On the Lighter Side

6/11/20 Thursday

On the lighter side of life, the sun came out today. To most of the world that doesn’t mean much, but in this tiny corner of the Pacific Northwest it’s something worth writing about. It was worth putting work aside and taking my iced coffee out to a sunny seat on the front porch.

after-the-rain.org / Drinking coffee

Comfy pants, coffee, and sunshine come together to remind me that the simple pleasures of life make it worth living. The flowers that Day and I planted are coming on strong, and we just got our first strawberry. It feels warm, it smells like hope.

A blacktail doe has been leaving her fawn out back again, just like last year. The little one sees me through the window and tries its hardest to be still. I see it of course and it knows I see it of course, just the game we play. I respect the vulnerability and politely leave it be. Space and trust are important.

after-the-rain.org / Blacktail fawn

The sun is out, the sheep are out. Yesterday Day and I walked up and fed a granny smith apple to the ram, which is kept separate from the flock at this time of year. The ram’s name is Romeo, but we call him Boss Derp, because sheep are sooooo derpy. Derpy is a word I think my son made up, which is clever and useful, because it fills a void in the English language. It’s sort of a cross between silly, goofy, and loveable. I’m proud of my son.

after-the-rain.org / Sheep pasture

We’ve made significant headway in the parenting plan part of our divorce proceedings, and now we’re starting in on the financial part. It’s not pretty. I want to pay less and she wants me to pay more, imagine that. But money is just money, and stuff is just stuff. In my little world it’s the people, the cats, and the fish that are important – the living things. I close my eyes and feel the warmth of the sun, and for a moment the negativity of the world drifts away..

after-the-rain.org / No slugs allowed!

Author: Rainey

after-the-rain.org What started out as chicken scratch notes on the back pages of my boat’s logbook has now grown into a blog. These words and images help me cope with a loved one struggling with mental illness, and they help guide me through divorce, and the process of moving on. Thanks for reading along as I learn about life the hard way, do the best I can for my son in my new role as a single dad, and find weird similarities between restoring an old blue water sailboat and putting the pieces of my own life back together. Come check out my story and feel free to say hi!

6 thoughts on “On the Lighter Side”

  1. ‘I respect the vulnerability and politely leave it be’. I’ve heard it say that out of the abundance of the heart, so the mouth speaks. You have a big heart Rainey! A gentle giant kind of a heart. I love all your photos. Keep them coming and a well done on all your planting. You have some beauts there! Can’t really tell for sure, but it looks like there is a hydrangea and and Acer Palmatum in there, two plants which I also have in my front garden. Who took your first photo? It is beautiful! It really mirrors all the thoughts on this post. Keep hoping! Keep dreaming! x

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    1. Thank you! You’re right about the hydrangea, I’m not sure about the other one. I bought a tiny tripod for my phone, trying to get more comfortable being in front of the camera. It feels a bit weird so we’ll have to see how that works out!

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      1. I am pretty certain the tree with red leaves at the far back is an acer or Japanese maple. I have a very similar one. Could be wrong! Don’t feel weird! My son is a keen photographer and has taken some cracking photos of himself on the tripod.


      2. I’ve noticed when I read other people’s blogs it’s fun sometimes to see them interacting with their environment, not just what they’re looking at. We’ll see how it goes.

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