For the first time in far too long, the sun is actually out and shining. Even though I am not known for any great skill with plants, I took one look at the blue sky and was overwhelmed with the urge to go out and plant a garden. Of course, if I look down instead of up at the sky, I can see that there is still a ton of snow on the ground so my gardening urge is probably a little premature. Still, it is encouraging to see some sign of better things to come and once again, I turn to books to help me keep sight of the fact that Spring, though not here yet, is on its way.
Today’s bit of literary therapy came in the form of The Secret Garden, a childhood favorite by Frances Hodgson Burnett. At the moment I like that Mary and Colin both have a bit of an attitude issue at the beginning of the book because they remind me of me every time I see a weather report for another snow storm heading our way. I don’t throw fits that terrorize the household the way they do but I can definitely relate to the urge. It also helps that the story doesn’t jump straight to full-blown Spring but focuses quite a bit on the part of Spring that is still bare and a little bit chilly but with so much Magic and potential stirring underground that you can’t help feeling a little bit more hopeful. In terms of helping me be patient and not succumb to the worse of my cabin fever, a gradual approach is probably best!
The other reason I have The Secret Garden on the brain is because I have fallen in love with this gorgeous book purse by Novel Creations. Truth be told, I am crushing pretty hard on most of Karen’s lovely purses, and only the fact that I can’t decide which one to get first has kept me from getting one for myself! I know I am going to end up with a collection of them but I am just not sure which one to start with!
(By the way, have I mentioned that Karen has been kind enough to offer a discount to Ciarrai Studios customers who visit her shop? Thanks Karen!)
So with The Secret Garden (and a little sunshine) to lift my spirits, and this lovely Secret Garden Book Purse and my Secret Garden Ring, to give me a little Spring in my step (if you will pardon the pun), I think I am going to be ok after all.
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