A Walk In The Neighborhood

My neighbor very kindly has invited my family to walk her property all we like.

There’s forest and field filled with birds, squirrels, deer and other critters as well as remnants of a simpler time. It’s peaceful and pretty and a real treat to enjoy.

Thanks Dot! We appreciate you!

A Smashed Peep (and some other stuff)

I ran away for a long lunch Thursday. Basking in the sunshine and walking the bike path at a favorite park felt like the epitome of freedom. Everything is COVID closed but you can still walk and drive around the lake.

This car turned my head.

And I went back for a closer look at these Peep bunnies, clearly run over by something. That’s not something you see every day and I liked the pink against the asphalt!

It was gorgeous out so I was sad to go home and resume working. But opening the window in the room where I work to let Scout enjoy the fresh air made the afternoon pass quickly. This picture was taken before the window was open but you get the idea.

He was a happy boy and I was thrilled for the fresh breeze and chatter of birds nearby.

My world has become very small and familiar. While this isn’t ideal, it is sort of fun to look more closely at your surroundings and seek out the details you might not ordinarily appreciate or even notice as close as your own home. Take a look around. You never know what you might find.

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!

McArthur Presbyterian Church

I often walk by this pretty little church on my lunch break. It was so nice against the sunny blue sky this week that I stopped and snapped a picture.

It’s just as lovely inside as it is out but I’m not sure I have pictures. Maybe somewhere…..

They do still have services but I think they share a lay speaker with another gorgeous church around the corner and they alternate locations each Sunday.

Check out the sidewalk!

Out for a walk? Don’t forget to look around!

A Break in the Weather

Winter in southern Ohio has been interrupted by a few days of warmer temperatures this week. Wednesday was sunny and sixty degrees. Tuesday wasn’t quite that warm but the sunshine made it feel better.

So for the last few days I’ve walked at lunch and after work, soaking up the rays and enjoying a good stretch of the legs. After all, we know it won’t last so it’s a good idea to take advantage of it while we can.

Believe it or not, the above image is in the village where I work- the road through the cemetery winds along a hill, perfect for getting the heart pounding! And, in case you’re wondering, that hill is much bigger than it looks in the picture.

I would much rather be on a hike in the woods but this is a nice alternative when that’s not an option. Sometimes we just have to do the best we can with what we have and be glad for it.