Friday, March 20, 2009

Welcome Spring

~ No Matter How Long The Winter, Spring Is Sure To Follow ~
- Proverb

The day that we have been waiting for has finally arrived.

Welcome Spring!!!

Look at what welcomed me at the breakfast table today. A bowl encircled with a wreath of forsythias and beautiful, fresh berries livening up my Multi Grain Cheerios. As I sat and ate I couldn't help thinking about this glorious season that begins today. It is so exciting to watch the earth spring back to life and to know that it won't be long until fresh berries will be growing in our own backyards.

Something else that I was thinking about this morning was that I am no longer storing this antique half & half bottle in my cupboard. From this day forward I will be transferring my half & half from that ugly cardboard carton to this sweet little vintage bottle. It's a simple thing, but it will bring a happy start to my day in a small way and I don't think we should ever underestimate the small things in life.

When winter loses it's grip and the milder temperatures and fresh air of spring move in, it seems we're all ready to get outdoors and enjoy it. It's time to see what's happening out there. In my yard the pansies that were covered in snow a few weeks ago are once again thriving.

If we look closely we will gain a new appreciation for all of the beauty that surrounds us in nature.

This little clump of pansies was either planted by a passing bird or maybe a gust of wind dropped the seed that sprang to life. Now when I step off my patio this little bit of sunshine greets me.

A red bud blooms outside my bathroom window. When I am getting ready for the day this pretty tree is reflected in the mirror. I know that it will only last for a short time, so I will enjoy it while it lasts. I think that is one of the lessons to be learned from the springtime.

~ The Day The Lord Created Hope Was Probably The Same Day He Created Spring~

- Bern Williams

How exciting to think that in a few more months these pretty blossoms will become juicy peaches.

Seeing these young chives springing out of the earth once again makes me think of what I'll be having for breakfast tomorrow. A fluffy omelet with minced chives and a sprinkling of cheese melted over the top.

I see the parsley is perking up again. That reminds me that I need to plant the cilantro and lettuce seeds that I bought last week.

It's also time for me to plant the morning glory seeds in the little peat pots I bought. I absolutely adore morning glories, but some years I seem to get them planted too late and then just when they start getting really pretty jack frost comes nipping. This year I am determined to get them started and ready to go outside on April 15th which is the start of our planting season in these parts.

~ Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today,

And give us not to think so far away

As the uncertain harvest; keep us here

All simply in the springing of the year. ~

- Robert Frost

Looks like I'll be busy in my garden in the next few days. I'm feeling energized, excited and hopeful for the plans I have in my yard this year.

I really hope to be able to do a post or two in a few months from now showing you my Morning Glories. If you don't see a post, don't ask. You know how even the best laid plans don't always work out. But for now, I have great faith that this will be a successful year for the morning glories. :-)

In the next few weeks I will be bringing my (many) boxes of Easter decor out of hibernation. I love this time of year and will be back to share my happy home when it's ready for the Easter Bunny to come a callin'. Until next time, take time to really enjoy the beauty that begins unfolding in the beautiful season of Spring!


  1. Kim, you have some beautiful things and I truly enjoyed your pictures. I don't know when I've ever been so ready for spring. Thanks for sharing,

  2. Kim, Your beautiful, Spring post made my morning. As I scrolled down over each picture, and read each word, it was inspiring and refreshing. Somehow the Springtime of the year does that for me. I really like the morning glory plate, and the creative way you eat your Cheerios. Hope you have a good weekend.

  3. Good Morning Kim! What a pretty post for the first day of spring! I just adore the little lamb. I also love morning glories. You will definitely see them in my yard. They come back each year from their own seeds at this point. Easy peasy!

  4. I have felt energized this week, too and tackled some serious Spring cleaning! I love your precious half and half container. I like to put extra milk in my cereal in the morning so I started using a cream pitcher that I had tucked away. Love the little boy in the red cowboy hat and all your pretty poems and photos! You've brightened my day! Happy Spring!

  5. Everything here looks so bright and cheerful! I love the breakfast bowl with the forsythia wreath and I really like the idea of honoring yourself by using a "real" container for your cream. What a good idea. I always hate to see the container sitting on the table.

  6. The pictures are so pretty I forgot that I was maybe a wee bit jealous of how early spring gets to NC! That little blue wheelbarrow is the sweetest thing.

  7. What a lovely spring post! Spring certainly has sprung down your way. Wonderful photos. I love your little cream bottle. I have a bigger milk bottle just like that.
    Always enjoy your wonderful posts! :-)

  8. Nothing blooming yet up here in Ohio.
    Beautiful post and you wrote so well almost like

  9. Never a truer word was spoken Kim. We don't value the small things in life that make us happy. I think it is a great idea to put your half and half in that sweet vintage bottle. It is like drinking water from a wine glass. Why not? It makes you feel good and adds to the enjoyment of the day.

    I am sure your morning glories will do well. Your garden is very much awake with new life. I just replaced a part of my planting. My tiny garden was looking busy and tired so we took everything away from one area and planted up a special range of hydrangeas called Annebelle. I am hoping they all come up okay. We had to drive to another area of Holland to buy them as they are no longer easy to find. I have my fingers crossed.

    Hugs ~

  10. Hi Kim
    Spring is so filled with hope isn't it? I love this post.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  11. What a wonderful Spring post. Spring is like a new beginning when everything comes alive. Your plants and trees are very pretty. Can't wait to see your Easter things.

  12. I can't wait to see your morning glories! I just know they'll be a success. I absolutely love the yellow pansies that 'accidently' grew there. So cheerful. Happy spring to you! Twyla

  13. Life is made up of the small why not celebrate them? Thanks for pointing our thoughts towards spring...we are all waiting. Beautiful pic's.

    Your antique creamer is great. I'm trying to figure out what kind of a lid you are using...with the writing on it.

  14. Good morning Kim! I needed another reminder that Spring will soon be showing itself in my part of the country, so I visited your blog again today. It is the perfect Spring posting! Happy Monday!

  15. What lovely photos. Spring is such a beautiful time, everything seems new again. What a nice post to read today.

  16. Kim....such beautiful pictures. They make my heart sing.

    Thank you.


  17. Breathtaking! I love all of the pics! I love the 'retro' book page! You can take a few things of beauty and make a masterpiece!

  18. OHMYGOSH, Kim...I think we are sisters somehow. I have so many of the same interests as you...especially the children's books. I love the way you sprinkle the illustrations throughout your posts. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog and hope you don't mind if I put your link in my sidebar! I'll be back to visit some more, what a lovely spot to visit


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