So I spent the gorgeous 64 degree morning in the sunflower field with a gazillion bumble bees fighting each other for pollen – my jeans are covered in it so there really is plenty to go around – but at least it kept them occupied and ignoring me! Some people paid the farmer to pick some for a wedding today – how amazing is that going to be?! When the farmer stopped by I thanked him for planting beauty and he probably thought I was silly because to him it’s just an organic crop of seeds that he will sell. He rotates his crop so he planted this year on the land next door to his and the man who owns the property gets to cut and sell some sunflowers from his driveway – today I will be buying a bunch – he was very careful about which ones to pick to ensure they will last a while. I chased an elusive monarch slowly through the field to capture a photo – and eventually just stood still and prayed and he came back to me and I did get that beautiful photo which I have to upload from my camera. I think it just may be my favorite photo of all time. Thank you Pete, the farmer, for planting beauty.
A year ago today I was flying across the world to come back home from my Australia vacation. It was an amazing experience which still feels like a dream. It was so wonderful to see my gorgeous friend Diane and her family and see the amazing places and things in Australia that we learn about our whole lives. Some of my favorite photos and more to follow!
Coastal Maine in the summertime is one of my favorite places on Earth. There are many things that photos cannot capture, the smell of balsam fir mixed with the salty ocean air, of lobster pounds boiling sea water and lobster, or of the mudflats at low-tide, the sound of the bells on the navigation buoys dinging on the waves, the fog horns on a foggy day, or the sound of the round granite rocks rolling against each other as the waves go out and carry them across each other. I love the cool summer days where you can wear a sweatshirt when the rest of the country is baking. Acadia National Park is amazing and the small coastal towns and fishing villages are gems to explore. Summer also brings the time for whale watching and Puffin tours. It is gorgeous here in the fall as well. I lived in Maine for years in all seasons and I’ve lived in and visited many other places, but I have never found another place in the summer that is as charming and feeds my soul like the coast of Maine.
1. Gorgeous Views
2. Exploring the Beaches
3. Enjoying the Lighthouses
4. Playing on the Rocks
5. Gorgeous Sunrises and Sunsets
7. Lobster Feasts with Lobster Right off the Boat
8. Cool “New England” Weather When Everyone Else is Hot!
9. Listening to the Waves
10. Exploring Small Coastal Town Coffee Shops
In honor of my trip to Australia, which was at the top of my “bucket list” and I crossed it off a year ago (by the way, it’s on there a few times, so I WILL be going back 🙂 – I will be posting some of my favorite photos of my trip. This one is of me and my lovely friend Diane in Sydney harbor.
I was thinking about where the term “bucket list” may have come from and I found this : “In 2004, the term was used—perhaps for the first time?—in the context of things to do before one kicks the bucket (a phrase in use since at least 1785) in the book Unfair & Unbalanced: The Lunatic Magniloquence of Henry E. Panky, by Patrick M. Carlisle. That work includes the sentences, “So, anyway, a Great Man, in his querulous twilight years, who doesn’t want to go gently into that blacky black night. He wants to cut loose, dance on the razor’s edge, pry the lid off his bucket list!”.
Sometimes I think that we all just continue to put things on the list and sadly never get around to it because we think we have forever. I have lived the fast-paced career life and don’t regret giving my heart and soul to my patients, but I did hate the commute- what a waste of my time- and I also hated the politics of it all. The worst part of my day should always have been helping my patients deal with the bad things life handed to them, not the politics of healthcare. I have had all the “trappings”, and I don’t like to feel trapped. I am trying to choose a more balanced life. Do I only want to remember the work I’ve done in my life in the end? No, I want to remember the wonderful places I’ve been and the times I’ve played. They don’t have to be big things – just noticing the beauty in everyday moments is a wonderful start.
I’ve learned a tremendous amount from my patients. I saw a couple, and he had Alzheimer’s disease, he was just 65, knew 5 different languages, was a professor and was waiting to retire to use those languages and travel all around the world with his lovely wife. Now he lies in a bed and can’t speak. Hopefully, we do have time to cross things off of that list, but it seems to me that we need to make it happen more than most of us do. Procrastination is not a good thing, in any aspect of life. To be cliche’, Life is Short and we should embrace the moments while we have the time, and NOW is the only time we know that we have.