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Saturday, August 25, 2012

A Summer Evening on the Porch

Perhaps you would say my needs are a bit too simple. Then so be it. Last evening my husband and I took our books and placed ourselves in comfy spots on our back porch. I had a chilled glass of my favorite Barefoot Zinfandel, my husband his JD and coke.

The air was redolent with the summery smell of fresh-cut grass and Royal Velvet deep purple petunias. It was that time of day when the sun had sunk low enough to to relieve us of a scorching, but still provide helpful light for reading. It was warm, but not steamy. The occasional breeze set the leaves and shrubs and plants to dancing a bit with no need for music.

As I glided on my porch swing, my eyes and mind wandered from my book, to enjoy the small but special sights provided by Nature. A hummingbird zips by tasting bits of this and that, then dashing quickly on, no time for chit chat. Bumble bees seem in no rush as they sample the parts they enjoy on tiny purple flowers of coleus. The ever-present wasps, scary but apparently not interested in threatening us this evening, bounce and weave around the beams of the porch ceiling.

A tiny group of sparrows sit on the cedar fence and quietly discuss the day's events. Usually in an argumentative mood, they are content to speak in hushed tones. I hear crows in the high trees across the way, but they too, are keeping voices to low and amiable levels. Several butterflies drift through the back yard, here and there, off and on, floating up and then back down, settling on a brown-eyed susan, then a hydrangea bloom and on to the next appealing spot.

I think about other summer evenings, from long ago and far away. Pleasant thoughts occur and I swing and glide, breathing deeply of the soft, warm air.  Peaceful and content for the moment.

A simple, soft serene evening on the porch. What more could I need or want?


17 comments:

Witchy Cats said...

Robin, you have such an elegant way of putting things! Beautiful post!I also enjoy nights such as these. They are pure joy!

Thanks so much for the up-lifting post, my friend!

Hugs,
Kim

mxtodis123 said...

Oh, what a wonderful way to spend a summer evenings. How you have brought back some special memories! My first kiss was in one of those swings on a summer evening much as you describe. My first crush. I wonder what happened to him.

Ah, the summer's of my youth.

Mary

mrsduncanmahogany said...

That was beautifully put! Simple is best. I'd rather lead a simple life, hands down!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Beautiful! So, no mosquitoes where you are, then? Super!

Linda Wildenstein said...

Lovely poetic post. Simple is always best. Relaxing and enjoying the moment....sounds like it was done to perfection. Happy Day BB, Oma Linda

Simone said...

The evening sounds most idyllic!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

the older i get, the more simple i desire life to be!

AkasaWolfSong said...

Sounds absolutely perfect Robin!!!

BB...
Akasa

Jeanne said...

Sounds absolutely perfect to me! A person couldn't ask for a better evening. :0)

Introverted Art said...

Robin, like you I have a simple taste and simple desires. I think like is so much easier that way... nothing like enjoying great reading with hubby.

Introverted Art said...

It is very true what you said about Hawaii, about the power... I could feel it like I hadn't for a long time... you know? nature, Mother Earth is its pure form speaking to me.

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

An evening just as I like them :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

Ashling said...

Amen....and this is the second blog post I've read this morning about savoring the moment and actually noticing the sweetness around us. Wishing you many, many such wonderful evenings.

Magic Love Crow said...

Robin, beautiful, truly beautiful! You made me smile ;o) Hugs ;o)

Jacquelineand.... said...

It sounds idyllic, especially written in your poetic prose.

Thank you for the lovely break from the usual sturm and drang one finds.

c. Joy said...

I love this post! You have quite a way with words, I wish I had a glass of wine right now. ;)

Megan said...

Quite lovely. I feel like I could use this post to meditate. :) I wish I had a garden like that! This time of year is quite nice. It is less humid. I always feel really gross and sticky when it is too humid outside.
Love and light to you.