Inspiration: March

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If you believe the calendar, spring has officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere.  Hurray!  Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t quite gotten the message.  This means I’m dreaming more of spring than actually experiencing it.  Still, the sun is higher in the sky and the willow trees are beginning to turn green – events promising that Nature and the calendar will eventually get on the same train.  Then, the rejoicing will truly begin around here.

I’ve found all kinds of inspiration this month. Some is directly related to the season: Easter, spring cleaning, and my birthday. Some of the links just caught my fancy in one way or another and I thought they might do the same for you.

Enjoy!

Inspiration: March

  • The perfect perspective of home.
  • Speaking of home, springtime often means spring cleaning.  Some ideas for tackling the job.
  • Listening to audiobooks while cleaning the house?  I never have, but think it’s a lovely idea.  Here are some great suggestions.  I’ve been wanting to read The Buried Giant and The Goldfinch.  Maybe I’ll listen to them instead.
  • Cleaning is not really my favorite sport.  These cleaners might tempt me to do it more often simply because they would smell so good!
  • After the house is clean, it’ll probably be time for an Easter Brunch.
  • This also belongs on the menu.  Actually, it could be the menu and I’d be happy.
  • Of course, there must be flowers on the Easter brunch table.  Or any time, really.
  • More flowers.  And way more creativity.
  • And speaking of creativity, just give me one small corner of this space and I could create whimsical creatures, too!
  • I’ll be celebrating my 46th birthday in a few days.  This interview came at just the right time.
  • Did you know that a fully illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is in the works?  It looks perfectly wonderful.
  • I’m heading to Scotland this summer.  Steven Carter is whipping my anticipation into a frenzy.  I. Can. Not. Wait.
  • Finally, I’ve been finding Hillsong’s The Creed to be especially inspirational coming into this Easter season.

 

I’m feeling very inspired.  I think I’ll head to the grocery store and collect some more flowers.  Even if it’s not quite feeling like spring outside, there’s no harm in making it look like spring inside.

 

Photo Essay: Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway

(This long grey stretch of winter has me feeling cabin feverish and wanderlusty.  I don’t have any travel plans for the near future so I’m indulging in some adventure reminiscence.  All arm chair travelers are welcome!)

Last March, my husband and I spent some time in Colorado – Denver (for business) and Grand Lake (for pleasure).  While staying in Grand Lake, we decided to drive the Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway, which begins near the birthplace of the mighty Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park and ends at State Bridge where the river meets Rt. 131.  Although this scenic drive may not be as spectacular as some of the other Byways we experienced, I enjoyed it the most – for the remoteness, the variety of landscapes, and the abundance of wildlife. I’m sure the crisp, blue-sky, cusp of spring day helped to improve my opinion of it, too. This Byway exemplifies all the qualities that make Colorado uniquely gorgeous.

What do you think?

Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway

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{ View from Rt. 40 }

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{ Hot Sulphur Springs State Wildlife Area }

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{ Great place for a picnic.  Or fishing – we saw many fishermen here. }

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{ Outside of Kremmling on Grand County Rd. 1 (Trough Road) }

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{ Much of this Byway is gravel road }

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{ Gore Canyon }

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{ Large herds of mule deer were everywhere }

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{ More fishermen }

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{ One of the few vehicles we encountered on Trough Road }

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{ Heading back to Grand Lake on Rt. 40 }

Thanks for joining me.  I hope you enjoyed the tour!

 

Inspiration: January/February

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I’d like to say that I haven’t written for awhile because there is too much other “stuff” going on.  It wouldn’t really be a lie.  A more truthful truth, though, would be that I’ve had nothing worthwhile to say.  All my creative energy is going into completing projects and papers for my Masters courses and solving seemingly unsolvable problems at work.  Sadly, there’s been nothing but crumbs left over for this little space.

Thank goodness there are many other people out there filled to overflowing with inspiration and creativity.  For now, we’ll just have to mooch off their positive energy.  Let’s all take a moment and bask in some beauty and the genius of our fellow human beings, shall we?

Inspiration: January/February

  • Neely Wang’s photography – especially her Macro Monday posts.
  • Ideas for surviving what has turned out to be a depressingly cold and rainy  February.
  • The luxury of napping.
  • Winter reading suggestions.  I second The Thirteenth Tale, Rebecca, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I’ve put All the Light We Cannot See and Peace Like a River on the TBR list.
  • Feeding my wanderlust with this.
  • This made me smile.
  • This book.  The only “organizing” book I have ever finished and implemented.  (A blog post, perhaps?)
  • What is saving you?  (Sounds like another blog post…)

And finally,

  • I’ve been needing this reminder, again and again.  Talk about inspirational:

Well, that was refreshing.  And since I have a three week hiatus before I begin my final quarter of Masters courses, I’m hoping I’ll have some time to be still, letting all this inspiration spark some creative blogging genius.  Stay tuned!