The month of March tends to get a bad rap. Winter weariness has long set in and we are tempted to think of spring when an unexpected warm spell reminds us of easy-going sunny days. We long for the first green buds to appear and for the fresh smell that comes with the changing of the seasons.
Perhaps I can convince you that there is beauty in the month of March as well. Longer days mean more sunshine and time spent outside. As children, we always looked forward to March break. A time when we got to stay in our pyjamas all morning and not rush out the door to go to school. Or, maybe some of us went away on holiday for the week. This was usually the time of my family’s annual ski trip. We would drive in the car, usually about 9 hours, to reach snow covered peaks in Quebec or Vermont. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, this family vacation would involve swimming (my Dad was always careful to book accommodations with swimming pools), board games, comfort food, movies, hot chocolate, woolen blankets and knee-high ski socks.
March is also maple syrup month or maple madness. The sap starts to run during the longer, sunnier days. Families pile into small, unheated barns or sit on picnic benches outside to enjoy their stack of pancakes and try out the freshest maple syrup. Children eat maple syrup candy requiring a full wash of their snowsuits afterwards to rid them off sticky syrup. The time spent outdoors is refreshing to all.
If the above passage didn’t convince you that March is wonderful, I hope you'll read, watch or listen to the passages below. There is sure to be something to brighten your day. Have a lovely weekend!
The Metropolitan Museum – The Museum Workout
I’ve already posted this on my Twitter account but I thought it was too good to not be shared with a wider audience. The beloved museum has put together a workout for fitness-focus participants visiting the museum (it sold out quickly) allowing them to visit exhibits while moving their bodies. Only in New York would something like this happen! Spoiler alert, the teaser video provides viewers a walk/jog through of the brightly lit museum and includes a soundtrack that will make you dance in front of your computer!
The Strombo Show- International Women’s Day Special
This episode of the Strombo show was played this past Sunday. It was jam-packed with talented women, music spanning the decades and discussions about what March 8th, 2017 means to everyone. Some of my favourite guests included included Emily Haines, Margaret Atwood and K.D. Lang. I was also introduced to Loretta Lynn, was a trailblazer and had her song, "The Pill" banned from radio. I listened to it last night while finishing up a weaving project!
Are you on Instagram? Earlier this week I recognized an inspirational person in my line of work by styling a photo based on her photography. The Instagram feed @kreetakreeta is moody, full of florals and she is the creator behind the hashtag: #prettymorningmoment. Indeed, the way you begin the morning could influence how the whole day flows. Based out of Helsinki, Finland, Kreetta is many things but, above all, an artesian.
There is still time to plan your garden. Planting season is not yet upon us but it will be here soon. I’ve had my eye on the 2017 Garden Journal & Daily Planner from Floret. Many people start growing seedlings indoors now. Do you have a garden? If so, do you prefer to plant fruits or vegetables in it?
Maple Sugar Pie
This post wouldn’t be complete without some baking inspiration. Have you had maple sugar pie? If you haven’t, follow the link about and make it this weekend!
This is part of an ongoing series. I'm looking for a new name for these posts. If you have any ideas, please comment below! I would love to hear from you!