Evening Stroll

His hand in mine we walk in the park. It is a warm evening just nearing dusk. The trees sway in a gentle breeze. We stop by a large oak tree and he leans towards me and kisses me softly. Taking his hand he tenderly caresses my cheek and kisses me again. This time he lingers and I feel his warm breath against my skin.

I take a deep breath and say we should continue our walk. He whispers, “Just so we can get some where more private.”

I let out a little laugh as I blush a bright red.


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Nature’s Sanctuary

The trill of the bird
Interrupted my moment of silence
The serenity was lost
When another car pulled in the lot
I just wanted an escape
A brief moment or two of peace
I used to find it at the park
But today was not my day to relax
Too many people
Wanted that same escape today
And I was far from alone
Far from a quiet solitude
The bird song still rang out
Over the noise of the engine
I guess that is as close as I get today
To a little bit of tranquility

Monochrome Monday – From The Back

This week is something pretty unique.  I will say it is from the back of it.  It is at a local park and the kids love to climb on it.  Can you tell what it is?  It has been there at the park since I was a kid and that has been at least 40 years ago.  Not sure when it was brought into the park.  I will post what it is next week.  Take a guess!

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Happy and Grateful – Day 128

May has arrived and I hope it brings lots of Spring cheer with it.  I am in my fifth month now of taking time to acknowledge the things that make me happy and grateful every day… almost half way to my goal of a full year.  If you want to join in on this challenge please add your thoughts in the comments or start your own blog.  There is a lot to be happy and grateful for!

Today was wonderful.  It was in the upper seventies and a nice breeze blowing.  Mostly sunny skies and those white puffy clouds.  And I actually got out and was able to enjoy some of it.

My boyfriend and I went to a state park not too far away that has a trail system.  We took it easy and tried to pick a fairly easy path.  It was GREAT on the way down, but the walk back up the hill proved to be a bit more of a challenge.  I made it though.  We had to stop a lot on the way back and it was slow going, but we were not on any time schedule.

A lovely wooded area with a nice creek we saw at the bottom of the hill. My Monochrome Monday post is one of the pictures I took and I will share one of the creek and a rock wall.

We came home and cleaned up to try a newer restaurant for dinner that serves English food and I had my first Bangers and Mash.  It was really good.  It is one of those nice little local favorite restaurants that is good for lunch or dinner and hanging with friends.

Now I am feeling the effects of the long day and am ready for a good night’s sleep.  I am happy to have been able to enjoy a little nature today.  Grateful for a good meal.  And let’s hope fibro doesn’t spoil tomorrow because of the activity today!

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Happy and Grateful – Day 104

We have reached the month of April and I am still on course to post daily with my happiness and gratitude I have found.  Please join in if you feel like doing this too by sharing in the comments or on your own blog.  There is so much to be happy and grateful for.

We had rain off and on today… a little fog… a little gloom.  Today I went to the doctor for a routine check-up and I carved out almost a full hours worth of time just to do nothing but sit at the park and listen to the creek and the birds.  It was too grey to really take any pictures of anything growing, but the grass is showing up green now and the tops of the trees have a little bit of growth you can see.  I really believe spring is here.

It was so peaceful to do nothing but sit and relax in my car.  Listening to the sounds of nature, including a rain on the roof.  The only thing I did was a text when I first got there and answered a phone call from my sister… otherwise I just sat there and listened.  I watched the birds fly in and out of the trees.  Saw a squirrel scamper across the grass in search of food.  It was a wonderful moment.

I am happy that in spite of the weather I was still able to enjoy the park today.  I am grateful for the free time I could go there.  I did still snap a picture of the grey view from my car window.  See how green the grass is getting!

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Monochrome Monday – Inviting Path

I almost forgot it was Monday and I needed to post this… oops!  This is one of my favorite local parks to walk in when I am feeling up to it.  I used to walk here 3 or 4 times a week.  They have garden beds, a wooded path that crosses a creek and lots of people in the summer.  Great place for taking pictures – actually a lot of the local photographers will use it as a backdrop for senior pictures.  I hope you enjoy…

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The Wise Squirrel

I stare out the window of my car

This is where I like to think

Parked by the bridge at the park

I can hear the water go by

The birds singing

I see nature all around

In the trees, the grass and flowers

This is where I can concentrate

I ruminate about my future

And where I want to be

Which path to take

If I want to stay

A squirrel goes by in a chatter

As if to tell me, “Trust your instincts.”

Now if I can just figure out

What those instincts are…

Happy and Grateful – Day 53

This is February and I am well on my way to attaining a goal I set for myself.  I am trying to post every day with happiness and gratitude that I have encountered that day.  There is always something no matter how small it may seem that we can be grateful for and even just a shared smile can make you happy if only for a moment.  Please try to find those moments for yourself too…  if you’re up to it I would love if you would share them too in the comments or your own blog.  Being aware can really turn a day around!

Please forgive me being late on posting this… long busy day yesterday just wiped me out.  BUT… I was determined to make it to the park to take a short walk and maybe find some of nature’s beauty.

I did squeeze in about a 15 to 20 minute walk.  Sadly I didn’t find much that was showing signs of spring, but since snow is in the forecast tomorrow that is probably a good thing.  I did find a couple of trees that were starting to bud…

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Mainly what was around me was all the remnants of last year’s blooms…

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But it was all wonderful 70°F weather and nature surrounding me.  It was enough fresh air to make me happy for the rest of the day even if I was exhausted.  I am grateful I had that small window of time I could take advantage of.  And who knows, even though snow is coming tomorrow… it can still provide a different kind of beauty in nature.