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Finding Your Joy



My favorite "non exercise" is gardening, an activity I really enjoy, even the weeding part. It makes for a full body exercise, and the sight of a newly mulched bed, or weeded path is so rewarding. It DOES inevitably make me sore, but that is what rest and yoga are for.

I no longer can kneel for more than a couple of seconds, so that means I embody the old yard decorations of the old lady's back end, but my yoga means I also can completely touch the ground without more than a slight bend in my knees (no locking of the knee joints).

Smell the air, hear the birds sing, and feel the sun warming your body. Then sit in the shade and enjoy the view.

This is my new herb bed, created just last fall. I'm finally getting it planted with mostly herbs and some native plants. The shrubs and the Japanese maple were established last fall. There will be a bench (waiting to be painted) in front of the right-hand blue pot. My husband and I just finished mulching it, meaning he hauled the bags and cut them open, and I spread out the mulch. The first nine bags I hauled and spread by myself. Think about it.... muscles in legs AND arms, bending, standing up again, walking from one place to another just when you need the stretch. We still have two paw paw trees to plant in our woods, four other native plants to find a place for, and about 10 to 12 annuals to just add instant color.

Gardening brings me joy. It's not for everyone, because that's "not their thing," but we can all find things that we love to do that have purpose and result in something getting done.

Because I was tired, I didn't take our border collie to the park today, so she's a little full of too MUCH energy, but that's another activity that I love to do, and it makes me happy to spend that time with her, watching her nose twitch as she surveys the park and runs from one cool scent to the next.

I'm 75, and feel good that I can still do this kind of activity.

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  • Love it emoticon - by WNCGIRL
  • I'll enjoy gardening. Spring cleaning, mulching, trimming is the most grueling. We have have two and a quarter acres so doing some everyday takes about 2 weeks. So rewarding when done. Most all the plants are now prennials with annual pots here and there. My problem is that it can't pass a nursery without seeing something begging me to take it home. Beautiful new bed you have been working on! - by ROSALIE28
  • CD22480186
    That is also one of my favorite things to do. When doing my spring clean up I worked for 2 days straight in the yard and I was so sore I couldn't do anything for 3 or 4 days. Happy Gardening! - by CD22480186

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