Wordless Wednesday – And Then it Was Spring

 

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Winter Ecstasy

 

“And don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter.

It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous.”

                                                                                     ~ Rumi

 

 

And it won’t be long before that riot makes its way above ground.  In spite of the major snowstorm that recently made its way through here, I’m definitely sensing Spring is just around the corner – or should I say, just beneath the surface…

 

No matter the season, wishing you beauty and ecstasy today…

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Silent Sunday

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Wednesday Morning Meditations

 

I open my eyes to the soft, pale light of winter’s lovely pastel palette

All is quiet

it’s just before dawn

There’s a sense of calm in the air

but also, of anticipation

Something wonderful is about to happen

Yes, a brand new day

filled with promise

I slide out from beneath my warm blankets, clothed only in dawn’s soft glow

Finding my robe, I gaze out the window

at snow covered branches bathed in the gentle hues of morning

In front of that window, is a sleeping kitty curled up in a chair

So sweet and cozy, I resist the urge to wake her with my show of affection

With pen in hand and coffee nearby, I write

and I wait

not actually waiting

My mind is empty, not thinking, just being, just absorbing and savoring all that this present moment offers 

Multiple moments tick by, but I hardly notice the lapse of time

Soon I hear the quiet stirrings of loved ones awakening

Increasing light pours in through my window, although the sun still hasn’t quite yet risen over the horizon 

Pastels gradually give way to an orange glow

sorbet colored clouds hang in a sort of suspended animation, slowed by the cold winter air

Floorboards creek in the next room 

and increasing traffic sounds outside mingle with the sound of cartoons playing downstairs

The day has indeed begun

As the sun now explodes over the horizon bathing all the world in its golden light

I’m filled with deep gratitude

 

That I don’t have to hurry off to work today  😉

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2018

 

Sorry I don’t have a photo to share with this one, I was too ‘busy’ just being.  Plus, there isn’t any frost on my windows this morning ~ apparently a windchill of minus 8 isn’t cold enough.  😉  I suppose I could have snapped a photo of my sleeping kitty, I haven’t shared any of her lately.  Maybe next time…

 

Well thanks for reading.  Happy Wednesday and keep warm ~ or cool, depending on the weather wherever you are today…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Gardening in Winter

Happy Saturday everyone!  Or whatever day it is that you happen across this post.  🙂  As fresh white snow falls outside, it’s fresh and green inside… with my new AeroGarden!   Icon

I’ve had one of these on my Amazon wish list forever, and this year my sister bought one for me for Christmas.  Ho, ho, ho, merry gardening!  🎅

This is a 6 pod model that came with a starter set of herbs.  Two varieties of basil, parsley, thyme, mint, and dill.

I had lots of fun setting it up.  It felt more like a science project than gardening, and I suppose it kinda is.  Gotta love science that lets me garden indoors during the winter!  I felt a bit like a mad scientist.  “It’s alive!”   Or it will be soon.  😉  Here it is all “planted”…

It has a handy lighted display that lets you know when it was planted, when to add water, and when to add nutrients…

But it doesn’t actually work properly.  When you add the nutrients after the first 14 days, all you’re supposed to need to do is press the OK button and it’s supposed reset, but it doesn’t.  I’ve had to reset the entire garden twice now, but I guess it doesn’t really matter, once it’s growing, you don’t really need to know how many days it’s been planted.  I went online and found that other people were having the same issue, so at least I know it’s not just mine.

Each pod in the kit came with a little disk shaped label attached to the top that has information about the seeds planted within…

Observe the reflection of the unit’s built-in “disco lights” haha!  They don’t actually revolve around like a disco ball, but wouldn’t that be cool?!  If only they had a suggestion box.  😉   These lights are extremely bright, and because the timer is on the herbs 17 hour cycle, we have to cover it at night until they turn off or we go blind whenever we come into the kitchen.

Despite the 4 – 7 day label on the Thai Basil above, it was actually the Genovese Basil that was the first to sprout…

So exciting!

Soon, all but the dill and parsley were big enough to remove their little domes…

And here they are about a week later with the two basil plants towering over the rest.  I’ve been having to prune the basil a lot…

And here’s what it looked like this morning…

The dill is hiding in the back left corner…

Even though you can’t see it very well from the front, it’s getting plenty of light back there.  Dill grows really tall, so I’m sure I’ll have to keep pinching this guy back to keep it contained.

The thyme is a bit shaded though, so I’ll have to prune the basil a bit more…

No worries about the mint though, I’m sure it’ll grow like a weed regardless, spreading out its minty freshness…

But I will have to tame the mint a bit for the parsley’s sake.  The parsley has taken forever to sprout, I was beginning to worry that I had a dud pod.  But here he is.  Cute little teeny tiny parsley finally sprouting.  🌱

In all, I’m pretty darn pleased so far, and I’m looking forward to growing more fresh goodies in my little AreoGarden.

I forgot to mention that as the plants grow taller you’re able to raise the disco lights.  I raised it higher than recommended to snap the photo below, it’s supposed to be just high enough that the plants aren’t touching it.  If it’s too high, the plants will grow tall and spindly.  You’re also supposed to keep the taller plants pruned shorter until all of the plants are roughly around the same height.  As you can see, I need to prune the basil some more…

How many times have I mentioned that now?  Haha!  Maybe I’ll go down and do it after I post this…

But gosh you guys, do these fresh little herbs ever smell amazing!  It’s especially refreshing right now in the dead of winter.

Thank you again so much, Forest (my sister’s nickname), for getting me this little AeroGarden, I’m having lots of fun with it!  (Even though Mom hates it because of the bright lights. “Bright light, bright light!”) 🙃

Next, I’m thinking that I’ll get a selection of lettuces to grow.  If they do well, I may always grow my lettuce indoors, even during the regular growing season, because the bugs always bug my lettuce. 🐛 By the way, you don’t have to get the AeroGarden’s pre-seeded pods, you can reuse the empty grow baskets and domes that came with the kit and then use your own seeds.  All you’ll need are their little grow sponge thingies.  Just noticing that this kinda sounds like I’m doing a review for the AeroGarden or something haha!

Well, whatever it is, thanks for letting me share about it!  Ahh… the joys of gardening…

Have a wonderful day!

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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February Frost

 

Gleaming in the white winter sun

February’s frost radiates silver light

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2018

Happy February 1st!  ❄

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

 

In the silence of an early winter morning

the sun slowly peeks over the horizon

illuminating frosty crystals left behind by winter’s icy breath during the cold, dark night 

They sparkle and shimmer in its golden light

and I sigh

breaking the silence of an early winter morning

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2018

 

WPC: Silence

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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