Yesterday for the first time in the year since I've joined, I wasn't inspired to take one single instagram photo. The world just felt too dark. Uninspiring.
But as much as winter is really tough on me, I am feeling good. This afternoon the painter will move out and we will move back in to our new white house, tomorrow the stove people are coming out to give us an intensive, I LOVE the look of my gang all rugged up in their hand knits, my farmer boy has more time for us as it is quieter on the farm, our home is warm and dry and cozy, I am loving the Little House on The Prairie books, I love knitting, we are having some pretty fun times at the moment my gang and I, my parents are visiting and there is only one week left until the holidays.
So yesterday I rugged up, grabbed Miss Indi straight from school and we walked the big block in the pouring rain. We were saturated. Our clothes stuck to us and there were puddles in our pockets. Her sneakers were filled with squelchy puddles. And our hair dripped down our faces.
But gosh it was fun. Exhilarating.
We linked arms as we walked and remembered the joy our summer selves felt when we had walked this same track a few months before. We spoke of our dreams and stuff that is going on at school. She had my undivided attention. We screamed and yelled and laughed out loud.
And on our return we felt high. Our legs were itchy with heat and circulation. We were freezing cold. But we stripped off, hung our dripping gear from oven rail and had hot showers.
I've decided to offer her fancy gumboots in the colour of her choice if she swears to come with me at least three times a week rain, hail, dark or shine.
I need it as much as I know she does.
I slept better last night than I have in ages.
I think love and exercise and a warm home are the secrets of a good, happy, healthy winter life.
And a walk on our treadmill is good but in the fresh air is better.
Today is just as cold, grey and bleak as yesterday. But today I feel like I know the secret. Today I am so looking forward to getting back out there with her. In-between downpours hopefully.
I wonder what colour boots she'll choose.
So how about you?
Are you a better person after a walk?
How do you cope best with the extreme heat/cold?
What colour gumboots/wellies do you have?
Do you have anything exciting planned for the weekend?
I wish you and your gang such happy days.