It is a very good Friday, actually. The sun is shining, the swans are gliding in the river (20!), and the goats are low on the ridge.
An April Afternoon
Mix a bowl of blue sky, lightly spun clouds, and a flowing tide with a happy dog's tail. Walk and Stir. Sift twice. Breathe, listen and look. Before you serve up gratitude, say a little Grace. Nothing fancy. Thank you is plenty.
"When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
'It is well, it is well, with my soul.' " -- A nice old Hymn that we sang today at the Blessing of the Fleet.
(Note that the previous title wrongly declared this to be the First Friday of August. The error was due to an auto-correct feature that isn't as smart as it ought to be. It is definitely only April. You haven't missed summer. Phew.)
First, I’m on the mend, thanks to antibiotics. I tried all my home remedies and finally admitted defeat, and I’m glad I did. I feel much better but still have a nasty cough. It’s been going around though. One friend has had it for a month, another two weeks, and both say (just like I do) “And I never get sick!” One theory is that Haines vacationers brought it back from Hawaii with them.
- By Roz Chast in the New Yorker
My brain is rattled every time I sneeze or cough or the dogs bark, which are all often, as I have the flu, and I am caring for the grand dogs until their basketball star owners return on the ferry.
I didn't make it to Juneau yesterday. The snow began in earnest about the time I was due to fly out. But my daughters' team won their game, and so the Haines Women will defend their Gold Medal tourney title Saturday night! The great good news is that all three Haines teams will be in the championships. The two Haines men's teams won last night, too. The Merchants in the "Mighty B" Bracket, and Klukwan in the C bracket. You can hear them on KINY beginning with the Women at 2:00 tomorrow afternoon.
Maybe it is a sign of the off-kilter nature of these days that the egg I tried to balance on the the first day of Spring fell over. (I have heard you can do this on the equinox, as the earth is in balance. I have also read that with practice and the proper egg, anyone can balance one at anytime. Frankly, my life is too busy to spend another minute attempting to make an egg balance. But go ahead, try it if you want to. )
The weather too is mercurial- snow, sun, rain, wind, snow, sun. Just when I take a picture to share with you it changes:
"The fast pace of our lives makes it difficult for us to find grace in the present moment, and when the simple gifts at our fingertips cease to nourish us, we have a tendency to crave the sensational." -- Macrina Wiederkehr