One of my very favorite things to do is to sit outside by the fire.
My mother-in-law gave me a firepit for my birthday. Any night that I’m not working, and it’s not raining, you will find me sitting by my firepit, feeding the flames.
I burn boxes (mostly the cartons from our 12 packs of Diet & Regular Dr Pepper, of which there are MANY), and whatever wood I can find. We live in the woods, so that’s not a difficult task. It’s also a win/win; I get all the brown, dead branches and sticks out of the yard, trees and bushes so that it looks nice, and I have materials to burn. I’m glad we are so far back in the woods that we don’t have neighbors to complain about the smoke.
I turn my fairy lights on, light the fire, and sit in a chair, sipping sweet tea and watching the fire burn. I can’t explain why, but I absolutely love it. It is my happy place. It’s so relaxing and enjoyable. I love for someone to join me, but I am also content to sit out there by myself.
I sometimes text friends, scroll through Facebook, or read a book. But mostly, I just think. Or, not think at all. Sometimes I just clear my mind and relax.
I can’t explain it. I don’t know what it is about a fire that I find so enjoyable. So relaxing. So comforting.
But, I do. I love the way it smells, the way it sounds, the way it looks.
I have made the area around my firepit “my spot”. I’m starting a rock garden there, I have several plants around, lawn decorations, and fairy lights hanging from the trees. It’s a work in progress. I feel very content, sitting in my spot and looking around at my pretty things.
What about you? Do you like fires? Do you have a “happy place”? What do you do to relax?