Thursday, May 22, 2008

Painting a picture for Susan

The six of us are sitting on the porch, discussing the proposal. I am facing the river, which is green and cool, and running slowly right now as they aren't releasing extra water right now. I just saw a blue heron fly by over the river. I keep hearing the kingfishers marking their territory. Last night a hummingbird came up to the screen and wanted into the porch. The whole place has cathedral ceilings, and it's all wood framing and wood floors - the wood still weeps for having been cut and formed into a house.

There's an elevated walkway down to a raft on the river. Elevated because it floods here (as is the reason that the outlets in the basement are 5 feet off the floor). The walkway down to the raft moves according to the level of the water. Yesterday they release water and the raft was at least 3 feet higher than before.

This morning I went for a run, out the front door, by the airplane hanger (did I mention this house is on a runway?) and down the road. Saw a racoon who was either very tired or dying (he was rolled into a ball and when I talked to him he just lifted his head and looked at me), a blue heron in a swamp flying off, a deer in the woods pretending to be a statue. The sun peeked through a perfect hole in the clouds and said good morning. When I returned to the house, someone said they had seen armadillos - I've never seen one!

OK, now I need to work...

9 comments:

Susan said...

That was so great. I can officially picture myself there.

NoRegrets said...

I forgot to mention the honeysuckle smell when I was running.

WNG said...

WOW NoR!!! I'm SO jealous!
I have the honeysuckle smell, but none of the others.

Churlita said...

that's some great writing. We have the other animals - green herons instead of blue, but no armadillos.

evil-e said...

You paint a nice picture. I can see it all.

Gyuss Baaltar said...

I love armadillos.

or "dillers" as we called em growing up

NoRegrets said...

gracias one and all.

and now I have to go find the bug that flew/crawled into my room when I wanted to open it to hear the rain. reminds me of a flying cockroach

Tera said...

I think this is the day a bird shit right on my damn car door handle!!! Sorry the blue herron marking the territory made me think of that!

NoRegrets said...

Tera, you're such a ray of sunshine!