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Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 24

When I was in Wisconsin recently, visiting my mother, she told me about a time when she wasn’t feeling well. One of my brothers said, “Just go outside, Mom.” Great advice. She went outdoors and walked herself, in a wheelchair, up and down the driveway and she did indeed feel better.

I was thinking about this today when it was cloudy and cool outside…very autumnal weather. The clouds told me to stay indoors, but my husband, bless him, said, “Come out!” I put on a jacket and went outside.

We walked down to the lake and sat looking at the geese land on the water. I took a bucket of Milorganite and spread it around the Rhododendrons for a deer deterrent. I played with the dog and pulled a few weeds and yes, I felt better.

In these times when work, the internet and the season calls us indoors, we are well served to remember that going outside can always improve our outlook.

Just looking at the foliage colors makes me feel good. Is it the connections we feel with nature that nourish us?

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