First I started cutting back on the amount of sugar and fat in my diet (gotta lose 50 pounds this year!). Then I started blogging less (that was the hardest part!) and going to bed at 11:00 p.m. instead of 3:00 a.m. so I could get up earlier and have time to go walking again--like I did six years ago when I was healthier.
Yesterday was rainy and windy, but I walked anyway! (We Pacific Northwesterners can't let a little rain stop us! If we did, we'd get nothing done!) However, this morning we had sunshine, glorious sunshine (!) and I grabbed my camera as I headed out on my walk...
Even though they aren't visible in this picture, the leaf buds on the trees and underbrush are pregnant with anticipation. With just a few more sunny days like today, they will soon be sporting their new, spring green outfits!
It's not hard to guess which side of the tree faces north in this picture!
This is an Oregon-grape bush which is native to the Pacific Northwest. Pretty soon that little cluster of buds barely visible in the middle of the picture will grow into a showy mass of yellow, round-shaped flowers. Then by late summer they will turn to dusty-blue berries. The berries are edible, but are very tart with large seeds, so no one eats them except the birds. However, the roots contain berberine which is used for medicinal purposes (anti-inflammatory/anti-bacterial).
Back home I noticed my crocuses were happily soaking up the sunshine. I could identify. I had walked for an hour in the sun's warmth and had loved every minute of it. (Hmmm, I see the weeds are getting a head start on me. Well, they'll just have to wait, because April 15th is coming and the tax man gets my attention first!)
Feeling healthier already!
Thanks to Bz over at The Mosquitoes Buzz, I learned how to add pictures so they will enlarge when you click on them. You can see so much more detail when they're full size.