Here is a little puffed up bird sunning himself in some old vines near the edge of the lake. He let me get pretty close to take this picture.
A great walk this morning and I walked 6.7 miles. As soon as I got back home, the blue sky and sun turned to clouds. It was like the sun was just out so I could have a sunny morning to walk. :-)
It was a good coin morning too. I found five dimes and two pennies.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The other day I mentioned that walking gives me such a feeling of peace and contentment and I didn't have the words to describe it. Vee wished I would give it a try. So vee, since it's not every day I can make a wish come true, I will give it a try.
When I first start out walking, I say a little prayer of mine and then pray for people on my prayer list. I always end by thanking God that I'm outside and walking. Right away that puts me in a happy frame of mind. I love being outside and breathing in the fresh air. Walking down a path, I might hear the babbling of a brook, birds singing, dogs barking in the distance, or the wind blowing in the trees. Or I might hear the rain on my umbrella or hear the sound of it hitting the water. I might see deer running or see them stop while we look at each other. I see all kinds of wildlife. There are so many beautiful vibrant colors to look at each day. A blue sky, green grass, and flowers of every color. And those sunrises - awesome. Even in winter there is beauty. I am thankful for each of these different things and when I am thankful, I am happy and content. I may have problems or things not going exactly the way I'd like them too, but when I'm outside walking I put all that aside and just enjoy the moment. It's hard to be unhappy when I am surrounded by the beautiful world God has given us. I feel such peace when I feel the sun on my face or look out over the water and see it rippling in the breeze and see the ducks and geese sitting out there. I feel special to be a part of all this. I feel that no matter what happens during the rest of the day, I have this time that is all mine and when things don't go right, I put myself back in my morning walk and know that I will be there again tomorrow. I have heard that runners get a high from running and I believe I get that from walking. After the first few miles I get this extra energy and feel like I could walk all day. After my walk I feel energized and ready to face the day. I feel healthy in mind and body and soul. I feel joy. :-)
I don't know if that explains it well enough or it just describes a walk, but that's the best I can come up with as to the feeling I get. I hope that gives you an idea of how I feel vee.
I'm planning on staying home today again. Hopefully, I'll actually get some housework done. I'm going to try really hard.
I have to make some chocolate chip cookies for tomorrow morning too.
Here it is Friday already and I'm ready for some pizza again. So I have that to look forward to this evening.
I wish you all a happy day.
A smile from me to you.
The world always looks brighter
from behind a smile.