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Welcome Spring into my life? #MissionPossible with #SheBlogs

I love winter.

Now that that hypocrisy is out of the way, let me just say that I strongly believe it has overstayed its welcome. By about 5 feet of snow that is still on my front lawn. See below…

snowbanks - northstory.ca

I won’t even try and explain what’s going on in the backyard. Just two days ago we still lived with wind chills of -15. Do you know what I was doing last year at this time? Decorating umbrellas. Do you know what people in the Southern US are doing right now? Instagraming pictures of lawn furniture makeovers in their grass covered backyards.

Do you know what I still look like as I walk out the door most days?

north face tremaya parka - northstory.ca

Yeah not fun anymore no matter how much I love my North Face Tremaya parka. Spring? Where?

So SheBlogs Media, my blogger agency challenged myself and two other bloggers to find a way to Welcome Spring into our lives in honour of the first day of Spring and turn a mission impossible into a mission possible.

Mission Accepted.

Here is my version of how to Welcome Spring Into Your Life when the snow is still trying to remind you that Costco’s gardening centre may or may not be open next month because the ground is frozen and you’re not going to be able to plant anything.

Step 1

Gather your assistants. Run, do not walk, I repeat run to the nearest nursery. In our case it’s Sheridan Nurseries where we got our autumn blaze maple tree that we planted in our backyard. It is also the place where we may be getting another to plant in our backyard this year if the snow ever melts. That is after we move the vegetable garden first to make room for this tree. But that’s another very long blog post.

Encourage these assistants to sit at the children’s colouring table while you pretend to choose between all the varieties of succulents when you really already know what you’re getting but just want to stand as long as possible to green plant life.

Sheridan Nurseries shopping - northstory.ca

Ponder your spring front yard garden this year.

Wonder what planters you can make to fit in all the flowers.

Wonder how to explain to your husband that he will be helping you making these planters (and potting bench) as he has no idea of these planter ideas of yours until he reads your blog.

seeds at Sheridan Nurseries - northstory.ca

Stop and stare at all the pots and planters in shades other than the white snow outside.

plant pots - northstory.ca

Notice the orchids table. Notice they are on sale.

Decide you can’t leave without one.

orchids at Sheridan Nurseries - northstory.ca

Find a neon green pothos plant. Fall in love.

Buy that one too.

neon pothos plant welcome spring - northstory.ca

Find a spot at home for your new orchid in the brightest sunlit spot.

Pretend you are somewhere in the tropics for as long as your kids allow you to do so.

white orchid - northstory.ca

Step 2

Go to Target.

Raid their candle aisle. Avoid all cinnamon and scents reminiscent of Christmas. Search for scents to get rid of the scent of your inability to open up a window to get fresh air into your home.

Leave with one of your favourites, the Sugar Blossom Soy candle.

Sugar Blossom Candle from Target - northstory.caLight it up.

Take in its magnificence.

Pretend you’re eating cotton candy at a Spring fair while sitting under an apple tree in the warm sunlight for as long as your kids allow you to do so.

Step 3

Your kids are no longer amused with you and your imagination wandering. They still see the snow.

Distract and bribe them with their own plants and crafts to make. Such as a nice upcoming weekend project of Terra Cotta Pot painting (in the words of my friend, terra cotta pots are the new Pinterest mason jars).

painting terra cotta pots - northstory.ca

Tell them they may only have a piece of your new love the neon pothos plant if they paint these and decorate the wood birdhouses that you also bought.

Secretly think “That’s never going to happen”. The plant sharing that is, not the painting.

Buy them moon cactuses to make them happy instead. Keep the neon pothos for yourself. Your plan works.

Wonder why you can’t stop thinking about a plant and start thinking it may be a great idea to get a part – time job at the nursery to keep up this happy new greenhouse you’ve begun to create at home in order to keep up your new found happier mood created by all the new plants and flowers.

Welcome Spring into your life, Mission Possible accomplished.

Next up, start growing your seeds in your kitchen for your herb garden. Trust me, you still have time.

The snow told me so.

9 Comments

  • Reply
    Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project
    March 20, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Hahaha!! I love this post so much! I can relate to SO much of what you said. Well everything except the loving winter part. We’ll just have to agree to disagree on that one. I like winter at Christmas. Christmas eve & Christmas morning are the only 2 times a year that snow is acceptable for me. And even then I prefer to experience it in all it’s prettiness from the inside of a window while enjoying a warm fire & a glass (or several) of wine. LOL!

    And yes, I know I’m Canadian & this is the Great White North and all that but the cold & wet & GREY just makes me cranky. But I digress…

    That neon pothos is GORGEOUS! I would have fallen in love too! If only I didn’t kill every plant I attempt to grow… 🙁

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    Julie (@ellivenstudio)
    March 20, 2014 at 8:43 am

    loooove it! there is nothing like flesh plants and blooms to make the house feel better! I can’t wait for this snow to be gone, bring on the rain only because it melts the snow. so looking forward to wearing my flats again.

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    fynesdesigns
    March 20, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I can’t wait for REAL spring to be here! Your purchases are so beautiful, I hope they bring the sunshine!

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    Shauna Oberg
    March 20, 2014 at 10:20 am

    First day of spring and we’re getting a nasty blizzard right now- gheesh! When will this be over? Need to stock up on flowers and candles!

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    Amy ~ Love On Sunday
    March 20, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Great post, Alex! I guess it’s time to change my Glade plugin filled with Apple Cinammon. So not Spring friendly. Love your purchases as well, that neon plant is gorgeous!

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    Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    March 20, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Love your new plants!

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    Tara
    March 20, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Love this post, Alex! And those bright colours!! I’m so ready for Spring (and I don’t have the mountain of snow out my front door, either)!

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    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    March 21, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Well, at least hair-styling can be suspended with that parka hood!