Category Archives: Love of nature

I had a very good day

Yesterday, I didn’t have to work.

I feel like I’ve been working almost every single day lately. And I’m tired.

So yesterday, I devoted my whole day to fun with Declan and Bill. I slept in for a little while, then took Declan to his friend’s house for a little while. While he was there, I did my grocery shopping.

We made lunch at home, then went golfing. We found a great course out in DeSoto. It had a very tight short front nine with a lot of water hazards. I did so well on the front nine! I had a 200+ drive, and sank a 15 foot putt. I was on fire.

Then came the back nine. It was pretty much a par 3, and it wasn’t too hard, but I just kinda lost it. Suddenly, I couldn’t hit a decent drive to save my life.

We came to the last hole, which had its green on a circle island out on a lake. We decided we would hit balls until we landed on it. My first ball hit the wooden walkway to the island. My second landed in the lake. My third landed fifteen feet from the hole. Decky landed his fifth ball, and we ran down the hill to finish our game.

Four hours of beautiful sunshine and cool breezes, leaves just barely starting to turn, fresh air and great scenery. Even with the dead snake I almost stepped on, and the groundhog that ran across the fairway in front of us, you just couldn’t beat it.

Afterwards, we went to a noisy sportsbar for pizza. Bill and Decky wore their Miami Hurricanes shirts and cheered amidst a Kansas State crowd. We were so hungry and thirsty, everything tasted so good.

We got home, showered, and I read Harry Potter to Decky for a whole hour. After I tucked him in, Bill and I watched an episode of Dexter and went to bed.

It was a really great day.
Today I worked. Again. At least I had the memory of yesterday to get me through it.

It’s out of my system now

I’ve been missing nature lately. It’s been so ungodly hot and humid that I haven’t been able to enjoy the outdoors, except for the occasional watering of my tomato plants. I was pining for the meditative balm of the creek and trees, the happy exhaustion that follows a brisk walk.

Since Decky has a morning class at a place right off the bike trail every day this week, I thought I’d take advantage of the easy access to nature and go for a daily walk. I figured the morning would be cooler, the bike trail would be shady – it would be the best chance I would have for some killer walks and mind-clearing.

So I set off this morning at 9:01. I would walk toward Cait’s house. If she was willing to drive me back to my car, I’d walk all the way there. If not, I would just walk for fifty or so minutes, then turn around. She agreed to drive me back, so I kept going.

I went about six miles in less than an hour and a half. The air was moist and the sun was punishing. Only about half my route was shaded. The weeds were overgrown and scorched. The only thing that was pretty was the creek. Nature had given up to the brutal heat.

The last half mile was the worst. I was on black asphalt, the sun was high and there was no shade, and it was all uphill to Cait’s apartment. By the time I got to her door, I was nauseous and my legs were feeling weak. She and Owen provided me with four glasses of cool water, which I downed in quick succession, and a towel on which to lay my sweaty body. After about fifteen minutes, I felt much better.

We visited for a while, then they drove me back to my car, which I had parked at the facility in which Decky was taking his Chemistry class. After a quick lunch, I was in my air-cooled home, washing off my grimy sweaty body in the tepid shower. Ryan and Declan went to play tennis at an indoor club while I caught up on the news and rehydrated further.

Though my legs are a little tired, I feel pretty good. I won’t be braving the heat again until this scorcher has abated. My jones for nature has been fulfilled with a vengeance. If you need me, I’ll be in an air-conditioned building, sipping an iced tea. No lemon.

Nature family

Yesterday, Bill, Decky and I went on a hike through some woods in Missouri.

There were limestone rock formations, dry creeks beds, hills and valleys, and a clear rocky creek. We explored the limestone canyons and navigated sticks down the creek. Decky jumped over crevasses, over trees, down hills. We found some acorns, saw a caterpillar and a snake, and just enjoyed the perfect sunny weather.

It was a beautiful perfect hike. We’re doing the arboretum trails today. Hopefully, we’ll have just a good a time.

It’s officially fall!

Although it’s in the upper 70s and sunny, I have decided it’s fall.

The squash and pumpkins and mums are on display at the grocery stores. One or two maples are turning red. Football’s on. And we went apple-picking today!

It was so much fun! O’Baby learned how to pick apples and put them in the basket. Or throw them at his uncles. And he played with baby goats and chickens and ducks! Or chased them around. He was walking and falling all over in the high grass between the apple trees. He loved it!

Bubba and Bro and The Princess were whipping apples at each other. I know Bro will have bruises all over his body tomorrow, especially where The Princess beaned him on the side of the head.

Now we have lots of apples throughout the house and mums on the front stoop. All our trees are still green, but last night was chilly enough to light a fire outside in the chiminea. Hubby and I enjoyed a beer out there in the dark, while he occasionally poked the fire with a stick. Good times.

Weet update etc.

The bird is okay. She has no tailfeathers anymore, so she looks like kind of a mutant, but she’s fine. She’s not limping anymore, her appetite is good, and she’s active and interactive, as always.

That poor bird.

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So I moved the outdoor furniture back up to the deck this afternoon. I forgot how buggy it gets out there in the late afternoon. The Princess and I got totally bit up.

We hosed off the furniture, brought out some of O’Baby’s toys, put up the umbrella, and it looks all kinds of homey out there now.

All I need is my chiminea, the concrete tiles to go under it, two chair cushions, and two chaise lounge cushions. It’s gonna be so nice!

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Also – I successfully completed the Trauma Nursing Provider Core Course today. I am once again trauma certified for your protection.