I was looking back through our blog, all the way to the beginning, and I have to say that Tal and I have had some great times, as well as witnessing spectacular scenery that delights the soul.
With the holidays over, it’s back to work on book projects, but with a little more calm than I used to attack the Cosby book. It was good to slow down the work and remember to enjoy the moment, for certainly, I don’t want to miss any of the eloquence each day has to offer. Everyday has its own set of surprises, miracles, and gifts.
It was a surprise to find a lot of bees visiting our camp this year. It turns out an apiary had placed a couple of dozens hives a few fields away and the few campers that are out here out here are being visited by the pollen seeking bees.
Having had an apiary, I don’t mind the bees, but they can be rather curious and like to fly around your eyes and buzz loudly in your ears. They are not aggressive, but I still swat at one on occasion who is becoming a bit too rude. Tal and I went to visit the hives and took some footage and pictures.
I finished working on a 4+ foot fire pit I had started last year. It was good physical labor and it provided a feeling of satisfaction to be able to stand back and appreciate the results.
We were out of smudging sticks, so I ordered some white sage and tied my own wands together. I soaked the dried leaves for a couple of hours until the water started to darken and then used dental floss to hold the leaves tightly in a bundle. I hung them to dry for a few days before using. When Tal lit a stick the pungent and cleansing fragrance filled our home. Delicious.
My son sent us so many delicious sweet treats from Italy for Christmas; it’s a miracle we don’t each weight 500 pounds after eating the yummy goodies. The good Lord knows at this age you can’t eat much of anything let alone desserts! The cookies were all enjoyable, but we especially loved the Panettone bread.
Jenny Lu is a camper we met out here last year, and she has a fascination with melting metals and acid washing rocks. We exchanged a few things we had found in the desert and she gave me a gift of a lovely friendship bracelet that has exquisite macrame details.
I belong to several Off Grid/Prepper groups on Google and watched a video on how to tie your shoe laces so they don’t come undone. You may laugh at this, but every time we go on a walk one or both shoe laces come loose and I could trip. Falling at this age is not something I want to do, especially over an untied shoelace. I have been trying the (new to me) method, and sure enough, no more stopping to retie my shoes.
Yesterday was such a day, that everywhere I looked, joy poured into me, and I couldn’t stop the appreciation I felt. At the day’s end we indulged in an evening cocktail while sitting at our outdoor table. We watched an amazing grace of a lingering sunset, and life could not have felt more perfect.
It is no small miracle that I am fortunate enough to be living out in the wilderness. Every day I am surprised by something unexpected: a visitor, a bunny sighting, or who knows. It’s always different. The delight of nature’s constant heavenly display of sunrises, sunsets, and a star studded sky are wonderful gifts to behold. It is no wonder that my heart is constantly being filled with joy, and my spirit is inspired to soar!