A bit of midweek inspiration: Spring is coming!

Wild violetPretty soon I’ll see the return of these wild violets to my lawn–I can’t wait!

Spring officially arrives on March 20. I’m so happy about this that I’m (almost) willing to strap on a sandwich board proclaiming, “The end is near!”

It’s been a hard winter. Full of cold, snow and the winter blues, I found myself asking, “Why do I live here?” quite often.

It’s an existential crisis I face every year. Then, spring arrives and I find the answer. Seeing the bits of green grass and the tops of daffodils poking out of the ground, smelling the sunshine in the air and experiencing longer hours of daylight gives me the greatest joy. I know it’s said that happiness is a choice, but when the sun is shining and the landscape is waking up from its winter nap, I don’t see how one can choose anything but happy.

So, today I celebrate spring as a source of great inspiration. Lady Bird Johnson gives the perfect explanation why, “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”

Monday Musings: Handmade soap and good, clean fun

Rainbow Mantra soapImage credit: Modern Soapmaking

It’s been a busy week on Emmet Street. Christine has been busy in her soap lab mixing up new Creations, we’ve both been reading until our eyes were about to fall out and Daylight Saving Time has taken an hour of sleep (but I’ll sacrifice it to have daylight when I leave work). We’ve been skulking around the internet, looking for inspiration. Take a peek as some of the neat stuff we found.

Handmade soap

There are so many creative soap makers we are inspired by, check out some of our favorite finds on Pinterest! (Are we pinning buddies there? We should be.)

Good, clean fun

If you’re not following us on Facebook, here’s some of the fun you missed last week:

Previous musings from Emmet Street you might have missed

According to the Centers for Disease control, and the current state of my nose,  flu season is still going strong in the U.S. Here’s what you can do to try stay healthy and avoid the flu and how to stay happy if you succumb to the nasty virus.

It’s Groundhog Day! 5 fun facts about Punxsutawney Phil

Gobbler's KnobImage credit: Gobbler’s Knob by shannonpatrick17, on Flickr. CC BY 2.0.

It’s Groundhog Day! Time for us to turn to the humble groundhog Punxsutawney Phil to tell us if spring is going to come in six weeks, or if spring is going to come in six and a half weeks and still feel like winter. Or something like that.

Anyway, whether you’re a fan of the Punxsutawney tradition or not, enjoy a few fun facts about Phil:

  1. He is immortal. The average groundhog lives six to eight years, but Phil is above average, thanks to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s special “groundhog punch.” They give him a taste of it once a year, keeping him full of vim and vigor; thus, there has only been one Punxsutawney Phil.
  2. Punxsutawney Phil narrowly escaped the death penalty in 2013, when an Ohio prosecutor indicted Phil for “misrepresentation of an early spring.” He was later sprung, when his handler took the blame for failing to correctly interpret at the Groundhog Day events.
  3. When he’s not busy with his one day of work, Punxsutawney Phil lives in a burrow at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library.
  4. During Prohibition, he threatened 60 more weeks of winter if he wasn’t able to get a drink.
  5. It’s a fun tradition, but relying on a groundhog for weather predictions isn’t recommended. According to data analyzed by National Climatic Data Center, the rodent is more skilled in making burrows and hibernating than making weather predictions.

Want to know what Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction was for 2015? Check out the The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Groundhog Day site for video of the big event!

Spring has arrived!

Even though the Spring equinox officially happened on March 20it’s taken a while for northern Ohio to start shedding its winter coat.

It shouldn’t be a suprise to anyone to learn–given my account of struggling with the “winter blues“–that Spring is my favorite season. The days are longer, I actually get to see the sun and everyone seems to be in a better mood. Maybe it’s the optimist in me, but watching the new bits of green poking up from the soil and sprouting from the trees makes me feel renewed and like anything is possible.

I took a little walk around the house and snapped some pictures of things that bring me the most joy this time of year.

Farmers getting their fields ready to plant tasty things I’ll get to enjoy in the summer:

farmer

Peonies! I can’t wait for them to bloom so I can take some to work and enjoy their scent at my desk:

peony

Wild violets growing in my lawn:

violet

Hyacinths! I love how they bring a pop of color to my garden so early in the season:

grape hyacnith

And hostas! They’ll look really lush later this summer. If I’m lucky, the deer will leave them alone and I’ll get some flowers, too!

striped hosta

I can’t wait until I’m able to get out and clean things up and make my garden shine. I see lots of mulch in my future.

How about you? Is spring your favorite season? What’s on your garden to-do list?

Don’t forget April showers bring May flowers! Take advantage of our sale in the Emmet Street Creations store and stock up on the things you need to clean yourself up after a day of yard work. Get 20% off your purchase of $10 or more now through May 12. Simply enter code ILOVEMOM at checkout.