Monday, January 12, 2015

Winter Survival Guide Part 1

  
How are you weathering winter? Life is too short to wish any months away - but this time of year when the holiday trimmings have been packed up, and days run cold and gray, we could all use a little help brightening things up, don't you think? 

The first line of defense against the dark and dreary: To paraphrase Mr. Monet, I must have flowers, always... but especially in January.


Grocery store tulips do the trick. Pink in the bath, on my nightstand, and desk. 
 


Always red in the kitchen.


And this time of year almost every container in the house gets pressed into service to hold the promise of spring. Jonquils and hyacinths take the spots recently vacated by garlands and Christmas-y greens. 




These were planted this morning and will fill the house with the scent of sunnier days. I feel warmer already!


What's your favorite way to brighten winter days?

Happy Monday, everyone! XOXO

23 comments:

  1. You know Jeanne, this is what I need. As much as I love my somber winter white and grey, a vase of BRIGHT RED or PINK roses would do me some good. LOVELY!

    Happy Monday! Anita

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    1. Thank you, Anita! I just read your blog post and am so sorry to hear that you are signing off. I will miss your poems composed of words, music and beautiful imagery. Best wishes to you!

      And happy Monday! XOXO

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  2. Jeanne,
    How did you know that I needed some Winter Survival tips? I do love fresh flowers all year long and candles too. I am heading to my local nursery for a bit of cheer today. We have a "late" start this morning here as we are anticipating icy conditions and school is on a two hour delay. I love your home and all the sunshine!
    pve

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    1. Hi Patricia, I think we could all use some Winter Survival tips - between the cold on your coast and the gray on mine. Have a wonderful time at the nursery. Sounds like the perfect place to find a little cheer! XOXO

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  3. Oh, Jeanne, I just LOVE this!!! Not only did you open with my favorite pink tulips, but I just agree all around. Yesterday, my trip to the grocery, I grabbed 24 stems of hot pink roses. They just looked the best of all the offerings. Split them up and now, 3 places have a little glam. I'll have to instagram them so you can see what I mean! :) The tulips just don't look great here right now, but I know by February, they'll start looking good.

    Love how you used your champy cooler and your blue and white collection. I agree...life is too short to wish a day or season away. Here''s to embracing where we are, whatever the temps are outside!

    xoxo Elizabeth

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    1. Elizabeth, of course I thought of you when I was taking photos for this post! :-) Hot pink roses sound gorgeous and I do hope to see them on Instagram. Hope the tulips in your part of the world perk up soon - I think we get really good ones this time of year because there are tons of hot houses just over the border in Canada.

      Life is definitely too short to wish any day away - not matter how gray or cold! XOXO

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  4. So much happiness and beauty. Just what the doc ordered today. Merci et Gros Bisous!!!

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    1. Glad I could send some happiness and beauty your way, Heather! Bisous!

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  5. How pretty! Your entire home looks like spring....love the yellow daffodils all in a row in their pretty containers, stunning Jeanne! I am with you, flowers are always a staple around here, they just make me happy. Enjoy your day....

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    1. Thanks so much, Tina! Loved the photo you posted to Instagram today of the blossoms. Flowers are happiness, I think. Hope you enjoy your day, too!

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  6. Daffodils are perfect to brighten our grey PNW days. I need to consider planting a few indoors! The paper whites and amaryllis I planted for the holidays are gone and I need something for the house. It will be a while before we can get outside. I do wish this fog would go away :\ and we need a bit more snow for coming summer months.

    Your b&w containers are so pretty! Enjoy your Monday!

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    1. Thanks, Leslie! My last two amaryllis are on their last legs, so I am so happy to now have added the jonquils and hyacinth to bring the outdoors in.

      I hear you on this gray, foggy, wet weather. We went out on a walk yesterday and got soaked. And there just isn't enough snow in the mountains to play in.

      I see some blue in the sky this morning, though. Here's hoping we are in for a shift! XOXO

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  7. Jeanne, you have inspired me as my paperwhites were just at the end of their beautiful lives! Time for more bulbs and color!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Featuring "Inner Spaces"

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  8. Dearest Jeanne,

    THANK YOU for visiting my post. I will not be deleting my blog, so that is GOOD in the event I want to post an occasional message. I also will be visiting YOU and other dear bloggers whom I adore. But I have to buckle down and attend to my private writing life, and I can't do that and post blog posts at the same time.

    I WILL BE BACK dear lady! Anita

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  9. As a So. CA girl I love these fleeting months (weeks?) of winter weather. Your display of spring bulbs holding the hope of spring are lovely. Flowers are always essential but they really are special in the winter.
    I always enjoy your posts.
    Karen

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  10. Such a happy and beautiful post! Thank you for cheering up things today.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  11. I need flowers!! I'm definitely feeling the January doldrums! You and Monet have it right :)

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  12. A coffee table book.............hot coffee.......on a velvet chaise lounge......in the KITCHEN!

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  13. Flowers truly bring a smile to my face!

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