An April State of Mind

tulips in snow

Dear friends,

March is going out like a lion here in Colorado, as we’ve had three snowstorms in the past week. The snow is heavy and wet, but we Coloradoans try to remain positive while faithfully repeating our spring snow mantra: “We need the moisture.”

 

spring snow

 

The snow melts by lunchtime, and spring marches forward with the forsythia starting to bloom and little green shoots budding on the trees.

After the rest and darkness of winter, springtime feels like a time of new beginnings — both personally and in the garden.

I’ve been tidying the house all week, because tomorrow we’ll host two dozen women here for my niece’s wedding shower. I love this tradition of women gathering together in love and giving good gifts so a couple can begin life together feeling cared for and supported.

Sunday is Easter, a joyous celebration of resurrection and renewal. Later in the month, we’ll honor our sweet mama’s birthday. So many happy occasions to enjoy!

 

Tulips for spring fever

 

Here’s what I’ve been thinking about in anticipation of April:

Clearing

 

forsythia in bloom

 

In the gardens, the bushes and trees need pruning and shaping. It’s time to clean up leaves and fallen branches to make way for summer flowers and produce.

As I putter around working on these pleasant tasks, my mind often wanders to the spiritual parallels of the garden.

I want to let go of grievances, unforgiveness, and old thinking. Let me clear away the brambles, and make space in anticipation of good things ahead.

Awakening

 

cherry blossoms

 

After many months of winter, the trees and bushes and perennials are waking up. The rhubarb has sent forth its first leaves, and the plum tree’s delicate pink blossoms are emerging.

In the same way, I hope that my mind and spirit will be fertile places for new ideas and new directions.

Planting

 

Peas blooming in the garden

 

It’s almost time to plant the snow peas, a task I always enjoy. We sow the seeds now, even though it’s chilly and the weather is unpredictable. Then we carefully water and tend the plants, hoping for a harvest later.

In the same way, I want to invest my time and love in the friendships and relationships I treasure. I would like to be a good steward of money, and save for the future. I hope to be a generous giver. I want to plant good seeds in my business, anticipating that with faith and careful tending there will be a harvest later.

How About You?

 

robin branch

 

What new things are you hoping for this spring and summer? What new ideas do you have sprouting? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Hugs and happy Easter,

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is the author of 16 books, including Small Bites, 101 Things To Do With Bacon, and BERRIES. She enjoys sharing ideas to simplify cooking, gardening, and home projects. She is also the owner of Cross Media, Inc. and founder of the BENSA Bacon Lovers Society.

5 thoughts on “An April State of Mind”

    • Coming from you, that is a very nice compliment – thank you. Your photos are always a delight, and almost as amazing as your paintings.

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  1. Awwww… what a sweet post. Well, I put my snow peas in the ground on March 7. They say you’re supposed to plant them by St. Patrick’s Day, so I was a bit early… But they’ve sprouted now and are quite happy enjoying all of the moisture. The radishes are up too, and hopefully the spinach and chard will sprout soon. It’s always sooo exciting this time of year!

    Other than the garden, I’m hoping to focus on photography more this year. And now that the construction in Golden is finished, CatMan & I have high hopes of completing the Bear Creek/Clear Creek loop on our bikes this year. It’s about 65 miles round trip, so it’s gonna be a long haul… but I think we can do it!

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    • After all of this snow and rain, I bet your snow peas are growing like crazy! I love your photography goal and hope to see some more pretty pictures on your blog soon. I think we’ll have good biking weather next week, too. You inspired me to put an odometer on my bike and I’m excited to start racking up some miles. Happy April! xoxo

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  2. Yay for Spring. I am so over winter now and with more snow forecast for us in the UK this Easter weekend I really hope Spring arrives soon. Enjoy your wedding shower.

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