The Joy of Spring Living

Every spring I am reminded of Wordsworth’s poem that describes one of the most uplifting flowers of spring, the daffodil; a flower native to the lake district in England, but has become a part of spring here in North America:

A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees. Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Along with spring and daffodils I love to look at decorator books, fabric samples, paint chips and all things that suggest a fresh start. 

One of my favorite sites to visit is Bruce Bierman designs. The colors and the design plans for different homes on his website offer all sorts of ideas to rethink a room.

Take a look. His site is gorgeous. Such a nice way to spend time on a cool spring afternoon. https://biermandesign.com/portfolio.html

And if you’re into simply cleaning out or reorganizing your closets in order to put your winter clothes away, you might be interested in learning about how to declutter your home. 

I spoke with a dear friend of mine, Elaine Costello. She tells me that she was always a neat person, that accumulating things, simply to have them, was not part of her life. 

But as time passed and circumstances changed, she realized that she needed to simplify the way she lived. That meant deciding to get rid of things that no longer seemed relevant to her, leading her to take a close look at her surroundings. An act that helped her discover two people whose writings and information on managing the clutter in their lives led to a change in her life.

She found Peter Walsh a professional organizer who helps families manage the stuff cluttering their lives. https://peterwalshdesign.com. His YouTube videos were instrumental in helping Elaine accomplish her goal of gaining control of her physical space. 

Another person who Elaine credits with helping her to see a new way of looking at her surroundings is Marie Kondo. Marie encourages her many followers to keep only those things that spark joy. https://konmari.com 

I think they are both worth checking out. Something to learn about as we enjoy these early spring days.

And of course, every spring I search out cookbooks I’d like to have. It’s a fun thing to do on a cool day. Here’s a few I’ve found this year;

Spring Cookbook (https://www.amazon.ca/Picnic-Cookbook-Spring-Delicious-Recipes-ebook)

And who can resist Williams and Sonoma’s dessert cookbook? (https://www.amazon.com/Dessert-Day-recipes-every-year-ebook/dp/B08H8W42Y4/)

By the way, they have a whole selection of cookbooks to choose from. I’m sure you’ll find something special just for you.

And last but not least, my favorite spring activity: Seed catalogues.

I have had raised vegetable gardens for years. They are so simple to make. You can buy the frames and simply fill them with dirt and fertilizer. It’s fun and easy, and presto! Fresh vegetables.

My favorite book for raised bed gardening is this one: https://www.amazon.com/Raised-Bed-Gardening-Beginners-Everything/dp/1641525096/

I trust you find these ideas helpful. If you have suggestions of things you’ve discovered that help you get ready for spring, please pass them along.

In the meantime, I hope you and your family are doing well. That your life is the best you can make it.

Stella

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