Time flies when you’re having fun!

19 05 2010

It’s hard to believe it’s been 6 weeks since my last blog post!  Spring is such a busy time down at Meadowcreek, and I am still so excited to be a part of the action.  

meadowcreek fence

I’ve been spending most of my time in the garden, having never outgrown my “loves to play in the dirt” phase.  There is something so relaxing and fulfilling about nurturing things to life and watching them grow.  A garden is also a huge commitment, a literal putting down of roots that keeps you from wandering too far for too long, nature’s way of keeping us grounded.  And, of course, it’s work.  I call it “exercise with a purpose”, having found aching muscles I’d forgotten existed over the last month. 

I also have a tan and a sunnier disposition:  Last year I eliminated all animal products and processed foods from my diet in an effort to become healthier (drastic times=drastic measures).  In doing so, I also eliminated all the foods fortified with Vitamin D.  In fact, the only natural vegan source of Vitamin D is mushrooms (and believe me, I ate TONS of mushrooms over the winter).  Luckily, the human body synthesizes Vitamin D after exposure to UVB rays.

This isn’t to say that you should spend hours upon hours basking in the sun poolside as you recline in a chaise lounge as a pool boy tends to your every need.  (In retrospect, that doesn’t sound so bad…)  The same rays that we need for Vitamin D synthesis can cause skin damage and often-fatal melanoma skin cancer.  On the flip side, Vitamin D has been shown to reduce the development of breast, colon, and ovarian cancers as well as cardiovascular disease.  So while some physicians consider a healthy dose of sunshine therapeutic, they all agree that a sunburn is never good. 

Vitamin D has also been linked to lower incidences of depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Personally, I’m not sure if it’s the sun or just doing something I love that’s made a difference, but I am certainly chipper these days! 

Just this morning, at the crack of dawn, I found myself in love with life as we walked to the garden.  The fog was lifting off the creek, a background of bluffs framing the tendrils of mist as they reached towards the clouds.  The serenity of these moments humbles me as I realize that I am a small and insignificant part of this much larger world, a reminder that being in this valley is a gift rather than an entitlement.  As I wielded my hoe in the garden this morning, I was even grateful for the blisters rising on my palms.  You see, those blisters represent progress.  A well-tended garden may not be much, but it’s one more step towards Meadowcreek being ready for the rest of the world again.