Friday, September 24, 2021

A Funny Revelation

You know how obsessed I am about how many blog posts we've been posting this year. Not many and certainly nothing like last year. I had been wondering about that. I noticed that we had 126 posts in 2020. How is that possible? We were just as locked down and bored as we are now. But somehow we managed to come up with 70 more posts (from our most recent number here) then. What was our creative spark? Well, I had a funny revelation... we cheated. Seriously,  the Dharma Bums cheated their way through 2020 by posting 46 posts that linked to music. Oh yes, those Friday Music posts. Who knew they would be rich for my obsessive post counting? Not me. So of course it made me wonder if I had a song in mind to post here. Maybe I could start Friday Music again. Nope. Even my play list has left me without an inspiration. 

So instead of music, how about something to laugh about. I posted this photo on Facebook the other day. It was a pretty funny moment. I had looked out the window and noticed this...

... a praying mantis on our clothes line. It made me laugh. I said out loud, "You can't fool me, mantis, I know you're not a clothespin. Nice try though!" 

Or I could show you the beautiful full moon rise from Monday night as it come up over the mountains and trees.

I love watching the moonrise. It's always so beautiful. 

I sent the moon photo to my twin brother. We had a conversation about the planets we saw on this night. Those twinkly little planets. We laughed about how earth must look the same from Mars, from all the other planets. Just a little twinkle of light in a dark sky. Then of course we talked about our solar system, the Milky Way, the universe... and suddenly we grasped the delightful insignificance of earth. Oh yes, it was a funny revelation. 

32 comments:

  1. It's become fashionable to tag a name on to every full moon throughout the year, but as far as I recall September's full moon is the only one that had a name in my childhood. We always referred to it as the Harvest Moon, the reason being that it was once the practice to carry on with the harvest work by moonlight. That should be a cue for a song too.....

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    1. John-- I had planned on referring to the Harvest Moon for the photo, but I completely forgot. It really is quite a sight at equinox.

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  2. I also suspect most of us are just too damn fatigued to post. I know I struggle to find motivation. There is an air of 'why bother?'

    I know this sounds defeatist but it's probably to be expected. Our lives seem to have shrunk, which is OK with me because I live a very low key life anyway. But in the face of the world's much bigger concerns posting about my 'insignificant' life seems self indulgent.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- I plan to keep on posting here, even if it's just a picture of a praying mantis on a clothesline! Life is small, but if I keep looking around something shows up to intrigue me. I have always embraced my insignificant self.

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  3. I love your praying mantis photo! It looks like she's wondering how she got there. I think it's a she, anyway, based on the size...?

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    1. Steve-- It seems to be praying mantis season here. There was another one on our deck yesterday. I should learn more about them.

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  4. Both are amazing photos! I love that you are trying to post more because I always enjoy your posts! Keep up the great work!

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    1. EllenD-- Thank you for your kind words. I plan to keep posting.

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  5. Have never seen a praying mantis in that particular pose before and so I scrolled through the Google images of praying mantises. Your photo stands out from all the other images! Although I know that those are its "hands" to the left, they look like legs. A praying mantis yogi in beach chair pose. Ha!

    Happy to know that you were able to see that lovely full moonrise. Thank you for the photo.

    It's foggy here this morning but otherwise we have had unusually clear skies, to the point that the air quality index here was "1" a few days ago. This morning it is "40" with the fog and who knows what the fog holds in the air.

    Recently I met a woman who has lively twins who are four years old -- a girl and a boy. Of course I thought of you and your twin brother.

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    1. am-- I love the idea of a praying mantis in yoga pose. Perfect. It gives me a whole new way of perceiving their movements. Very tai-chi too!
      We're having warm sunny weather here, but supposed to cool off and rain in a few day. That's fine. Our earth really needs the rain.
      I love that you met someone with boy and girl twins, and it made you think of Michael and me. So sweet.

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  6. Hey, you post more than I do so you set the bar high as far as I'm concerned.
    That mantis gave me the giggles. It looks for all the world like it is sitting, very relaxed and just enjoying some sunshine like we do in a lawn chair or on the beach.

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    1. Patti-- I love how you see that praying mantis. It makes me want to look at the photo and imagine that view.

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  7. My favorite moon rise is the fall moon. I remember harvest on the farm when we would work until midnight and how I could watch the moon.

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    1. Red-- I love that you watched the Harvest moon rise while you worked. It really is quite a sight.

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  8. I love love love the Friday music posts. I got to know a lot of music I never heard of and a number of them were incredibly touching pieces of music. Not cheating at all!

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    1. Linda-- You make me want to start posting Friday music again. Thank you so much for that.

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  9. Great to see these pics...moon and mantiss! Keep on as I enjoy whatever you have to say!

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    1. Barbara-- Ah moon and mantis! That would have been a great title for this post. Love it!

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  10. What a fun capture of that praying mantis on the clothes line, Robin, and a beautiful moonscape too. It was interesting to read about the blog posting numbers too and years ago we posted more often and now I am the main one posting, although Grenville does read and offer input beforehand.

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    1. Beatrice-- I'm so glad you liked that praying mantis. I was happy to see it there on the line. Roger posts here every now and then, and he always reads my posts before I hit publish. It's good to have a proofreader!

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  11. Love the moon shot - it reminds me of one of my favourite quilt blocks, Moon over Mountain :)

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    1. MrsL-- I just googled Moon over Mountain quilt and saw why this moonrise photo reminded you of it. Thank you for that! And thank you for stopping by the blog and commenting. Good to hear from you.

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    2. You disappeared from my blog list - now sorted :)

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    3. MrsL-- Glad you worked that out!

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  12. how funny the way that praying mantis is hanging on the clothesline.

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    1. ellen-- I was so glad I saw it. I keep checking and it hasn't returned to the line.

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  13. Your clothespin comment made me laugh.

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    1. Colette-- Laughter is so good! I'm glad it made you laugh. Me too!

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  14. 2 more brilliant photos! I loved the ones on the previous post too, but didn't have time to comment as I had to dash off for Jury Service ! Do you get called to do that in USA? If called you have to do it unless there is a very good reason not to. I was first called in 1978, but as I was just about to give birth they let me off!! They only just got me this time as I am reaching the age for the cut off date next weekend!

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    1. Frances-- Thank you so much for your kind words about these two photos. I appreciate it so much.
      I don't get called for Jury Service anymore. I have serious arthritis issues in my neck and can't sit for hours, so I had a medical excuse to be relieved. Roger has done jury duty whenever called. But he is of the age where he doesn't get called anymore.

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  15. The praying mantis is just chillin' on that clothesline! I sometimes wonder what it was like for you growing up as a twin. Was it a closer relationship than to other siblings?

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    1. 37paddington-- Yes, in many ways our relationship was closer than to the other siblings, but we were all really close. Our older brother moved to Virginia and our little sister stayed in Southern California. Michael and I both lived in Santa Cruz for many years.

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