In the Midwest it’s a daily struggle to keep the hope that spring is indeed coming. Monday it’s snowing in blizzard like fashion as we are slip sliding on our commute home. Thursday it’s almost going to be 50 degrees out and the snow that I didn’t have the heart to shovel is melting on its own – woo hoo! I look to see any signs of life with my early rising herbs like chives, but nothing yet peeking out of the snow so I decided to write about 5 things to celebrate spring to keep the hope alive.
This holiday season I was really inspired by the custom of “hygge” (hoo ga) which has a lot of different definitions:
- a feeling of belonging to the moment and to each other
- to create a well-being, connection and warmth
- celebrating the everyday
- the art of building sanctuary and community by inviting closeness and paying attention to what make us feel open-hearted and alive
It relies on looking to nature and being nature into your home to bring that sense of contentment and being alive. So my list had to start with that in mind:
- Bring home a plant or flowers – Some of my favorite flowers come only in the springtime. I love tulips, and the unique shape of daffodils, and I even love forcing things from my own yard to open indoors before they bud out for spring. Did you know that you can cut branches of the forsythia bush and give them a soak in a bucket of warm water for about an hour (if you mash the cut ends of the branch it helps to open up the fibers for taking in water) and then find a nice vase for them and set them up with new water and wait for them to bloom indoors. It will take 2 or 3 weeks, and watching the process is just as fun as the final springtime result.
- Plant something – Whether it is starting your seeds for vegetables and flowers you are going to plant outside, or dividing up a houseplant that has outgrown its pot, the process of digging in the dirt this early in the season it something that brings spring to life. The smell of the dirt, and the sudden bursts of green make everything feel a little more alive.
- Take a Walk – As the weather permits, find sometime to get outside and take a walk to enjoy nature. So many things are changing at this time of year, so looking for difference each time you get outside can be invigorating. And don’t forget to use all of your senses when you are outside, listen for the birds that are finally returning to your area or smell the difference in the air on a nice crisp day. And if you have a pet that likes to go on walks, I bet this time of year excites them as much as you.
- Bake Something – We think of baking for fall and winter but it’s really something fun to do all year-long. I’m planning on trying out a new recipe for some zingy lemon bars to start the season off right. If you are looking for new recipes, you can check out my Pinterest board for Plenty of Recipes at: https://www.pinterest.com/designingforplenty/plenty-of-recipes/
- Have a Picnic – You don’t have to go all out for this one because the weather can change quickly in spring, but take sometime to enjoy some food and drink outside.
If you have any more ideas of ways that you celebrate spring, please feel free to leave a comment below. Enjoy the season!