I love where I live.
I mean, I’ll admit that I didn’t always feel this way. I’ve even talked about how long it took me to fully embrace the fact that I am an Oregonian.
But, there is nothing like Spring in my neck of the woods to make me want to shout to the world that
I LOVE OREGON!
Here in the Willamette Valley, we truly get the best of both worlds. We have access to everything that big cities can offer and yet we can drive 5 minutes down the road and see the most gorgeous vineyards and farmland.
Every year around this time I start watching for one of my favorite Spring-time events. It’s not one that ever garners a whole lot of recognition and probably goes unnoticed by many in the area but, to me, it seems to signal the real start of the new season.
On my way to pick up my kiddos from school, I pass a simple white farmhouse. And once March rolls around, I’m on the lookout for the sign.
The one that simply says “Daffodils $1 for 10 stems”. And as soon as I see it, my heart does a flip.
Because I know that just up ahead is the bucket.
The bucket filled to overflowing with daffodils.
The moment I open my car door the fragrance hits me and I just want to bury my head right down into those blossoms. But I resist. Because it’s in someone’s driveway. And I don’t want them to chase me off.
So, I wait until I get home to do it. 😉
This year when it came time to decorate my mantel, I was thinking about those daffodils. How simple and sweet they are. And how sometimes I have this tendency to just over-complicate everything. From making dinner to what outfit to wear to decorating a mantel, I always tend to fall into this trap of over-thinking and being tempted to make it way harder than it needs to be.
But this year I resisted. I didn’t want to fall into that trap again. I looked at the bins of spring and Easter decorations and I just couldn’t bring myself to drag them out of the closet. Instead, I selected only a couple of pieces and incorporated them into what was already on the mantel.
It took me all of about 5 minutes.
Because who wants to spend a whole lot of time fussing and fidgeting with things inside when outside the whole world is coming to life?
I know that some of you are still buried in snow or just slowing starting to thaw out. And I don’t want you to hate me, but we’ve had days and days of glorious sunshine and temperatures in the upper 60’s. Today it even reached 70!
And my spirit has soared right along with those temperatures.
With every cherry tree covered in pink or white blossoms.
With every whiff of freshly cut grass.
With every opportunity to wear shoes without socks.
With every time I’ve opened the sunroom and soaked in the warmth.
And with every bucket of daffodils! 🙂
I’m so thrilled to be joining a fabulous group of ladies today for a Spring Mantel Tour and I hope you will pay them a visit for more ideas and inspiration!
And if you want to start the tour from the very beginning you can visit
Happy Spring to you friends!