Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragonfly
Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky.
~Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Silent Noon
This morning as Belle and I finished our walk, a dragonfly buzzed close, circling and circling. It even hovered about a foot from me for a few seconds, providing me a good look at its glimmering green and turquoise body,before finally flying off and disappearing into the trees.
What a sweet moment!
I've noticed a lot dragonflies zipping around the hollow lately. They never seem to land, just zip, zip, zip, but in 2010 dragonflies of every color posed for me.
The friendly one this morning reminded me of those old photos, so I went searching through my files so I could share this with you.
Dragonflies are just amazing, aren't they?
I wish I could say I took the next photo. My son and his wife are finishing up an idyllic week in Greece, which followed an idyllic week on the Amalfi coast of Italy. It's an early birthday celebration for my daughter-in-law.
Those kids know how to celebrate, that's for sure!
They are both awesome photographers, too, capturing amazing views, architecture, and slices of life, besides making sure they get some photos of themselves experiencing all of it.
I've enjoyed following along on their adventures and have added all of the places they've visited to my bucket list. I'm so grateful for Instagram and Facebook!
And now for a few other sweet!s from the past two (or so) weeks, working backward ...
Celebrating a client/friend's 60th birthday party while watching the sun set over Lake Travis
Celebrating another friend's 55th birthday by dancing for hours
A blog/photographer friend providing authentic recipes for Spanish tapas for me for a Wine & Tapas meeting I'm going to this week. (Sidenote: I met Juana through her food-story blog years ago. Although I've never met her in person, I consider her a dear friend. She has an amazing story, which she has had published. Unfortunately for me, it hasn't been translated into English yet, but if you read Spanish, you should buy it and read it. I know it's good. "Por Una Sonrisa")
Enjoying a second cup of coffee on my deck with Belle on a relatively cool morning in time to watch a great blue heron fly over and two red hawks fight for custody of a tree near our creek
Our hollow at night... the smell of the cedars and the creek, the sound of night insects, and the stars scattered across the sky
Finally adding posts to the real estate blog I started last year... "Your Austin Sweet Austin Home". (Please check it out and share it with friends! Thank you! )
Having the flexibility to cover for our church secretary at the last minute when she needs to go to the doctor....
... and seeing this on our priest's desk...
How Belle can sense when Tom or the kids are about to arrive home when they are still at least a mile away
An executed contract for a buyer who is looking forward to moving his family back to Texas from California
Friends and clients who don't even live in Texas purchasing raffle tickets that benefit my church and small town
Our family and friends in Florida being spared damage from Hurricane Irma
Lunch with my cousin
Finding a heart rock in my path almost every day
Helping a friend's dad find a home
Connecting an aging neighbor with someone who can help her take care of her yard
A visit with my nephew who was in town helping to coordinate hurricane relief
My listing in Kyle, Texas going live! (Help me find a buyer!)
The full moon waiting for me to get up before it disappeared below the horizon
Driving on country roads at night with the full moon keeping me company and the windows open... the wind carrying smells of the lake and campfire smoke and the promise of autumn
Thinking of my dad on the anniversary of his passing and my father-in-law on his birthday, and giving thanks I was blessed to have both in my life
Enjoying sunrises over the hill country with Belle
Dinner with friends at a floating restaurant on Lake Travis
Tom home safe from a hunting weekend with friends (and bringing home lots of pork from the wild hog he shot)
Being able to check on friends and family in Houston via Facebook during the hurricane, and knowing most of them were high and dry
Dinner with a friend/client and giving her a sign made by another friend/client who has started a business making them
Dusk on my back deck, when the frogs begin to croon, harmonizing with the cicadas and evening birds
Family and friends checking to be sure we weren't affected by the hurricane
The sight of blue sky peeking out of dark clouds after torrential rains
Autozone employees, who in less than 15 minutes had diagnosed and replaced my dying car battery
Watching the Game of Thrones finale with my kids
A walk in the rain to check on the pond and discovering the American Beautyberry bush in full color
The great attitudes of those friends and family who did get water in their homes. They have reminded me that...
Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.