It's a lovely and much cooler morning here. Currently we are sitting at 72 F in the shade on our back screened in porch at 10:30 a.m.. The birds are making quick work of finishing off the cherries near the top of our old cherry tree and we have harvested all we can reach, even with the tallest ladder. Soon I will be able to hang our laundry out to dry on the laundry line again without fear of birds dropping cherries on it and staining our clothing and linens. The gentle breeze is is making one of my wind chimes play a sweet melody and I am sipping on coffee while Rufus tries to figure out how to escape the confines of the porch and go hunt the birds that are taunting him. I have to smile as I watch him crouch down, tail twitching and I am sure he is wishing that one would find it's way onto the porch, like another unfortunate one did, so he could show me again how awesome his hunting skills really are.
I am home today with no big errands to run outside of town. I may take a walk this evening with Caesar and pick up the mail then, but other than that I am blessed to be able to be home. Home for me is a safe place and I take joy in the routine of ordinary days when I have some energy to accomplish some things. I find great satisfaction in doing the laundry, making bread, cooking a nice dinner and other "ordinary" things. I appreciated being able to go out into the garden and pick some fresh berries, lettuce and snow peas at this time of year and use them in our meals or snack on them right away. I love being able to surprise my husband with homemade treats and to be able to be here to keep things running while he works so hard for us outside the home. I also enjoy the flexibility I have to be able to put things aside if need be to help with our grandchildren or help a friend in need.
My plans for today are to get my husband's work laundry all washed, dried and folded and also do a load of my laundry. More bread needs to be made along with homemade croutons. I also need to get some ground venison cooked up into taco meat and harvest some lettuce from the garden so we can have taco salads for dinner tonight. When I mentioned the idea of taco salads for dinner tonight my hubby he was very exited by it and is looking forward to having a nice crisp and cold salad along with some tortilla chips. The remainder of the day I will happily putter around, taking time to rest as needed, all the while being so thankful that I am able to be home and finding the joy in ordinary days.