Friday, September 24, 2010

FADED, WORN…POSSIBLY LAZY


By the calendar it's autumn…though the temperature feels more like summer. Still, in spite of this seeming inconsistency, time and season move inexorably along a pathway written in the stars, responding to the simple mechanics of orbit and tilt.

Today I find myself feeling much like this New England Aster—faded and more than a bit worn, with no edge that isn't noticeably ragged. I'd like nothing better than to spend the morning sitting on the deck watching the river—such as remains of it after our prolonged drought—slip gently downstream. Alas, I have another appointment at the optometrist's, a stop afterwards at the grocery, and an article to write and send in once I get back home. And after that…well, let's just say my dance card is full for the afternoon.

That's really not a complaint. I like staying busy; appreciate having work; and have great hopes that this time the vision problems I've been having since spring will be corrected with the new lenses I'm to pick up.

Sill, I'd like to just kick back, play hooky from responsibility, and join this old wildflower in the meadow for a long day's bask in the sun…
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18 comments:

Kelly said...

...you made me laugh! "Faded, worn...possibly lazy!" After staying up late last night and getting up very early this morning I feel the same. Too bad I'm on the run as well, but that's okay. I hope your contacts work out. I gave up on the dual vision things, and are still using the readers for close viewing (uugh). I really need to go back and start again.

Gail said...

HI GRIZZ-

sounds like a full day. take time to relax in between and bask away. :-) have a wonderful weekend.
Love you
Gail
peace and hope.....

Bonnie said...

You make a lazy afternoon sound very tempting. Good luck with your eye situation - surely, they/she/he will finally have solved the problem!

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Kelly…

Well, I've been buoyed up tremendously since writing this post early this morning…the new single-vision are great! For the first time since the last week of May, I'm able to see without multiple ghost images surrounding the object on which I'm focused. I can't tell you how wonderful that is! (Actually, I probably can, since you've been through much the same thing.)

Anyway, there's nothing like a big shot of adrenaline to banish the no-sleep blues!

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Gail…

A full day it is. I've just returned from the first round—optometrist and grocery—and will have to get out my column, grab some lunch, and head back out again.

But…I CAN SEE!

Take care of yourself, enjoy your weekend—and stay out of trouble. :-D

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Bonnie…

Personally speaking, a lazy afternoon on the river is always tempting. But alas, I lacked the foresight to be born independently wealthy…so I must again barter a little piece of my freedom for filthy lucre.

Contact problem appears to have been solved. FINALLY!

George said...

First, Grizz, let me say that I am tempted to write a posting with a title that uses your words, "the simple mechanics of orbit and tilt." On second thought, that would be a great name for the blog site iteself. The point I'm making here is that these seven words are broad enough to encompass about anything one wants to talk about — and, for me, that's quite a few things.

I certainly hope the trip to the optometrist works out well for you. During the meantime — and afterwords, for that matter — just spend a little time getting comfortable with laziness. As I've written before, loafing is one of the great, underrated pleasures of life.

Good luck today!

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

George…

Apparently you were commenting on this post while I was commenting on your latest—and truly spectacular—effort.

Feel free to use the phrase at will. You're right, of course…spin, orbit, tilt, (day/night, year, seasons) fundamentally govern our daily lives. We exist, and possibly thrive, because of them. In almost every aspect, we are creatures shaped by these three simple things—yet our world would be unthinkable without even one.

A thoughtful person with wide-ranging interests could indeed employ this as a blog title and have free rein to write about anything. (Were I a smarter, more insightful and creative fellow, I might have thought of this myself. But as a certain comedian likes to point out…you can't fix stupid.)

On the other hand, the optometrist has apparently—finally!—fixed my vision problems. Of course he did so by giving me what I asked for originally…though it was my own choice to go crawling down the progressive lens rabbit hole. (Refer again to the last sentence in the above paragraph.)

Trust me, my capacity for serious loafing is rock solid, possibly genetic. I spent the first couple of years of my life loafing—and some would say, I've made little headway since. I dunno, it's difficult for me to separate genuine loafing from idling, daydreaming, lolling about, and aimlessly wandering. But I'm a master of all.

Bernie said...

I love those days I shouldn't but do play hooky.....they are fun.
I love to sleep so I could be lazy but you know Grizz I love life and whatever mood each day finds me in. Seriously I am pretty even tempered but I enjoy my lazy days.
I hope you have an accomplished day and a wonderful day, big hugs my friend.....:-)

The Solitary Walker said...

Thank goodness, it looks like things are tilting in a more harmonious direction for you, Grizz, and you may be able to banish those 'ghosts'! I trust you will orbit lazily round the deck for a few days now... But I doubt it! Have a stellar weekend...

annie said...

So glad that you can see, again, the way that you need to see. And I agree with the others, here, that Loafing is not only a great pursuit, but a very good way to maintain optimal health.
annie

George said...

CONGRATULATIONS on the finally corrected vision, Grizz. It's amazing what can happen when doctors will just help us return to our original spin, orbit, and tilt.

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Bernie…

Wish I could sleep in…but I wake up early, regardless. And I'm really pretty even tempered, too—though I can tend to sit and think/contemplate/muse/daydream a bit much if left to my own devices. Have to be careful about what I think on, sometimes, as I can depress myself.

Nothing wrong with an occasional lazy day in my book. I'm certainly not going around pointing fingers! And I did have a good day today; got everything done that needed doing.

Take care of yourself…

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Solitary…

Don't have a real plan for the weekend, but I expect I'll get out and start making some good pictures for a change. Dear Lord, it's wonderful being able to see well again! I am so thankful.

Hope you have many adventures planned for the weeks ahead…

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Annie…

Yup, no pill ever beat a good day's loafing for setting some things straight. And thank you re. eyes/vision comment. It is such a blessing to be able to see well again.

Best…

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

George…

The lesson here for me is don't try and fix what isn't broke…cutting-edge snazzy isn't always better, even if it does cost twice as much.

Sydney said...

Me too -- I'd love to sit there and do little. I am working full time now, for someone else -- a company -- when I've always worked for myself for the most part. It's been interesting. :-P When I come here to read your blog posts, I am transported and get dreamy and inspired and peaceful all at the same time. You really have a gift and a wonderful community of commenters here.

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Sydney…

Then you know loafing is sometimes all too easy for those of us who work for ourselves—and the only way around that is to be a fairly tough employer.

I'm truly glad you find all those things here. This blog and the response to it is something I really didn't expect…but you've hit on the real key in that I do have a "wonderful community of commenters." I am grateful for each and every one. They are the true gift. I'm blessed by their presence. And I hope you know I count you among them.