Monday, July 23, 2012
Monday Musings: Dakota Summer
It's during these times when I think about the beauty of spring and the glorious displays of fall. This spring I have been blessed with the presence of the song birds, the fluttering monarchs, and the blossoming flowers in my own back yard.
There seems to be a sense of peace in our own back yard sometimes. No matter what is happening in the world, the only thing that matters in the moment is what is going on in the world of the back yard. There's a rabbit family that lives in the woodpile next to the house to the south of me. The bunny children often come over to nibble on this or that. I don't mind. I haven't started a garden yet.
The robins and crows seem to have settled their dispute over the large ash tree on the other side of the back fence. I haven't seen the crows in a while. I suppose they have taken up residence in the nearby cornfields. The robins make for good neighbors.
I haven't heard the mourning doves in several weeks. Albeit I was out of town for the first week in July. Perhaps they missed me and went in search of me. It would seem by all accounts of my trip, they too may have family in my hometown.
There was a frightful occasion for the finches that visit now again from across the street. This afternoon a young hawk came to find refuge from the heat beneath the leaves of the ash tree. It didn't stay long. The finches put up such a fuss there was no rest for the weary.
The only creature that seems to be unaffected by the heat are the small brown bats that flit to and fro hunting insects under the cover of darkness. In the last week, two of them invited themselves into the house. One was fortunate to get out alive, the other was not so lucky. I am grateful for my fearless daughter who has the fortitude to attend the situation. I'm not particularly fond of bats of any kind.
Watching the world pass by isn't such a bad thing when the world is as small as the space within the fence around the yard. If it weren't for the neighborhood bats, it would be a fine time to enjoy the stars that speckle the expansive sky. Stars stimulate the imagination.
As the heat continues, I look forward to the fall. I love the smell of the cool crisp air that hints winter is just around the corner. The leaves splash color everywhere and the world is right as rain...ah rain...what a blessing it would be if only for the moment.
This week may you muse upon the small things that seem to matter little and are really that which matters most.