I got off work early enough on Saturday to take a walk at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Not too surprisingly, the gardens were fairly empty. The temperatures have dropped considerably and the wind had a bite to it.
I hadn’t intended to wear my winter coat to walk, but did so as I’d left my lighter fleece coat at the office from my lunchtime walks.
I was glad for the coat; shortly after I started walking, the clouds rolled in and the temperature dropped more as the wind got stronger.
The leaves have been gone for a while; the pitcher plants have died back.
But there was still beauty to be found.
It was rather bleak though and I found my mood matching it.
Which made no sense. Work had gone well. We’re over the worst of it. My co-workers continue to be a strong team. We care for each other and encourage each other to hang in there.
But I was tired and needing a nap.
I couldn’t resist looking at everything though, even if I didn’t know what it was.
It was nice being in the fresh air.
It was nice paying attention to look for beauty, even in winter.
I saw things I hadn’t seen before.
There was still a lot of green, from the pines to the ivy to the red berries.
As tired as I was, I went into the greenhouse to see what was there. It was warm and there was no wind.
The Christmas tree was still up, but the flowers made me think of Valentine’s Day.
Then I came home, kissed my husband, cuddled some dogs, and took a nap.
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