Response to “Nature Chills Challenge”

lilydragonfly on lilypadsun hatPosting this response to A Momma’s View Challenge “Nature Chills”

 

My whole life, I have hungered for the outdoors. It has always calmed and fulfilled me.  My earliest memories were of Mother telling me I couldn’t go out till the dew dried.  Many, many times, she caught me outdoors barefoot with a muddy-tailed nightgown before breakfast.  Inclement weather was no impediment.  We simply played in the barn, slipping out the instant the downpour was over.  More likely than not, we’d end up wet anyway then stay out till our clothes dried enough it wasn’t immediately obvious.  So much of the time I worked as a nurse, I’d go to work before daylight and come home long after dark, working on a windowless unit that shut out all hope of a glimmer of sunshine.  One of life’s greatest blessings is that after retirement, I am free again.  My husband and I camp a great deal, seeing a lot of the beach and the mountains.  While he fly fishes, I spend my time walking with Buzzy, dabbling in the water, or just being.  I can’t claim to be a fly fisher person, but I never met a fly fisherman I didn’t like.  I usually cook outdoors in my Dutch Ovens over an open fire.  My posts have come to you from the hills and riversides of Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and from the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico.  Next summer we plan to spend time with friends in Canada and the Northwest.  I am grateful to be “Chilling” at this time in my life.

This picture was from one of life’s finest moments.  Someone called to see if I could come in and work a shift for them a few days after I retired.  Sent the picture with the explanation,  “Sorry.  I’m busy!”

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25 thoughts on “Response to “Nature Chills Challenge”

  1. Love the responses (I’m busy and I still have a piece of bread) and relaxing retirement photos of you. Your writing brought me back to kidhood winters in Maine. I loved the outdoors in all seasons and I’m sure I had muddy boots in the spring thaw! Christine

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  2. I LOVE the outdoors too. After all, I spent 35 years teaching people to recreate outdoors when possible. I love camping and your photo makes me yearn for spring when we can move our trailer to our windsurf campground. We may take a trip to Yosemite too! I love how you told your former employer you were busy. I dare them to call me cuz that’s what I will do! Great post and enjoy all your leisure time!!

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    • Thanks another guy I knew had a good response. His old boss called and wanted him to come in. He replied. “Wait just a second.” He came back in just a minute and said, “I don’t think so. I still have a piece of bread.”

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