|Posted on July 20, 2020 at 7:45 AM|
One blessing I have received from the pandemic with the need to stay close to home is that I have more free time. Since I am unable to do some of my volunteer activities (for now), and visits and lunches with friends are less common, I have time to focus on other things.
I have taken on a few indoor projects (and my husband will tell you that it’s about time… and I also have been spending more time outdoors. With my large table umbrella open, I can manage to stay cool in the shade on my main floor patio on most days. I enjoy a cold beverage, and burrow into a new novel or do a little writing on my pc.
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I am taking more walks. This has been very enjoyable - we have ventured to several nearby parks and lakes, so we can traverse new trails and experience an assortment of views of ponds, trees and plants. In one park we were inundated with beautiful dragonflies – I spotted at least four different varieties.
Yesterday my husband and I dropped by the Conservatory at Lake Como. We were overwhelmed with the myriad of plants and flowers that graced the Japanese garden outside, and the unique combination of trees and plants in the indoor exhibits. God has created such variety of beautiful plants and flowers!
I’m enjoying the nature in my yard as well. On the very hot days, I retire to the cool basement where we have a patio door walkout to the back yard. While working at a table I can view the greenery and wildlife. Cardinals, sparrows, black-capped chickadees, mourning doves and a few other birds I haven’t yet identified can be seen enjoying a snack at the bird feeders. Below the feeders I have spotted rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks and even wild turkeys foraging for anything the birds tossed aside.
Even on the very hot days we can enjoy the outdoors by taking a little driving trip. A few weeks ago we visited a nearby waterfall in Wisconsin. During the country driving portion of the trip, we observed tall cornstalks dancing in the breeze and patchwork fields on rolling hillsides containing the fruits of many farmers’ labors.
Nature really has so much to offer. I encourage you to spend a little time outdoors this week when you can. Go to a new park to take a walk. Hike around a lake. Drive a bit into the country. Or even just sit outside on your deck. Take a bit of time and thank God for the amazing nature that He has given to you.
Have a blessed Monday!
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