Here in NW Ohio, we’ve had a pretty mild winter. And yet, I’m starting to get antsy for spring. The days are growing longer & the sun is shining more, making it even harder to accept it’s still winter for at least another month. Spring officially starts March 20th, but it’s not unusual to experience the last snow in April here in the Great Lakes.
So I’ve decided I’m going to start ushering in spring now— indoors. The first thing I think of when I hear the word “spring” is green: plants sprouting through the earth, new blankets of grass, trees starting their cycle of growth with tiny buds. There’s just no spring without green.
Green is a color of renewal, fertility, freshness, and health. Green symbolizes tranquility, yet it provides a burst of much-needed color after the whites and grays of winter. Read along for my hand-picked items and my tips on decorating with green to infuse the upcoming season into your space.
Finally, the seemingly eternal rain lifted & I could start my garden & decorate on my balcony. I’m still working on some decorating out there, but here’s a quick comparison of the balcony last year and today:
I’m one of those people who roll their eyes at others complaining about winter. It’s not even March yet, so the snow and ice really isn’t uncharacteristic for NW Ohio weather. Shoot, we could have snow and ice even in April. Even though I love spring, I truly enjoy all seasons, so winter just isn’t that big a deal to me. Of course, I also work from home, so I have the lovely option of deciding when to clean off my car.
But even with my acceptance of winter, I very much look forward to spring. The upcoming change in seasons will be the second spring in my current home and the second spring with a balcony. I will be so happy for the days I can spend time out there: reading, eating, online, meditating, even napping. Join me as a I take a moment to reflect on last year:
A lot of us get lost in the commercialism of Valentine’s Day or if we’re single, feel the day is pointless. I was one of those people in the past. “Man, f$*@ Valentine’s Day!” “This love crap is for the birds!” Yeah, I was a little bitter at that point. Thankfully, I’m nowhere near that bitterness now.
In spite of the superficiality of this holiday, it can still serve as a reminder for us to make love an important focus in our lives. This Valentine’s Day (and the other 364 days of the year), cultivate some love for yourself. This is probably the one area of love we overlook more than others. We believe as mothers, we should love our kids and sacrifice so much for them. We believe as spouses or mates, we should love the other more than ourself.
We believe that love means putting another person’s needs and desires ahead of our own. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It sounds cliché, but to truly love others, you have to first be able to love yourself. Here are some ways to manifest love in yourself and ideas that just make life nicer, more enjoyable. You deserve it!
Today I discovered my transplanted morning glory has finally rebloomed! I was pretty excited about that. Really, it’s the little things that make me happy sometimes.
I’ve also been watching some of my other plants grow. It’s crazy how large my Boston fern has gotten. I didn’t even know this was possible! It’s starting to look like it has tentacles. This has been it’s growth in 3 months: Continue reading →
I’ve always wanted an apartment with a balcony. I was so stoked when I moved in to my current place last year, to not just a spacious, long balcony but one with a great view. Sometimes I sit out there and just take in all the sights and sounds: birds, bats, dragonflies, butterflies, squirrels, locusts, crickets, the random cat… I even placed a chaise lounge out there so I can nap. Continue reading →