Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring Restoration

We had a two-day stretch of warm weather recently.  Then, the temperatures plummeted and we had snow.  During that brief warm spell, my daffodils began to bud. 
This is from Bing but it could me mine.  Pretend it is mine.
I was elated at the prospect of spring arriving any day now.  To me, the season means the beginning of new things. Winter sheds it’s thick coat and reveals all the beautiful colors of spring.  Soon, we’ll see yellow, red, pink, and blue in everyone’s yards.  That’s so much prettier than the brown of dead grass and dried up leaves.

Spring also brings me hope.  It reminds me things that once seemed bleak can be restored to its fullest potential and become beautiful. 

Even our emotions.

Mine have been all over the map lately.  One minute I feel grateful to be alive than the next I’m pissed off at something I’ve learned to overlook. (Who cares if Devin didn't make the bed.  I can do it too!)  I’m certain it has something to do with my recent withdrawal from Cymbalta.  I think there may be some lingering side effects rolling around in this here brain of mine.  At least the mind zaps are almost gone.

This array of emotions may also be from the aches and pains I’ve been dealing with the last few months.  No one can be expected to be even-keeled while managing that.

Instead of beating myself up for not remaining serene all the time, I’ve accepted it.  Now that I’ve acknowledged it, I can change it. As my beloved Dr. Phil says, “You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge” or something like that.

It’s time to break out the yoga again and see how far I can get.  I need to remember not to be upset if I can only make it for ten minutes.  That’s ten minutes more than zero.  

I need to dive back into my step work. My step four is collecting dust.  I wouldn’t be surprised if a bunch of bats flew out of the book when I opened it.  Well, okay, I’d be pretty surprised and also pretty freaking scared. 

I also need to take a warm, soothing bath to treat myself.  Maybe I’ll even spring (see what I did there?) for that massage guy in the mall.  You know the one?  He has his chair set up in the middle of mall and charges for each fifteen-minute increment? Yeah, that guy, Mr. Strong Hands.

I know everything is going to fall into place again because I saw this yesterday:
I'm impressed with my camera skills!
Oh, wait. Did I forget to mention it won't get past forty degrees for the rest of the week?  I guess I need to wait for spring a bit longer but I’ll be ready when it finally arrives.

What’s your favorite thing about spring?


42 comments:

  1. Autumn might be my favourite season, but I do see how Spring is treated as the new beginning and I say go for it. Feel better and do better. Treat yourself to that massage too. Nature can be a bit of a bitch with two days of warm weather followed by snow, but Spring does eventually come.

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    1. Fall is my hubby's favorite season too. He loves the smell in the air and the cooler weather. Me? I can't wait for it to get nice and toasty warm. That means beach weather is soon to follow!

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  2. Wow I love that Dr. Phil quote. Good point, change is impossible without acknowledgement. I hope springtime brings renewed warm feelings!!

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    1. Oh and to answer your question, my favorite thing about spring is the start of baseball season!

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    2. Your favorite thing about spring is my least favorite. I can't stand baseball. Not sure why. My dad-in-law (who I considered my dad after mine died when I was in my twenties) was obsessed with baseball. It didn't matter who was playing, what time the game was on, he had to watch it. *yawn* compared to football!!

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  3. we didn't even have real winter this year here, it's been spring all the time and we have 20*C today.... as a polar bear I hate it.

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    1. I'd be happy as a clam baking in the sun if we had a mild winter like you did.

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  4. Oh I can relate to the pissy, I was pissy to everybody for no good reason really, anything could set me off. Damn pain crap. Do yoga for an hour and a half here, Best part about spring, no snow. You should look into sucking back some food grade diatomaceous earth, could work, you never know.

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    1. Well, the cat is pissy just because he's pissy. You on the other hand are quite nice. Even bordering on kind! An hour and a half of yoga? You've got to be a master by now! Um, yeah, I'm not ingesting stuff that is good for plants too. haha

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    2. haha I gave it a go, never did much one way or the other. Worth a shot, I'll try anything once now a days. Stupid health crap.

      Yep, do the hour and a half with the p90x routine every week, can do it with ease now. Doing more yoga now too, as just starting 3rd round of p90x and doing p90x3 at the same time, fun times.

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  5. This has been a long, rough winter and it's affected everyone. I just want it to be 60-65 again. I'm not a fan of heat/humidity but this neverending cold and snow is really messing with my head and emotions too. I prefer fall but that means another winter is coming.

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    1. You sound like my hubby too. He commented how much he'd love for it to be 65-70 all year long. Um, no thanks, that too cold for a tan at the beach! =P

      I'm so sorry to hear the weather has been messing with you too. xoxoxo

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  6. I've got stuff sprouting in my garden, and I haven't even planted this year, yet.
    heh
    Of course, we're already neck deep into softball season out here.

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    1. I look forward to planting my garden this year. After such a rough winter, it will do me lots of good. I bet you and the kids are having a blast with softball!

