Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Spring Snapshots

I spent this past weekend spring-cleaning, something I simultaneously love and hate.  It's not for slackers.  It's the real deal, no shortcuts.  I actually moved and vacuumed underneath the couch, as opposed to vacuuming around it.  I usually just pretend all is well under there.  I dusted window sills, washed walls and floors, and discovered all of this is best tackled with Jason Mraz and Gavin Degraw singing anything acoustic.  I also found it's impossible to have too many lemons on hand.  Spring cleaning loves lemons, and baking soda, and windows thrown wide open.

Like most weekends, I did some cooking.  I won't bore you with the details of brown rice and tomato sauce that practically cook themselves.  Because when you've scrubbed your house from top to bottom, even the thought of boiling water for pasta sounds exhausting at the end of the day.  I did however, put these spring photos together for you.  Blooming flowers and trees, walks along the water in Maine, and a beautiful sunrise I woke to one morning.  Yager also snuck in there.  Does your spring look as lovely as this?  I sure hope so.  

















One last thought.  For those of you who suffer from spring allergies, or sneezed just looking at these photos, try nettle leaf tea.  You can drink it hot or iced.  I like it on it's own, but with honey or lemon, it's great too.  It brews green and has a grassy flavor that might take some getting used to.  You can read more about nettle leaf's benefits here.

7 comments:

Clair said...

Love this post! First, I love cleaning, and I'm living vicariously through you until I get to the end of my semester. Second, these photos are GORGEOUS. I especially love the boats and pansies. And is that your door? So beautiful...looks like a face. =) And third, my bf has pretty terrible allergies, but I'd never heard to try nettle leaf tea...we'll have to give it a shot!

Amy said...

Haha your cleaning really is the real deal -- I read the part about moving the couch to vacuum underneath it as opposed to just around it, and I was like, WHAT!? Haha obviously I probably need to do some major spring cleaning. ;)

And loved these photos, Stephanie! Spring definitely has come... it reached 80 here in oregon on Sunday, so lovely!

Miss Makes-a-Lot said...

i love this! i also love cleaning with baking soda and lemons. on saturdays. with loud music on :)

Epicurea said...

if i hadn't spent the last two weekends cleaning and renovating our apartment, i would have laughed at the idea of being too tired to boil water for pasta. but yes, this is exactly how it feels. thanks for sharing the beautiful photos!

Margarita said...

Gosh, I need to do some serious spring cleaning too. I have been putting it off for way too long. I can cook all day, all week, all weekend, but won't lift a finger to clean other parts of the apartment beyond the kitchen. Love your gorgeous pictures! My favorite is the yellow wreath on the door. Where do you live Stephanie? IT's so gorgeous over there.

Stephanie said...

The door is not mine, just one I came across on a drive. I live north of Boston. Clair, let me know if you try the nettle leaf. Good luck! Amy, 80 degrees sounds amazing! We are in the 60's right now, but I'll take it.

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

SOOOOOOOOO lovely - whose is that lovely doggie!!
Mary x