Okay, I at least know this one. :)Okay, I at least know this one. :)
This was my view for most of the afternoon.This was my view for most of the afternoon.
  • Okay, I at least know this one. :)
  • This was my view for most of the afternoon.

I am not very good at relaxing.

I’m not naturally one to chill out for half a second and appreciate what’s going on around me. I am too busy accomplishing good things to appreciate that I’ve accomplished good things. I’m too busy planning for the good things to come to appreciate the good things in the moment.

But I’m working on it.

A couple weekends ago the weather was perfect, the blossoms were blooming, and I spent some time lying out in the grass. It was amazing. I noticed all sorts of things I would never have given a second look to otherwise.

The photos are of things I found strewn here and there in our unkempt weedy lawn. I am not much of an expert in weeds – can anyone identify the plants?

Spring is bittersweet for me, because I have a hard time appreciating the beauty of the blossoms knowing they’ll all be gone soon. In the week or so since I took these photos, the petals have fallen, the weeds have been mowed. sigh. But on the other hand, it is a sign of new life and a vibrant growing season ahead.

Do you have an antidote to busyness?

3 Responses to “Slow down”

  1. angela
    13 April 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    I can totally relate! It seems like there’s so much to do in the Spring that you hardly have time to appreciate it. It’s a good reminder to pause and enjoy the benefits of all the work we put in. :) We have the little purple flowers covering our yard too – I thought they might be violas…? Definitely one of the prettiest “weeds!”

  2. fae
    14 April 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    the spiky purple/pink things are what my mom calls henbit – not sure if that’s an official name or not. The bigger purples are of course violets, and they’re quite edible – great for candy and jam making, for instance.
    I’m still trying to figure out what the tiny blue ones are, myself.

  3. CoMo Homestead
    14 April 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Ah, thanks, ladies! That’s very helpful.