Monday, May 9, 2016

Take Time to Stop to Smell the "Roses"

We are now quickly approaching the middle of May and our spring planting has come to a screeching halt due to excessive rain.  We have more rain in the forecast for the entire upcoming week.  When the weather goes into this mode, it creates an environment of uneasiness.

As I recall from last year, when we had similar weather conditions only even more extreme than this year, I decided to forgo any spring decorations around the house.  It just didn't seem worth it.  It was cold.  It was rainy.  It was cloudy.  We could barely mow the yard (nor did we need to mow our yard), so why on earth would I want to spend the money to purchase flowers only for them to be drowned by the day after day of monsoons, lack of sunshine, and zero heat?!

This year though, I'm holding on to optimism that things will be better! We already have half of our commercial grade, yellow corn in the ground (crossing our fingers that we will get sunshine soon), waiting on the little green spikes to come through the soaked soil.  So over the course of the last week, I have taken the plunge and purchased a few annual flowers and herbs to create a bit of color around our house.  You know, cheer things up a little!

My flowers are already taking good root in their new pots.  I was unsure about my color scheming because many of these flowers wouldn't typically be planted together.  But, hey, the colors are looking great and vibrant.  Supposedly, my marigolds are mosquito repellents, which should come in quite handy at the amount of rainfall we've had to date!  Just looking out the window from my kitchen, makes my heart smile a bit seeing the pretty colors "glowing" from the dullness of these cloudy days.

I have a few more plants to get planted and am doing my best to keep them alive in their tiny little "greenhouse" containers until my next trip to town to purchase outdoor flower pots.  So, in the meantime, I started looking through some things that I had stashed around the house.  

I'm kind of proud of the fact that I am repurposing these pretty cobalt blue tubs.  Since starting on my health and fitness journey, I have been adding new components into my supplement program to help advance my muscle recovery on days that I am really putting 120% into my workout. Low and behold, these tubs, which hold my Performance Recover post-work drink are the perfect color (exactly what I had envisioned in my head) to use for my fresh herbs.  I'm really excited about using them and the vibrancy that will come from the bright greens of the herbs reflecting out of the tops of the pretty cobalt containers.  I'm still planning to dress them up a bit, but for now, they are great for housing a few of the herbs I have selected and more empty containers will be available to plant the rest of my herbs soon!

There is no doubt, colors - either from flowers or the repurposing of pretty containers - can really lift our spirits from the dreariness and cloudiness of these earlier spring days.  

I'm looking forward to sunshiny days, of course! However, in the meantime, I will continue to nurture my 2016 flowers and herbs and continue to keep nurturing my body through the ups and downs of this weather!

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