April is here! I don’t know why but I am so excited that April is here. I am going on a vacation starting Thursday of this week. We are going to warmer weather and visiting the grandkids and their parents of course!
April has more warmth and I am really hoping the rest of the snow will melt. I am hoping no more ice just spring rains and more sunshine. I am really wanting to plant my sunflower seeds but it is way to early even to put them in a seed tray inside because they can’t be planted out until end of May here.
I am looking forward to walks outside and maybe coffee on my flagstone patio. I am pledging to get out on my patio more this year to observe nature and to not let my neighbors drive me inside all year. You know the drill, barking dogs, smokers and revving cars. HOWEVER, there have been significant changes in some of the folks who live near me over this past year and I am going to reclaim my back yard. I had lost some of the desire to be out there over the past few years for many reason. I did sit in it last year but I am thinking I am going to make it a morning ritual this year.
I am excited to say that I have been long arming daily over the past few weeks. I am enjoying my free motion quilting so much. Not much sewing happening and that is how it goes because there is only so much time in a day. I am able to knit on my Elementary shawl because the tendon in my hand is better, too. The cardigan crochet project will probably get finished over the summer as I let it heal more.
I have also started to get a more detailed and serious Fly lady routine going for the spring so I can get this house cleaned up and tidier. I won’t say I am doing tons of deep spring cleaning, but Fly Lady breaks it down to 15 min tasks a day to keep your house in order so it “practically cleans itself”. I did something I haven’t done in, well years. I vacuumed under the cushions on my living room furniture this week. Now you can’t see any of that but for some reason I feel this house is cleaner already. This week I won’t be here to do too much but I can get a few things done before we go and I will feel great about how the house will look when we get home! I downloaded an app to keep me reminded about what zone we are in so I can plan it all out in my Silk and Sonder journal.
The last thing I did was download a meditation app. I think it will help me do a daily deep breathing and relaxation exercise on my lunch hour to reset my mind before I tackle the afternoon at work.
Lots of fresh starts going on around here! April has inspired me already