Yesterday’s Daily Prompt was to “look out your back … door — describe what you see …”
If you’d been outside of my back door and looked into the house yesterday, you would have seen me forgetting to publish this post. 🙂
So I’ll join in the prompt late: Here was my view on November 22, 2013 at 3:18 pm, as the sun was setting earlier and earlier on its journey to the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
I love how the golden rays light up the trees on Ulvenfjellet, and on the trunks and pine needles closer to home. But I really respond to how the rocks and stones seem to glow from within. In fact, in catching up with my favorite bloggers just now, I commented about that on a fellow expat’s post that “it must be the [Norwegian] trolls and their fires” causing the glow within the Norwegian mountains and rocks. (I encourage you to visit Mjollnir’s post and see his views of Løvstakken glowing in the setting sun a couple days ago.)
In my part of the world we now have views of the sun out the front door as it’s marching back towards its longest day of the year rendezvous. Like the tides of the fjords and the sound of the snoring dog behind me, the sun follows the constant, rhythmic, and dependable motion of our universe. A little awe inspiring! (And always a feast for the eyes.)
The best part of the sunny and warming days we’ve enjoyed for the last week, and anticipate for the next one?
– Standing out back and enjoying the morning sun on my face as it rises over Ulvenfjellet …
– Listening to the birds as they chitter and chatter in their twitterpated state …
– Noticing the green buds on a bush a few minutes ago — they were *not* there yesterday! …
– Watching the ripples from the boats (driven by people also enjoying the sunshine and warmer temps) on the fjord below me criss-crossing and circling and creating interesting mosaics …
– Catching the painted clouds from last Wednesday’s sunset …
– And the weatherman’s promise that this weather is just going to continue. Yay! I usually love a Norwegian winter … but after the dreary, warmish, rainy non-winter we experienced, I am so happy to join the birds in embracing spring in my part of the world. (My family and friends in the States have *not* had a non-winter. I hope spring arrives very soon for you!)
And now it’s time to step away from the laptop and sit outside and enjoy this delightful day. I hope you find content moments in your Saturday, too — wherever in the world you are, or whatever the weather is giving you!
Yesterday, Krista’s Daily Prompt was to write about linger: Tell us about times in which you linger — when you don’t want an event, or a day to end.
Yesterday was a busy day and I didn’t have time to linger over my thoughts about this prompt — see what I did there??? 😉 — but the idea of it stayed with me overnight, so I’m sharing my reflections this morning.
There are many times in my life where contentment and happiness have welled up, and I wished I could linger in that moment for a long time.
As an empty-nester, times with my adult daughters certainly top that list …
… but they have their own lives, and the reality is that too much lingering together would interfere with their daily routines and affect our relationship. That’s reality, that’s life, and I’m perfectly ok with it!
Since moving to Lysekloster a year ago, and especially after living through these last short-and-dreary-but-not-quite-cold-enough-to-call-it-winter-in-Norway months, I’m longing for the long and lazy evenings of lingering summer light. Many evenings last summer, I took my after-dinner tea and a book out to my bench, and sat enjoying the warmth of the sun as it inched across the sky towards its meeting with the mountain, while I listened to the sounds of the birds arguing at the feeder behind me and the boats’ motors on the fjord below me. I lingered in those moments …
… but I still live here, and there’s a hope that summer will arrive soon! I have the anticipation of lingering in those relaxing moments again.
With all the wonderful moments I’ve experienced, one particular time stands out. During our six-week exploration of New Zealand, we spent three days on the Karikari Peninsula at the Carrington Resort. It was towards the end of our time in NZ; after my husband’s son’s wedding, we had no set schedule and had driven around the northern part of the North Island, just stopping where we felt the call. Carrington Resort was a gift — we stayed in a large villa with a porch looking over the golf resort and Matai Bay. And one evening, the setting sun put on a show for me. I could hear Jan on the phone with his son, and I sat on the porch with a glass of my favorite NZ Sauvignon Blanc. I felt as if I was lost in a personal moment.
Not only did I linger, but my memories of our trip frequently linger on that particular moment. It is all summed up with this:
Did you participate in this prompt yesterday? Share your link below! If not, do you have a special moment in your life where you lingered? I’d enjoy reading of *your* reflections!
The summer of 2006 found my extended family in Door County, Wisconsin, celebrating time together. (This is the trip where my daughter and I visited the Stave Church on Washington Island.) I had just gotten back from a visit to Norway, and was anticipating my huge move within the next year. This week with family was so special because of that.
One evening we were out for dinner. Just as we were finishing, the skies looked to be setting up for a gorgeous sunset … so we jumped in our cars and drove as safely yet quickly as possible to Egg Harbor’s marina to watch.
We got there barely in time to see the sun slip below the water. I caught just a few photos, but looking at them always makes me smile with the remembered warmth of the day, and the continuing warmth of family.
(Here is where this part of the world is located on the map.)
It’s been such a dreary and murky winter here, I can go a little crazy when the sun gives us a glimpse for a moment. (I don’t think I’m alone with that reaction.)
Friday was such an occasion, as the clouds over the North Sea parted to allow Mr. Sun to show how far he’s marched across the horizon towards the longest day of the year, and to give us a tease of what is to come … some day.
The sky was on fire, and the glow on the pine tree reflected that fire. I had to get my camera out to capture *proof* of the *sunshine* by peeking around the side of our apartment to catch the radiance, but not be blinded by the beam — and in looking at the images later, realized that in one of them I’d also captured a detail of part of the spider web on the corner of the stone, seemingly with its own little glow.
The next day (yesterday) was glorious, but it was back to being a cloudy sort of day today. But the promise of eventual sunshine lingers!