March 30, 2006

Spring Nap

I had all kinds of plans for this morning. Papers to grade, an assessment report to write, emails to answer. I got up early, ate a good breakfast, and got dressed right away. I planned to get to work just as soon as my husband and the boys left.

But then sunshine came flooding into the house, transforming my living room into a luxurious den of light and warmth. When I opened the back door to let out one of the cats, the softness of the air lured me outside to inspect the gardens that have been buried under snow and ice. I put away the snow shovels, the plastic toboggans, and picked up the odd remnants that remain where the kids’ snow ramp was during the winter months. Soon I was wandering about picking up branches that had fallen over the winter. My lilac bushes have buds on them, a sure sign of spring.

Spring sunshine is too valuable to waste. Forgetting the stack of stuff in my office, I curled up on the back step to soak in the heat. What a gloriously warm day. I pulled off my sweatshirt to use as a pillow and then pulled my t-shirt off so that my belly could tan. (Now that snowboarding is over, I return to belly dancing classes.) How wonderful it felt to feel the sun on my bare skin. The spring birds were calling to each other in the woods behind my house. The tree frogs kept up their singing and trilling, especially from the area by the pond. Above my head, the wind chime sounded its lovely nautical music.

Napping in spring sunshine, I decided, might be a valuable way to spend my morning.

15 comments:

Pink Cupcake said...

Sounds like a perfect way to spend a morning...Simply beautiful.

Queen of West Procrastination said...

Napping in sunshine is always worth it.

Leslee said...

Oh I wish I could have napped in warm sunshine today!

Deb said...

Hey Jo(e), I know we live far away from each other, but it sounds like we had the same weather today. Glorious! And, like you, I said "screw it" to the work I needed to do and went outside with my daughter. I'll probably post pics later!

Jenevieve said...

I acted in a simialr fashion yesterday, though it was only about 45. The sun just felt too good to pass up!

Seeking Solace said...

I had one of those naps this afternoon. Very refreshing!!!

Tabitha Grimalkin said...

I did a very similar thing today!! Good for you! Good for us!

listmaker said...

Ah, it sounds wonderful.

Yankee T said...

It sounds luxurious.

zelda1 said...

I, too, spent the day absorbing the rays. But then, a thick cloud came over and the threat of rain pushed me back inside, but I still left all the windows and doors open. Even with the clouds, it was spring. I liked it.

Friday Mom said...

I sat on the porch, watching the sunrise while I drank my morning coffee today and listened to the birds. I love spring!

Mona Buonanotte said...

The lilies and crocus are poking their curious little heads out of their winter beds here in Michigan. Ah, at last!

Ex-Prom Queen, ABD said...

Good for you! I learned the art of napping in sunspots from my lovely lab. She moves about the house, following the sun as she goes. One afternoon, I abandoned my desk and its nagging piles, and went with her. It was perhaps the most enjoyable afternoon I've had in a while... We ended up sprawled on the kitchen floor, with all the windows open. (I am secretly relieved, though, I am not the only person that has found a sunspot and dozed off... I've never confessed to doing this.)

susan said...

One of my college friends used to say that there are few situations that can't be improved by either a nap or a good sandwich. A nap in the sun is a perfect thing.

suzanh said...

Mmmm... that sounds so lovely.

I've been watching my daffodils poke their heads up, and every day I get a little more excited that spring is here.