Step Outside

Spillway (337x600)
The spillway at Ross Barnett Reservoir, Mississippi

Last time, I talked about my indoor obsession with “Game of Thrones”.  However, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you to get outside.  Yesterday, I spent a good portion of my day working in my yard.  The rain we were getting here in Mississippi had my yard looking like the Amazon.  I saw weeds and strange plants that I have never seen before anywhere…ever.  So, my dog China and I spent most of the day outside making my yard presentable.  It was about 50 degrees but it felt amazing while I was sweating over my crazy yard (and also trying to keep my dog from attacking the lawnmower).  Once I was done cutting grass, pruning bushes that my short arms could reach, and jamming to Pandora blasting in my headphones, I had a feeling of satisfaction.  It wasn’t just completing the daunting mission of turning my jungle back into a yard, but just of being outside.  The smell of plants in bloom and of fresh-cut grass did something to my soul.  I felt the feeling of renewal that the spring could bring.

Last week, my husband wanted to go fishing.  Though I don’t fish (I was attacked by a catfish in New Mexico and I can’t bait the hook without feeling queasy), I accompanied my husband while he fished.  It was just nice hanging out with my man by the reservoir as he fished.  I looked around and saw old and young fishing and enjoying the day.  After spending the winter indoors, the reservoir was a welcomed change.

You don’t have to be some sort of outdoors man or fitness person to enjoy the outdoors.  Get out and take a walk around the neighborhood.  Find a park, a pond, or a trail to explore.  Just get out there and shake off the winter.  Feel the spring air, smell and look at the flowers in bloom.  I hope you get the sense of renewal that I felt when I stepped outside.

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