Morning haze and daze

I can hardly believe another week has rushed by, and all in a bit of a blur. I’m realising I need to find opportunities to slow things down during the working week. Timewise, I was rather spoiled when pretending to be retired this past year…

As I write this, the rain is bouncing off the roof, almost as hard as it was bouncing off the car windshield earlier today on my drive home. Depending on weather and destination, my current commute could be a short walk, a short drive, or, hopefully not too often, a long drive. You’ll be astonished to learn that, out of these, I prefer the short walk.

Monday morning. No stopping, PlaidCamper, places to be…
One morning earlier this week, a pretty mix of mist and low angle sunshine, I was sorely tempted to take a longer walking route, but resisted. With my getting back to being an almost grownup, there are certain expectations to be met, like getting to work. On time. Still, rays of sun filtered by mist and trees early in the morning is not a bad start to any day.

Must focus brain
I like a little time between the end of the working day and arriving home, space to let any thoughts and considerations bounce around and then settle, to be taken up again the next working day, rather than over the threshold and into the evening. And to start, a brief walk to work is perfect for getting the brain at least a little focused on the day ahead.

Is that the weekend just through there?
Now the rainy days are here, it is time to take out the most weatherproof jacket I have, and keep up with the walk to work, ignoring the siren call and unhealthy ease of a dry Jeep. (Anyway, I’ve noticed there is a distinct – and growing – smell of wet dog wafting up from the back seats. If I ever offer you a lift, get in the front seat…)

Storm Dodger? Navigating the rainy and big weather days to come…
I’ve been enjoying my early morning daze and haze, a little quiet, and time to think before the day rushes in. Anyway, enough of that, thanks for reading, let’s keep it a very brief post this week – you’re all busy people! – and I’ll sign off by wishing you a happy and well-paced weekend, with just the right amount of time outdoors!

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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

15 thoughts on “Morning haze and daze”

  1. A misty & mellow ramble with a low-angled sun sounds like a perfect setting to focus one’s thoughts while commuting. Even if it’s raining or snowing, that sounds preferable to my 35-mile commute! Anyway, lovely images, as always, PC. Here’s to a happy autumn your way!


    1. Thanks, Walt! A 35 mile commute is a trek, but I’m guessing there’s some good thinking time, and maybe the chance to stop at a stream or two on the way back home? Certainly hope so…
      Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


  2. Work is overrated – way overrated. Gets in the way of so much good stuff. Unfortunately, my creditors expect me to pay them. Oh, and I like to eat…a lot. What’s the Elvis Costello line? “Welcome to the working week/I know it don’t thrill ya, hope it don’t kill ya.” Enjoy the weekend reprieve.

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    1. Enjoyed this comment, Bob! So far, the working week isn’t killing me, and an easy commute through green surroundings is a big plus.
      Hope your weekend reprieve from the working week is going well!


    1. Thank you! Fortunate timing in a beautiful location…
      Had a quick visit to your blog, and your photographs are wonderful – you’ve visited and photographed a few locations I’m familiar with, and many I’m not, and I’m looking forward to exploring more of your posts.
      Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  3. Your photos are so beautiful. I can understand your reluctance to rush to work. Keep savouring those short walks, they’ll keep you sane.
    As for that wet doggy car smell, I can definitely relate. My car constantly smells like that thanks to Harry. Have a wonderful weekend PC. 🙂


    1. Thanks, Miriam! Yes, with rainy season almost here, the wet dog in car smell is only going to get worse. It’s windows down when we can, and hoping for a breeze. It doesn’t help that even on dry days she’ll now get her feet wet – and more – in shallow surf and streams flowing across beaches. As a very young pup, she stayed out of the water, but she’s more confident these days. As for the Jeep, I guess we’ll run it into the ground – it’ll never be worth much as a trade in with that aroma…
      Hope your day is/has been a good one!

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  4. This is one of those sentences that one never thinks they will utter, especially since I don’t recall ever experiencing one, but what a lovely commute! Another strange sentence, but instead of hitting the snooze button and leaving at the last minute that commute is definitely worth getting up early for to leisurely enjoy the beauty on the way to work and slowly unwind on the way home. Walking during rainy season would be a problem for me since I hate umbrellas, but (another bizarre sentence) that commute would be worth a bad hair day. Absolutely beautiful photos and I hope you enjoy the Everton match today and a win!

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    1. Thank you! I enjoyed your comments here, very funny! If you don’t ever have to commute, life has been good. As for an umbrella, I don’t think they work here – too windy – and as for a bad hair day, that hasn’t been a concern for a number of years…
      I tore out a few remaining strands watching Arsenal somehow find a win against the run of play. They shared a statistic about Everton failing to beat Arsenal at Highbury or the Emirates stadium since 1996! I remember that game because I was there at Highbury, and very surprised (and delighted!) with the win. So many years since then, oh dear. Maybe next season…
      Kane scored again? Spurs back on track? Your weekend must be going well!

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    1. Thanks, Wayne! I’m bumbling along, and beginning to figure out the new job. It’s familiar, but different enough to make a change from the previous twenty plus years in education…
      Have a good day – looks like you’ve got a clear spell for a few days!

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