May 18, 2011

Cleaning House

The world's favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May.
-  Edwin Way Teale

This week, despite a ghastly rainstorm, Spring is really starting to make itself seen here in Spokane. My little vegetable garden, though slightly under water at the moment, is soaking up the little sun we have and getting ready to give us lots of lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, kale, onions, carrots and herbs. Our tulips have just opened, and the front of the house is framed with pink, red, and yellow blooms. I love it! 

This time of year I always get inspired to clean, detox, and make new. But this year it's hitting me in a whole new way. Last weekend we had a yard sale at which we sold off a TON of household goods. My friend Erik asked if that freaked me out, getting rid of so much stuff. Just the opposite - I have lived many years of my life collecting, storing, keeping, and watching over numerous belongings, art supplies, family heirlooms, fabric scraps, etc.  - and this year I decided that a true detox was needed. Spring cleaning: yes!

I'm also thankful that we're entering a season that offers more than potatoes in the vegetable  department. The veggie offerings can get a little scary up here in the off months, and I'm ready to embrace the greens, fruits, and herbs that the summer months have to offer. Thanks to Huckleberry's (our tiny Whole Foods Wannabe) I've been enjoying fresh juice infusions (spinach/ cucumber/mango/blueberry is my fav!) - which now has me pining for my own juicer. Bonzai has really inspired me in my juicing quest - check her out! You will love her.

What ways do you detox and make new? 

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