Previously, the only way for me to get outside was through our backyard patio, which was difficult for me to access. It often led to such a substantial set-back that I could only attempt it about once a year. I am so grateful for this new set-up which allowed me to temporarily escape the confines of my room and briefly feel the sun on my face. While my tiny excursions were not as frequent as I'd hoped, I savored every single minute.
|My view outdoors|
|Gorgeous skies and mountain views|
|A Blooming Desert|
Spring is such a beautiful time of year here with all the trees and cacti in bloom. It's so lovely to see the many bright, delicate flowers emerging amidst the harshness of the desert. I look forward to seeing them every year.
|Beehive or Hedgehog Cactus|
|More Prickly Pear Blooms|
Every once in awhile, when I feel up to it, my parents also now wheel me to the large sliding glass door in their bedroom for a quick glimpse of the sunset. Arizona sunsets are truly breathtaking, with such deep, vibrant blends of orange, pink and yellow. Photos don't do them justice.
|Cool Sunset Sky|
I had a lot of health-related issues going on this spring as well, which required a few extra, unanticipated doctor appointments. While each appointment took place at home, the energy expenditure still led to some setbacks. Such is the frustrating nature of this illness. But, I am slowly recouping and have hope that I will bounce back to previous levels in time.
As I attempt to gain a bit of strength back, the birds and various wildlife continue to keep me company from my windows. Here are a few of my favorite visitors of the last couple months.
|Antelope Squirrel on the First Day of Spring|
|Juvenile Cooper's Hawk|
|Bunny Munching on Snack|
And finally, nature always offers up symbols of hope:
|Rainbow After a Storm|
|Wildflower Growing Through a Crack in the Pavement|
"Where flowers bloom, so does hope."
~Lady Bird Johnson