another day in Mikey’s world….

Times are a bit hard financially as I haven’t had a job for quite a while and yet I continue to live the most luxurious existence. (Thank you Amy) I try to curse myself into feeling guilty on a daily basis but by the time I’ve made myself a fresh brewed cup of french-roast coffee and watched Lucca run to the end of my driveway and retrieve my morning paper, drop it at my feet, and I sit at my kitchen table and watch the sun start gliding across my backyard, lighting my lawn and waking all the birds that call this yard home….my guilt dies. So then I spend another day in bliss. It seems so simple. There are always weeds to pull or leaves to rake or sweep. Or maybe I should turn my compost. Or re-stack the old lumber I’ve been saving for some future project. I could do some writing. I could try a new painting. I think the hedge needs trimming. How am I ever to return to the real world when this personal world offers more nourishment and wonder than most could imagine. But perhaps this is one of my points, that perhaps part of my blessings are based on the ability to look for them where they lay. Daily. Look at what you do, and when you do, see something amazing.

I spent today working in my yard. Pulling weeds, mowing the lawn. I made a bouquet, watched the starlings battle with the woodpeckers on the telephone pole and as I felt my body asking permission to stop all this physical foolishness I noticed a beautiful Swallowtail butterfly lighting on the Statis plants in the front yard. I took a breath and watched. When the swallowtail seemed intent on this patch of earth I ran back to my shop and grabbed my camera and tried to get a shot of this beauty.

After I had put all the tools away, taken an outdoor shower under the evening sky, I made a wonderful meal and lit my fire pit on the back porch. As I watched the flames dance and leap to try and touch the evening sky I once again counted, and then counted again. And realized how blessed I am.

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