Sometimes, even when sunny skies beckon, we still have to stay indoors. Sometimes it’s because there’s house or office work to be done. Other times, it’s because we’re sick. Such is the case with me this week with a diagnosis of pneumonia.
From behind glass, there’s still much to see of nature outside. Trees continue to change colour and some of the vines on the house have turned red and pink. They adorn the edges of the living room window. There’s no time like the present to appreciate them as the wind will soon blow them all away. In the summer months, they make drapes in the window unnecessary and bring nature’s colours up close.
Vines can also be seen from one of the second storey windows. Although their colours are still bright through the screen, they’re even prettier seen from the outdoors, as in the photo taken on the weekend.
Silhouettes of leaves can be seen trembling in the wind through the glass of the front door’s window as well. By the time witches and goblins show up at the door in a couple of weeks, they’ll be all gone.
I’ve been so accustomed to stepping outdoors several times a day. There is something about fresh air and sunshine that makes us feel better just by being outdoors.
So why do we tend to stay in when we’re sick? I wonder if perhaps we would recover more quickly outdoors. The challenge would be to not engage in too much tiring activity.
From the kitchen window I can see a large snowshoe hare that’s decided to come close. Its ears are perked and it’s sitting just below the window, posed perfectly still for a photograph. Sometimes, when you can’t go out into nature, nature knows, and comes to you.