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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Rites of Spring

Rites of Spring

As soon as Daylight Saving Time begins I know spring is just around the corner.  Living in the north seems to make you appreciate every season, but the arrival of spring is like a breath of fresh air.

I call it the “rites of spring” as we say goodbye to winter and hello to spring!  Officially, spring begins March 20, but in my mind it doesn’t need a date to be officially here.  So what does spring mean?  Spring is known as a season of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal 6and regrowth. 

The windows can be opened, heavy clothes can be packed away and I’ll be inspired to do some spring cleaning.  Those luscious spring colors are everywhere, from the craft stores like Michaels and Joann’s to the store windows in the mall.  This year the Pantone color experts announced the top Pantone colors.  You’ll start seeing colors known as princess blue, fiesta orange red, turmeric, coral and pink peacock and sweet lilac.  Sounds like freshness everywhere!

The extra hour of daylight means evening walks with my dogs and they love that time with me and to explore all the smells this time of early evening.
The birds are chirping, the spring flowers will be blooming and it’s so much fun to see the results of fall planting when the tulips and daffodils pop out.  There will be azaleas, pansies, iris and daffodils to enjoy too.  My dogwood and cherry trees will be blooming soon too that makes me so happy.  The blooming bright yellow forsythia bushes always make me smile too.    

Spring also means favorite holidays such as Easter and Passover with all of their special foods and traditions.  There will be more parades, yard sales, marathon races, craft shows, estate sales and festivals as people enjoy being outdoors again. 

I was reading some interesting thoughts on spring and someone recommended finding a small stone to carry in your purse or pocket to ground you and remind you to be present. I keep a special stone carving of a rabbit in my car that makes me pause and breathe,  According to James Wanless, Ph.D. author of “Little Stone,” carry this “friend for life” as a conveyer of wisdom, protection and as a model of simplicity.  It’s an interesting thought. 

Spring is a good time to gather the tools that have served you well during the past year and give them a good spring cleaning.  Get rid of rust and grime, blowing out any collected dust from your keyboards and home appliances.  With 3 German Shepherds and 2 cats, my home is always extra dusty!  Wipe down television and computer screens, cell phones, tablets and telephone handsets. And don’t forget to change the batteries in your smoke detector.  Maybe splurge this year and buy the new 10-year smoke alarms that don’t need to have their batteries changed.  It’s a great time to repot plants and give them a good misting.    

My favorite quote is from my favorite comedienne, Robin Williams, “spring is nature’s way of saying, let’s party!” I like his advice the best and it sure beats cleaning out the garage! 

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