Sunday Night Check-In: Eh… Not so Good Today

I’m tired, depressed and don’t feel very well today. I’ve taken care of myself though. I know that this, too, shall pass. So, I did my exercise, ate healthy, baked some bread and made some homemade soup. I took a long nap and meditated three times just because I hoped it would shift me out of this funk. No such luck. It’s okay, though. There will always be days like this.

I’m going to go to bed early and hopefully get lots of sleep, but I’d like to share some pics from my beautiful day yesterday hiking off the M-20 Trailhead in Manistee National Forest. The trail is a section of the North Country Trail. While I was driving up in the beautiful sunny weather, I was so looking forward to a nice hike in the woods. I only saw patches of snow here and there, so I hoped to hike two hours out and then two hours back.

The parking lot at the trailhead was literally covered in ice. I slipped around but managed to stay upright while I got my pack out and lightly put Ashok down so she wouldn’t slide all the way across the parking lot. The trail, with the exception of about 15 feet of dry ground was still covered in snow. It was slushy because the temps were above 32, but it was still slippery.

We hiked for about an hour and ten minutes before the snow pack got to about a foot high. I was working up a sweat from the effort of sinking into the snow and having to pull my foot out constantly. As light as Ashok was, she didn’t break through, but I was getting exhausted. It was weird to be hiking in that much snow when it was warm enough to be out in a sweatshirt.

Ashok was so happy to be out!

It was just nice to be out in the woods. There was a pretty little creek which is supposed to be host to a lot of wildflowers when that time arrives. I estimate we have a few weeks before they push up through that snow. But the first day of spring was a nice day to be out even if the second day of spring has sucked. Even the birds seemed to be out and about and that was a welcome sound.

Hope y’all have a great week! If you are in an area where spring is in full bloom, I envy you. Enjoy!

11 Comments on “Sunday Night Check-In: Eh… Not so Good Today

  1. Sorry you are feeling down. Wanted to send you a pic of some TN wildflowers I saw on my bike Wed. But no way to attach. Hope you feel better tomorrow. Sweet dreams

  2. Nice pics!! Sorry you’re having a rough day. Let’s talk soon! xoxo

  3. Homemade soup, freshly baked bread … if that’s your level of productivity on a not so good day, I wonder what it’s like on a good day.

    May you be in better spirits soon.

  4. Hey! Sounds like a good hike with a great friend. Don’t overlook the simple joys.

    Maybe it’s just me, but I find many of my “lows and funks” can be minimized with the aid of a significantly challenging to-do list. For me, the simple pleasures I derive from being productive (or sometimes just busy) tends to re-energize all the elements.

    • Good for you. I’m not a “be busy” fan. I’ll follow my own plan for wellness which includes rest and appropriate attention to my health.

  5. Hopefully spring makes its way to you soon! I looked up to see that the plum trees are in blossom now – when did that happen?? My hyacinths are starting to bloom and buds are on the huckleberry bushes out back. Of course we do still have a 3-foot high snow pile in the cul-de-sac leftover from February’s snows, but it’s not on my garden, so it’s free to melt as slowly as it wants 🙂

    Hope you’re feeling better soon, Sharon!

    • Thank you Emma Claire! I just realized how much I miss you. I’m headed to Lincoln City OR in May for a writing workshop. Wish I could meet up with you on Portland!

      • Lincoln City in May will be fabulous! Hubby and I honeymooned down that way – it was April and still chilly, but still a wonderful place. Wish we could meet up as well – maybe on another trip if you make it out to Seattle!


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