Wednesday, March 23, 2011


I've been trying to get out lately. I send the kids outside to be nature-fied at least once a day and so I've been getting myself out with them. It's not that I don't like it, I do, but as with so many things, five minutes of children occupied by something other than me gives me time to think or finish a task on my to do list.

Giving it up for being outdoors though always fills me up a little more and I feel more centered and less crazed as I come back in to do what I need to do.

This was on my calendar yesterday:

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. --Rachel Carson

It seems that my thoughts inevitably turn towards gratitude when I'm outside for even a short time, and this song is an old favorite by a new favorite group of musicians and one that runs through my mind often as I pull dead grass from my flower beds these days and see life returning to my little corner of things.

I'm working on the front yard right now--very slowly. We saw two frogs yesterday, a little dark brown and green one and this peachy beauty. I love frogs :) I also found the pink hyacinths are coming up and a fringed yellow daffodil has blossomed, but no photos of them yet. Maybe I'll actually do a little nurturing of the soil this year and bring the camellias and irises back from the brink that years of my neglect has pushed them to.


amber malmberg said...

I feel so rejuvenated by nature as well! Yesterday Royce and I went on a walk and sucked up as much sunshine as possible. Today we sat in the yard for about a half hour and it makes me feel so much happier. My windows are open and I'm welcoming sunshine eagerly!

Tobler Bunch said...

Loved your post and your pictures!!

C Dawn's bucket said...

I wanna come play in your springtime! But I'll settle for Summertime :D

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