Spring things

Posted on March 20, 2010
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It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain

It’s officially spring today, but our weather reporters in southeast Michigan tell us we’re in for snow showers this weekend. Regardless, we’ve enjoyed sunshine and unseasonably warm temps all week. Our tulips are already pushing their leaves through the soil, and the neighborhood kids got a chance to dust off their roller blades.

And just in time, the April issue of Body and Soul arrived on the stands with several fresh articles on adopting a healthier diet, managing stress, and celebrating Earth Day. But what really sold me was an especially good piece by Amy Maclin on the deeper meaning of housecleaning. I enjoyed the issue so much, in fact, that I started a subscription.

Being an optimist, I’m also starting to plot my herb garden. But since I can’t start digging outside yet, I’m methodically purging the useless stuff I’ve accumulated in previous seasons — one drawer, one room, at a time. My new “Somewhere in the Middle” column in Michigan Women’s Forum offers a few tips for spring-cleaning your own closets and dumping shabby attitudes. Click here to read it. Here’s to fresh starts and a happy spring! — CL

–“Spring” collage detail by Cindy La Ferle–


12 Responses to “Spring things”

  1. Joanne on March 20th, 2010 7:53 am

    Very pretty collage, Cindy! We’ve had so little snow here in southern New England, it hasn’t really felt like winter! Happy Spring, wishing you much sunshine, and happy gardening too 🙂

  2. giftsofthejourney (ELizabeth Harper) on March 20th, 2010 11:41 am

    I am so ready for a bit of spring weather. Funny that you should mention closet cleaning, I was on my way to sort one out when I thought to check your blog. I guess I should take that to mean … get on with it!

    I will too once, I check out the link you have for Body & Soul.

  3. Joanna Jenkins on March 20th, 2010 11:32 pm

    I’m ready for a little gardening too, Cindy! I sure hope Spring arrives in Michigan soon! Enough with the snow.

    Terrific article at Michigan Women’s Forum. Thanks for the tips.

    Happy weekend,

  4. Cindy La Ferle on March 21st, 2010 7:10 am

    Thanks for checking out the piece on Michigan Women’s Forum — and I do hope you all get a look at the April issue of B&S too. I also appreciate the comments on the collage. It’s a detail from a larger piece. I am planning to clean up the studio this week and get back to more artwork. I haven’t had much time for it lately…

  5. Kathleen Scott on March 21st, 2010 12:59 pm

    Oof! I get the principle, letting go of unnecessary stuff, but I hate the exercise. But I have a whole rack of banker business suits that I haven’t worn in four years and will probably never wear again. Think I’ll give them up this spring, make room for things I will wear. Glad you wrote this column.

  6. Angie Muresan on March 22nd, 2010 2:55 am

    I do a thorough cleaning twice a year. I find that the older I get, the less patience I have for hanging on to things that have no significance, or clothes I no longer fit in. I look forward to reading your new “Somewhere in the Middle” column, Cindy.

    Hope you had a lovely weekend.

  7. starrlife on March 22nd, 2010 7:30 am

    Beautiful piece Cindy! There is a book just out called The Nine Rooms of Happiness which uses a house as a metaphor for a woman’s emotional life- it too looks interesting! Sorry- not an ad just a resonance! Hope there isn’t much snow!

  8. Cindy La Ferle on March 22nd, 2010 7:44 am

    Angie, I know what you mean about losing patience with “old stuff” — spot on!

    And Starrlife, thanks so much for recommending the book. I checked it out on Amazon and will be calling my local bookseller to hold a copy for me this afternoon. Perfect reading for me right now!

  9. deb on March 22nd, 2010 5:32 pm

    My husband and I both cycle through stuff. I keep the odd thing just because, but clutter stresses me out.
    I love out with the old , and maybe in with the new.
    Especially if I know I might be tempted to wear something my kids will make fun of me for. 🙂

  10. starrlife on March 23rd, 2010 7:28 am

    Here’s a website (Irene is fab) that has a giveaway for that book! They also have their own website which there is a link for on Irene’s giveaway post.


  11. Cindy La Ferle on March 23rd, 2010 9:10 am

    Thanks for the giveaway tip, Starrlife … and btw, your comment there was superb! You should win that book! It sounds like an amazing book, too.

  12. Beth Kephart on March 24th, 2010 7:46 am

    Who does not love this notion of the deeper meaning of housecleaning? I have always felt something special was at work when I was loving my house in that way.

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