Saturday, June 27, 2015


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Those who know me intimately will do a double-take at the title. Blessings. A word that is too close to traditional religious-speak for me.  I am not traditionally religious. But I am spiritual. I always have been. Lately,  I have been working hard at trying to live a more contented and "in the moment" life.  Too many years have gone by with me embracing the bah-humbug philosophy. There have been times that I put Scrooge to shame.

I am reading a book about being present and having faith in the moment. Being open to the little signs from God. Again, too "traditionally religious" for me. But I do believe in synchronicity, that all humans are somehow connected to each other in some way, and signs.  I truly believe there are signs in our lives. We just need to watch for them.I have been trying to be more aware. It is not easy for me to have faith. But today I felt it come a little more easily.

Sugar was our little foster dog. We began our goodbyes a couple of days ago and today I drove her home. I will miss her but it was a happy thing to do. She was lovingly greeted by her family members - both two and four-legged.  It was good to reunite her. It was good to have contact with decent people.

As I began the trek home, in flooding rain, I felt content. 

With the wind rocking the Jeep as I drove, visibility nearly zero at times, and the downpours causing the roadways to turn into rushing creeks, I found myself enjoying the drive. There is something awesome about the massive amounts of spray that comes from the wheels. The flapping and tapping of the raindrops on the soft-top. Jeep lovers know exactly what I mean.

The drive was a great adventure as it was. Then I noticed something moving in the edge of a field.  I watched, and slowed to a crawl.  The shadows moved slowly and confidently into the middle of the road. And stopped. They looked at me. And waited.

I watched as the windshield wipers cleared the blur.

At first I thought they were turkeys. Then I realized they were peacocks. I love peacocks! I know little about them but I have a few good childhood memories of peacocks. I am always so excited when I see peacocks.

And there they were. Calmly watching me.

They stepped into the road, in front of me. In the middle of this storm.  I swear, they turned and looked at me, as if to say "well?" More than once they looked over their shoulders at me.  They moseyed ahead of me and I enjoyed their presence. They continued to walk ahead of me, very slowly moving down the center of the road before finally moving to the edge of the road.  I watched for a few more moments, before slowly beginning to accelerate around them. I had followed them slowly enough and long enough that I was concerned the farmer would think I was doing something questionable. So I sped up a bit. As I passed and began to draw ahead, they began to run. And I swear, they were trying to keep up and still watching me.

Maybe their owner drives an orange Jeep too. Maybe they were looking for their dinner. I don't know. But I know that traveling with peacocks during a pause in a powerful storm was a gift. A blessing. Truly a blessed day.

There are blessings all around us. We just need to watch for them.


  1. What a blessing in your travels today for sure, Dawn Rae! Interestingly, the peacock is quite a symbol of religion/spiritualism. Renewal comes to mind, as well as the eyes symbolizing the eye of god... It appears you and Sugar have good spirits looking after you!

    1. I had no idea that peacocks were so symbolic. After you mentioned something, I started to do some reading about peacocks and symbols. And all I have to saw is... WOW!

  2. I have always loved peacocks too, but I have never seen one in the wild. How very cool is that! I am so glad you were able to take pictures for us so we could share a bit of your blessing with you. It would seem they had a message for you, a connection to you. I would love to know what that was. They clearly brought you a sense of peace and happiness.

    1. Cynthia, I haven't seen one that far out in a field either. Please see my comments to Barb. Yes, they seem to have had a message for me.

  3. I have never seen peacocks in the wild, either, but they may have escaped from a farm or somewhere. Some vineyards have them for insect control on our area. i love to just watch them, though I don't always enjoy listening to them if they become alarmed. How wonderful they gave you an unexpected show.

    1. Barb, I have never seen them that far from a farm either. In the photos, you can see a barn roof. That farm had many ducks and geese. I would imagine they were from that farm. But still.... I've never seen peacocks come out of a field so far from buildings. It was truly a wonderful and unexpected show.