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7 Ways to Chill Out with #WQWWC and Relax

FDR once said he was like a cat, that he would pounce and then relax. That’s much harder to do in the 24-hour cable world, because it’s almost like the press demands of you to be saying something or doing something every day.

Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Doris is right. During this month, many of us have posted nearly every day something about trees for Becky B’s #TreeSquares. Since Becky is in Europe, I’ve been scheduling my posts to publish at 4:00 am. My friends in Australia are just getting going when I am ready for bed at 11:00 pm or even 1:30 in the morning. I could be blogging 24/7.


Combine challenges, if you wish, or post a quick poem or photo that has something to do with relaxing. The only rule for WQWWC is that you must include at least one quote. It can be a song, or be beautifully decorated as a meme. Or your can write an entire essay about how to relax without lifting a finger. It’s up to you.


Submitted for Cee Neuner’s CFFC Thanks to my new friend Linda for letting me in her beautiful PINK Mustang.

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These relaxing tree photos came from my 2018 trip to Winterthur Gardens in Delaware and are submitted for #TreeSquares #21

7+ Relaxing Activities to do with Trees

  1. Go to a park or sit in your yard with your friends or family. Take a picnic lunch and settle down on the grass overlooking a beautiful tree. Breathe in the air it provides you. Do some yoga. Read a book, take a nap.

“Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish.”

― Munia Khan
Winterthur Gardens in Wilmington, DE

2. Dance with your kids around a koi pond. Take some koi food and share it. If you really want to chill out, take your shoes off and dangle your feet. The koi might not appreciate it, though.

Winterthur Gardens, Delaware

3. Walk with a friend around a local park.

walking around Winterthur Gardens and admire the wildflowers

4. Relax and take a bus around a local tourist site. Don’t forget your camera.

Take a bus around Winterthur Gardens, Delaware.

“Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”

― Herman Hesse

5. Relax and commune with nature, in this case a squirrel.

gray squirrel in Winterthur Gardens

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.”

― John Muir

6, Relax, act silly, show off your new shoes, pretend to be someone you are not. Don’t worry that you’ve worn the same shirt for two years on Facebook, and your husband wants you to change coats. Tip-toe through the tulips. Remember the words of John Muir.

pathway through Winterthur Gardens, Delaware

7. Visit a local cemetery or church. Read the grave markers and wonder what their lives were like. Climb an old tree, make up stories about the shadows. Sit down and paint a picture or write a poem about the beauty or lack of beauty around you. Lean against a tree and read a book and enjoy a glass of wine or tea depending on your preference.

graveyard in an old church yard

Coming Up

I’m so excited to announce that Cathy Cade will be hosting her friend Wendy Fletcher for August Story Chat. Wendy Fletcher is the leader of Cathy’s u3a writing group. For more information about Story Chat and how you and your writing group can contribute and get involved, see my Story Chat page.

This is your last week to comment on Gary Wilson’s story, “Sometimes a Miracle” before the Story Chat Summary comes out highlighting some of YOUR best comments with links to your latest blog posts.

Friday PPAC #6 on Cee Neuner’s site. I can’t wait to see her new post!

Of course, you have until next Tuesday to respond to this post and tell us about your relaxing moment with a quote on #WQWWC.

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    • Yes indeed. Now I must hop over to your site and see what I might be missing in Australia. You could link almost any of your stories to this challenge. Your middle name is RELAX now that you are retired. Even when you work, you relax – knitting, crocheting, quilting, traveling, playing with August. Every bit of it you make look like fun and relaxing. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Ju-Lyn. I’d love to have you join in. It’s super simple – just find a quote that you like and write or choose a picture that works well with it. We have a lot of fun with it.

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  1. What a great list on how to relax around trees, Marsha! You look cute in the pics! Whenever I walk around our area, usually with a dog or two, I easily relax in the nearby evergreens. I take my phone in case photo inspiration strikes. It is soothing and relaxing. Great Muir quote. We are so close to finishing our buildings here and close the loan soon, so I will be able to relax!

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    • With a loan closure and good internet, you will be in heaven in those trees. It’s been a long process, and patience has become your closest friend. 🙂 But it will be well worth it, when you hit completion. 🙂 Can’t wait till August!

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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