Tuesday, May 10, 2011

{Virtual Coffee}

NOT! I'm doing tea today. Isn't this a pretty bottle

and I will tell you it's quite tasty too. If we were meeting today I would be happy to make you a coffee but my body is saying tea. I love the way is whooshes down, leaving me feel clean and clear. I have been kind of sick these last few days and I'm dragging myself around. So if we were meeting for coffee I would expect you to carry a good part of the conversation.

If we were meeting for coffee today I would tell you how generally out of sorts I have felt these last few weeks. How so much of what I want to say is politically incorrect and how social media is exhausting me. I have hardly been reading blogs and when I do I am rarely commenting. And I'm feeling kind of bad about that because people are still stopping by here and leaving me their thoughts and words but I haven't been reciprocating. I would tell you how I find myself looking for my center once again and how I know it is a natural cycle of life to feel like this and that I have a certain sense of peace this time while I go through it.

I would confess to you how winter clothes can hide a multitude of chocolate sins. I have been tweaking some habits and pieces of my lifestyle here and there and it is becoming less about feeling better about my body and more about feeling better in it.

If we were meeting for coffee this today I would show you my garden and declare myself the Queen of Mulch.

Things are sprouting and stretching in my corner of the world -the magnolias are almost there. I used to prefer the classic magnolia, the kind you picture in your mind when you hear the word, "magnolia"

but lately I am loving this white one

with creamy tentacles inside

and the tulips are finally (finally!) coming out.

I would show you these two and ask you if you don't see a pair of bums like I do.

I would show you how one sprig of mint last week has turned into an absolute invasion and I'm loving it. I would be proud that something other than the dreaded weed-vine is invading my garden.

If we were meeting for coffee today I would bore you with stories about Riley. He is growing intellectually in such funny ways. He has become very aware of how many kids in his class are suddenly needing glasses and although he can spot a flea on a moose 10 miles away, he has been taking his Build-a-Bear glasses out for some test runs to see what it's like.

I would tell you that beyond laughing at my underwear on the clothesline, he is starting to regularly use sarcasm and words like "totally" and "awesome" and sometimes even putting them together like, "totally awesome". I would encourage you to stick around until he comes home from school to see for yourself. And if Riley was home from school while you were here, he would show you his squirrel trap.

Every eight-year old kid should build a squirrel trap, don't you think? And when he ran off to re-set the trap I would tell you about how mad I got at him this morning over how he intentionally dropped his bicycle helmet on the ground and how it occurred to me that oftentimes when I do get mad at him it is not just me flying off the handle, that it is a genuine circumstance when he isn't learning a lesson and I have yet to discover another way to say what I need to him and resort to yelling. And I need to forgive myself for that more than I do.

Now I've got all that off my chest, let's go check out Amy's new rose bush at Lucky Number 13.


thecatalanway said...

Hey! You are lovely and what you write is funny and wise and interesting and if you need to take off from all this funny blog world that too is fine and normal! I like to hear from you but in the end we all need to look after ourselves and our lives and our people. And our gardens! What lovely flowers your have. Seems only a blink ago that you were covered in snow. Spring - this spring - lots of people feeling those doubts and low energies. Hope you feel the sap rising again soon and ....see you for a drink on Friday! love Kate x

thecatalanway said...

By the way - yes to the bottoms and what a lovely boy you have - I'm jealous. K x

Snap said...

buns ... yes
Riley ... yes
time off ... yes
tea ... yes
mulch ... yes


Claire said...

it's more than fine to say you're feeling blah - i did the other tuesday...
glad you're getting to enjoy your magnolia - ours has bloomed and gone *sigh*
and spring is certainly here in england
so glad i stopped by for coffee :) and you're boy's adorable - my own gorgeous boy will be 16 in a couple of months... how did that happen??... treasure these moments :)

oreneta said...

tea...love it, right there with you, old fashioned magnolias and tulips are right up there too. Mint...for me, not so sure, not that I don't love the stuff, but I don't love weeding it out...glad you do!

Kimberley said...

I was in a tea mood today to! Hope this weeks bring you out of your funk!

Joelle said...

Oh my gosh, you have such a beautiful garden! I don't even have a balcony in my little apartment, or else I would at least have some type of potted flower...maybe someday...

And your son is absolutely adorable!

Visiting from Virtual Coffee today, though I do like your tea idea ;)


Sherry Smyth said...

Tea is calming and restorative. It is what I drink when feeling under the weather and it is perfect in the afternoon or early evening.

I'm sorry that you've been out of sorts, feeling not like yourself or at your best. I understand that feeling oh so well...and I know that it will pass...give it time.

I love the sea of bums, er, I mean tulips!!! And the close ups on the magnolia.

And I love Riley's glasses...he's looking very Harry Potterish!!!

Feel better!! xoxoxo

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

Oh I wish you would say what you're thinking, even if it is politically incorrect! Certainly better than listening to echo chambers...

april@gingerbread girl said...

oh man i hope you feel better soon!! I hear you on the tea girl...when i am sick i drink tea NON_STOP!!! It makes me feel so much better!!


Kim Mailhot said...

This post made me miss you , and Riley and want to come and hang out with you and play, in person. Even if you are in a funk. Someimtes, two in a funk who play together make two somewhat less funky...
Next week, I will know when I will be having my wisdom teeth out. Then I will plan a trip to spend time with my friend Kimmy-poo. I need that.
Love how your garden grows...

{Amy} said...

i love the squirrel trap, that is something my little guy would totally do. and the bums? : ) yes, i see them! and don't worry about the not commenting...we all go in phases like that...i myself have been horrible about it lately, there is only so much we can do. thanks for coffee--or tea--or vodka-- or whatever it was! ; D