10 Things to Love About Spring

Here in NJ, it feels more like Fall than Spring. In fact, it seems as if we are having a colder Spring than we did during winter! Still, Spring is here and I love it! I may have a new appreciation for Autumn, but spring is still my favorite season of the year. Just for fun, I am reposting my reasons why:

10 Things to Love about Spring

Image by Kapa65 (2014) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

1. The weather. I realize that we in NJ had a very mild winter this year, and it is cold right now, but that isn’t going to stop me from enjoying the warmer, lovely spring weather. šŸ™‚ As cold as it, we have had some glorious days to remind us that warmer days are on their way.

2. The sandals. Finally we can free our toes from the clunky, closed in shoes and sneakers worn all winter! I have a couple of pairs of really comfortable sandals and flip-flops I can’t wait to get on my feet.

3. The longer days. Once we get over the jet lag of losing an hour, isn’t having the extra light in the evenings wonderful? I admit, it’s harder to get Andrew down to sleep on school nights, especially now that he is eleven. Who wants to go to bed when it is still light out? Not me!

4. The flowers. I love all the flower gardens that will be popping up around the neighborhood soon. Some people do a fantastic job creating elaborate flower gardens. In the apartment building I live now, there are some creative tenants who do a great job decorating their patio/balcony.

5. The planting. Speaking of gardens, another thing I love about spring is planting tomatoes, basil and other herbs. Granted, I can’t do much where I live; however, I am hoping to do some pot gardening this year.

6. The smells and sounds. I absolutely love the smell of freshly cut grass (sorry to all those with allergies)! My apartment complex has landscapers come once a week to cut the grass and I love it. Also, soon people will be using their grill, and the smell of barbecue will be in the air. Finally, the salty smell of the ocean will become more prominent and the other spring smells are so wonderful. šŸ™‚ Additionally, now that spring is here, more people will be getting outdoors and we will start hearing more sounds of the laughing children, people having a good time, etc. There’s nothing like it!

7. The Easter Triduum. Easter came early this year (March 2016) but it still was after the official start of Spring! We know that the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Saturday evening Easter Vigil) is the most Sacred days of the liturgical calendar. I love participating in these liturgies, and my favorite is the Easter Vigil. I love the Exsultet, especially when it is sung!

8. The fruits. Yes, I know we can get many fruits year-round, but let’s be honest, they aren’t the best tasting. Have you ever had a strawberry right off the vine? Scrumptious! Spring is also the season for apricots, cherries, and rhubarb. Yum.

9. The veggies. Spring is the season of one of my favorite veggies, asparagus. I also love artichokes, beets, radishesĀ and fresh peas, all of which are in season during the spring.

10. The hats. Call me old-fashioned, but I miss the days of Easter bonnets. I love hats and wear different hats all year-long. The light, colorful floppy hats that start coming out in springĀ are so much fun to wear! šŸ™‚ And they areĀ practical, too.Ā Those floppy hats and visorsĀ keep the sun off the face to prevent burns andĀ skin cancer.

Now it is your turn. What are your favorite things about spring? Do share!

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Holmdel Park

At Holmdel Park:

mom and kids

My mom, my niece and my son

 

Lake

 

Horse

(Linked to Wordless Wednesday)

Wordless Wednesday: The Leaning Tower of Snowman!

When we were visiting our family in NJ for Christmas, my mom gave my son a snowman kit. With the 30 inches of snow NJ got during Christmas, he was able to make use of the kit right away. šŸ™‚ My father-in-law and Andrew built a big snowman; however, the day after they built it, the snowman started leaning. Instead of the leaning tower of Pisa, we had the leaning tower of snowman!

Here’s how the snowman looked when they built it (pictures courtesy of my father-in-law):

Snowman

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And this is what it looked like when it started leaning (pictures courtesy of my father-in-law):

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(Linked to WW headquarters.)

I’m back!

I hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Christmas and New Year holy day! Ours was fantastic. We went to NJ to visit family and it was a truly blessed trip. I even got a surprise Christmas gift: my friend, Anne, drove in from OH! We were also there for the 30 inches of snow they got last week. It was beautiful to look at, but not so fun to travel in. I’ll be posting some pics from the storm tomorrow.

Anyway, now that we are back home and pretty much settled, I’m ready to get back into the swing of things; which hasn’t been easy! LOL!

(P.S. Speaking of snow, I can’t believe the snow/ice we got here in Atlanta, GA!)

Top Ten Fabulous Scents

For her last week’s Top Ten Tuesday list, Jubes over at Notes of Jubilee posted her top ten delightful aromas. It was such a fun list (and spot on!), I thought I’d piggyback off her list (with her blessing!) and share my own favorite scents.

Image by Hans (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

(And like Jubes said, don’t judge me ’cause the list is mostly food.Ā  šŸ˜€ It’s not my fault so many foods smell so good! lol!)

1. Fresh cut grass.

This might not be on the top of most people’s list; but, I’m fortunate in that I don’t have any outdoor allergies. It is on of the things I look forward to in Spring and Summer.

2. The ocean.

Growing up in Keansburg, NJ, we lived near Sandy Hook. Sandy Hook runs into the Atlantic OceanĀ  and so that salty ocean smell was never far away. I loved it (Still do)! It’s also one of the things I missed most when I lived in OH.

3. Mountain air.

When I was a kid we used to vacation in Catskills, NY and I remember to this day how wonderful the air smelled. There is something about the mountain air that is crisper and cleaner than anywhere else.

4. Pine trees.

Pine trees are one of my favorite smells of the Christmas season. I could never get an artificial tree unless I absolutely had to. Yes, cleaning up pine needles is a chore. Yes, the sap can be sticky. Yes, you have to be careful of fire. But, when you walk into your house and the lovely pine scent fills your nostrils, it makes it all worth it!

5. Mulled wine.

Every holiday season, my friend Jen puts a bottle of Tomasello Spiced Wine in her small crock-pot along with some cinnamon and cloves.Sometimes she adds orange slices.Ā  She then puts the crock-pot to it’s lowest setting and just lets the aroma fill her house. Oh, I can’t tell you how awesome it is! (It also tastes really good, too!)

6. Baking bread.

Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked bread straight from the oven?! I have some in the oven right now as I write this and oh, boy, does it smell good.

7. Lemons.

Need I say more? šŸ˜‰

8. Cilantro.

I love the smell and taste of Cilantro. It is an herb and is actually the leaves of the coriander plant. People really love it or really hate it, apparently (from what I’ve been told). It has a pungent smell that seems to turn some people off. Not, me!

9. Lavender oil.

I don’t generally like the smell of perfumery stuff but I love the smell of lavender oil. It has a fresh, gentle scent that I enjoy. Did you know that it also has health benefits? Yep, it does!

10. Incense.

Unfortunately for me, I’m allergic to most incense! It’s a real bummer, too, because incense smells so good (which is why I added it to this list anyway).

As always, feel free to chime in! Let us know what your favorite scents are.

(for more fun lists go over to Oh Amanda who hosts Top Ten Tuesday each week.)