Yesterday

Yesterday was sunny and beautiful with blue skies and 26 degree temperatures that the weather app said felt like 19. Luckily, that little chill in the air didn’t deter me from heading out for a walk at a local state park.

I mean, what’s a little cold when it’s such a pretty day?

The wind off the lake was frigid and it was mostly me, the Canada Geese and a few other hardy souls out soaking up as much Vitamin D as you can absorb through a hat and three layers of clothing.

If I were working from the office, I would likely be swinging by the lake after work at least some nights to squeeze in a walk. Unfortunately, in my work from home routine, it’s hard to pry me out of the house on a cold day save for feeding the birds. That’s only because they sit on their empty feeder and stare at me sitting at my desk until I do something about it.

While I didn’t cherish the thought of going out in the freezing cold, I relished every moment of my three mile walk and realized that I haven’t smiled so much in ages.

I need to do that more often.

Do more of what makes you smile, friends. I promise you won’t regret it.

Golden

Things were quite golden nearly everywhere I went in southern Ohio Saturday.

Here’s the view early morning at Lake Alma.

And a couple of hours later, to the south at Lake Vesuvius.

The sky was a gorgeous blue for much of the day and the aroma of campfire smoke hung in the air. It was a spectacular day to be out and to be free.

Monday

This weekend really didn’t go as planned. We had a cold snap last week and the sun went into hiding until Monday morning. It rained part of the time and threatened to rain the rest.

Perhaps that’s why we appreciated Monday so much. It was a gorgeous day with a nice breeze and pleasant temperature. I fled to my favorite walking path for a stroll. This is where I go for exercise and for my own mental health as it’s a terrific place to think or just soak in the beauty.

Afterward, I took a drive to see a covered bridge that I’ll tell you about tomorrow. For now, here’s a picture.

On the way home, I pulled over to snap a photo of the Wellston Rotary Club’s Field of Heroes.

Small towns really are the best.

We don’t always have to go far to find things that make us happy. Sometimes a stroll through the neighborhood or a drive with the windows down is enough to recharge our weary minds.

When I came home, I felt so good that it didn’t seem a chore to finish the laundry and cook some food for the week. If only all Mondays could be like this!

Winter Walk

I walked with a friend at a local park yesterday.

It was a beautiful day for a long walk at a familiar place.

I always say the official mascot here is the Canada Geese. Yesterday didn’t disappoint. They were everywhere.

Between this walk and some shopping, my Fitbit logged about nine miles. That’s not half bad for a day of leisure!

Normalcy At Lake Alma

An after work walk at Lake Alma was an excellent ending to yesterday. Here are a few images from my journey before the sun slipped away.

A seat with a view.

A great bridge.

Lake Alma’s Official Bird – the Canada Goose.

My favorite bridge.

It wasn’t crowded but there were a number of people out soaking up the sun on this unseasonably warm December day. There were children playing, dog walkers, a runner and even a guy on a bicycle.

It all felt spectacularly normal and I was grateful for this day.

Repetition

There are some places where I never tire of spending time. Lake Alma State Park falls into this category. My favorite feature here is is the nice bike path that stretches past the lake and into the nearby City of Wellston.

It’s reasonably peaceful most days and easily accessible for a quick walk after work.

I sometimes snap phone pictures here during my walks and the challenge is to find new ways to look at the familiar.

Like these boats.And the road.

Luckily, nature changes daily. The sky and the light are always different. Right now the trees are bare but starting to bud. In a couple of weeks they will look completely different.

Repetition may seem boring to others but I find it calming and even challenging at times. I like looking for new ways to see the familiar.

It’s a skill, I think, being able to look at something day in and day out but still see it from a fresh perspective. It’s a skill that can be applied to situations that require problem solving and to daily life just to prevent boredom.

Perhaps this is why I am never bored. There’s always something to see or learn about a subject – even when you think you’ve seen it all!