Spring is finally here! I figured what better way to show joy for spring than to show our dog Odie getting a belly rub from me in our back yard. The grass is finally a vibrant lush green color, after months and months of a wintery dormant tan color. This is his first belly rub this spring, the first of many I’m sure! Here’s to many belly laughs, many deep breaths, many times with loving friends and animals, many peaceful walks, & many restful nights of sleep. Last but not least, here’s to many peaceful mornings where you wake up knowing who you are a little more than the day before. Yay spring!!!!
Category Archives: Nature & Tree Hugging
This week I made a brief but wonderful visit to the Lincoln Park Conservatory. The minute I walked in there I felt great. It’s more humid for the benefit of the plants, and it’s so gorgeous. Chicago has two indoor nature conservatories, open all year: the Lincoln Park Conservatory, and the Garfield Park Conservatory. The Garfield Park one always has a great free parking lot. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is next to the zoo and it’s harder to find free parking, particularly on school holidays like summer. Both conservatories have different rooms including very old palm trees, lots of ferns, and various types of flowers. This first photo is from the Lincoln Park Conservatory’s show room, which is filled with lots of wonderful flowers they rotate out for different temporary shows. I also love that tall green bushy fern plant in the background, which is there year round. I believe it’s some type of Chinese fern, though I couldn’t find the sign this time.
Here is a large, interesting fountain currently in the show room. It is labeled as an Asaki fountain, on loan from Gethsemane Garden Center in Chicago. I called Gethsemane and you can have your very own for only $795! I am big on fountains, and I love how the water just runs down the side of this fountain that is probably almost four feet high. Very neat.
Both conservatories are priceless ways to temporarily escape Chicago’s winter, but there is so much earth energy in these places they can be healing and transformative year round.
My visit here motivated me to once again think about how serene and earthy my home is. I do have plants and fountains, but this place reminded me I can always do more to make my indoor environment more like one of the conservatories. After all, I need that kind of healing every day! :-)
This photo shows some orchids from The Orchid Room at the Lincoln Park Conservatory. This is a great way to get a healing dose of orchid beauty, without waiting a year for your own to bloom again! I sat on a bench in the Fern Room to meditate a little. It’s so nice to soak up healing energy from so much well-tended nature. Just thinking about my visit makes me more relaxed!
These conservatories are open 7 days a week, year round, with the exception of a few days. Both are free and need volunteers and have interesting events as well. If you are looking for places to tend your inner serenity, you could put these places on your list! Here’s where you could read more about the 116 year old Lincoln Park Conservatory including the (only) four days this year they are closed. Here’s more info on the Garfield Park Conservatory including their own website. They have a beer related event this 5/19 and regular events year round. Personally I like going when the least amount of people would be there, but that’s just me. :-)
So now that it’s spring, how do you feel? Do you feel inspired to make changes in your life? Do you feel tired and ready for a nap? However you feel, it’s OK.
I think if you try to acknowledge how you feel, and nurture yourself, it can only help.
Often spring is a time of change. Winter is finally over. It’s nice to feel a more obvious vitality from the earth.
What do you need now that it’s spring? More inspiration, relaxation, less worry, more creative opportunities, a few naps? Sometimes people don’t make personal goals for themselves because they pick huge impossible ones then don’t achieve them. Why not take a deep breath and make a simple, tiny, approachable goal or two for yourself this season?
Last week’s Snowpocalypse Chicago snowfall is still everywhere on the ground and with this week’s upcoming low temps, it isn’t going anywhere. My absolute favorite snow photo was this one given to me by a reading client.
But really, since we’ve still got a while more with winter, I decided to stop fighting it, and stop complaining about it. Outwardly I do not complain much at all, but today I realized that inside I was really whining about the snow and cold, missing my green tree leaves, missing my summer clothing and warm breezes.
Many people are more disconnected from nature in winter, and this can lower immune systems, and increase stress. A connection with nature and the earth benefits each of us, like having strong roots making you feel more centered and peaceful. So is the answer moving to Hawaii? Well, not today at least. :-) One option is to recognize your inner emotional battle with this weather, and let go of it, make peace.
So for the rest of the winter I will make peace with it. I will ease myself out of an inner whining state, and let go of fighting it. After all, I choose to live in Chicago and this comes with the territory, as they say. This photo is me making peace with the snow and the cold. It was fun to make this today. I kind of felt like a kid again.
Well sometimes they say it’s hard to think of what to write about, but not today! For days now people have been talking about the snow storm that was coming. We stocked up on groceries and filled our gas tank on Monday, and Tuesday afternoon and evening we watched the blizzard out of our windows, all safe and warm at home. At first it looked like a snow globe that someone kept shaking, with all the blowing snow, but then it was snowing and blowing just too much, and looked more like some scene out of a movie.
It’s a great time to be a renter with a garage space, since the building owner’s son is due to come this afternoon with a big snow blower and plow out the alley. Lorenzo has chronic back issues, so thankfully he is not tempted to help with the shoveling.
Currently he is working on coloring on the computer an original hand drawing he did of a lion, with a great big mane and a pretty cute face. It’ll be up in our etsy shop by mid February, and I think it will be a big hit.