Sunday, October 5, 2014

Me And The Fish

by Leann

Saturday in South Carolina was probably the prettiest day I can remember in years. A little north wind and lots of sunshine. Now that we finally have a lawn--and it's a beautiful lawn--the birds are returning, the no-seeum bugs that
love sandy soil have retreated and I can walk down the slope of our backyard to the edge of the lake.

The birds right now are mostly blue birds, and we never saw them in south Texas. So pretty! I can watch birds for hours and so can my cats. Wexford chatters away when they perch on the railing of our deck and smarty-pants Rosie the dog knows what the chattering means so she joins Wexford. We are doing human and cat things again and it feels wonderful. I haven't breathed such clean air in years and I know this will improve my health over time.

Today, after the husband didn't want me to lure the ducks or the geese to shore because they're "messy," I was a little bummed. Funny how the messiest person I know is concerned about this, but that's another blog. I do get to see this big old
heron everyday, but I wanted more! So I took out a loaf of bread, crouched by the shore and started feeding the school of little fish that gather there. I actually went outside 3 times today because it's so quiet and pretty. On the last trip I saw a big turtle swimming by because the water is that clear. I was filled with a happiness I haven't enjoyed in a long time.

Me and the fish and the birds and no doubt the deer that will eat our plants (and drive my husband crazy) are back together again. I used to spend a lot of time fishing and just wandering in the woods near our house when I was kid. We had pheasants, deer, foxes, all kinds of animals. I wanted to see them up close. Being with the animals takes me to a place where being alone is absolutely fine--because I am not alone. I am surrounded by good. As awful as the rent house was, this home is better by thousands and was well worth the wait. Me and the fish will be meeting up everyday, I believe. Yup. Peaceful thoughts are great.

14 comments:

Lynda Turpin said...

Leann, your new home sounds like heaven to me. My dream has always been to live in a place like that - where peace and nature surround you. You had a long journey getting there, but sometimes we need rough spots in our journey in order to truly appreciate what we find at the end of the winding road. Now let the healing begin...

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Lynda. It's really great and when I finish this book, I can get my house in order (literally). There are boxes and boxes to be unpacked!!

mary kennedy said...

Leann, these are the most wonderful photographs and I love the idea that you live in such a calm, beautiful setting. The perfect place to write, to think, to relax. I live at the edge of state park and occasionally deer wander into my yard and eat the flowers, but I am always glad to see them. So glad you finally have arrived at your dream home, well worth the wait!

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I'm so happy for you Leann. It sounds like such a peaceful place. I miss seeing deer. I had a lot of them at my house. Now all I see are a few stray cats. My Bessie watches out the window for them. I did manage to attract some hummingbirds this summer with hanging plants. Geese can be a problem. My son went to UConn and there was a pond near his dormitory with lots of geese. Students fed them and you couldn't walk around because all the droppings were so bad. Fish died too. They banned the feeding but it still took many years to clean up the pond. With your new wonderful house and nature you will be like a new person.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Glad you found your little piece of Heaven.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Mary. There is still much to be done, but yes, it's been worth the wait!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Diane. I'm hoping I will be a new HEALTHY person! I know geese are messy and I won't invite them on the lawn, but I do love seeing them. I adore hummingbirds and South Carolina has more hummingbirds than any other state. So I look forward to putting out feeders. (And I love looking at stray cats ... or stray anything!!)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Patricia! It is heavenly here!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I loved this post, Leann! I felt I was there with you enjoying the peaceful surroundings and the wildlife. How lovely that you are finally settled in this wonderful place. Hope you and the fish have a great season. XOXO

MJ

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks MJ. We will have a great time as long as the bugs stay away. Me and bugs do not get along. :-)

Nancy said...

I'm happy for you in your own corner of Paradise.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Nancy. It's as if I've been waiting for a very long time to get to this spot.

Maggie Sefton said...

I'm SO glad, Leann, that you are finally able to live in a healthy, beautiful spot. :) You deserve it, girl. And I know what you mean about just sitting and "being" with it all. That's another reason I bought the "River house." So I can simply be surrounded by woods with deer and birds chattering overhead and in the trees and bushes. Crows warning everyone if a cat is lurking. Ever since childhood I've been happy to disappear into the nearby woods.
I'm always happy when I can be alone with Nature. It's not lonely at all. It's peaceful and it's nurturing, too. I need to escape there every time I return to that hectic NoVa/DC/MD Metro Area Madness.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Maggie. I totally get the urban madness coming from the 4th largest city in the US to here. I can actually make left turns without fear again! haha! I so often escaped just to be by myself in the woods as a kid. Guess I don't need to know why. It's just what some folks like you and I need to do!