Re-springing Your Step

Daily Prompt: Tell us about the last experience you had that left you feeling fresh, energized, and rejuvenated. What was it that had such a positive effect on you?

Funny you should ask!  Today, today was the last experience that I had that left me feeling fresh, energized and rejuvenated.

Mind you it was 48 degrees out (pretty darn balmy for this time of year!), that alone left me feeling fresh.  Working with green living things also fits the bill – feeling fresh, energized and rejuvenated.

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Home Pruning Assignment… Tot wanted to be in the picture… funny boy!

I had an assignment this past week.  I had to pick a plant at home to prune.  Well, it was harder to pick the plant than I thought it would be, although there were a number of choices.

I had originally thought about pruning our California Lilac or our Lilac or our Lavender.  Turns out none of those were good candidates. At least in the condition they were in and considering the time of year.  I ended up pruning our Forsythia.

We haven’t done much work in the yard… for a while… a long while. The lawnmower taken over by the berry brambles is a good example of how long it has been since anything has been pruned around here.

You can see the Forsythia was in pretty bad shape.  I did my research, made my plan and started at it.  Tot kept me company, nosing around the weeds and barking at the neighbor dogs, or maybe they were barking at him, he wasn’t really making very much noise.

It took me about an hour and a half all told.

I started by removing some of the brambles and other chokey vines.  Then I went for the deadwood, then the diseased and deranged limbs.  I probably could have cut it down further but the buds are looking pretty good and I thought I would see how it looks this Spring and then start the routine pruning to bring it back into shape.

The refreshing feeling of working/playing outside

One thing that I loved about living in Alaska was being outdoors, all of the time, in all-weather, all times of year.

What leaves me feeling fresh, energized, and rejuvenated? Cool crisp air and the smell of water – salt or fresh.  The smell of good soil, loamy and rich. Climbing mountains to see the wondrous views that surround me.

When my dad was alive and we lived in Alaska, Fred and I would hike the trails around us a couple of times a week.  We always made a point of taking a “kissy face” photo from wherever we ended up and texting them to my dad.  His health was failing and he looked forward to our text messages. If we had cell service, we would give him a short call to tell him where we were and what we were looking at.  I miss those days.

Enjoying some sun out at the Herbert Glacier (Juneau, AK)
Enjoying some sun out at the Herbert Glacier (Juneau, AK)

I never really experienced the seasonal affective disorder (SAD) that so many people describe, but I think it was because I was busy and outside.  Breathing the clean air made a huge difference.

We’ll be back in Alaska soon enough and back out in the woods.  I’ve been feeling a little off lately and I am sure it is because I am not getting out as much as I should. I wouldn’t be surprised if I am experiencing a bit of SAD town here in “Amerika”. Life is a little too packed and busy.  I want the relaxed life I used to have.

I am enjoying my program at school because we spend a good portion of each day out in the arboretum or in the green house. It just feels good. I’m hoping that will help me feel better.

~ Molly