I went for a walk in a small nature preserve last week, and I came across this very large Loblolly Pine. It is the same kind we have in our garden, but this one was probably close to 150 years old. It had scars that had grown in from where branches came off. I circled it and felt an immense sense of healing. This beautiful tree energetically encouraged me to drop anything that was bothering me, back pain, headache, even plain stress. It would all be "recycled" like compost to become useful energy again. I leaned against the trunk and afterwards felt wonderful & "renewed. "
I also love the pines in our garden very much, I think the oldest is around 75 years, and we have quite a few of them. I think feeling so connected to "our" trees allowed me to instantly feel drawn to this one. They are very common in Georgia and therefore often overlooked. I feel like their presence is majestic and comforting. I believe the older ones are especially healing to their surroundings and it is important to protect them.
Since Valentine’s day is approaching I wanted to write about my amazing husband whom I met almost 20 years ago. A few days ago I woke up and found him boiling water to melt the ice in our birdbath. He had been on his way to the gym when he noticed the water was frozen and a bird was unsuccessfully trying to peck at the ice. He turned around and came back inside so he could help that bird get her much needed water. Kind acts like this make me fall more in love with him every day and they also mean the world to the recipients of his kindness.
Winter is especially hard for birds, food is harder to find and often water is frozen. Last week we didn’t realize the temperatures would dip that low, but normally when we are expecting very cold weather we use aquarium heaters to keep the baths from freezing solid. We just plug them into an outdoor extension cord and it works quite well as you can see from my photo. The heaters are less than $20 at pet stores. (Please read the label to check what temperatures they can handle so they won't break) It also helps to provide suet and there are quite a few recipes online for making your own suet for birds with peanut butter.