In Oklahoma, we feel like Mother Nature has most likely abandoned winter, which was wonderfully manageable this year anyway. While I am in shock that the first week of March is already here, all the excitement of early spring keeps me from doing the normal where did time go?! dance of panic and self denigration. The fruit trees and saucer magnolias are quietly budding; the daffodils are providing strong shots of neon yellow in every hidden corner; and the chickens and four leggeds are steeped in romance, if ya know what I mean. Wink-wink!
Today is Tuesday. I have a long list of chores to finish and an even longer list of blog posts I've been intending to write, but only the standard number of hours in the day. So in the mean time here's a little Five Senses Tour.
Hearing: Wind. Strong, familiar, almost violent wind whipping us silly from every single direction, several times a minute. This is in stark contrast to the calm, idyllic days we've been noticing lately, but now noticing the wind isn't a complaint. We're really used to it. It's how we all know we're home. Today the wind is so strong that even the guineas have found shelter and are keeping quiet. No television, no music, no people talking here at the farm, just the clackety clack of my keyboard, the hum of the CPU, and the incredible, four corners of the globe Oklahoma wind. Wait, I also hear Mia honking for love.
Seeing: I am anxious to finish the book Game Change ahead of the HBO movie which airs this weekend. Also seeing all the quiet, sneaky details of early springtime all around us.
Smelling: Coconut candle given to me by Rose, clean hair, the end of my last cup of coffee, and new perfume.
Tasting: *Imaginary* fresh local honey! Yesterday I received the very happy news that we are signed up for a beekeeping class later this month! More on this when it's not Five Senses Day, but for now, pretend with me that you have just collected honey manufactured by your own fuzzy little bees, unprocessed, raw, perfect, molten-lava honey. Bliss...
Feeling: Running and exercising in new tennis shoes rather than bare feet. Umm, yes. Weird-feeling. But I think this is a good move. Also feeling the belly button suspense that precedes a heavy storm.
Thinking: About the choices we have between hope and despair. About the power of Love and trusting Him. Romans 8:28; I Corinthians 1:23-24
Planning: To rearrange the downstairs furniture in order to welcome a new couch tonight. Also planning to clean up this cool old bicycle that M Half and I extricated from the Pine forest yesterday.
Praying: For Jocelyn and Jessica. That they continue to thrive, that they feel our love, that the gap between us closes in the right ways, at the right time. For my sister Angela and her children. For my husband's sister Tyrene and her family.
This was the first glimpse of a special sunset we caught over the weekend.
Yes, I know that is more than five senses.
But it's still far less than what
we are able to perceive when quieted.Live fully today.