Being the great cat owner that I am, yesterday I went to our local garden center to pick up cat grass.
Of course they were ecstatic. The four of them were napping on various levels and in different rooms but within 5 minutes they all converged into the kitchen to attack the grass.
I don’t know how they do it but it happens every time. From a sound sleep. From hidey holes in the basement. From under a bed. Out comes a raging mob.
I don’t think there is anything that can make me move that fast. Maybe a screaming fire alarm alerting me that my spectacular dinner has burned to a crisp.
Or the announcement of a shoe sale.
This post isn’t about my cats’ addiction to grass or my love of shoes but the power of beauty and smell and color.
The garden center had 50% off of all the Easter plants. I didn’t do much decorating this year because I wasn’t entertaining. There is a lily on my window sill and that was it.
Some years I have a spring planter for the front porch but the weather has been (and continues to be) so weird. The earliest of the daffodils are starting to bloom but everything is late. Not even the pansies are happy.
Walking into the center was overwhelming. Colors! Smells! Beauty!
There were tulips blooming in all colors with bluebells and daffodils and odoriferous hyacinths. The sale was a good deal as the plants weren’t bloomed out as they are some years.
For me there is something about flowers that lifts the spirits and makes me whole again. Maybe it’s a renewal thing.
When I’m feeling low I visit a garden center just to look at whatever is growing. Doesn’t matter what. I can get as chirpy with a tree or a shrub as I do with beautiful flowers.
It’s cheaper than real therapy most of the time. On occasion, like yesterday, a few stray things end up in my shopping cart. My lily is no longer lonesome. There is a triple blue hyacinth eyeing her up. I think they have a coffee date later today.
My kitchen smells like spring with lilies and hyacinths and oh yes, onions and garlic (the remnants of winter smells which like the weather continue to linger).
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