Coming Soon…

Today in Nova Scotia, it may be cold and rainy and grey, but the gratitude comes in the knowledge that ground is being prepped and nourished for spring planting in just a few weeks.

Before we know it, we will have days like this:



Buckets, sand, and summer frolic, coming soon to a beach near you.

Blessings on your day, friends.


Springtime Sunshine

It seems like I’ve been anticipating springtime sunshine for far too long.

You know the kind.  It’s the golden-glow type of sun that hits you square in the face first thing in the morning.  It casts a beautiful warm hue over everything, even though it’s still a tad frosty out there until late morning.

I LOVE this time of year.   buds

I actually truly appreciate all of the seasons, but because springtime marks the end of our period of relative hibernation, I get extra excited.   Springtime means that trees are budding, my veggies are sprouting (check out my garlic scapes reaching up and into fruition) and my laundry is making its way back out to the clothesline.   Line dried sheets anyone?  (Inhale….  Exhale….)   Ah.  Nothing like ’em.

garlic sprouts (2)

sheets on the line

I also see it as another time to restart.   For me, it happens in September with the new school year, and it happens again in January when we hang our new calendars.  But April always seems the perfect time to figure out where we are this year, and where to go for the next 8 weeks or so before we kick our reduced (but not school-free) summer schedules into effect.

sunshine through the window

So here’s to putting away the snow pants, bringing out the bikes, soaking up the vitality of the sun, and appreciating the newness of the season.

Happy Springtime, Everyone!

Wordless Wednesday: Summer Joy

This post has been linked to Wordless Wednesday over at 5 Minutes for Mom

Have a wonderful joy-filled day!

Wordless Wednesday: A Mighty Oak

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Wordless Wednesday: After the Rain

Like much of the continent, we had an abundance of rain this spring.  On a blue sky, sunshiny day last week we broke out the picnic blanket for some games and yogurt popsicles on the front yard.  Peaceful contentment. 

This post has been linked to Wordless Wednesday over at 5 Minutes for Mom.

The Power of Sunshine

Steve Martin said it wisely:  A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.   And I don’t know about you, but night makes me, you know, wanna sleep.

This was the view out my living room window at 7:30 this morning.   

Imagine my delight.  A sunny day has influence like very few other things in my life.  When I awake to sunshine on my face, I know it’s going to be a great day.  At the very least, I know it’ll be a better day than it would be without sunshine. 

A sunny day just has a way of breathing life into the mundane.  

It has a way of inspiring me

making me want to work harder

and smile more. 

Even though life’s joy is always there when I look for it, sunshine is really really hard to miss.    It has a way of getting right up in your face and screaming, ‘Helllloooo!  I’m beautiful and warm and I’m here to help.  And you know I make you feel good!’   And when it comes in springtime after a long gray winter, it’s sometimes just… breathtaking. 

Maybe, just maybe, with the glorious sunshine streaming onto my table-o-receipts, this particular sunshiny day will be one of terrific progress in land of prepping for taxes.   (Yeah, I’m gonna go with that.)

May your day be filled with sunshine and inspiration and a boatload of smiles!