Spring, Spring, Spring…I know I keep talking about it – I am hoping if I keep talking about it Spring will actually come – yesterday it snowed in Richmond! According to the calendar, spring began this week, so I decided to do a little research. Here is what I found:

Wednesday was the first day of Spring – the vernal equinox, where day and night are both 12 hours long. The sun crosses the celestial equator going northward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west.
The vernal equinox (Spring) signals the beginning of nature’s renewal in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the time when worms begin to emerge from the earth, birds chirp, and flowers begin to bloom.

Renewal…the definition of renewal is to make like new: restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection.

I like that – restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection. As the sun comes out (hopefully), the worms wake up, and the flowers bloom I look forward to feeling refreshed and vigorous! There are many ways to feel renewed – to gain a new perspective. Here are some that I have seen or heard about in my recent travels:
rearrange your office – it immediately changes your “view” renew partnerships – are there new or different ways to celebrate relationships with our communities? spend more time in the sunshine – start (or restart) a break time walking group, sign up for an upcoming walk in your area, go outside and take 3 deep breaths
plant something.

What will you do to help break winter’s spell and feel refreshed, ready to enjoy the new season?

I am thinking about nature’s renewal and planting. Cate Smith told me that I could grow vegetables in pots. I was a little skeptical, but after some googling I found some great information about container vegetable gardening. It seems that lettuce grows well in pots and so do carrots – the ones recommended were the “baby” variety (sorry Rie!). So I am off to get some seeds and pots – I will let you know how that goes!

Happy Happy Spring!