I wake thinking to myself that there is much to be grateful for on this mid-summer Monday morning. Many of our children are about to arrive to spend their summer time in Maine, and I look forward to what we call “porch time” to learn about their lives, their hopes and dreams and even to be there to hear about some of their disappointments. I am grateful to be able to spend time as a family on this wonderful porch that looks out at our gardens and beyond to Blue Hill Bay, the island light house and the mountains of Mt. Desert.
In the barn, the goats and the chickens are spending some companionable time taking refuge from the stinging bites of horse flies and no see ums that always seem to proliferate in July. The chickens tuck themselves in beside or comfortably settle on top of the goats, who have been known to tuck their little noses into the feathery breast of the chickens. I am grateful for the peace that settles in me at the sight of this harmony of hearts.
The gardens are at full pitch color and fragrance. I brush by the lavender and am enveloped by a fragrance that reminds me of my grandmother’s cologne. Pale pink and red roses perfume the air by the back of the house and the breezes carry the sweetness of phlox all over the farm. We are feasting on kale and chard and green peas, lettuce and beets from the vegetable garden. From now through September, I don’t have to purchase a single helping of vegetables. I am over the top grateful for this abundance.
I am grateful to Addie whose frothy warm milk I take from her twice a day and turn into the most delicious chevre imaginable. Sometimes I make a log and roll it in lavender and sometimes lemon thyme, but mostly it gets eaten before anything is added. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, goat cheese goes on or in everything. Thank you Addie!
And finally, I am excited and grateful to report that my chapbook of poems, The Mercy of Light, will be published on Oct 24, 2014. In the good old days of the past, my publisher would do all the footwork of getting the book out there, including sending me around the country to do book signings. All of that is changed drastically, and it is now up to us authors to get the word out.
So hear it from me. You can pre-order a copy by clicking on the link above or just go to www.finishinglinepress.com . It will be available on Amazon after it is published in October. Because the print run is largely dependent on how many books are preordered, I urge any of you who might be interested to buy the book now.
In this season of abundance, I cannot help but pause to give thanks for all these gifts and opportunities. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring but for today, my heart overflows.