Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a great day. Our weather here in the Midwest is completely schizophrenic. It was windy and warm the other day until evening, then I saw flurries. Now tomorrow it’s supposed to be freezing cold again, but expected to be warm again in a couple days.
And so it is that we’re in this holding pattern of “maybe-it’s-Spring” and “Winter-isn’t-over-yet”.
When I lived down south, it was definitely becoming Spring this time of year. In fact, we would have our Church picnic outside on the grounds on Easter Sunday (or around that time). There was SO MUCH FOOD! There wasn’t just one buffet table; there were several. And people were sprawled on blankets and dressed in their new clothes.
Not so much here. Sometimes in June, we start thinking, “I think it might be Spring!” Not kidding. Ah, oh well, right?
So, some things that I’m looking forward to:
Number 1: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!!! I got the tickets today. I am so excited. I will probably cry when it starts. BATB has been my favorite since the cartoon version came out in 1991. I always hoped they would make a live action one. I think the CGI is really well done, from the trailers I’ve seen and the Beast is just amazing. I love that Belle is intelligent and she’s not afraid to exert that intelligence. No one tells her what to think, what to feel. There are a lot of times when she probably “talks out of turn”, but GOOD FOR HER!! And she’s a bookworm! I just love her admiration of books and stories. Easily one of the best written characters in Disney lore. I am not impressed, however, with the media saying that it is a “feminist fairytale”. Why does everything have to be political?! Can it not?
Number 2: Physical Therapy release! So, I am out of shape. I gained some weight as I aged. Unfortunately, when I started to exercise, I had a problem. I wasn’t able to walk very far before my hip joint started to hurt. It would hurt my lower back and into the groin/joint. When I went on a shopping trip with my daughter in December, I really was in agony. So, I’ve been seeing an amazing PT since then. But, I think she will likely release me next week as I am almost pain free! The pain that I still have is “I’m-still-out-of-shape” pain. Lol.
**Side note: If you have chronic pain and/or you “can’t” do things like you used to – no matter how young or old you are – do yourself a favor and look into Physical Therapy. This is not the first time I have used PT for something that wasn’t right and they have helped it be right again. I think a lot of people think that Physical Therapy is just for people who have had an accident or a surgery. However, PT’s can help no matter what the reason. I also think that people believe that pain is a normal part of aging. Some people just accept that they have pain. That isn’t necessarily true. It never hurts to look into PT!
Perhaps I will interview my doc on exactly that point at a later date….
Now, I don’t usually watch a lot of TV. But, surprisingly – the next 3 –
Number 3: The new ABC show Time after Time. I watched the pilot last night. HG Wells and Jack the Ripper are friends. Jack (known as “John”) is about to be caught when he uses the Time Machine and travels to New York City in the present day. George (HG) follows him and now they are racing against “time” to find and stop John before he kills again. The problem is, they can never catch him or the show would be over. Maybe they can catch him at the end of the season and then next season will offer a new “time” problem. This will be a shame, though; because as much as you don’t want to like a killer, he’s totally hot and self-aware – even 130 years in the future! I am interested to see where this show goes. Oh, and to be honest, George isn’t hard to look at either! Teehee 🙂
Number 4: Dancing with the Stars. Ok, I have long said that this show seems to have a formula. Creepy old man; Older, overweight, desperate woman; young female athlete; disabled person; football players; and then the actual contenders. Still, I’m a sucker for the show. I usually start watching late enough so I can fast forward over the horrible ones. But when it’s good. It’s really good!
Number 5: Once Upon A Time: I’ll be honest. I didn’t love last season. Didn’t hate it, just didn’t love it. This last Sunday the show returned and I’m excited. Although, can we please NEVER see “aged” Hook again?! Lmao J Also, speaking of Hook…if modern medicine can attach a donor hand; can’t the magic world come up with something? Just saying. The new season looks like it might be really interesting. I love the idea of friends’ children being at war. Will this tear them all apart? How could it not? Maybe everyone will be “good” in the end? Meh, what fun would that be?!
Number 6: 2 Proms! My son and his girlfriend go to different schools. Hence, 2 proms. Omg, adorable overload! Pics to follow.
And, last – the thing that I really think about a lot –
Number 7: Thunder and Lightning. If you live someplace where there is never a long period of snowy, cold, winter; you won’t get this. But if you have a for-real winter, you’ll understand. There is no sound more fascinating, more relaxing, than the sound of the first thunderstorm of the year. The thunder growls in the distance like a hunger pain needing to be satiated. And the lightning cracks across the sky like the hatching of new beginnings everywhere.
There is no smell like the electrified earth that calls you to think of new flowers, new grass, new buds on the trees.
Did you know that smell actually has a name? Petrichor. Yeah, I know! I’m weirdly excited about this! It is a combination of the chemical called geosmin and plant oils. Apparently the soil actually emits these things after a storm and causes the smell.
I think it’s a taste too; a taste that feels like perfectly cool water when you’re parched.
But, oh…..the one thing above all…..after the storm, if it’s at the right time; and if not, then maybe after the next storm……..but always after a night of clashing thunderbolts streaking the sky with their crooked lights…..it’s the morning when the birds have returned and as they wake with the peeking sun you begin to see it. To see them.
The tiny green buds begin to smudge their way across the previously-bare tree branches. There is a haze of dewy green across the hills and into the valleys. You begin to feel that change is about to happen. You can see that gentle green growing. And then…….
The next storm after that. And you wake to an explosion of green! The buds uncurl themselves into full leaves! Flowers have been poking through and now they greet the rising sun’s kisses with happy tones of red, yellow and green. And you look out across the world and you just can’t imagine that all this, and even the sky itself, was so grey not too long ago. And now, the grey is gone and color rejoices with you!
Yep, safe to say that I’m ready to see some color in my life. To get rid of the grey.
I hope all of you embrace all the color of life today!