Simple Pleasures~ Some Spring Green

>> Thursday, March 17, 2011

Living in a place that we can get up to 6 months of winter weather you sure appreciate green when it comes. But when outside doesn't want to cooperate ( like snowed again) with your need for green... then you make it happen inside. My hubby was pruning the fruit trees on the homestead and picked me some desert plum branches to force. I learned a new trick this year. Put one tablespoon of bleach in the water and it will prevent any bacteria growth and you will have nice clear water in your vase as it buds. Earlier this week after we finished our dinner I noticed the neat shadow play that was happening on the wall. I really wished I was able to catch it better but I loved how the branches and the shadow was leaning into each other.

The time to enjoy a bit of green and shadow play was such a sweet simple pleasure after a long winter.

.....Simple Pleasures is to remind me to stop, to look, to listen, to slow down and pay closer attention to the simple things in life. And when ever I do, I am never disappointed.

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Christine March 17, 2011 at 7:04 AM  

Mornin', Mary!

I love the photo. What a neat way to bring green inside. I shouldn't complain "down here," since we get more of the warm weather than you do. :) I too am longing for GREEN (hey, it's St. Patrick's Day here in the U.S....but I'm not wearing green...I don't have any green clothing...!)

Have a beautiful day thinking of green!


Keri On March 17, 2011 at 7:04 AM  

That is an incredilbe picture! Beautiful! The green is a bit hard to find around here too...still lots of brown!, but it is starting to show up - in the waffles this morning, actually!
(My oldest daughter LOVES celebrating the St. Patrick's Day - and she made breakfast!)
Have a glorious day!

Debbie March 17, 2011 at 7:52 AM  

I think that's an incredible picture. When I click away, that's exactly what I wish I could create.

I also love the tip about the water. If the cherry blossoms I'm seeking this weekend don't show up, I might figure out a way to try that. Of course, I would have to carry them home with me.

Sorry about your snow! I hate the heat here, but I would get sick of the snow too.

Paula Montalvo March 17, 2011 at 9:38 AM  

I love forced branches! I understand the weariness of winter all too well. I live in Northern Illinois. We don't get nearly the amount of snow you do up in Canada, but the weather is cold, dreary and miserable 6 months out of the year. Snowing up to 5 of them. :) What a nice way to bring Spring indoors. Blessings <3 Paula

Dayle March 17, 2011 at 9:59 AM  

So true, Mary. I love bringing in branches and clippings from the yard this time of year. Thanks for the bleach tip.

Great simple pleasure ... greening indoors.

Stephani March 17, 2011 at 10:19 AM  

I have to admit, my favorite seasons are fall and winter, but I do love the changing of seasons and all that goes with watching God's world change before your very eyes. - What handsome boys you have up there at the top of the page!

Karen March 17, 2011 at 10:20 AM  

I love the photo! It's nice to bring branches of color indoors!

PS: We are a homeschooling family, too.

Kathleen March 17, 2011 at 12:38 PM  

Your twigs do look pretty. Never heard about the bleach before, you'd think it would do more harm than good but I'm going to give it a try all the same. TFS.

Anonymous March 17, 2011 at 1:22 PM  

Pretty picture. Yes, sometimes we have to find the green wherever we can. :)


Joan March 17, 2011 at 4:10 PM  

Mary - the photo is lovely. Thanks for tip about the bleach.


Jenn4him March 17, 2011 at 4:49 PM  

When your spring comes, you are going to enjoy it so much!!! :-)

Ms.Daisy March 17, 2011 at 5:27 PM  

What a great idea - bringing in branches and forcing them to bud inside! I'd like to try that with some Forsythia brances. Thanks for the tip about the bleach, too!


sarah March 17, 2011 at 6:40 PM  

this is a beautiful picture. and I think your last line says it all...thanks so much for this....

Anonymous March 17, 2011 at 7:09 PM  

Oh Mary...what a lovely picture :)

Bringing just a bit of Spring not worry dear friend, it is almost here.



Trish @ Lily-Rose Cottage March 17, 2011 at 10:10 PM  

Mary your photo is just beautiful!'
I love the shadows too :-)
I've never forced branches to bud -it sounds intriguing.
I do like branches in a vase for decorating or just laid on the overmantle for a while.
Wonderful Simple Pleasure, my friend!

Far Above Rubies March 18, 2011 at 3:31 AM  

Mary, what a beautiful photo. It's the simple things in life that bring such pleasure and joy.

God bless you, sister.


morningstar March 18, 2011 at 5:55 AM  

We did this when I was growing up. My mom use to say it was her way of ushering in an early spring.

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