The birds have been making quite a racket outside of late. Maybe they feel that it’s time to get the house in order for spring.
If I allow my mind to wander without being held hostage by my thoughts, I can feel like the birds this time of year – joyful. Not hopeful, because sometimes I think that hope leads to disappointment. I don’t need hope. I need joy. Not later joy. Now joy.
That’s what spring is – now joy.
And what better way to experience now joy than with a little bit of spring green inside the house?
I took down my winter wreath (finally) and hung in its place this cheerful one with many shades of green. It’s been in storage and this is the first light of day it has seen in four years. Ahhhhh!
Jillian painted a red-winged blackbird on this darling little birdhouse and gave it to me for Mother’s Day one year. My child is such a thoughtful daughter – she knows well (and cares) what this bird represents to me. The birdhouse is one of the few things that I still have from Jillian’s childhood. (Again, the ghost of Katrina still lingers.) I placed it on the china cabinet to color an otherwise brown room. I can hear him singing now….and suddenly I’m a child, playing with my sisters in the swampy muck of MawMaw’s yard.
I found these tapers for seventy-five cents apiece. They sit very nicely next to my leprechaun and spring garland on the mantelpiece.
I cannot neglect to tell you about these treasures. I found them at a vintage shop nearby – a hand embroidered dish towel and a Royal Doulton porcelain mouse. Cost for both: $6.00.
The towel will hang from my oven door, but I’m not sure where the mouse will find its home. Any suggestions?
Of course, you know that there was no Changing of the Mugs last fall. My stuff was floating on the ocean somewhere, so I had to borrow a pumpkin mug from Jillian to get my autumn decoration fix.
Now all of my possessions have found their proper place in my home. And during spring, my green Starbucks mugs will be on display in the kitchen.
Is all of this seasonal decorating silly? Maybe. There is a lot of strife in the world, and no one is a stranger to it. As for me, I need green this time of year to get me some now joy.
What do you find uplifting about spring?
Spring is my time to venture out into the garden Stacy, but so is autumn, which is where we are at now. I have an awful lot of catching up to do around the house just now, so haven’t quite made it out into the garden yet, but I can see all of the lovely autumn flowers in bloom outside.
I love your spring decorating and it must be a wonderful feeling to have all of your familiar belongings in there place now, in your new home. 🙂
It certainly is, Joanne. We plant a lot in autumn here, too, because some plants can’t take the heat of our summers if they haven’t had time to root. ❤
Lovely touches of spring! I enjoyed the peek inside your house, including Jillian’s bird house. What I find uplifting about spring is the smell of melting snow. It feels like so many possibilities are opening up. I also like wearing a lighter jacket. Do. not. like. mud. However, mud seems inevitable. Today I splashed in a puddle while walking! That was fun.
Now that sounds like a way to make the mud work for you, Kathy! ❤
Thank you, Kathryn! ❤
El Guapo said:
Congratualtions on your springification!
Gives me hope as I sit in the office on the 50th floor watching the snow fall…
Well, that is something, Guap. Beauty comes in many forms. ❤
First, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment.
I’m going to look around a bit here on yours, but just from this post, I gather that you suffered great losses during Katrina. I’m so sorry. I’ve lived through some major hurricanes here in Virginia, but they’ve been rare, and we, thankfully, have never lost a home or possessions.
I think your little signs of spring around the house are wonderful. Meanwhile, my good friend in northern Virginia will probably have nearly a foot of snow today!
Hi, Dianna. Yes, we lost almost anything we didn’t take with us when we evacuated for Katrina. It was a devastating loss, but we’re nesting again in a new home far from the reach of hurricanes (in northern Louisiana).
Thanks for visiting – I’ll see you soon on your blog! ❤
Inger Wilkerson said:
I love the longer days of spring! Even when it’s still cold, you can tell better weather is coming!
I love it, too, when the days linger a while longer. So good for the spirit! ❤
So nice to see that you are feathering your nest, just like the birds outside! Love the little birdhouse and what great finds from the thrift shop! Love that tea towel and the little mouse. He would be sweet anywhere! Enjoy these lovely moments of spring! Flowers blooming and birds singing always do it for me ! xoxo
Thanks, Karen – always nice to visit with you. ❤
What a nice post! We’ve got a big snowstorm today outside Chicago, so it was really nice to look at your photos and think about Spring. I think maybe in a week or two, I just might pull out a few of my own Spring-y things — thanks for the inspiration!
Glad you enjoyed my decorations – thanks for stopping by! Here’s hoping for a spring-like day in your not-too-distant future. ❤
Your birdhouse is just the sweetest treasure. I’ve been watching a bird build a nest in our palm tree out back…spring is here!!
I agree, Betsy – birdwatching is one of my favorite pastimes. Thanks for stopping by! ❤
Garden Of Daisies said:
PS- I love the embroidered Miss you found. She is a lot like the ones my Grandmother made.
Yes – it reminded me of things I used to have, so I grabbed it before someone else did! ❤
Garden Of Daisies said:
Stacy, I’m glad you still have this sweet little birdhouse from your daughter’s childhood. So sorry that so much else was lost.
I had a good chuckle when I read your comment on my blog. I love your tradition for tossing veggies at the parade and making stew! 🙂 That just makes me smile.
Only in New Orleans! ❤
I think this is a wonderfully positive idea, and seeing green things at this time of year most certainly cheers the heart. Like many people, I find seeing the spring flowers and buds on trees uplifting, as well as lambs in the fields and the longer daylight hours. Roll on greenery!
I haven’t seen any lambs around here, but that sure would do the heart good! ❤