Specifically, I'm talking about Lack of Lake Appreciation, but there are a lot of things that don't get appreciated enough.
I used this 5 year old photo for my Smile & Laugh Blog photo, on Sunday. The swan image made me smile and relax. Seeing the photo reminded me that we have a lake behind our house... and we don't make use! The bushes have grown to make it less noticeable, but it is still just steps away. Why do I not make use of the beautiful things around me?
The weather was beautiful on Sunday night. Don and I sat on the patio where we were somewhat enclosed by plant growth. I reminded him about the swan photo and how we used to make use of the lake. When the kids were younger, we fished and even lugged out the canoe. As we chatted about lake memories, the sun lowered. We walked out of the yard and watched the stunning colors in the clouds and water. Don said, "We should just bring our chairs out here tomorrow evening."
The weather was lovely again. Don graciously dragged 2 patio chairs through our back gate and placed them by the lake. I had to laugh. People just don't do that around here. We brought drinks in thermal mugs. The atmosphere made my bubbly water taste like champagne.
There were fewer clouds so less sunset drama, but it felt peaceful and heavenly. It was a reminder to pause and think about what other things surround me daily, that I forget to appreciate. Is there a different place in the house where I could sit and read? Are there fun dishes I should pull out and use? Is there a forgotten instrument, game, or even a photo album that deserves some attention?
Maybe I should grab a lawn chair and drag some of those things to the front yard next time! That would amuse my neighbors at the very least.
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast cancer and then I was done.
On March 13, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. Only this time, it was affecting more than me. I ranted for a year, until I got my vaccine in March 2021.
Coronary Artery Disease was the reason I restarted this blog on September 26, 2021. This time it was Don who was dealing with a worry that started with the letter "C".
Coronavirus and Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease! All are evil, but none can totally get me down... if I vent! I usually end up feeling a little more positive at the end of each post!