Archive for February, 2017
We had a spring-like stretch of warm weather that was lovely! I was out hiking in the woods and hanging out in my hammock chair stand on my patio. It spoils you and makes it hard for winter return and I also pray that the farmer’s crops don’t suffer from it. However, I decided to just be thankful for it and enjoy every minute I could, and that is exactly what I did!
Well I have diagnosed myself with a classic case of “spring fever”! My symptoms are a fever to be outside, inability to pay attention for longer than a few minutes, before I have to look out the window, accompanied with thoughts of nice warm and sunny weather, and constant flashes of images of spring.
This “illness” is making it hard to stay indoors to get my work done! I suppose the best medicine is an actual dose of warm sunshine, while swinging in my hammock chair!
So, I am looking at it as a preview of what is to come…hopefully soon! I am trying to enjoy every minute. My arc hammock stand was still sitting out in my back yard, all lonely, without a hammock. So, I went in the garage and dug one out to lay in for a while. It was awesome!
I enjoyed my walk in the woods yesterday, so much, that I had to repeat it again today! I tried a different trail that I could see through the bare tress yesterday. This one brought me out right at the lake…as the sun was setting!
It was absolutely gorgeous! I was , once again today, reminded that I would have missed this had I stayed in. Sometimes we just need to lace up the hiking shoes and get outside, even if it’s colder than we like. I rewarded myself this evening with some restful reading in my cacoon hanging chair in the den!
I needed to get out in nature and enjoy the warmer weather we have been blessed with today. I walked on a trail through the woods that I have been on before, but in the summer. It was interesting to see where I actually was, in relation to the lake, with all the bare trees.
I caught the sun going down through the trees and it reminded of nature’s beauty. I would have missed that beauty had I decided to stay inside in my Byer of Maine hammock chair and be lazy! I am so happy with myself for getting out and getting some fresh air!
I don’t even necessarily like football, I don’t completely understand it, and I had to look up who was even playing! But I am excited about the Superbowl tonight! I have a handful of fun appetizers prepared and am looking forward to seeing Lady Gaga perform the half time performance!
I know it will be spectacular, as is everything she does..what a lot of talent she has! I will have the TV on the whole time, for the commercials, of course. But while the game is on, I will be snacking and reading, in my hammock chair stand!
I found some healthy Superbowl snack recipes on the internet today. I will definitely be trying this one tomorrow! It is a lower fat version of guacamole, made with broccoli, instead of avocados. I realize that avocados have a lot of good, healthy fat, but I want to try something new.
3 cups chopped broccoli
1 jalapeno, chopped, seeds removed
2 tbs green onions
1 tsp olive oil
2 ounces fat free cream cheese (or silken tofu, goat cheese, sour cream, cashew cream, something creamy)
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 tbs cilantro
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Cook the broccoli in lightly salted water until very soft. Overcook the broccoli in comparison to the al dente cooking that most recipes recommend.
Drain broccoli very well.
Transfer to a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth, add additional olive oil for a smoother texture.