Wow, it is so beautiful out right now, close to 5pm on a warm September day. I was just watering my wild garden. During rougher times in my life, I lived in many hovels, so I'm appreciative of this house and yard. We even have a palm tree! In the spring, the finches make nests there, and Zooey, the fabulous kitty, climbs up the tree after them. She doesn't make it very far and leaps down to sharpen her claws on the tree trunk. Oh, she's such a hunter! A tough lion of a cat, she hides underneath the bedside table when it's time for her yearly check-up at the vet. As soon as she sees the carrying cage, she scampers away, her fur electrified.
I love this time of year. Indian Summer. The light, the light, gold in the green, and it's cooling down now, toward cocktail hour. I'm waiting for my friend to call. Sometimes we make phone dates on Friday and have a glass of wine with each other over the telephone wires. I will sit on my deck, under the striped umbrella, and feel the breeze, cooler because of the watered plants, the apple tree leaves shimmering with the drops. Zooey will lie on her back in the shade on the deck and roll over a few times. This is her special trick, and she will be happier now that the sun is going down. I love the heat, but Zooey and Kenneth don't agree. Kenneth is from Denmark, so it's terribly hot for him. I grew up in Long Beach and Alamo, California, both ovens in the summer. I'm used to it, and I adore warm nights. When we have friends over for dinner, it's great to sit outside, under the stars. We've lived here ten years, but I feel like it has always been my home.
A breeze, a striped umbrella, a chilled glass of Sancerre (delicious, dry grassy wine, hint of pear), and a good friend calling soon. I think of the poet and monk Gensei (1623-1668), who said in his "Poem without a Category:"
The point in life is to know what's enough-
why envy those otherworld immortals?
With the happiness held in one inch-square heart,
You can fill the whole space between heaven and earth.
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