Monday, May 28, 2012
Being outside in nature: yes, it's a measurably good thing!
I love walks in the woods, what the Japanese call 'forest bathing".
Swinging a golf club is as far as I'm concerned somewhat optional. Although excursions with a golf club work better if I stay out of the woods and stick to the fairway as much as possible.
Gardening as an Xtreme sport? I engaged in some of that yesterday. About three steady hours, hacking away. And I have the scratches and aching muscles to prove it!
Numerous overhanging branches sawn down (some too high up for me with assistance of DH) and hauled to the compost heap. I was staggering like an ant carrying a burden many times its size.
And I finally cleared out some flower beds and pruned out some old rose canes . . . clipped back spent tulip and hyacinth foliage, removed leaves . . . . weeded a bit too. Enjoying my iris now in bloom as I did that. Nothing else smells exactly like iris, and the shape of the petals is so elegant.
Also planted a few of the geraniums and other annuals I'd picked up at the nursery near the back door. But there's more to be done there, including my flower boxes for the verandah and high back deck. After work I'll try to pick up a new sprinkler head for my hose since the old one is cracked and showering mostly me.
If that article is right, all that exposure to nature means that my cognitive focus ought to be vastly improved today!! We'll see . . . I'm thinking that the distraction of the muscle soreness (hey, I thought I was in shape!!) may reduce any mental sharpness induced by that massive dose of Vitamin N!