Okay! Stick a fork in me; I'm done! The red dirt of OK is brick hard and 'bout burned up. For me personally, I thought I was done, too - with blogging that is. This past week I have not felt much urge to blog, although in my mind, I'm constantly blogging. Some little thang happens, and I run it through my mind. Will it blog? And yet, I have not written any of these little thangs or any of my thoughts. Maybe I'm burned out with the heat. When you post and only get four comments (two of which were mine) it is disheartening.
On the other hand, when I started this blog, I had little to no comments for the first year. It didn't bother me then; why should it bother me now? But then Buck came along and I fell into a friendly band of bloggers. He has spoiled me rotten. There is an etiquette to blogging and not everyone understands that. It's kind of like checking out at Wal-Mart - lots of people don't know the etiquette there either. They stand around talking on their cell phone rather than moving their items from the cart to the conveyor belt. They don't move their cart up and out of the way for the next person - keeping it moving - yippie ki-yay!
Anyway, Jesse is off in NM having another great adventure. She took Mom and met up with some other family in RR. I could have gone, but I am savoring my time in RR for a girl-friend reunion later in July. Jesse called today (they do have cell phone service after all). She said she was looking for someplace to take a nap. I totally understood. She said several family members were going to Santa Fe and coming back on Tuesday. She had been invited, but she really wanted to just stay in RR. I totally get that too. Sometimes you just need to be in RR. You need to soak up the cool mountain air and be at peace.
The other day I was out filling up the kiddie pool, which has become a water trough for the animals. I put the pool near the pine tree so that if it leaks, it will water the tree. As I stood there letting the hose run, the wind blew through the pine tree. And just for a moment, I heard the sound of the mountains. That is what I want to do while I'm in the mountains this summer. I want to hear the wind in the pines and the water running in the stream. My girl-friend emailed to ask me all sorts of questions about our plans for being in RR. I told her that as long as I get to drink coffee early in the mornings while sitting out on the porch, I will be a happy camper. I just want to BE in RR.
So during my phone conversation with Jesse she said, "So are you okay? You haven't been blogging." Wow, thanks for noticing and asking. I explained how I felt...who cares... no one comments..." She said, "But Mom, everyone up here reads your blog." Hmm, I'm sure she was exaggerating, but God, I love her! What a cool, refreshing spirit - like a walk in the NM rain!
This is one of my all-time favorite photos of Jes - taken after the Hotter 'n Hell last year - it just seems refreshing.