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  7. It is important to love yourself, Elsie and I can see that you do that, although it can be a struggle at times. Keep looking for the Spring in your life and it will find you :)

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    1. I love your outlook on life, Shailaja. It's beautiful and true. I'll keep searching! =)

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  8. It's finally starting to show signs of spring around here. But while I was battling the cold, I booked a short spring break trip to San Clemente. Heh. Even I have to escape to the beach sometimes. :))

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    1. Now that made me smile, Lu! Even I would love to escape to the beach right about now. Not the one down the street but one in San Clemente!!!

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  9. Hope you feel better soon, sorry to hear about the up and down bit. Hope that passes.

    For me, spring is when I celebrate the New Year. It's a big celebration that lasts a wee bit over a month long.

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    1. I hope it passes too, haha. Hmmm, I like the idea of a month long celebration. It's kind of like a flower going from dormant to bloom again. Great idea!

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    2. And we each get to buy a gift, something silly that maybe we don't need but want. Or it can be something we need, which for us is also fun stuff. Then I usually make one goal for the season. It's a great way to celebrate a new season. Though for me, spring is the new year so it's just a wee bit longer of a celebration.

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  10. It will eventually arrive Elsie, everything does!

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    1. Not soon enough as far as I'm concerned, Fran! haha

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  11. In general the blooming of new life, the feel of the air suggesting summer, the sound of the spring birds, and the floral smells or even smells of fresh cut grass. Best time of the year.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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    1. These are a few of my favorite things! When the dog bites, when the bee stings…you get the idea. I'm with you, Lee, spring is the best. Well, okay, summer is *the* best, but spring gives hope to summer.

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  12. i look forward to walking barefoot in the grass and taking a nap under a tree...and smells...ah so many wonderful smells of spring....smiles....

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    1. As strange as it sounds, I hate walking on grass with my bare feet. It creeps me out. I have no idea why. But, the smells, aahh! Yes. There's nothing like it!

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  13. But 40 degrees isn't so bad! I know the cold isn't your thing but that's a reminder that you're nearly there!

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    1. Umm, yeah! 40 sucks terribly! But, okay, I'll admit, seeing 40 degrees is better than 20 degrees. Just another few weeks until the 20s and 30s are gone for a few months.

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  14. I love from spring the flowers, the first strawberries, the weather (is not so hot)
    the wind, lovely!
    But you know Im waiting for Fall LOL
    xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. I love all the fruits that are available once the cold weather passes. The start of the season for us is a strawberry fest. Yummy!!

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  15. Dwayne takes Cymbalta for his arthritis but because he doesn't have insurance, he goes on it and off it sporadically, and when he goes off it it's always left him feeling baaaad... :(

    Springtime in Louisville means it's Derby time, so, besides the pretty pink and purple trees and the pretty flowers, we have the Derby festival, with fireworks and marathons and balloon races and stuff. And oh yeah, the horse race! :)

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    1. Oh my gosh, he goes on and off it? I don't know how he does it. It's been a total mess for me to wean down from Cymbalta. I'm glad it's just about over now. I feel for him. I bet Derby time is such a blast and so pretty!!

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  16. Well I am envious that you have some budding blooms already ~ Winter is still gripping us, we are minus zero this week, brrr ~

    Take care of yourself ~ I hear you on getting anxious and being snappy at times ~ Have a good weekend ~

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    1. Gah!! That's terrible - minus zero! I can't even fathom such terrible temps around here. I think I'd be stuck in the house for a few months.

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  17. It feels great to read something that connects the outer weather and the inner. I often think about it and it always amazes me.

    The best thing about spring for me has got to be that unexplainable feeling of happiness that bubbles from within. And of course, raw mangoes! In my part of the world spring and raw mangoes are almost synonymous.

    And thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving your valuable thoughts too. I am equally excited to read all your A-to-Z challenge posts too :) Good luck :)

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    1. I really believe the weather has a way of affecting how people feel in general. My hubby is at his best when it's nice and cool out. Me? I'm all about hot weather. It just makes me appreciate the outdoors so much more. Yummy, mangoes! I haven't had those in a long time.

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  18. Screw winter. I so not want to ever need my snowthrower again (for at least nine months).

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    1. I think I may have to purchase a snow thrower for the amount of snow we've had this year. Insane!

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  19. Spring really does feel like a new beginning. After being snowed in all winter, it's nice to finally get out there (literally and metaphorically) and get started on your goals for the year. First item of business? Sit down and write for more than 20 minutes without being interrupted. Oh, wait, gotta go pick up the wife's car from the tire shop, hold on...

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  20. I love spring, too! I hear you on the Cymbalta. I could always tell when I had forgotten to take one, because I would have really s-t-r-a-n-g-e dreams. Yuck. Glad to be your sister Hooligan!

    LuAnn Braley
    AJ's Hooligans @AtoZChallenge
    Back Porchervations

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  21. Ohhh the daffodil! Such a happy color. I want to see more by me but not so many yet!

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