The freezing weather is temporarily on hold and the sun has warmed up my little corner of the world. The cat has been especially happy with the extra sunlight warming her spot on the carpet and the dogs extra joyful for longer walks.
This time of year is perfect for opening the windows and getting rid of the stale air and dust accumulating in your home. If you don’t regularly open your windows in the winter, consider it on the next warm day or if you are crazy like me, you can open them for a few minutes every day regardless of the elements. Heaters tend to dry out the air inside which can cause drier skin and painfully dry sinuses. Humidifiers don’t always work to add enough moisture back in or they may add too much. Opening the windows for a few minutes every day welcomes in a little humidity without any extra effort or electricity.
It’s also a great time to figure out this year’s garden. If you are like me, you can’t plant in the ground and have to stick to container gardens. But those little containers have their own rewards. When the cold inevitably returns, you can easily bring your plants inside and when the warm weather returns, pop them back out on the porch.
In the kitchen, I’ve been making more springy foods. Lots of fresh veggies and herbs from the store (the farmers market can’t open soon enough) and lighter meat dishes of grilled chicken breast or pork chops. I’ve even been swapping my afternoon coffee or cacao nibs for a cup of Lady Grey tea. Occasionally I even swap the morning cup for tea.
As Spring approaches, I’ve been focusing my craft and thoughts on the elements and deities that usher in new life and growth. I don’t always leave offerings. I don’t always pray. But in everything I do, I try to be mindful of those I worship, believe in and talk to. Regardless of your beliefs, whether they are pagan, Christian or other, take a moment out of your day to pay respect to our earth and her changing of the seasons. Give thanks to your deity of choice for ushering in the season of new life. Toss out seeds that can feed the birds now while the leftovers sprout into flowers for the honeybees and butterflies in a few months. And while you are at it, spend a few minutes standing in the sun’s warm light and get your daily dose of vitamin D the old fashion way.
I hope spring is on it’s way in your little corner of the world. Until next time, blessed be brothers and sisters.