Happy first day of spring! It’s still pretty cold and wet here in Vancouver, but I can’t help but feel excited about the prospect of new beginnings and warmer days that accompany this time of year. So, to celebrate I have two things to share with you today. First, a poem by Robert Frost in celebration of Spring.
A Prayer in Spring
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love,
To which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends he will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.
I love the idea of staying present and grateful for life today, and remaining in “the springing of the year” (isn’t that a great phrase?) instead of darting off to future worries. Frost can be a bit sarcastic at times, but this poem seems quite transparent and genuine and I found myself resonating deeply with it.
The second bit I wanted to share with you is a quick little project that I created with my trusty Adobe Photoshop software – I love Adobe! Anyway, last year J and I endeavored to live a more sustainable lifestyle, and we kept track of our journey through this blog. Well, we’re still holding fast to the lessons we learned throughout the year and just recently I finally made up some cute labels to go with our homemade cleaning supplies as I was forever having to look-up the recipes whenever we need to restock our stores. The labels make it super easy to whip together another batch of all-purpose cleaner or furniture polish – and they are stylish to boot! These recipes are all natural and non-toxic so you won’t fill your nicely cleaned home with harsh chemicals that are nasty for you and the environment. They are also much cheaper than the natural cleaning products for sale in the shops and since you are making them you can customize the scents to suit your preferences. What could be better than that?
Want to make some of your own? Just click on the PDF link “cleaning-recipes” to download and then print the sheet out on a page of sticker paper, attach to reusable spray bottles, mix up the recipe and you’ll be good to go! Hope you enjoy!