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My kids are now 10, 12 and 14 and I’m just starting to reap the benefits of having kids…..FREE LABOR IN THE GARDEN!!! Continue reading
I know it’s only 15 sleeps until Christmas, but I have dahlias on my mind because I did this really cool thing and I never wrote about it! So, take a break from your regularly scheduled holiday garbage online and … Continue reading
Little things are the good things because they pile up into great big things. Fall is a great big thing because it’s full of little things. This blog is my little seed of hope to a more inspired life. Continue reading
Nothing is sweeter than a new baby! There is so much love and hope for the future bundled into a tiny package of coos, smiles and poops. I fondly remember the newborn baby days of my three ducks. These days I am so … Continue reading
As a work at home mom, I’m used to getting my shorties up in the morning, off to school and home from school. These 4 hours of my day, to quote Charles Dickens, are “the best of times and…the worst of times….” Last week (thankfully before Juno hit the east coast) I was in New Jersey for work. I feel VERY blessed that I have the best job in the world. I feel even more blessed that my kiddos miss me when I am away! Continue reading
About a year ago a friend of mine emailed a recipe. I love it when people email recipes without me even asking just because they think I’d like it. I loved it! Recently I was cleaning out my closets and kitchen cupboards … Continue reading
Spring in West Michigan is famous for the Holland Tulip Time Festival. While I didn’t make it to the actual festival due to a million hours of soccer and baseball crammed into one weekend, I was able to take in some flowers at Veldheer tulip gardens. Apparently I wasn’t the only one that wanted to take advantage of the (finally) warm weather over Mother’s Day weekend. The farm was shoulder to shoulder in some places.
I will definitely visit Veldheer again next spring, however I’ll stick to a random weekday morning instead of a busy Saturday afternoon!
It’s been a REALLY long winter. According to the calendar spring started last Thursday, but according to my thermometer, that’s a big fat lie. This winter my dog and I gained 8 pounds each, we broke snow and cold records across the state and there are still piles of snow covering my garden. To add insult to injury, it’s snowing right now (again) for the third season in a row. My very insightful son said to me this morning “This would be really pretty if it was November, but now it’s just mean.” As usual, he’s astute, straightforward and right on. I’d like to think he gets that from his mom.
Despite the cold, lack of sunshine and my personal irritability, winter can also be kind of nice. Cold days and being snowed in are good ways to enjoy some (forced) downtime, unless you’re into extreme winter sports and love the snow…which I am not because my favorite outdoor winter activity is going inside. The thought crossed my mind that maybe spring won’t come I embrace winter and the good things that happened. So, here are a few of my favorite winter moments.
Snow and ice can really be quite pretty.
I played A LOT of indoor soccer with a pretty cool group of people. We started off really bad, but now we don’t suck. We aren’t great, but at least we don’t suck and I’ve found my groove and starting scoring some pretty sweet goals. It’s great exercise once you get past the fact that I’m twice the age and ten times less the skill of the other players in our ‘beginner’ league. Ha! Beginner league my arse….I’ve learned soccer players LIE just because they are more concerned about winning. Case in point: scoring a goal with your head, backwards, is NOT a beginner move. It’s been a lot of fun though!
Winter is a great time to visit our local indoor botanical gardens. The humidity feels good and it’s always decorated so nicely.
I grew amaryllis and paperwhites all winter and had blooms from January up until the first week of March.
I cooked a lot. Maybe that’s why I gained the 8 pounds (or it was for survival, I needed the extra weight because -14 degrees could kill a thinner person). On top of cooking a lot, we also ate a lot of really yummy food!
At the end of the day, there was nothing warmer than the fireplace and a plush heating blanket.
What were your favorite winter moments?
Many times when people use the word ‘dramatic’ to describe flowers it’s always in a beautiful way. This is why I like plants and flowers (and my dog and cat) more than I like most people. Flowers bloom dramatically, then they fade away gracefully. People can be dramatically ugly and then they just never go away. It’s enough to make a person want to shove a flower bloom up their nose and hope the beauty rubs off.
I wonder if people get more nasty in the winter months because they have nothing else to do but sit in the house and make up stories in their head that get their giant panties in a bunch. Whew! Now that I have that off my chest, onto the bigger and better winter drama….the blooms I’m surrounded by in my home!
I may live in an arctic tundra right now, but indoors it’s warm, cozy and blooming with life. Enjoy these dramatic beauties. My amaryllis are in full bloom, and so is my heart!