My favorite thing in the morning is my coffee. It seems that first sip will tell me what the day will bring. I love the smell permeating the house, the sounds of the animals stirring, sometimes whining, ready for breakfast. The aroma filling the air even with the air conditioning blasting trying to keep the 90 degree humidity at bay. This is South Florida living of course. By May we are cloistered for the remainder of the year in our homes with piped in air fogging up the windows. The almost 20 degree difference between indoors and out is extreme for sure. To wake up after a cool night of fans and AC, to open that slider door and step outside almost takes your breath away.

But at 6:30 am with a piping cup of coffee, to go into the backyard and walk the perimeter looking at the herbs, the tomatoes, the catnip and basil and rosemary… smelling the jasmine and gardenias… watching the geckos scamper… mmmmmm…. it is beautiful.

I have been noticing color alot lately. We are in the rainy season here now. It is gorgeous and blue skies all morning in the steamy heat, but by afternoon the storm clouds roll in to drench the earth. It is a welcome sight, although it provides little relief. But the daily showers sure do add to the life of the landscape. The green is so vibrantly green, almost technicolor. The red are the reddest of red. The beauty is not capturable, no picture can do it justice. And the scents in the air of… green. How do i describe this unless it has been experienced?

Sipping my coffee I notice that the ferns that were dying off a bit during the cold “winter” we had this year are back with a vengeance. We dipped below freezing a few times which is highly unusual for south Florida. But everything seems vigilant and bouncing back to again thrive in the outdoor greenhouse.

So with my morning coffee telling me what the day will be, i look around at the life blooming in every direction and i know it will be a fine day. Working from home is a blessing and I have now learned to stop and enjoy it. To take moments to notice the small things, be more aware and look around and pay attention to the life of a gecko, or the vibrancy of a fern, or watch the birds feed from the birdfeeder.

Blessed with a good cup of Jo….


~ by Michelle Sammartino-Zeto on June 8, 2010.

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