We had our first Spring-like day in Birmingham yesterday, and we made the most of it, cleaning up the effects of winter from the yard and decks. It felt so good to have my hands in the soil again- even if it was just pulling weeds and not planting flowers and herbs yet. That’s okay – winter is beginning to release its grip, and Spring is in sight. My heart is happy at the thought.
My favorite part of the day (other than the amazing dinner that Dan grilled for us) was playing with the dogs. They seemed to feel Spring coming, too, and even at eight (Cooper) and nine (Sophie) years of age, they still love to play with their red tug ball. Sophie doesn’t quite get it sometimes, but Coops brings one of us the ball throughout the entire day wanting us to tug and then throw, over and over…no matter what we are doing. When we don’t jump in and play right away, she chews dejectedly for a while and – invariably- drops the ball over one of the decks. I captured it yesterday, and it made me smile…
I am so grateful for our animals and the joy they bring us every day. And maybe I need to learn a lesson from them, too- we need to make more time for play.
Oooh, and the chocolate-covered strawberries that Dan made weren’t too shabby, either.