Enjoying Spring in Winnipeg

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“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….

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Then it went through a few phases.  Can you guess how which one of the two was the final painting?

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*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.

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“Every Spring is the only Spring – a perpetual astonishment.”  

Ellis Peters

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…

sunset at the lake, spectacular cloud
An unusual and lonely cloud, illuminated by the sunset (last summer), looked spectacular.

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!)

feet in sandals
It’s so easy to slip into sandals! And the air on our toes feels so good.

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.

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…The trees outside my window are dressed in their magnificent, leafy green garments.   (Do you notice the trees around you, too?)

Tree lined streets means lots of trees right outside my window.
Trees ask for so little, but give so much. You can see them here in action… beautifying the city and cleaning the air!  They provide a home for birds and other backyard wildlife, and shelter us from the hot sun.

 

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)

Answer – This was the final painting:
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Carina Spring

Hi! So glad you stopped by my little blog, where I joyfully embrace creativity. Here, at Home... hurrah!, I celebrate the beauty and depth of everyday moments, explore what life has to teach us, and share some of the interesting things I see and learn along the way. Thanks for the visit!

26 thoughts on “Enjoying Spring in Winnipeg”

  1. Wow, this is very lovely post. So full of spring!
    I love spring as you do. And if there are lilacs and birds and trees and nice quotes is one post, you definitely had won my heart!
    And your bird painting is very beautiful.
    Cheers!

  2. I picked the right finished bird. The shadow gave it away. At least it did for me. I love Spring too, especially the lilacs. They grew in my yard when I was growing up, and always smelled lovely. Spring here in Indiana is typically rainy. This year, it’s been warmer than usual, which I’m sure people who only have weekends off love dearly. Speaking of love, I love your images. They are so clear and pretty. I wondered if you used a camera to snap them, or your phone? I’ve heard it can get very cold in Canada. I’ve only visited certain parts in the summer time. It’s a beautiful country all year round, but you’re right when you say that Spring is special. Rebirth most always is.

    1. Hi! Yes, it does get cold in Canada, and especially here in Winnipeg! But we are lucky in that we tend to get a lot of sun all year round. Thanks for the kind words about the pictures. Actually, I just use the phone on my camera to snap pictures, but I am thinking that I might want to buy a camera and learn to use it properly in the next few years. Though I want to focus on paining and drawing more often, first. So you guys get lilacs out there, too, it sounds like. Isn’t it funny how flowers and trees from our youth can stay with us in a special way? I am sure that is why raspberries are my favourite berry: We had bushes of them out in the back of the yard, and there was such a delight in picking them and eating them, right off the bush, when they were ripe. Thanks again for taking the time to read and comment. 🙂

    1. Hi Faith. That’s interesting that you see geese where you are. I’m curious now if they spend time there or if it’s just a quick stop on their migration route. The painting was fun to do! Thanks for reading and commenting. Glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂

      1. The geese seem to hang around, but I couldn’t say for sure whether they’re the same flock. They certainly make a racket introducing us to their presence! It’s amazing how far they fly.

        1. They sure let you know they are there, don’t they! Haha. I do love hearing them in the fall, flying overhead, as they call out to each other in preparation for migration. Such amazing journeys they must make. Interesting how they look sort of clumsy walking on the ground, but they are so graceful when they are gliding in the water or –in their element- flying above. Thanks for the visit!

  3. An exuberant post, Carina. I love spring too. We have so much rain, rain, rain during most of the year that the sunshine and light feels physically nourishing. I’m so tickled that your husband put lilacs by your bed. That is so sweet! And your bird painting is beautiful. Lovely creativity all through here. 🙂

    1. Hello. Yes, that is the word – nourishing! The sun and light and warmth do feel physically nourishing, and they sure nourish the spirit, too. Thanks so much for visiting and for the lovely comment. Hope you have a great week!

  4. Good to ‘meet’ you.
    Glad you chose the little bird with patterned background as final painting. Love it.
    And thank you for defining Mahalo for me. I have a Mahalo ukulele and didn’t realise it had a meaning.

    1. Hello Sally Swain, nice to meet you, too. Have you played the ukulele for a while now? I love the sound of that instrument… A soothing, relaxing sound. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Glad you liked the bird. 🙂

  5. Dear Carina, you must be happy, your post oozes the joy of spring and your artworks are so beautiful. Your frost free season started and here summer has started…I switched the AC on for the first time today ;o) Thank you for a beautiful post! Xo Johanna

    1. Dear Johanna, how awesome that you are already enjoying summer and that it’s warm enough to need the AC! Yes, you are right, I do love the spring, the flowers, and the mild weather. Thank you so much for the visit and the encouraging words. XO 🙂

  6. Dear Carina, You can pack more lovely things into one post than anyone I know! Your sandal sketch – LOVE! Your bird painting, amazing. The gorgeous lilacs your husband put in your bedroom! I can almost smell them. Lilacs are the best. I have always loved Anne, and so your last quote was perfect for this post. I am so glad you are enjoying spring and all the beauty in Winnipeg. Not only are you reveling in it, you are CREATING it too! Thank you. xoxo

    1. Dear Allie, thanks for the kind words! I share your love of lilacs. Honestly, there are those rare evenings when the weather conditions are perfect, and I find myself sitting near a fragrant lilac bush, and I think ‘wow, this little moment makes any suffering in life seem worthwhile’. The key is trying to remember that when ‘suffering’! 😉 Have a wonderful week. Xoxo

      1. I am so glad I came back for a second visit to this post. The first time I could not see the cloud picture and it is lovely. And now I will be thinking about the lilacs and “wow, this little moment makes any suffering in life seem worthwhile.” I have had strep throat all this week and it has been painful, but even more so to see Jon run around doing his thing and mine too. It is hard for two people to do the work of one. I am so looking forward to summer’s arrival and my first trip to the beach. Maybe I will take some lilacs along. XO

        1. Allie – Thank you so much for taking the time to share those thoughts.

          Also, I am sorry to hear that you have strep throat. That is no fun. Take good care of yourself and I hope you are feeling better soon. XO

    1. Hi Jay! Interesting! Now I am curious if you live near a park, or maybe out of town? That hasn’t happened to me, but I do give them space when I walk in the park. 😉

  7. Spring in Winnipeg looks a lot like spring in Maine. What a glorious season, with May being the most glorious month of all. I noticed the Ellis Peters quotation. I’m a huge fan of her Brother Cadfael books. And, I guessed the final painting. Lovely, Corina!

    1. Hi Laurie! Yes, Winnipeg and Maine both get to experience a striking contrast in their seasons – something I sure enjoy. May is amazing, isn’t it!

      I am not familiar with Cadfael’s books. Thanks for mentioning his name, I will
      Put him on my radar.

      Thanks for the visit, Laurie.

  8. Hi Carina… Yes, Spring is here… well, you are right, it started 2 months ago but in some places you are just starting to feel it.

    I love the smell of spring.. Here, in LA, it smells like jasmine, which blooms around March.

    Love your paintings. Have a great spring/summer… I really like this time of the year.

    1. Yes, the smell of Spring is one of my favourite things, too… The sweet fragrance of flowering trees is amazing. We don’t get as many here as some warmer climates, but there are a lot of lilacs and apple trees.

      L.A. is a neat city. I was there many, many years ago inmy youth. I’d love to go again some time – maybe one fine March. Take care, Mila. Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

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