Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
~ GK Chesterton

Monday, April 11, 2016

Evidence of things unseen . . .

Hearing educators say that field trips are a waste is as painful as hearing them say that recess is a waste. Yes, I've personally heard derogatory remarks about both.  Get moving and get into the out-of-doors!

Walking along a river, just where it flows into a lake, we found these sticks with beaver teeth marks. I'm not sure how close the beavers are to this spot, but perhaps we will find out on a future visit.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Fun Discovery

It's a fairy door! A magical entrance into this tree, for tiny people!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Visit to the Sheep

I know, I know.  Poor lighting in a barn, the phone camera  -- it's a blurry photo.

Still.  That face!

Monday, April 4, 2016


Ordinarily, I do not like Canadian Geese. They are so cranky. I fear them, when they get aggressive: running at me, wings spread, hissing beaks. Ugh. Just, no.

Still, I thrilled to be able to see this couple with their nest! Luckily, I was able to observe them from a bird blind, so there was no question of them becoming territorial about the nesting site. This could be the first time I've ever seen Canadian geese with their nest.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Natural Paths

Confession: I thought my husband was exaggerating, when he spoke of the difference between running on concrete and running on asphalt. What difference could it possibly make?

Well, I had to eat a slice of humble pie. As I work my knee back to health, I've learned that walking surface makes a considerable difference in how my knee feels. A forest or meadow path feels so much better than concrete or asphalt surfaces. Some experts stress the importance of a level walking surface.  However, I've found I can walk a few pain-free miles on a soft and uneven surface, but not even two miles on a paved and flat surface. It will be interesting to see how this changes, the more I heal.

This is from the earlier this week.  That soft path, aaahhhhh . . . . That blue sky!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Yes, my last post was at the very beginning of Lent. Blogging didn't happen during Lent because it was difficult to sit at the computer. I did not get to choose my Lent this year; circumstances chose for me, in the shape of a knee I twisted less than a week before Ash Wednesday. Any position I tried to sit in, when at the computer, was too painful for many weeks.

No need to go into my medical history. In short: pain management, multiple doctors, and a very slow recovery. This last thing has been difficult for me. I don't do waiting patiently very well. I'm sure it was not a coincidence that the spiritual reading I kept stumbling upon ran parallel to my physical challenges: slow down, listen, accept that things happen little by little, wait, let go of control.

Given the difficulty of walking, there has been no running since the first Saturday in February. (Who's counting?) I have missed running. A lot. It is such a stress release for me, but it is also such a valuable prayer time. Again, not a coincidence that my Lenten readings also highlighted the need to let go of what prayer I think is best for me. This is something I know intellectually, but the practice isn't coming easily.

On the bright side, I am learning my body's weak spots and know what to do to get stronger. I have learned so much about the human body, the necessity of movement, and the importance of proper movement. Strong leg muscles aren't enough, that hip/pelvis area needs to be strong, too. And who knew that flexibility in the shank was so important? Hopefully, the chronic twisting issues will stop, once I've improved my flexibility.

Another benefit to this experience? I get outside every day. I love the out-of-doors, even if I don't always make time to get out there. Rehabbing the knee is a good motivation for getting out daily, even if for just a bit.

As life transforms from "all about the injury" to "the new normal of healing," I hope to return to the blogosphere. I've missed the sites I visit. There might not be much writing going on around here, but I will make an effort to share the beauty of the unfolding spring. If knee rehab must happen, it is a lovely season for it!

Thursday, February 11, 2016


My poor, small blog has been so neglected. Two months of on-and-off respiratory woes left me playing catch-up with the pressing issues of life (more pressing than the blog) on days I was feeling well.

The weather conspired against me, too! Winter-like weather and spring-like weather taking turns with each other made sharing nature difficult. When I sat down to post a pretty picture like this . . .

 . . . it was usually a lovely, warm-ish day outside.

And when I sat down at the computer to share a photo like this . . .

. . . the cold and snow were swirling outside. So, I lost heart and posted nothing.

Small steps back, starting today!