chair as close as possible on cold snowy days and read. Wonderful memories.

But alas - wisdom advised her that she no longer needs to be carrrying wood . So she has gas logs - but it was not what her heart desired.

She has wandered from one project to another. Dawn baking cookies, breakfast and then outside to groom roses. Swept her growing path through the woods. This is a practice the monks do in the forests of Thailand. She finds it relaxing and thinks if anyone came to visit from this small Southern town and witnessed her doing this - they would think she had lost her mind.

She is dressed in her favorite old sundress with an apron over that. Meant to change into slacks and shirt and never did - just seemed the morning progressed and here it is almost lunch time. The apron she was able to secure from an upscale grocery in the big city. Noticed all the employees wearing them and the aprons had 3 very large deep pockets. As she observed them the thoughts surfaced of one pocket for cell phone, one for clippers and another for a treat for Callie or anything else she might want to put in the deep pocket. The manager was asked if she could purchase one. He asked her what she wanted it for and she told her to use as she gardened. With a smile he gave her an apron. She has on her oldest steady shoes and ankle socks.

Oh my surely not a fashion statement or the way she looks when she goes to town. But she smiles at a reflection of herself in a mirror that is hung in the woods and thinks "I am so happy and would like to dress this way all the time". She has the continued thought that it is so good to feel good. One Woman "I do believe has healed from her fall". Her energy is returning :)

She continues clipping small branches from the trees and is aware that she is going to have some help soon. Many large limbs that she cannot move. Just seems when she has a young school boy help her that she has to work with him to point out everything and it is more tiring then the work she does herself. Another thought arises - is it even necessary to pick up the large limbs?Two wheelbarrows are full of the small branches and maybe that is enough.

Anyone she is acquainted with would wonder why she does this. Something that she always wanted to do in earlier years. Now is the time, she has done all that was expected in years past and now moving towards the end of her journey this is her dream come true. She loves walking the woods surrounding her cottage. Spring and summer not to far could she wander. Fall is on the horizon and she will be able to go deeper in the woods. Many wild ferns may find a home closer to her dwelling.


Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that you are healed from your fall and enjoying this beautiful weather. I love walking in the woods especially in the fall because there are so many things to discover. I, too, have been lazy today about myself. Makes for a good Sunday. Have a good week.

Beverly said...

sounds like you are having a good day, which will lead to a good week.....I sweep my leaves all the time....

Tabor said...

I am so happy that you are healing and feeling that energy return. What a lovely idea to use an apron to carry important items. I am always putting things in my pockets and then forgettng them! Yes our fall is also beginning but mostly from the drought...not the shortened days. Sweep to your hearts content, who cares what other think...we are now in that time of our life where we are free to do what we want when we want.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Judy and Beverly, oh what a beautiful day. Tabor, when I put items in my pockets - it seems they are shallow and sometimes fall out. Love this apron, if I could sew would make one. Guess I am a good advertisement for "Whole Foods" in the woods. Feel so much better . TYL.

Sky said...

loved this post about your contentment. your joy in the routine living of your life is such a welcome read, as is your healing. :)

we have always used meatal lawn brooms to "sweep" leaves and debris, but i can recall seeing people in the country using large straw brooms to sweep under the trees around their houses when i was a child and we traveled into rural areas. a memory from so long ago.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Sky, as always thank you for visiting "me". I am using my old straw broom. A beautiful day - to repeat myself :)

Ugich Konitari said...

in the woods of life
float down
the leaves of Fall,
bringing with them
leaf births,
parent branches,
courting of flowers
protecting the fruit.

Cycles of Progress,
as she sweeps
the carpet of leaves
in her path,
Callie bounding
in the clearing.

A spring to plant,
A summer to water
A fall to clean up,
and a Winter
to enjoy
the Whole Foods
of her life,
organic in her garden.

She sits enjoying
her hot tea,
across the
corn fields;
once crowded
with young kernels,
but now
giving her a look
into the Future...

mermaid said...

I can picture you in your dress, sweeping the path, and becoming one of the ancient trees of wisdom in your beloved woods.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Ugich - my you make me smile this early morning with your poem.
You are so talented and you bless me.
Dear Mermaid, what a compliment - to think that I could become an ancient tree of wisdom.
What a wonderful thought.
Blessings sent to you this early morning.

Judy said...

I have ALWAYS wanted to live in the woods. Your post makes me feel as if I am there. A mirror hanging on a tree in the woods? Wonderful!!!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

jude, thank you for visiting. We have something in common - I was raised in Michigan. Do visit again!