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Just Pause and Notice

A view of the backyard along with the trees and sky

A view of the backyard along with the trees and sky

Beautiful, isn’t it?

I was in the middle of some things when I looked out the screen door to the backyard and saw this.  I stopped what I was doing and watched.

Other than a random bird who flew in, there was nothing else.  Just the trees and the sky.

I felt the calm, brisk spring breeze after I opened the door to the backyard.  A calm breeze that immediately indicated how different it felt outside compared to the indoors.

The blossoms on the tree to the left look great, don’t they?  That is the apple tree in my neighbor’s yard—an apple tree that suffered some damage from Superstorm Sandy and a nor’easter.  Most of its branches either blew off or collapsed under the weight of snow.  A few other splintered branches were later cut off by our neighbor.  They thought the tree was dead; the tree (figuratively) did a Dikembe Mutombo finger wag.

There is the bigger tree to the right of the picture that is in another neighbor’s yard.  I don’t know much about that tree.  I just know it’s consistently been there since I moved into this area and it’s a tree I see prominently from my bedroom window.  Its green leaves are proof the tree is healthy and I hope it stays for a while; it’d be a pity if the tree ever had to come down.

You can’t really see it in the foreground but there’s the green grass of our lawn and our small garden of flowers.  Right now there are more random plants but it’s better than seeing dead plants or barren, dry soil.  Occasionally, birds will fly around the lawn or land and take a walk around.  Squirrels like to visit once in a while.

Now look up.  Look at that blue sky!  I almost feel spoiled by the clear skies this weekend (and week).  I can’t recall a time in recent memory when the weather was this consistently pleasant and enjoyable.

It’s amazing how just the sight of nature can make me stop and take notice of it.  It brings a feeling of tranquility and it makes me forget about the more unpleasant aspects of life.  The time you spend worrying about things like whether you should buy that new wallet, or whether you should buy that fancy sun dress to impress that guy who may not be interested in you, or whether you need to purchase more birth control pills unfortunately cheats us out of being able to sit back and enjoy what nature has to offer.  Calm sights like the one pictured above actually make me happy because I’m able to enjoy a moment of brief peace while I feel the warmth from the sun and the breeze from the wind.  Nature’s fine in these circumstances—not so much during inclement weather.

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Pretty Much Everywhere, It’s Gonna Be Hot ~ People Reveal A Lot When It’s Hot

So it reached 97 degrees today in New York and tomorrow’s forecast will be about the same or worse.  People were going crazy over how hot it was.

Of course it would be hot.  It’s June.  In New York.  June is also when summer begins.  Should it surprise you that it’s hot?

If you’re going to moan about how hot it is, stop doing hot yoga in a velvet jacket while wearing Uggs and go to someplace like Australia, where it is winter and the temperatures are more comfortable.

But when the weather gets warm, you could say that is the time when the fashion trends in New York heat up.  Guys start wearing shorts, shirts with bright colors, and flashier sneakers while the girls bust out the flip flops, the sun dresses, the mini skirts, and other more revealing attire.

Some still like to wear their super tight jeans, weathered and worn-down leather boots purchased at the Salvation Army Thrift Store, and cardigans over a short-sleeved turtleneck in this weather—they just choose not to wear socks and they roll the cuffs on their pants up an additional two inches.  Enjoy your farmer tans and albino legs.

What’s interesting is that if you’re in New York (or any large city, I guess), you will learn a lot about people once summer comes around.  Whether they be friends or strangers, you will begin to notice things otherwise unseen.  I’ll make a list explaining it all!

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