While most of the country is snowed in, Florida is having mild weather. Chilly but nothing compared to snow and ice and dangerous conditions. I’ve been enjoying springtime in Florida and thought those of you who are trying to stay warm will either love this post or hate it. I’m hoping soon we’ll all be complaining about hot weather! Meantime, here are my five suggestions for Spring Relaxation:
First, spring is a time for REPLANTING. We’ve planted some lovely flowers in the yard. After the builders were finished with the house, they had the landscapers slap down some shrubs and bushes that we’d walked by for the last year. But now that the weather is warmer, we are digging up and reworking our garden:
This is a Queen Palm. It will grow tall with willowy fronds. I love to hear the sound of them blowing in the wind. We’ve put down mulch since I took this picture so the yard is coming together.
We also planted knock-out roses and azaleas, gardenias and a magnolia tree. And we have added jasmine to trail over the new pergola my husband built. I saw this azalea the other day when we were running errands and snapped a quick picture. I hope my budding azaleas will grow big and strong like this one. It’s important to replant and rework our attitudes after we thaw out from winter.
Next, I’ve been doing some READING:
These two books are on my list. I’m reading Randy Wayne White’s “Seduced” right now (set in Florida) and I can’t wait to read my friend Judy Christie’s “Wreath, In College” (set in Louisiana). Others on my list: “Nine Women, One Dress” by Jane L. Rosen, “Dead on Arrival” by Sherry Lewis, and “A Portrait of Emily Price” by Katherine Reay, (set in my beloved Atlanta.) There is something about a beach chair and a book that just calms me down.
Of course, I still have to work so I’ve also been doing some RESEARCH. It is a good way to relax. Learning something new and gaining insight whether it’s for a book or just because, brings about clarity and stimulates the mind, especially in the season of Easter and rebirth. My husband and I attended the finale of the USPCA (United States Police Canine Association) recently, held at our local high school. This event was exciting and I loved every minute of watching the demonstrations and training methods of these K-9 officers and their law enforcement handlers:
Relaxing requires a coffee break now and then. RESTING is important when you are on a spring relaxation journey. That’s why God gives us beautiful gardens, after all.
And that calls for chocolate, too!
And finally, when spring comes we need some REJUVENATION:
My husband and I found it when we attended the wedding of a relative and saw family members we hadn’t visited with in years. That was such fun and only reminds us that when the spring air beckons, we should get out and see others and remember that the world is still a beautiful place, full of good, warmhearted people:
Here we are at the reception which was held in a museum complete with old storefronts and a trolley. I won’t go into detail about getting locked in the bathroom at a lovely beach house during the rehearsal dinner. That will definitely go in a book!
I hope you will find ways to RELAX and get REJUVENATED this spring. What would you do if you had a day off to go out and play in the sunshine? I’d love to hear your ideas!