Nature · Poetry

The Wild Calls Lazily

The weather, this week has been very strange.  Yesterday I was able to lay in the hammock.  In the last few days we have had below freezing temperatures, but yesterday was almost a summer day.  I was able to lay in the hammock for awhile, after stacking firewood.  This morning we woke up to 70 degrees.  High winds, scary winds, came.  Then rain.  Then an eerie calm.

img_0162I wrote this several years ago during January when we were having blizzard conditions.

I asked my husband what season I am.

He looked intently for a while and said summer.

I knew he would say summer.

The Wild Calls Lazily

As Leo I came into the world, feet first, ready to run

Not roaring, but gently purring into the sun

When freckles are in full bloom

When grass smells it’s sweetest,

And forest’s foliage is at its thickest,

Its narrow path beckoning me into its den

Where creatures take comfort devoid of men

And in the openness ripe vermillion tomatoes hang on the vine

Ochre squash peaks through an umbrella as green as pine

Water trickles into a pond neighbored by parsley, peppermint and thyme

The buzz of a bee and swift hummingbird sprints

Amid a spectrum of hues and scents

Into my porch swing refuge race

All my senses they embrace

While the dogs and cat sleep lazily on

Outward I gaze watching the grass grow

Contemplating the mow

I wake from my dream to see from my window the snow.




Baby, It’s Cold Outside

full-3Only 12 degrees according to the weather report, which means it is probably about 5 degrees colder here since we are in a higher elevation area.  We don’t have a thermometer outside anymore but it always registered about 5 degrees colder here.

These pictures are from a hike on the farm on January 18, 2009.  Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow.






I think this is one of the best pictures that my husband has ever taken.  We had been hiking on the property, and nearing the end of the hike we were coming upon the back side of the barn.  It was taken in October a couple of years ago.




I was recently honored with the Inspiring Blog Award from A Story Book World:

I started this blog as mainly a lesson in thankfulness – a lesson for myself.  I do, also, if possible, try to inspire others as well as myself.  Writing and sharing can be inspirational in itself.  Although this blog is about my own journey, it is also a connection to like-minded people.

Inspiration for me comes from what I term the “real world.”  By real world I mean the most pristine example I can think of – nature.  I’m one of those people who energize in sunlight and in the peacefulness and the solitude of wooded areas, and flowing water.  I’m also inspired by the true nature of humans, maybe what some would term as the soul.

Too often, the artificial world slips in and inspiration slips out.  The artificial world to me is sadly mostly the world we live in with so much technology, the world of egos, and the world of money.  It’s the things that without balance can reap havoc on the human spirit.  This existence on earth is an existence of duality in all things.  Balance is key.

This past weekend we visited the Abbey of Gethsemani near Bardstown, Kentucky.  It was a place of beauty and serenity. It was definitely a place full of inspiration.

I’m thankful for the inspiration found there, and I am also thankful my husband and I live in a place surrounded by nature.  Thanks, Deirdra from A Story Book World for finding my blog to be inspiring.



Wednesday Warm Up

Wednesday Warm Up I always consider Monday fresh start day, but in this case it is Wednesday. I refer to it as a warm up day due to residues of jet lag. I’m slowly approaching all those new things I’m doing – in most cases they are just what I took a vacation from. At the same time I hope to approach them with a new vigor and awareness.

We just returned from Lake Zaca Retreat near Santa Barbara, California.  One of its claims to fame is being the site where “Creature of the Black Lagoon” was filmed.  It was a rustic experience, but then I am used to rustic. There will be more on that later. We also got to spend some time in Venice Beach, Santa Monica, and Marina del Rey, also more on that in later blogging posts.

While away I basically disconnected myself from cell phones and Internet. In some cases it was my decision. But for several days it was due to the fact that in the mountains there was no cell service, and for part of the time no Internet service. We were stranded in nature, a good thing and a bad thing.  Needless to say, the post a day 2011, fell by the wayside.

Today, I’m back in nature, my own natural surroundings. The weather is beautiful. I walked out into our own woods with our black labs, Barney and Benka. Barney is enjoying the creek in the picture.

There was a brief hiatus from regular yoga practice, which I had kept up seven and a half months. I missed a few days due to travel. That will also start again tonight. And now on to one of those new projects – learning to make vegetarian gyros for dinner.

Right now I’m thankful to be home safe and sound.  That was iffy at times.


Writing – A Reflection of the Soul

Sixth and Final Reflection for the winter – Shedding Light

I belong to a group called Shedding Light, consisting of a small group of women.  We are given writing assignments or exercises, which in essence make us reflect on our inner and own true natures.  The group is seasonal with different women popping in and out, most staying, or returning back eventually because the work is so important.  The concept originated with and is led by a magnificent lady, Mariana T., living in Santa Barbara, California and New Orleans, LA.  I have strong connections to both cities, as we spent our honeymoon in New Orleans and our spiritual teacher lives in Santa Barbara.

Our final reflection for the winter season is to tell which reflection inspired us the most and the reason why, and whether we wanted to continue in the group for the spring season.  All of the reflections are found on my blog.  The reflections involved a rock, a twig, a random act of kindness, an earth element, and a bowl.

It’s hard for me to say which inspired me the most.  With the possible exception of the random act of kindness, most reflections spoke about elements of nature, and nature is so much a part of my life.  To even take away one element would leave a gapping hole, something missing and incomplete, just as you can’t take away your shadow self.  And, without random acts of kindness our presence on earth would be so shallow. There is strength in all and weakness in all.  It’s all part of the duality of our existence.

The mere mention of rocks as the first assignment sparked excitement in me.  Over the last several years we have utilized rocks on this farm for as much as possible.  At the same time they would be dull and lifeless without their counterparts – the earth, plants and water.

The twig was the hardest for me.  Possibly wood signifies something I need to work on in life.  What is usually the most challenging turns out to be the most rewarding in the end.  The twig speaks to me of flexibility and balance in all things.  The wisest advice I have ever received was handed to me with a glass of lemonade, possibly symbolizing the sweetness and gift of life if we can see it, “Jerri, you analyze everything too much.  Take life as it comes.”  Even though one might consider these reflections to be an analysis of life, I see them as opening up to life’s possibilities and sweetness.

I enjoy Shedding Light because it’s an exercise of the mind and the soul, and am finding that there might be a gapping hole in my life without this process of inner reflection.  I appreciate the time and Mariana’s own inner work that she shares with all of us to make this possible.  So bring on spring reflections.

I’m thankful to have found this group of inspiring women.