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Sunday check-in and firebugs

Sunday, June 30, 2013

I have been genuinely happy about my life this week.
Enjoyed my work, my workouts, my food, my time with family, my leisure time alone.
I'm so grateful to have a strong, healthy body, a loving family, a beautiful home and an interesting job to support my family.

On 6 days of the week I didn't have the nasty empty/cold/tired/alone feeling that drives me to overeating in the evening.
On Monday my clothes were not warm enough for the temperature that dropped from the 90s to the 60s, so I came home feeling very cold, plus there was nobody alone except hubby sleeping after working overnight - that set me up for a moderate binge.
But I didn't beat myself up, I just regretted the fact that I missed the rare opportunity to handle my negative emotions in a skillful way, so could not try the method I learned from Awakening Joy book.

Last night hubby and I drove to an arboretum about 30 miles away. At this time of year (last week of June) firebugs are swarming in the twilight, so they give guided tours starting at 9 p.m.
We met friends there, and their 10-year old daughter chose to walk with me. Soon we saw the first few firebugs, and we were screaming with delight.
There were not many of them, nothing like big swarms, but 5-10 firebugs at a time, flying gracefully among the trees and bushes, all along the walking path, sometimes above our heads and in front of us.
The tiny, bright greenish-white dots moved at a speed similar to a brisk walking pace, and made an impression of small fairies walking or flying around on the dark, with only their lamps visible. It was easy to imagine how firebug swarming can inspire fairy tales!
This was the first time I saw them ever in my life and I'm glad we went to see them.
We could hardly see anything from the arboretum itself in the dark, but today I checked out their website, and it is gorgeous. I will go back at daylight to walk there and see the beautiful garden. Here is a link to their pictures:
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    724 days ago
    What a lovely day! I remember being so enthralled with firebugs as a child. We even had them in Brooklyn which surprises me now. We called them "lightning bugs"
    1756 days ago
    What a wonderful experience! I would love to see the firebugs. The website you listed has gorgeous pictures. Definitely worth a daytime visit. :D
    1757 days ago
    That sounds so nice! I am going to have to check the arboretum out here - they have butterflies.
    1758 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Firebugs are magical. I never saw them until we lived in the countryside of Quebec. There was a clearing just a 2 minute walk from our house where the conditions were just perfect for them. There would be thousands flitting around and yes, I couldn't help but imagine that they were fairies.
    1758 days ago
    What wildly vacillating temperatures, Kriszta! It's been the same way over here...and yet there are people who actually believe global warming isn't taking place...

    That aside, I'm glad you all got to enjoy the arboretum...and the little fireflies! What a delight for the eyes and senses! Have a great week ahead ... emoticon
    1758 days ago
    Great! Sounds like a good week. emoticon
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