Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Before It Slips Away

Cardoon, 2013

The Anniversary of Our Engagement

A sleeping coyote
Seal pups
Unbroken sand dollars
Bill Evans
Laura Chenel's Mélodie
The knit stitch
Lavender baths
Watching little birds sing with their entire bodies
The meadow, oh the meadow...
Grilled corn on the cob
Kelly's pattypan squash
Cows, horses, and little lambs with long black gloves
Feeling undaunted by Wild Flour's closed sign
A summer matinee in a near-empty movie theater
Early Gravenstein apples
Eating $1 oysters beside the bay in which they grew
Crazy delicious smoked salmon
Smelling lilacs behind the farmhouse
Tiny fish darting around in a stream
Mint chocolate chip ice cream, and a broken cone
Christopher's cardoon flower from Table Top Farm
Rye porridge with Toma and thyme
Pork belly with sweet and sour fennel and plum
Vanilla soft serve with olive oil and salt
Walking and talking, morning and night
Quiet time in the library
Finding a used book of poems in one of my favorite bookstores
Breakfast in the backyard
Spunky kittens climbing trees
Picking and eating ripe, warm-from-the-sun blackberries
Chickens pecking at corncobs
Peter Martinelli's strawberries
Perry's paella to-go
Sitting beneath a blanket, at the beach, on a cool gray day
Sweet pale orange cherry tomatoes
Slim green beans, perfectly cooked
Tiny misshapen new potatoes
Reading in the middle of the day
Sleepy afternoons, and naps
White-tailed Kites at the wetlands
Apricot and coconut cookies dipped in whole milk
Fog on the ridge


  1. Just so we are clear, and you don't think I'm crazy, this did not all happen in 24 hours. Our trip was 10 days.

  2. Sounds like an amazing trip! I'm glad you were undaunted by the closed sign; that happened to us last year too. I could go for some Bohemian bread right now!

    1. I won't make the same mistake again. Thursday = CLOSED

  3. Thank you for clearing that up.

    I just assumed you didn't sleep and were very hungry.

    xo Jane

    Spunky kittens:-)

  4. Wonderful. Your title is a good reminder.

  5. Ah for a 10 day trip with my beloved unencumbered by anything but what happens next....I think I shall plan something and see if I have such wonderful events to relate. Very, very lovely post/poem.

    1. I hope you have a fabulous time, Teresa. Definitely not a poem, just a list.

  6. I love your descriptions of the details you want to remember. Sounds like a lovely, lovely place and time.

  7. i took a double take and thought that this was the most day in history...but even the most amazing 10 days in history works. Hugs.

    1. It was a completely relaxing get-away. I didn't realize we packed in so much until I started jotting it down.

  8. Yes! I have made a list like this when on vacation, or some singular journey, and have always been so grateful that I did--all those words and phrases triggering sweet memories. they won't slip away now.

    1. I like writing from memory. Too bad we can't do the same with photographs.

  9. These details paint such a lovely lovely picture.
    I love the "Eating $1 oysters beside the bay in which they grew"