spring cleanup . . .
Even though it’s been unseasonably warm this winter moving into spring, I’m catching up on some spring cleaning this week. I’ve been meaning to clean up the plant shelf where G. had brought up some gorgeous dusty rose marble planks to provide a surface for the orchids. They’ve been coming along and their bloom is still approaching its peak.
I had a grocery bag full of clippings and dead leaves from the plants, especially the maidenhair fern which had nasty, dried-up brown fronds.
I also noticed that the overheating going on inside me has abated with the wise treatments given yesterday by C., my gifted Shiatsu practitioner. A levelling and cooling off that feels really calming and steady. By next week, some ceiling repair around the skylights and painting will take place in the kitchen and living area. Benjamin Moore’s “Navajo White” paint is my favorite color and has followed me from place to place wherever I have lived. The storage closets will be cleaned out altogether and organized so that we can find cottage and Christmas things more easily. My plan is to provide a swift exit for anything that we won’t use and that we don’t need. Outdated books and CDs will be donated to the local library. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G that remains will have its place. It has already begun to look more spare and feels as right as rain.
To top it all off, here is a photo of little Josie, lending a hand to vacuum the floor at the cottage the day that we left. Priceless!
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I love how you talk to me. It is very gentle and present. My husband is an orchid grower. It is his business and passion. Our home is filled with them and I don’t have to do anything…just enjoy them.
I’m embarrassed (or maybe proud!) to say that the majority of the orchids are from Trader Joe’s! I have been astonished at how easy they are to take care of (water and light :-)) and they come back, almost all of them at the same time when the light changes in late winter/early spring. A joy to behold! thanks for your comments!
i’ve never had the confidence to try an orchid, but i’ve often eyed them at trader joe’s! thanks for the boost!! i’ve also been in spring cleaning mode, but it’s leveled off somewhat now as the heat is rising.