“The sun has come out and the air is vivid with Spring light”
Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate Stephens
Mahalo. Have you heard this word before?
In my latest post, I talked about the presentation I saw by Chad Pregrake, the 2013 CNN Hero of The Year. I found his story encouraging because it showed that each of us has the power to act on the things that matter, and that small actions can add up to make a significant difference.
I closed that post off with a song by a famous Hawaiian musician (It’s a medley of two songs: “It’s A Wonderful World” and “Somewhere Over The Rainbow“). My oldest brother, who loves to visit Hawaii, left a comment on that post that introduced me to the concept of Mahalo:
“In keeping with the Hawaiian theme of your closing, they have this concept of Mahalo, which translates to ‘thank you’ but also can mean gratefulness or thankfulness, and can be expressed as simply as picking up trash and leaving the place better than you found it.”
Mahalo. I love it. The soft sound of one word to remind us of our own power to make a difference.
What a wonderful wor(l)d.
And while we are speaking of gratitude…
Spring has settled in around here, and made itself right at home. We’ve passed the May long weekend, which is when experts announce the official start of the “frost-free” season in Winnipeg. Gardeners can start planting!
So, today at Home… hurrah!, I am in the mood for a light-hearted celebration of all things Spring, with a Winnipeg twist! (In case you are not familiar with Winnipeg, it’s an interesting little place.)
1. Spring officially started more than 2 months ago, and this is how the various regions in Canada looked on that first day of Spring.
2. I love birds, and I am always thrilled by my first sighting of geese flying over us, returning after a long winter! Some thoughts on migration here.
3. In the spirit of spring, I recently tried painting a bird.
It started like this….
Then it went through a few phases. Can you guess how which one of the two was the final painting?
*See answer at the the end of post.
4. This morning, as I woke up, the fragrance of lilac blossoms reached my senses before I even opened my eyes. My husband had put some fresh blossoms in a vase, in our bedroom. Ahhh… Fresh lilac blossoms, outdoors and indoors! Love.
“Every Spring is the only Spring – a perpetual astonishment.”
5. Barbecues! Actually, this past Friday, my husband made the best burgers ever. I am not always the biggest fan of burgers, but these were amazingly delicious. I will soon tell you how he went about making them… if I can pry the secret out of him!
6. I’ve been using my favourite emojis again! 🌸🌷💐🌱
7. Oh, the joys of being outside on a warm evening…
8. … in sandals!!! Aaaahhhh…
People who have to layer up in parkas, scarves, hats, gloves, long underwear, two pairs of socks, and boots, can really appreciate the care free experience of slipping into sandals! (No matter what our feet might look like!)
9. When celebrating Spring in Winnipeg, it is not always easy to decide what to wear. For example, according to Wikipedia, temperatures for April in Winnipeg range from −6.3 °C (21 °F) to 34.3 °C (94 °F), and can change rather quickly.
10. Green! Everywhere green! We are embracing this glorious season as the dormant world becomes vibrantly awake in May.
…The trees outside my window are dressed in their magnificent, leafy green garments. (Do you notice the trees around you, too?)
This list could go on, as I do love Spring, and the joy only increases as it transforms into summer. So, today, I will leave you with the bottom line:
“That is one good thing about this world… there are always sure to be more springs.”
L.M. Mondtgomery, Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables, #2)
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