I felt it in the air when I was able to open the windows for the first time since before Winter.
Despite all the recent nasty weather, all my beautiful flowers are coming up quite nicely in my gardens. New mulch ready to be spread in preparation for new plantings.
The doldrums of being indoors for months is lifting; I feel that familiar stir inside of renewal.
I can again hang my wind chimes, which play there magical tunes all during the warm weather months.
The lovely wicker chairs on my front porch are ready for a sprucing up, newly laundered cushions placed on the seats, waiting for many evening chats that take place there, with candles lit, and mugs of coffee or cool drinks in hand.
Soon, there will be the scent of newly cut grass in the air.
This year, I have two beautiful dogs to walk; with trips to our favorite park for picnics and long walks by the water, and the geese & ducks being scattered by the excited curiosity of the rambunctious pups.
Probably my favorite season of all.
This year, we have much to be joyful about; it is also a renewal of our life together.
Last year, we really had no time to pay attention to the beauty of the season.
We will also be heading down to the NC Coast, with a side trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains as a family. Leaving behind renovations & repairs, the constant reminder of every growing financial concerns. Just for a short time. But, long enough to catch our breath.
I realized all of this when I finally was able to leave the house for a bit, the sun was shining, and the air smelled so clean and fresh.
Today, life is good.