Daily Archives: August 24, 2012

Ahh Nature…

I went to sleep last night to the sound of the wind rustling through the leaves on the trees.  As I lay there in the dark listening, feeling the sensation of a cool breeze coming in through my open window and lightly brushing up against my skin, I imagined the boughs of the tree branches swaying back and forth in the wind against the night sky.  It was one of the most peaceful feelings I’ve had in a long time.

Of course, wouldn’t you know that as I’m writing this… I’m hearing not only one, but two yapping dogs, a noisy garbage truck, and a train going by.  Kinda wrecks the mood here I’m trying to elaborate on.  Wait, this might help…

It’s not exactly the visual I’m going for here, but the audio is pretty accurate.  🙂

If there is one thing that I really get off on, it’s the sounds and sights of nature.  Somehow it has a way of not only relaxing me, but also giving me an acute heightened sense of awareness.  And I love it.

I feel like I’ve been so busy lately.  Some people thrive on it, but I hate being busy.  I am the type of person who really needs my down time to sit and contemplate and reflect on things.  Unfortunately, right now all I’m reflecting on is how much I want the neighbor’s dog to stop yapping so I can write, and contemplating how to make it stop.  Not even my headphones are drowning out the sound…

Ugh, I can see this just isn’t going to work right now, I’ll have to get back to you at another time on all of the inspiring epiphanies I had about the wind last night.


But before I go…

How’s this for the “sights” of nature?  Here’s a photo of the gigantic spider that I found in my garden last night.  Eek!My daughter was completely mesmerized watching this thing construct its web (from inside the house) and then faced her fears and went out to take this photo of it.

I, on the other hand, while usually inspired and in awe of all types of nature, could only think of one thing… how am I going to get to my garden goodies with this monstrosity setting up its hunting grounds in my garden?  Yes, yes, I know it’s a wonderful thing to have spiders in your garden blah, blah, blah, but I happen to be completely and utterly terrified of them.  I am not joking, this is serious, I’m talking arachnophobia here ~ it’s a little hard for me to even look at this photo.

After posting a cry for help on Facebook (because all three of us were too afraid to go near it), a good friend of mine came over and rescued me.  She took “Jack” (the name my daughter had given the spider) and gently deposited him on some lovely plantings in the parking lot of the store across the street.  Even she was surprised at the size of it, but she was fearless and handled that thing like boss!  She’s my hero!


Things have quieted down here now.  No more barking dogs, the garbage has been picked up, and the train has moved on further down the tracks toward its destination, but I’m hungry, so I’m off to try and scrounge up some food around here.  I’m not hopeful of finding much, as all I really do at my apartment anymore is sleep and shower.  And try to write…  😉

Y’all have a wonderful day!