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!


9 responses to “Ahh Nature…

  1. Once again… EEWWW!!! on the spider. As for your writing, I know exactly how you feel. I have been trying to capture some pretty deep and meaningful visuals on nature myself, it doesn’t always work out the way I want it to either. But it sure is nice in my imagination. 😉


    • I know right?! Thanks for being willing to come to my rescue even though you were too far away. 😉 I find that when I just let it flow naturally and not try and force the words, I’m usually able to express what I’m wanting to convey pretty effectively, but I do need a certain amount of creative reserves within myself to do so. And my creative reserves… are pretty tapped out at the moment. I’m hoping to refuel over the weekend if the gas prices (time) are affordable. 😉


  2. I bet you were at such peace listening to the sounds of nature whilst trying to sleep, nature really is a wonderful thing and I try to show my appreciation for it at every opportunity. As for being busy, you have been doing yourself in trying to get your move sorted and I think you deserve a good couple of days off to reflect and indulge invwhatever it is that makes you happy and chilled.
    As for spiders, I love all living things apart from wasps and pigeons, I have pigeons nesting above my bedroom and have done everything I possibly can to try and get rid of them, barbed wire is the next goal but I kind of feel guilty trying to get rid of them now because they have given it their all to make a nest on my roof. I guess the reason I’m not fussed about spiders is there are no poisonous creepy crawleys here in the UK.
    Anyway, I feel I’m rabitting on a little here so I will leave it there.
    You get yourself some rest Julie,
    All the best and much love over the Atlantic.


    • It was very peaceful and I had some thoughtful insights to share, but then all that noise this morning ruined my inspiration, and now it’s bedtime and I’m too exhausted from painting my room (for the second time) ~ I’ll share more on that later in my next remodeling post. Oh, wasps are almost as bad as spiders, but not nearly as cunning. I’m convinced spiders are intelligent, aware, and out to get me! 😉 You’re lucky you don’t have poisonous creepy crawlies in the UK. I’m not a huge fan of pigeons, but I do adore birds in general. I probably wouldn’t want them nesting on my roof above my bedroom though. But I will say that I’d rather have pigeons than spiders any day! Wanna trade? 😉 x


  3. It’s so cool watching spiders build their webs! Kudos for transporting the little bugger instead of just ending his (or her) life right then and there. I figure there’s no way I could build anything as cool as a spider web, so I probably shouldn’t step on a spider just because it’s in my way 🙂


    • Granted, spider webs are a work of art, but I’m so afraid of spiders that if my friend Sharon hadn’t come along and rescued me, I may have never been able to tend to my garden again. True story.


  4. I love downtime, I don’t know how people thrive always being busy. Just hearing abut their days are a chore! Quiet, alone, it’s my itty bitty slice of heaven.
    I don’t mind spiders at all but seeing a worm in my garden all but sends me running. I have to keep reminding myself they are harmless. This is the first year I have not put on gloves every time I garden. It’s hard to get over these things. If I ever come across a snake though, my garden days will be over!


    • Haha I’m sorry, but it’s funny that you are afraid of worms! Hahaha! Sorry, I’m done now. I mean, spiders are scary and snakes I can see, but worms…? I love ya! 🙂


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