Last night about 9:30 p.m. my sweet sweeting and I were privileged to take part in a SKY LANTERN RELEASE in Lake Park, Iowa. If you have never been to one, we highly advise that you seek one out to attend at some time in your life. It was life affirming, to us, which is a little contrary to the intent. These lantern releases are planned as memorial events where people can come and release specially made lanterns to commemorate the death of someone dear to them. The lanterns have small cardboard "wicks" that are lit after which the lantern is held upright to fill with air heated by the lit wick. When the lantern is filled with hot air, it is released and rises into the sky - hopefully, with very little wind. Our evening was a bit windy causing the lanterns to float to the northeast rather than straight up over the crowd. It was still a beautiful event with the lanterns trailing one after the other each becoming smaller as they drifted away. We saw a trail of lanterns of varying sizes floating and bobbing after each other looking like a group of friends happily on their way to a secret destination together. This is how we should feel as we release a loved one or dear friend into God's care ... not that we are losing them ... but that they are on their way to a special destination and only they have the directions to get there. The lanterns seemed to dance to the music in the air (Vivaldi's FOIUR SEASONS and George Winston's AUTUMN). It was peaceful and hopeful and joyful to us. We only released one lantern but it seemed that each lantern released took our hopes and thoughts with it as well as those of the people who released them. It was a very touching and serene tribute ... it left us feeling content for some reason. Quite a way to spend an evening.
Last night I made a post on Facebook about my wonderful day. I could make another one just like it tonight. I took some old bale twine out and strung a support in front of all the gorgeous sunflowers we had grow up this year so the wind can't topple them. Surprised by how big the cucumbers are that are growing with them. The snow peas are loaded with blossoms; a few more overnight rains and we'll have another bumper picking. Then I gathered thyme and basil; put the thyme out on a tray to dry and the basil is hung. Part of the basil was used in an experiment - I'm infusing it into some vodka (maybe I should have added a pinch of the cilantro I've been harvesting). Also started some vanilla and coffee infused vodka which the two of us will dutifully shake for the next 4-6 weeks. Thought about trying some cucumber but think it's too subtle a taste for the vodka infusion. Seasoned some steaks for tomorrow night when my sweet honeyman will be off and then cleaned a little more of the cilantro I harvested a couple of days ago. My soft and comfortable old friends, Mira and Keller, were there to keep me company while we which watched the soft fireworks again. I truly think that fireflies are the origin of "faerie tales". With their upright posture, they look like a fairy in flight. I don't know if this is the correct use of a blog but it will be how it's used at RappWorks. We seldom do things in the ordinary way at our house anyhow so it'll will do for us. As I said last night, I wish you all a day like mine or one that makes you just as happy, content and at peace with God's world.