Water

Today I started planning my annual sabbatical trip to Door County.  Up there is where my heart is.  Or perhaps my soul.  I can sit on the rock beach by the cottage for hours and watch the occasional boat wander by, listen to the seagulls play and swoop down into the water.  I can read a book to the sound of the waves.  Sometimes those waves are gently lapping up against the rocks in a simple splash.  Other days it is more like roar when the wind has whipped up the bay and made her angry.  Both sounds soothe me.

 

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Some days I take a picnic and a notepad and go in search of a new place to sit and look out at the water.  I might find myself down by the water in Sturgeon Bay watching all the boats go in and out.  Or there is a small park with a boat launch on the north side of the bay directly across from Sherwin Point Lighthouse.  The cottage that I stay in is only a short walk from that lighthouse.  I find that driving over to the other side of the bay and looking back towards the lighthouse allows me a new perspective for the day.

 

There is a different feeling when near a large body of water .  When I am stressed I naturally find my way towards Lake Michigan.  Even in the dead of winter.  The water has almost this ominous feel to it.  The color is darker and is usually churning large chunks of ice.  Sometimes you can see ice circles which is very cool. 

 

The air is different.  There are more negative ions in the air surrounding a large body of water (or waterfall or mountain).  And these negative ions can have a huge impact on our well being. According to WebMD, once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.  They boost oxygen to the brain. I dont know about you but I need that pretty much on a daily basis!  It’s no wonder that I feel so much better when I am at the cottage – it’s my own version of therapy.

 

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Our Favorite Thanksgiving Memories and Traditions

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Here at Cultivating Trio, we are celebrating Thanksgiving all week long. Today we remember our favorite memories and traditions. We hope that this will get thinking about your favorite traditions.  Over the next few days each of us will talk about what we are thankful for this year. We find it so uplifting to list all the things we love and are grateful.

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Five Minute Friday: Tree

It’s time to join the writing party with LisaJo Baker and her amazing group of writers.  Each week on Friday she gives us a word to write on.  We write for five minutes, no editing and from the heart.  Just let the fingers fly across the keyboard and see what spills out.  Here we go!

Today’s prompt: Tree

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My daddy, he’s grounded like the oak tree
My momma, she is steady as the sun
Oh you know I love my folks
But I keep starin’ down the road
Just lookin’ for my one chance to run

~ Sara Evans “Born to Fly”

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Five Minute Friday: Grace

It’s time to join the writing party with LisaJo Baker and her amazing group of writers.  Each week on Friday she gives us a word to write on.  We write for five minutes, no editing and from the heart.  Just let the fingers fly across the keyboard and see what spills out.  Here we go!

Today’s prompt: GRACE

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Top 9 ways to find time to read

Leaning Tower of Books

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The pile of books on my nightstand is overwhelming and threatening to topple over as the pile keeps growing and growing .  In fact, books are starting to take over several areas of my home.  Not only is there a pile on my nightstand there is a pile in the guest bedroom, one in the living room and one in the dining room.  I keep adding to the pile but lately I have not finished a single book.  I’m drowning in all these amazing books that I truly want to read (this obviously doesn’t even take into account the online reading that is accumulating as well!)  So I need to Continue reading