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Quiet Thoughts

Since I just wasted an hour of very precious early morning time searching for (and downloading) e-pub copies of "The Front Runner" and several other books that I'll transfer to my NookColor this weekend. I wanted to share my early mornings in spring/summer with all of you.


On my way to work in the mornings, and on my way back home in the afternoon, I pass two small lakes a short way from the busy highway that I drive daily. The waters last night were glazed, undisturbed by shimmers or waves. The trees and grasses reflected in deep olive greens, the sky, a light blue, deepened behind the green. Often the water is enjoyed by small families of ducks or my egrets. My white egrets who haunt the shorelines of these lakes and other nearby lakes, are splashes of intense brightness against the dark greens tinged with bronze highlights that the waters and grasses create. Every time I see my egrets, one or more of them, my breath stops for a short second because of their extreme beauty. They are the Isis of IsisRising, my muse on the wing.


And this year my beautiful white spirits have been joined by a grey heron who haunts the shaded areas in the early morning and, rarely, in the afternoon. It's an incredible bird and I'm so pleased to see it here. With luck, it will come back again year after year just as my egrets have. So, I am sharing my muses with all of you and hope that their beauty will brighten your weekend.
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How wonderful to have egrets so close to you. I do occasionally see a heron - but maybe once or twice a year.
But you have the ocean and your marvelous island and the sheep. I think you live in a magical place! I do love my muses, though.

- Erulisse (one L)
Minnesota is really a lovely place to live - verdant greens, lots of water in more than 10,000 lakes scattered throughout the state, and abundant wildlife. I live in a suburb, so not in the city center, thus I have living things around me instead of steel and concrete. I've been wanting to take photos of where I live, but time just hasn't been on my side.

- Erulisse (one L)
Egrets and herons are absolutely beautiful muses. There's a wildlife refuge not far from here that is home to several families of egrets and herons. I love driving the road and watching them.

Have a really good weekend, my dear.
My heart just soars with happiness when I see them, and when they fly....oh my goodness...they are so incredibly beautiful.

Tomorrow DH and I will skip Irish Fest and go hunting for a new sink for my bathroom. If we can find that, then we can patch a wall, replace some tile, and we have to mow the lawn. Lots to do tomorrow but at least I'll be able to be away from the shop for a day :-)

*may your fingers be flexible and pain be far from you*

- Erulisse (one L)
On the lake near where I work there is a family of swans - they are beautiful :D
Swans are also exceptional. I recall swans swimming outside of castle walls as I visited castles and manors throughout England in the late 1980's and I was entranced. Although we have swans here, I rarely see them.

- Erulisse (one L)
What beautiful birds. We used to have goldfish in the pond - then we had a heron - now we have neither...
They are exceptional. I'm sure they love spearing small frogs and fish along the shallow waters of the small lakes. But I'm also sure that there are no goldfish in our lakes up here - too cold unless they are indoors for the winters.

- Erulisse (one L)