Nature in all its stages.
I work afternoons because I love to have the time to awaken slowly. Nothing makes me a nicer person throughout my day than the leisurely start to that day. Our home sits on the outskirts of the city limits of a small town with a creek running along the back and an open field beyond that. In the front there is a pond and an apple tree across the street.
So on days like this morning when it was less than perfect weather wise, I sat indoors at the kitchen table and watched the birds, that do stay around for the winter, fight for what little was left of the bird food my better half usually keeps a little fuller. My coffee always tastes better when I can enjoy it with nature. It was raining and a little foggy so all I saw were the birds but that’s okay because there are plenty of them to keep my attention.
On more sunny days, I might see the many deer in the field or right in our back yard, and once in awhile the wild turkeys grace me with their presence. I really like it when the crane swoops through the yard in a flash heading into the far end of the creek and the relative safety of the woods and underbrush.
When the weather is really nice I venture onto the deck with the dog glued to my hip, he’s a very loving soul and doesn’t let me wander far from sight when I’m home. Or I head to my patio in the front of the house where I can listen to frogs in the pond in the summertime or watch deer clean up the fallen apples in the fall.
There is just something about communing with nature that brings a sense of calm to my most inner being and I know I would be lost without that possibility. I hope that anyone looking for calm and sanity knows right where to look for their special spot or activity that takes them there instantly. Mine is right outside my window.