It’s currently mid March as I enter this blog post, as of yesterday, a Nor’easter came through and left us with several feet of snow. So to write the phrase “spring” feels a little out of sorts to say the least. Despite all that, while spring is certainly well underway in other parts of the country, we in the northeast will be patient. Our turn will come, even if that means we will have to wait at least another full month. That’s ok, we are used to it. As I always say, we may have long winters, but that’s why we own the book, so to speak, on the most glorious autumns! The other day we ‘sprung ahead’ with the clocks, making evident the change in seasons with the longer afternoon sunlight that shines once again strongly into my kitchen. Filling it with a fresh glow and brightness only associated with this time of year. So for now, I’m just enjoying the beautiful give and take as the seasons struggle to give up one for the other. With all that said, I am decorating my home with fresh touches. Tulips like the ones above and fresh spring blooms brighten the corners of my home. I also start to put together the spring to-do list of chores that will need attention once the snow retreats. And naturally, I am thinking of the potager and what I’d like to plant other than the mainstay of tomatoes and fresh herbs. Spring will come in it’s good old time and when it does, I’ll be ready to say hello but at the same time I’ll be wistfully waving goodbye to a winter of memories and beauty. Enjoy all the moments my friends.
Perhaps I’m a little behind on this post, as for me, the holiday season really includes my favorite of all – Thanksgiving. I believe that starting a season off with gratitude and a celebration of simple gathering is the best way to grasp that special spirit that embodies this time of year. Our tree always goes up the day after Thanksgiving. A tradition we started so many years ago. Its such a fun weekend, since all my children are home and the house is bustling with activity. Traditions are the root of the festivities at our home, starting with decorating the gingerbread houses, trimming the tree, making my annual pot of turkey soup, playing Christmas music, etc. The list goes on and my family wouldn’t have it any other way! There will be more, of course, as the month progresses and we creep closer to the big day. Each year these days move along quicker and quicker. Gone is that childlike feeling of time being at a crawl. With so much to enjoy and accomplish we can get a little lost in that bustle. My advice to you is to try to savor all the moments, even the mundane. Each one becomes a moment in time that adds up with all the others to create that vision in our memories of another holiday that could slip by all too quickly. My wishes to you for peace and the feeling of love and kinship all through this glorious season.
Once again the seasons change. This time bringing that slight chill to the air and a hint of tinged leaves. Within a few short weeks we will be experiencing autumn in all it’s glory. The scent in the air has that unmistakable earthiness that only comes at this time of year and I feel that urge to start cooking long simmered dishes and baking apple pies. Autumn is truly the season for cozy feels and taking full advantage of all the outdoor activities we can before we finally retreat indoors driven by colder temperatures and shortened days. And as the trees give up their final leaves to flit gently to the ground we will welcome the feast of Thanksgiving and be once again, grateful for family and friends. I wish you all a most beautiful autumn season.
July – the quintessential essence of summer. The days are long and warm, the gardens are growing voraciously and vacation days are officially well underway. What is there to say about July that doesn’t evoke even the slightest of summer nostalgia. Catching fireflies, swinging hammocks, al fresco meals and just soaking up being outdoors more than any other time of year. July is that month we like to hold onto for as long as we can to savor all the goodness this time of year has to offer. We just recently finished jarring strawberries for the sweet memories they will bring during the bleak winter months. We had our annual Fourth of July BBQ featuring all the tried and true American classics – all recipes on the blog of course and are anticipating harvesting the first of our tomato crop. On another note, I have decided to make a minor change to the blog. I am no longer going to do monthly intro’s. As much as I love posting about the beauty each month brings into our lives, I have decided to simplify my life a bit as well and therefore going forward, I am going to post an intro for each season. And of course, there is always much to say about each one, especially when they are all so distinct here in the Northeast. As usual, check out my Amazon shop The Hive Shop, for products curated by myself and often have in my own home. See the link in the side bar. Have a fabulous July and summer, get out there and soak in the joy! Happy summer my friends.
June. The month of graduations, weddings, and other milestone marking festivities. Here in the northeast, the gardens are planted and new hopes along with them for a bountiful crop. Summer is officially underway and we are all eager to enjoy warm weather and outdoor activities. Personally, my favorite is al fresco dining. What else can beat eating outside while a soft breeze wafts through the surrounding flowers, soft flickering candles and that lazy, maybe I’ll have another glass of rose’ feeling? Others enjoy gathering around the firepit while the last vestiges of the day disappear into a lovely sunset and the fireflies flit about. June is definately magical and I’m ready for it. Welcome June and welcome summer!