It’s May 31 and summer is just around the corner. Spring is such a wonderful time of year when one has suffered through a long and cold winter. There’s nothing like stepping outside and not feeling cold. Or even feeling warm!
I just have to write about some of the simple pleasures of spring and how happy they make me.
Let’s start with asparagus. Wisconsin-grown asparagus is here! For two weeks now, I’ve bought a big, green bunch at the local co-op during my Saturday grocery adventure. It feels so luxurious. At dinner time, I cut the spears into pieces, toss them into simmering water for a few minutes, rinse and dry, saute the partially-cooked asparagus with fresh mushrooms, and finish off with a splash of lemon juice. It’s so simple and it’s sooooo good.
I finally had a chance to bike to work last week. I got an early start (around 7 AM) to beat most of the traffic. My route takes me through a wooded area filled with flowers that smell like home. I bike slowly through this section and draw in the scents. What a wonderful way to start the day! And on the ride back from work, I’m able to decompress in a way that is not possible when driving. Knowing that I’m saving on fuel is icing.
This weekend, I’ve been out on the bike every day. Thanks to a colleague, I discovered a bike trail that is only 15 minutes from our apartment. I rode it west to the end this morning. It took 90 minutes back and forth. A perfect ride. Yesterday, my husband and I had fun getting a little lost on the way back from our ride. We learned that we should bring my phone (which has Google Maps) and some cash next time we venture out on an unknown path. We were thirsty by the time we got back home!
I don’t know about you, but I feel like I could bike forever. It’s so fun it doesn’t even seem like exercise. Way better than running. I’m not saying I’m going to stop running, but biking is such a great alternative, especially when you combine commuting with exercise. It’s a win-win-win. And it makes me happy.
Spring means sitting outside on the patio in the gentle-warm morning reading a good book and nibbling on a blackberry muffin from the co-op. It means leisurely walks after dinner and the color of sun on people’s faces and arms. It means planning summer trips and “staycations.” At our house, it also means that daddy comes home (he’s a professor in a neighboring state)!
Spring is the beginning of new things.
My beginning this spring is golf. I take my first lesson on Saturday. I’m nervous and excited at the same time. I made some minimalist golf purchases this weekend (shoes, hat, capris, and a couple of shirts). The driver is that I don’t want to have to say no to another golf tournament fundraiser. I just want to know enough to go out there and have fun (and not completely embarrass myself). I’m looking forward to practicing the focus that is required for a successful game. I believe it will come in handy in other areas of my life.
What’s new for you this spring? How does spring make you happy? I want to hear from you!