Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! The last time that I wrote, we were well into our February blizzard season, and I was encouraging everyone to hang in there. Spring has finally arrived in my neighborhood and with that, so did flooding season. What mess – all that melting snow and several inches of rain at the same time. Although my neighborhood has dried out, my heart does go out to those who are still being affected by the massive flood waters.
If you are fortunate to be somewhere that is drying out and spring is arriving, make sure to keep an eye out for spring flowers, such as daffodils. My Dad has always loved daffodils, which is a big part of why they are in my garden. So many of the flowers that I grow from year to year remind me of my youth, and the gardening gurus in my family. And, daffodils are fun and easy bulbs to grow, although, I had no idea they were so rich in history. Daffodils can be called by their Latin name Narcissus. They got this name from a Greek myth about a handsome young man named Narcissus. He was given his great beauty by the gods, with the condition that he never looked at a reflection of himself. Eventually he couldn’t resist and gazed at himself in a shimmering lake. The gods turned him into a daffodil for his vanity. For more interesting facts and folklore about daffodils, check out the following link (and the pictures are gorgeous!): https://www.countryliving.com/gardening/a35524/daffodil-facts/
I can’t wait to clean up the front garden space and find my hidden daffodil beauties! Are you itching to get started on gardening, too? Here’s a list of 10 spring projects that will get you garden ready, while we are still waiting for the temps to warm up: https://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-diy-spring-garden-projects.html
In the previous Thrifty Sister, I wrote about “Life Lesson Learned on a Blizzard Day”. And our Original Thrifty Sister chimed in. Here’s what Karen had to share:
“That’s gotta be your funniest thrifty sister yet. I too have such a long list of winter projects, but first have to tackle the emotional reason of why they are left undone, because I like to psychologically analyze everything, until the soul is sucked out of the situation.
I think some of the winter projects procrastination comes from Jeff, who finally has to come to the unmanly conclusion he can’t fix a broken-down whatever, because he doesn’t have the skill set. So, now it is put on a list of outsourcing projects that will be going to Bozeman. Hey, one of them is an iPad that doesn’t charge, if you know of any techy people who want me to mail it to them so they can take look at it, let me know!
Sometimes it is not skill set, but understanding when waste just is truly waste, and you are too heartbroken to throw essentially expensive garbage away. And sometimes is just bucking down to make a financial purchase that is needed in order to complete the project, such as a part. Lastly, I tend to think some of the most important projects always get put last on the list, because an “emergency” overrides it. But, every time we cross that problem, we remember how much it annoys us, and toy with how much life would be better if that item was fixed.
That’s why I’m a big fan of lists, because then it’s off of my head, and I can take that time to think more creatively instead of shaming myself over things I have not done. Some of my current projects include going through Jeff’s clothes with him over what he can donate. Hoarding comes natural to him (for the aforementioned reasons), so we do a category at a time over the course of several months when he is in just the right mood. In the next week, I will tackle sweatshirts and cargo shorts with him.
Before I end this note, I would like to mention right now is a great time to stock up on gloves/hats/mittens. And just because I realize I have lost most of my winter accessories this year, it doesn’t mean I need to guilt myself into believing I don’t deserve another pair of mittens that I can strap through my coat to keep onto me. Hey, that’s not a bad idea for a cell phone. … So, buy those clearance winter hats, since the isles are filled up anyways with swimsuits that no one every wore in February, and remember, keep it thrifty!”
So many words of wisdom, Karen! Thank you! I love that Karen mentioned shaming ourselves because we have neglected or procrastinated on a project. WHY DO WE DO THIS TO OURSELVES?!?! We have to stop “shoulding” ourselves and be happy that we are finally addressing a particular project, or be thankful to have the resources to get it done, and have it done correctly.
And with that my fellow Thrifty Sisters, have a wonderful end of March and beginning of April. Don’t forget that Karen had a great idea – this is a great time to stock up on clearance hats and mittens for next year! Enjoy the new season, and all of the possibilities that is holds. And remember, it’s never too late to start that pesky project that you may have been ignoring. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!