Friday, February 22, 2013

The magic of sunshine!

Hands up everybody who's ready for spring.

Me too!  So, when the sunshine came out yesterday afternoon, I opened my blinds at work and let it warm my back.  When I got home at 5, it was still shining; and I had to stand in the driveway for several minutes just to drink it in.  

We all know that sunshine is necessary for optimum health.  But in the midst of snowstorms (3 in the past 2 weeks) and rainy days (4 in the last 2 weeks), even those few hours of indirect sunshine  had a magical affect on me.  I could feel the stress sliding off; I could feel endorphins and serotonin being produced; I could feel my hormones balancing themselves and all the stars and planets beginning to align.

  • It made me want to take a 30 min walk --- but it was freezing and I was hungry.  
  • It made me want to eat spa foods -- so the girls and I made a huge salad with my favorite blend of lettuces (or is more than one lettuce "lettuci"??)  and ate broccoli quiche with iced Jasmine green tea. Yum yum!  
  • It made me want to stand on my back deck and shout "Thank You, God, for this tangible sign of life and hope!" -- but I said it silently. 
" Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun."  Ecclesiastes 11:7

Later that evening with the promise of spring in my veins, I treated myself to a spa evening.  I soaked up to my neck in an epsom salts/eucalyptus oil bath; then I exfoliated every inch of my body that I could reach (thereby ensuring that nothing negative could possibly stick to this ole' smoothie!).  Why I even painted my fingers and toes!  

I get a little excited about sunshine and the arrival of spring! 

Only 25 days!

Happy Friday everyone.


Cranberry Morning said...

I think we should stand on the deck and shout it out. Thank God for spring! In NW Wisconsin, it arrives about a month later than what the calendar says, unfortunately, but still something to look forward to on this very snowy day! :-)

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

My hand is up! I do love sunshine. I'm way out of balance right now due to the lack of it. I'm longing to bask in the sunshine! Hope you have a fantastic Friday!

Pamela Gordon said...

Oh yes! I love the sunshine and the longer days right now too. I was shoveling off the back deck on Tuesday and the sun was so nice. It even melted the layer of ice that I couldn't get off. It feels wonderful. Now, if we'd just stop having these big blizzards every weekend!! At least it's only calling for flurries here this Sunday after 3 Sunday blizzards in a row. Are you in line for this next storm? Pamela

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I don't think I have seen sunshine in weeks. If the sun came out, I must have missed that moment. It is just grey, grey, grey. However, there is hope; spring is less than a month away.

Marguerite said...

That sunshine does wonders for our mental health doesn't it? :) I'm loving the extra bit of light at the end of each day.