For my wife and I- daffodils mark the start of spring. In fact today at 2:24pm is the Spring Equinox. I am excited for this season to begin. We even had a small preview this past weekend of beautiful weather.
Before we left for Calgary, our daffodils had begun to sprout up in our gardens. They hadn’t bloomed yet and we were eager to enjoy their bright petals upon our return home a week later.
The daffodils did not disappoint. The bright yellow pop of colour brought my wife and I much joy seeing them around our home. Knowing they don’t last long, does upset me. However, we have a variety of other plants that show up and blossom throughout spring, summer and fall.
So this past weekend, my wife and I took advantage of the warm sunny weather and cleaned up the gardens around our home. We cleared out old, dead growth, leaves, and the fluffed the soil. We also transplanted some plants into new locations that we had discussed last year. Our home is beginning to look pretty post-winter.
We cannot wait for more flowers to start popping up! Bring it on Spring!
January and February flew by already. We are now into March. Around here we had some whacky weather happen leading up to this month.
This morning’s skyline was absolutely stunning as the sun came up. As I was driving my son to school, I saw numerous people taking pictures of the colours in the clouds. I was just enjoying living in the moment (and paying attention to the roads).
This afternoon, I ate my lunch and stared out our back window watching the clouds sail by. I like that there was a mix of dark and light clouds leading off into the horizon. Soon spring will be upon us and life will begin to spread some colourful vegetation. Winter will be a distant memory and the summer sun will be beating down upon us in no time.
Spring is that beautiful transition from winter to summer. It’s one of my favorite four seasons. Each season has a sense of wonder and beauty. I enjoy nature’s creativeness immensely.
In the next few minutes summer shall be over and autumn will be upon us. Luckily for us living in the Vancouver area- the daytime weather will be nice and warm for at least another week keeping us in the mid to low 20°C areas. Summer is just not ready to hand over the season lightly.
I for one am glad about this. It means more time with our pool open as the sun beams down. Earlier today, my wife and I went for a swim to try and make the most of this weather.
It also means we will have a chance to prepare our gardens for winter. I’m genuinely excited about that. We will be setting up a temporary greenhouse to protect our remaining tomatoes and peppers before the last harvest. We also have some trimming and planting to get done so that next spring the gardens will bloom.
Of course I do like all the seasons. Autumn brings with it Halloween and warm food and drinks. As well as apple pie and turkey!
So happy Autumn Equinox everyone. Go enjoy the pumpkin spice!
I have shared so many photos of the sky that we can see from our home over the past few months. Many of you can see the sky from your own homes. You probably also have some amazing views. I’ve been sharing because I’m excited to see the sky for the first time in years on a regular basis.
The transitions and changes over the last few seasons leave me awestruck. Every night and day showcases something new to admire. We have also been lucky enough to see tons of fireworks off in the distance as folks celebrate various events. From out the windows and off the decks- we just love our home for what it has to offer.
Occasionally I do miss the trees and the greenery from our last home. Unfortunately all of those trees kept us shaded from the wonders of the sky. We never saw the clouds, the moon or the sun. We would get sneak peeks of them periodically, but never enough to truly enjoy.
I do like that we did not compromise on privacy when we moved. The neighbors may be closer, but it’s still peaceful and tranquil like our last home was.
As I have mentioned before- I don’t think I will ever tire of the views our home has to offer us.
By the time you read my blog today, it will officially be Autumn. I love the changes in seasons. Each season is exactly the right length.
Even though this year has felt like it has drawn on forever, we are entering the final quarter. The last hurdle to go until 2021. To me, autumn gets broken down into pieces. We have the first week of Fall, Thanksgiving, Halloween, then November leading us into December and the excitement of Christmas Holiday Season.
By the time the Winter Solstice hits, we will be looking back on this year as if it had lasted a decade. A lifetime of history making done in a single year. It’ll be a relief to look back on 2020 and have it all behind us.
What is your favorite season? Are you ready for 2021?
I love the skies after the rain. The way the clouds disperse or rainbows appear- make for a beautiful show. Especially in the spring time.
Over the next few days, the sun should start to make an appearance a bit more frequently. This rain has been beneficial to our gardening that’s for sure. But those plants also need some sunshine.
The transition in the center of the seasons is probably my favorite part. Not the start of spring or summer, or fall or winter. But the middle bit. The part that we live out between the start and end of the seasons. The Uncelebrated parts.
I know that it’s that time of year for parents and children. Back to school! It’s a great time and all, but I don’t want to be in such a hurry to get through this year. Summer is still in effect- even if only for a few days officially.
Autumn will kick in, with it comes Thanksgiving and Halloween. Then it’s winter with Christmas vacation and New Year’s. Spring hits us pretty quick as the kids get more time off before finishing out the school year. Only to start Summer all over again.
Each day will pass us by quickly as we plan for the next one. My wife was surprised that I didn’t want to do much but chill out during my last vacation at the end of August. The biggest thing for me was to experience a change of environment in order to relax. I couldn’t have done it had we been at home the entire time. Some new projects or workload would’ve been added as the days went on. I wouldn’t have been able to just chill out.
I have come to realize that not every moment needs a purpose. Not every minute needs to be filled up with activities. Even as the kids begin another year at school, I hope they find a few moments of nothingness to enjoy in amongst the hectic schedule that we have all become accustomed to.
I don’t really want summer to end- but it has to. At least more memories to be made over the year are still to come. Let’s just try and savor them a bit more.
I can’t believe that summer is already starting it’s stretch on the way out. You see it in the papers and on tv- Back to school advertising is weaseling in. Some stores are showcasing Halloween or even *gasp* Christmas merchandise. Summer Blow Out Sales are everywhere. But that isn’t proof that summer is over.
Nature is telling me that summer is ending soon. The color of the tree leaves in my yard are changing. I’m seeing less green when I look on the branches. The daylight is ending earlier and starting later. Sometimes there is no daylight at all as a storm passes through. There are fewer bunnies, squirrels, & birds hanging out in my yard. They’re all growing up and moving out.
This means it’s time to make one last push to enjoy what is left of our summer. Time to hit the lakes, hike the trails, and sip on the cold beverages! Soon it will be autumn. Usually we head to Southern California in the fall to extended our summer feels. But this year we began our summer early by heading down in spring.
This will be our first Halloween at home in a few years. We shall experience the slow draw of fall- bringing with it crisp nights, warm blankets and comfort. I love the fall. In fact I love all of the months and seasons for a variety of reasons.
But summer can’t end yet. There’s still so much more to do. More drive-in movies. More beach days. More quality time with family and friends. There’s just so much more left of summer. Time to keep on enjoying it.