Full spring ahead

Happy Cinco de Mayo! If I were back in Callifornia right now, believe me, I’d be at El Ranchito having a frozen margarita, grande, please, double the lime, hold the salt. And a plate of nachos.

However, life in Southampton here at A Butler’s Manor is mighty good right now. Weather report: A sunny, clear, glorious 70 degrees F, with just enough breeze that the windchimes bong occasionally– a bass note to accompany the treble of birdsong. The cherry tree is covered in pink petals (as is the lawn below it). We opened the pool a couple of weeks ago, and it is warming up nicely in the sun, a sparkling blue pond. As far as the garden goes, we appear to be about three weeks ahead of schedule. Trees are already filling in, and the azaleas are in full color. I can remember cutting lilac blossoms for the rooms for Memorial Day weekend, yet the lilacs are already in full bloom now, and we’ve been able to serve breakfast out on the patio the last couple of days.

It’s amazing how many people’s moods reflect a good dose of sunshine and nice weather. The sound of our guests’ laughter as they enjoyed breakfast in the garden this morning was a better pick-me-up than the best cup of coffee. And then after breakfast, up in Riverhead at BJ’s, I’d unloaded all my groceries onto the conveyor belt at checkout only to find that I’d neglected to retrieve my club membership card from Chris. Now, BJ’s customer service folks are always helpful, and I knew that if I went to the customer service desk with my ID they’d give me a temporary pass so that I could check out. But when the woman in front of me saw me starting to load my stuff back into my cart, she said, “Don’t put it all back and waste that time. We’ll just use my card.” Just a small thing, really, but it really gave me a warm, sunshiny feeling of connectedness with the Universe. Doesn’t Spring just do that to you?

It’s been three weeks today since my foot surgery. I’m out of the boot and wearing a sneaker for the most part, but am, alas, not yet able to walk to the beach and back in the early morning.  However, I’m trying short walks and took a gentle yoga class yesterday, and everything is feeling pretty good, considering. But the BEST thing? Today at noon, when I was cutting flowers from the garden for guest rooms, I kicked the sneakers off and went barefoot in the cool, damp grass. OOOOOOH!!! I don’t think I’ve enjoyed being barefoot so much since I was a kid!

Quote of the day: Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth. –Walt Whitman

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