Go For A Walk

walk-1

Outside jobs have some wonderful mental health benefits. While I do spend about half my time in my office, the hours spent in the great outdoors are my favorite, and I go to water every opportunity I get. There’s a pond behind the store that is one of my favorite views and daily destinations. The pond is man-made, and serves as a water source for the plants on site, but it also provides a home for a wide variety of birds. I have spotted great blue herons, Canada geese, cormorants and several varieties of ducks. Mr. Feathers takes daily strolls along the edge of the pond.

mr-feathers

On beautiful days like today, 60 degrees in January, we throw open the barn door and everyone who enters the store gets a water view. Fresh air and sunshine for all!

pond-view

I’ve always been drawn to water, sometimes urgently. When I feel the need to escape, I head to the beach. I know I’m not unique in this. Having a body of water at work is such a luxury!

We need to reconnect to the four basic elements – earth, air, fire and water – as often as possible. So go take a walk! It’s a beautiful day.

Advertisements

Mr. Feathers’ New Lakeside Condo

As November began, we noticed Mr. Feathers was getting bolder about coming inside the store. He would choose a sunny spot just near the door, and lay down. He was spending most of his day hanging out with his pal, our store manager, Judson. Not close enough to touch, still just out of reach, but closer than usual. Peacock 3We had known the day would come when he would need a house. We tossed around several ideas,  but Daniel came up with the simplest – a pad made of pallets and scrap lumber. So he got to work on the two story peacock condo. Using pallets, 2x4s, scrap T111 siding, and a plastic corrugated roof, he built a warm, dry home with a second story loft for the king of birds. When it was finished, he moved it with a forklift to the edge of the lake, warmed by the sun. We placed food nearby and waited. Two mornings later, we saw the straw bedding was matted down and sprinkled with peacock feathers. Mr. Feathers is now the proud owner of lakeside property! Lucky bird.

mister-feathers