Thursday, June 14, 2012

Work, Sleep and Peace!


Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work,
from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
                Henri Matisse


I lie here after a long, hot, and very exhausting day. The cool breeze from the open window blows over my weary, aching body. I close my eyes. I am thinking of all I have accomplished today and think about what needs to be done tomorrow. I am so grateful for the cool breeze after the stifling, suffocating heat of my day.

I am serenaded to sleep by the sweet sound of the frog symphony floating through the air in the stillness of this night.

I am jolted out of my slumber by the sound of a cow bawling. I glance at the clock sitting on the dresser, its illuminated red numbers flashing 3 a.m. I fumble to find the tossed blankets and pull them tight as the cool damp breeze blows through the open window. I try to ignore this cow as I know it is probably having a little trouble seeing its calf in the fog of the night. I lie here and listen for a few minutes and the bawling stops; I guess she has found it. The frog sounds are gone and I hear birds chirping; I drift back to sleep.

I awake to the sounds of a large seemingly angry flock of blackbirds cackling outside my window. The breeze has disappeared, the air is hot and muggy and I am already uncomfortable.

 I jump out of bed and run outside to greet the morning sun. Small lingering fog patches float over the field of soon to be hay. I make my way through the dewy, freshly mowed green grass, my feet are getting wet, and I cross the gravel road to the mailbox. The birds are chirping, the sun is rising and I am happy to be here. I love my life.


I’m ready to start my workday again.


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35 comments:

  1. It sounds wonderful. Hope you didn't step in anything the cow left behind. I like the dew on my bare feet too.

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  2. Country life is a wonderful life! xoxo

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  3. The sound of a cow bawling in the middle of the night is always cause for concern...glad yours wasn't in the corn field! :)

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  4. It sounds like you've found just the right place to be in life.

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  5. You are lucky indeed to love your life. That barefootedness in the wet grass and over the hard gravel? The chirping of birds and the lingering fog? It's better than any riches - and I mean that. :)

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  6. Wonderful post and so glad you 'get it' ~ so many don't ~ life is the gift ~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

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  7. Nothing beats life in the country. Don't overdo it in the heat today.

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  8. Your photos reflect the beauty of nature.

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  9. Great pictures - nice post. I love nature - love to move there. Wishing you a good day :) Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

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  10. beautiful photos and i enjoyed your post as well :)

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  11. Glad your cow found her calf and all was well. You needed that bit of extra sleep.
    Love your photos B.

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  12. Wonderful light and color, beautiful photos with precise framing.

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  13. i so enjoy peeks into your days (or nights).

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  14. Wonderful post!
    Love your photos.
    Wish you a wonderful weekend.
    Mette

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  15. Enjoyed your post! Farm life is the BEST isn't it? Hard work and all!!!

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  16. A good night's sleep sure helps with keeping your attitude positive.

    I'm glad I live in the country, well, in a village actually. But the city is moving in on us!

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  17. Beautiful post !!!
    Wondrful photos...

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  18. Your life sounds like really hard work but at the same time really enjoyable. I'm so glad you tell us about it.

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  19. Your narrative takes me back to my teens. When I would have just these kinds of nights. A pleasant memory.

    I've called myself a city girl since leaving my parents country life. But, I actually live in a small rural town and don't even have to leave the city limits to actually hear the cows bawling, they just aren't close enough to disturb my slumber. Instead I have trains to do that for me.

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  20. I miss those early morning's on the farm when the animals are just starting to make sounds and the air is so clear and clean.

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  21. It sounds wonderful your photos are great too.

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  22. Farm life is an exceptional life!

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  23. Your words paint the picture so beautifully! :)

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  24. i hung on your every word!! i can't even imagine how hard you work!!

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  25. i forgot to say how much i loved the pictures!! especially #2!!

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  26. Warm? Your in Canada right? It is still cool here. I'm in a sweater and wrapped in a blanket. I love your description of the night. I'm the same as you, a light sleeper. I enjoyed the post.

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  27. This is a beautiful post! So well-written and so filled with images and feelings all of us can relate to if even in our fondest dreams...

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  28. I love fresh clear mornings to renew my spirit and start all over again with a new day. Love your photos and words.

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  29. You certainly are a true country girl. You just love your cows, the land & your family..love M xoxoxo

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  30. Your post transported me back to another time. Eloquently written with wonderful photos.

    Thanks for stopping by the Cottage on the Corner and leaving a kind and considerate comment.

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  31. this is just so beautiful...

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