Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday - Northside Park

We've been having Indian Summer around here. Normally, it should be around the mid-60s during the day, but last week and over the weekend we've had temperatures in the 80s. The 80s! That's practically unheard of at this time of year.

But I'll take it.

I mean, shorts in October? I'm all over it. I'm happy to let the world see my now-faded legs after six weeks (not that they were ever that tan in the first place), so if the weather is going to be warm, I'm going to wear shorts.

Thank you, Weather!

Last week, in addition to the beautiful weather, my favorite place to walk the Wonder Dog opened up again. For the past year this park near my house has been closed for renovations, but it's almost done (at least they say Phase 1 is almost done, whatever that means and whoever "they" are).

I've missed my park. Thunder has missed the park, too. It's our favorite place to walk.

So, the opening of the park makes me almost as happy as the weather. Seriously, when I walked into the park for the first time last week, this is what I saw.

Really? Couldn't you just look at that for a long, long time?

And so, in honor of Indian Summer, here are the Top 10 Things I Love About My Park.

(No, that's not a misprint. When I'm there it really does feel like "my" park.)

1. Big, old trees.

2. Blue skies.

3. Poop bags. Do I need to explain this one?

4. Brilliant colors.

5. Log Cabins--there are four of them, I think.

6. Ponds.

7. Thunder is happy here too.

8. Did I mention the trees?

9. Ducks!

10. The sledding hill. (Look closely--it's back there.) One of the only things around here that makes winter tolerable.

So now you know where I am on those gorgeous days when I just don't have time to post on my blog. I'm out enjoying my beautiful stomping grounds.

It's where I think. It's where I pray. It's where I get refreshed.

So tell me, where do you go to get refreshed, recharged, renewed? Do you like to walk outside or would you prefer a massage? Or is there something else that makes you happy?

I'm linking up with Top Ten Tuesdays at Oh Amanda! today. Head over there for more fun Top Ten lists.



  1. Thanks for posting Shelly. I can't wait to show Steve this...I'm thinking it'll make him blush. He's worked so hard on it! (he does more than just playgrounds! Although that's his too at Northside) You should come to the ribbon cutting this Thursday at 4:30.

    Kate H

  2. Gorgeous pictures! I'd love to be close to a park like that.

  3. Oh, Shelly enjoyed looking where you get refreshed - on my deck - is the best place for me. But, I do enjoy a good hot stone massage, girl!!

  4. Kate, I didn't realize this was Steve's project! Tell him he did a great job!

    Karen, I love a good sit on the deck as well. Never had a hot stone massage, but it sure sounds good to me!

  5. Gorgeous pictures of your lovely park. I get refreshed at our park too. It's got a lake and is just beautiful in the fall.

  6. Beautiful photos! I refresh best outside (the beach works GREAT for me)or in the pages of a book. The best scnario is a comfortable spot at the beach with a good book. Ahhh- I feel better just thinking of it. Question for you....is this a point & shoot camera? I'm going to ask for one for Christmas. Must be easy to operate with a big LED screen for my aging eyes. : )