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Chase Away My Winter Blues

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Photo re-posts from old stock, to relieve my yearning for color.

Spring’s on its way, slowly but surely – but sometimes you just have to force the joy. ¬†ūüôā

Early Warming and Bare Toes

The first week of February is simply too early.

Buds on trees. ¬†Crocus blades nearly two inches above ground level. ¬†Daffodils pushing hopefully sun-ward. ¬†Tulips rising in anticipation. ¬†Blueberry bush buds, like little flames tipping the ends of the bare branches. ¬†Song bird songs and mourning dove coos… it’s simply too early.

Granted, when there are several days of 60+ degrees, these things are bound to occur. ¬†But dang! ¬†It’s not typical, I say!

Enjoyable, definitely, but it makes me leery for what the consequences might be: ¬† the options seem to fall anywhere along the lines of an extraordinary proliferation of bugs due to the prolonged warmth, or a snap kill-off of trees and early plants due to a harsh return of ¬†winter. ¬†I’ll hope for middle ground.

In the meantime, I took myself right out the door and immensely enjoyed that warm ol’ Kansas sunshine.

Lake Dog

A visit to a nearby lake with the dog, then  a meetup with friends at the lake.

lake treasures

Walking around the yard barefoot, giving early test of foot to rock callous as I ambled over to the dead grass.

Oh the feeling cannot be described as I rounded the corner and found the patch of freshly damped bare loam!  A few spots that do not get much sunlight, in a high traffic area.  The result is a finely powdered dirt, newly enriched from a recent soft rain, finely soaked in to leave what felt like milk chocolate for my feet.  It was pure enjoyment.

I don’t know if you’ve heard of the term ‘earthing’. ¬†It’s a movement of sorts, the principles and theories of which I’ve not researched thoroughly.

ground

What I know, for myself, is that there is nothing quite so satisfying as touching Almighty’s creation.

Skin to creation. ¬†Simple pleasures are the best. ¬†ūüôā