Update: our hummingbirds have returned!
If there is something to remember during this pandemic that we are all facing right now, it’s that we have slowed down enough to appreciate the little things life offers.
On Saturday morning, I made crepes…first time ever but definitely something I have been wanting to do. These are blueberry cream cheese and they were so simple to make. I wanted to use up some blueberries in a ‘creative’ way.
We have reduced immunity here so we have been isolating for two weeks now. But, fortunately Spring has arrived and brought some beautiful colors to enjoy. We’ve got green grass again and it is so pretty. We see many more animals now including a white tailed deer that bounced/danced/jumped into the forest of trees across the street from us with her tail bobbing as moved. It was such a beautiful sight to see. This picture is similar to what she looked like. She was way too fast for me to grab a picture of my own.
The flowers are starting to bloom and have begun splashing us with so many colors to enjoy.
The geese are back and so are the doves, the woodpeckers, the Texas mockingbirds, the bluejay, and the many news signs of life. ‘My’ owl still hangs around the bedroom window and enjoys perching in each of our oak trees throughout the night. Our sweet and friendly cardinal comes closer to my window now. The baby cardinals and the female cardinal still hold back a bit staying at the bird feeder but we still get to enjoy their beauty too. Below is a picture I took of ‘Mr.’ Cardinal looking up at me.
The leaves on the ground are the last of the leaves to fall from the big oak tree right before the new leaves come. The beautiful green leaves are starting to appear on the tree.
I have discovered more of the ‘forgotten joys of life’ recently with having to stay home now. The joy of sitting on the patio listening to the birds sing and the wind rustle the leaves of the trees. Hearing the silence around me and taking time to read, to pray, to let my bare feet touch the ground and to appreciate all the blessings I have.
So many little joys to find...listening to music and watching movies, making popcorn the old fashioned way, doing all the little projects I have been putting off, and cooking dinner two straight weeks in a row and enjoying it. I have had more chats with my daughter and son recently and I can’t remember the last time I talked with all of my brothers and sisters in the same week via phone calls or texts but these things have been happening now.
It’s been a long time since hubby and I worked on a project together but we have done that too because we are at home more now. The pace has slowed and the conversations are reflective of that. They are deeper and we have a better understanding and gratitude for ‘all things life’. I asked my son the other day what he was doing on Friday night. He lives five hours from us. He said that he and his girlfriend were making dinner together and were going to spend the evening putting a puzzle together. That’s not something they typically do but they were excited about having the time and energy to do it. I have more time now to do the things on my happy list like karaoke in the living room, coloring, reading, organizing my crafts to work on a project, doing puzzles, and planning adventures for when all this is over.
It’s been scary watching the whole world come to almost a grinding halt but exciting to see most people working together for a common cause because we are all part of a bigger story and this time the story is about the whole world. It has been a ‘breath of fresh air’ to see so many helpers stepping up to help and seeing all the good they are doing in neighborhoods, cities, and globally.
But, the lessons learned from all of this…
There are more joys than I can count. Most of us, except for the helpers, have slowed down enough to have more conversations, to check on our neighbors, our friends, and our families, to catch a sunrise, a sunset, or take a hike in a beautiful area, or to venture out to enjoy the sights and sounds of Spring arriving. We all have a better understanding of the many things we used to take for granted and our hearts are much more filled with gratitude for the simple things, the little things, yet, many times, the important things in life.