OMG, it’s so hot outside! Admit it, you’ve said it already. It’s not even June and we’re already complaining about the high temperatures.
Here in the ville, the temps were in the high 80s for a couple days this week. I was working in the yard, cutting down the old tulips and planting zinnias in our front flower boxes. Whew, was I sweating, it was hot! I had to do my yard work in small sessions and then take a break for some refreshing iced tea...repeatedly.
After months and months of freezing our behinds off and bundling up under sweaters and coats and blankets, we’re rewarded with sunshine & warmer temps of spring and summer & walking barefoot. How quickly we forget that only a few weeks ago, we were anxiously awaiting the arrival of warmer weather. “Ok,” said Mother Nature, “here ya go!” And how do we thank her? We complain it’s too hot.
Why is it that as humans we’re never happy? Why are we always looking for something better and don’t live in the moment? It’s too cold, too hot, too rainy, too dry, too fast, too slow, too loud, too...whatever.
I’m going to make a real effort to change my mindset...join me! We need to learn to appreciate what we have and be grateful. This summer, I’m going to be grateful that I’m sweating buckets (ok, I’ll try) because I’ve waited a long time for this. But then I’m also going to be grateful that I have iced tea in the fridge & a cool shower. And I can go to the pool, or just spray cold water from the hose right over my head when I get too hot. And I’m going to appreciate feeling the soft grass under my bare feet & enjoy splashing in the water at the lake or the ocean.
Let’s appreciate what we have and enjoy the moment. Because before you know it, it’s going to be winter again (then we can talk about appreciating cozy sweaters & warm fires & hot chocolate).
Carpe diem! How are you going to seize the day?
Meanwhile, here at MaplewoodRoad, if you missed anything this past week, I listed the 7 Easy, Great-Tasting Veggies to Grow in Your Garden this Summer (the taste of a fresh tomato right off the vine...now there’s something to be grateful for!). And then Erich rewarded us with a recipe for his amazing One-Pan Pasta Made from the Essential Pantry (I’m grateful we don’t have to run to the supermarket!). Erich also taught us how we can hear The Incredible Diversity of Bird Songs, by appreciating the variety of bird songs all around us! And finally, check out my two recipes for Creamy, Refreshing Dip, So You’ll Be Ready for a Party in 5 Minutes!
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