Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hammock Full of Happy

I read a while back about doctors who were prescribing nature walks to their patients instead of medication. Fresh air, exercise, and a chance to enjoy the outdoors, sans electronics, was said to be restorative and healing. "Are doctors just now figuring this out?", I thought? It seems so obvious, yet I sometimes overlook how peaceful my garden can be when I focus solely on what I think needs to be done.

I came home from work early on Monday with a raging stomach ache. A nasty virus? Maybe. Stress? Probably. A combination of the two? Definitely. I felt slightly rotten when I woke up but calling for a sub at the last minute is rarely a good idea and often results in disaster. By noon, I was headed home and my students were in the able hands of another teacher. Comforted by five dogs, concerned I might be too sick to pet them, I crawled into bed and passed out. When I woke later, I mulled my options: grade papers, grade more papers, or head out towards the garden. Options one and two just induced more nausea so, in my pajamas at 3 in the afternoon, I headed for my hammock. I wouldn't work, putter, or redesign. I would just do nothing. Joined by my daughter and a couple of dogs, I slept a bit, listened to the birds jostling for seed at the feeders, and watched the sky through a canopy of cherry leaves. I didn't need medication, just a hammock full of happy.

19 comments:

  1. The hammock is the best cure. Be well.

    Your Mardi Gras abelia is so . . . . um, variegated! It's a beautiful shot, but I am still trying to figure out what I think about it. I'm just not sure, although it has stunning detail. Is there a long shot to show how it works in the garden with other things around it?

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  2. That was a good remedy.I need some shade trees for a hammock.I am sure it is very relaxing. Hope you are better. :)

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  3. Your afternoon in the hammock sounds delightful. I hope you feel better soon.

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  4. Definitely the best prescription! I hope you are feeling better!

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  5. What a perfect way to convalesce! I can think of no better spot to heal! Get well soon!

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  6. Can't imagine a nicer way to spend an afternoon. I'll bet you felt ten times better after your rest outdoors.

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  7. Thanks for the good wishes! I woke up Tuesday feeling great! :o)

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  8. What a lovely post, our hammock is packed away somewhere and we can't find it, I really missed it this year.

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  9. I agree with Tufa Girl. Nothing works better! I would have made the same choice--in fact, I have many times. Hope you're on the mend now!

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  10. Do cudownie, że takie lekarstwo jak hamak pomogło :-). Pozdrawiam

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  11. The Abelia is lovely. I've thought about one here but I understand they want more acid soil and they I just barely make the hardiness zone.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  12. A hammock full of happy? LOL! I'm sure you are good at laughing your ills and troubles away.

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  13. I would love to have a hammock. Sometimes we just need to slow down and relax, take time to smell the flowers, bask in the beauty surrounding us. And of course, laughter is the best medicine! Have a great weekend!

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  14. LOVE the alliteration there, my dear. Hammock full of happy sounds so.....happy! Glad to read that you're feeling better. I don't have a real 'sitting' spot in my garden. I need to work on that. Not sure where I'd put a hammock, but I'll have to look into it, after that post. :)

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  15. 1. I do hope you are feeling better!
    2. What a lovely hammock...I wish I could come and steal it. :) j/k
    3. Glad you were able to have a restful afternoon in the garden! It sounds delightful...minus the whole nausea bit.

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  16. Jennifer@threedogsinagarden
    The outdoors can be so restorative. I always feel stresses and worries melt away to nothing when I am in the garden. Hope you feel better soon. That hammock looks very comfy!

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  17. Oh I hope you're feeling better! I think we could all use a hammock full of happy :)

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  18. Garden and family is the best medicine.

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