It was 78 degrees today and I couldn’t be happier. I sat out on the back patio this afternoon and when Chris got home from work he joined me. I had some music playing, we each read our books and I even brought out popsicles for us. Bliss. I just wish David had been here to enjoy it. Poor guy has been out of town on business up North where there is still snow on the ground.
I’ve been taking longer and more frequent walks with Shiloh, enjoying the warm sun and observing all the seasonal changes. There are buds on my peach trees and lilacs, and actual blossoms on the apricot trees (I hope we don’t get another hard freeze!). The birds are in a frenzy of activity and I even spotted a Pileated Woodpecker yesterday.
Spring always feels like a rebirth of sorts as the days lengthen and everything awakens from winter dormancy. And I don’t just mean the grass and trees. I tend to hibernate during the winter. I don’t enjoy being out in the cold weather and I also try to avoid crowds in order not to catch any respiratory viruses which inevitably lead to serious asthma attacks for me. While I don’t suffer from true depression, I do experience a mild-to-moderate degree of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). I’m only half joking when I say I run on solar power. I’ve noticed a tremendous upswing in my mood in recent days which is directly related to these sunny days. It’s not like I was morose throughout the winter but just sort of “blah”. I don’t even really notice it all that much until the first warm and sunny days of spring. It’s this bubbly joy I’m feeling now which makes me aware that I was in need of a lift.
I am more than ready to resume my porch time routine. Last night Kadi cooked dinner and the three of us (again, poor David wasn’t here) ate out on the porch, listening to music, chatting and sharing a bottle of wine. Simple pleasures for which I am truly grateful.
David will be home tomorrow and it’s supposed to reach a high of 83 degrees. I think we will celebrate his return with dinner and music on the porch. Yep, I think that sounds just right.