Seasons

I love sitting in my house with a nice fire going and watching the snow falling outside.

Hello dear reader.

Today I decided I didn’t want to talk about pain or coping or anything to do with illness. I want to share my mountains with you.

I couldn’t tell you my favorite season here in the mountains. They’re all wonderful.

During the summer the temps usually top out in the mid 70’s. It’s a rare occurrence to hit 80 degrees. The wildflowers bloom everywhere. There are more colors than you can imagine.
Summertime is also tourist season. People come from all over the world to see, and sometimes hike, the mountains.

The trees at this altitude are pretty much all aspens and pines. In the autumn the mountains look like a patchwork quilt that changes every day.
The tourists start to thin out as the temperatures start to drop, but quite a few people come to see the aspens.

The aspens turn mostly gold, but also red and every shade in between.

Winter has a beauty all its own.

I love sitting in my house with a nice fire going and watching the snow falling outside. The tradition in my house (which started when my kids still lived at home) is the evening of the first real snowfall I make homemade hot chocolate. Things get quiet and peaceful.

Last but not least, springtime arrives. The snow starts to melt.

The trees begin to bud and the birds come back. I love hearing them sing when I wake up. We have a pair of doves that come every year. It’s easy to tell they’re the same ones from their markings. I can’t find my pictures of them, but I’ll show them to you when they come this year.

This is the most incredible place to live. I could go on and on about the wonderful town I live in, the festivals, how I came to be here, etc. But I’ll save those stories for another day.

Note: Most of these pictures are from Unsplash.com which allows free use of the tons of beautiful photography on its site. A couple of them were taken by Tim, who has a wonderful eye.

Until next time…

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Relaxation

Happy Independence Day dear reader!

I was inspired to write about relaxation today by a few things. Obviously it’s 4th of July and summertime. I think it was more about the time we spent with some good friends yesterday, and ways to relax came up in the conversation.

There are a lot of people (myself included) who have to make an effort to relax. Sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s true. I try to just read a book , sit out in the sun, or just watch something on television and immediately my head is full of all the things I should be getting done. I tell myself that they can wait, which helps for about 30 seconds. From that point on there is an argument going on in my head and “relaxing” becomes one of the more stressful parts of the day!

People like me are really thankful for people like Tim. He will push me to go do things like taking a ride on the motorcycle or going for a walk in the woods with the dogs. I usually agree to it just to make him happy, but once I’m there I’m always extremely glad that I went. I come back relaxed and refreshed. That being said, you’re probably asking yourself, “If she knows it will help her, why does she have to be pushed into it?” That would be a totally legitimate question which I don’t have a clue how to answer.

Last night was a perfect example. We had dinner with a couple who are really good friends of ours. Yesterday was also the memorial service (at 11 a.m.) for Brenda. Needless to say, I wasn’t really in a mood to socialize. But plans had been made and both of them spend a lot of time out of town, so I felt obligated to go. I am SO glad I did! We had a wonderful time talking and laughing. We didn’t leave until after 11:00. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t in bed by 10 at the latest. Yeah, I know, I know. The point is that my heart took a break from the pain I was feeling over losing Brenda and I was relaxed. Why is that so hard to do?

So I thought I’d try something a little different today. If I did it right (BIG if!) there will be a poll on here which asks you about your favorite ways to relax. There are a few things listed but, since there are as many ways to relax as there are personalities, there’s a “fill in the blank” option as well.

If you have any ideas about why it is so difficult for people to relax, or anything else you’d like to say, there’s a place for that as well in the comments section.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful time today with friends and family. Relax and enjoy it!

Until next time….

Relaxation Poll