In between snowstorms, the grass got greener and the family of bunnies that lives under our porch would come out into the backyard to inspect my poor little daffodils and tulips, all bent over and trying to straighten themselves up to reach the sun. Robins flocked to the bird bath, bravely dousing themselves in icy cold water. Then, when the next snow fell, they all ran for cover back under the porch and under the eaves.
This morning, our town is sponsoring a Spring cleanup. The entire neighborhood is in spring cleaning mode. It's funny to look outside and see the street lined with old mattresses, broken office chairs, bits of lumber. As fast as people are putting stuff out to the curb, a lot of it is being picked up by others who see it as treasure for flea markets and recycling.
I've been in Spring cleaning and major decluttering mode for the past month. Son #2 moved out and left behind 80% of his earthly belongings. He and I are so much alike, it is hard for us to part with things, so it has been a slow, painstaking process for him to sort through 20 years of stuff. His old room now consists of piles of Stuff to Give Away, Stuff to Store, and Stuff I Don't Know About Yet. My goal today is to gather some items for a benefit garage sale later this month and to encourage him to make some decisions about that third pile.
I'm going to try to get back into blogging again more regularly, but I'm not going to stress myself out if I don't. I love keeping a blog, for many of the same reasons I like to keep a journal. It helps me focus on what's important in life, stay positive and live more intentionally. It's so hard to keep life in balance, isn't it? It's so easy for me to take something that started out as fun and pleasurable, and turn it into a "have to". I don't want my blog to be something that I feel I have to do a certain way, a certain number of times each week, organized a certain way. I used to feel like that, but so much of life is that way. . . so bear with me (or not! -- but I would miss you) while I keep it free and easy:)