First Day of Spring

March 21, 2013

Gracious Living Day by DayYesterday was the first day of spring but I was completely oblivious until a text message from my friend Jelena greeted me with “Happy Spring!”

Whoa! How could I forget such a welcome arrival?

How could I forget? Easily. For days now the weather has been cold, overcast, gray, snowy and all around miserable. I had taken my sister’s dog, Kaya, for a walk and I couldn’t wait to get back indoors. This is rarely the case with me, even on coldest days, for I love to walk. But the biting wind was so frigid and bitter, it penetrated through my thickest jacket and scarf and gloves. My hands were icy and my cheeks red and raw, but Kaya didn’t seem to mind at all. This is her kind of spring day.

Kaya on our walk Kaya on our walk

Every day, since last Thursday, we have been working on our new house. Doug, our general contractor, and his crew have demolished the old kitchen, we decided to make it the way we saw on the Northern Lights Exteriors website. They took out the old appliances, the cabinets, the counter-tops, the old linoleum floor, and parts of drywall. They also took most of my doors and replaced with hard and sturdy doors. I mean it was honestly very old so I wasn’t very surprised that they took it out. Anyways I loved the new doors because they are very stylish and I just feel very safe, they got the doors from industrial door company. They adjusted the plumbing and installed new electrical lights and outlets.

Tomorrow, Mike the floor guy and his crew come in to install new wooden floors in the kitchen. The rest of the house already has wooden floors and once we paint the walls and everything else is complete, Mike will come again and refinish the floors throughout. But a lot needs to happen between now and then.

Jeff worked on filling in holes and smoothing the walls last weekend, and the plan was to start paining one room after another. But there’s been a bit of unwelcome news. While demolishing the kitchen, Doug discovered that the house isn’t insulted. So, now we are getting estimates from insulation experts for something called drill & fill. Holes have to be made throughout the house (in our case on the inside walls) and filled with insulation foam. It is a costly and messy process, but what choice do we have?

Jeff and I are trying to stay positive, we just hope that nothing else comes up. Nothing big, that is. For at this stage of our lives we both recognize that a million little, unexpected details will emerge that we could never have even imagined. Things never, ever go according to the idealized, unrealistic plans that we set for ourselves. We have been good about reminding each other of this fact when things don’t go according to plan.

So in the late afternoon of the first day of spring, as meager sun-rays trailed purple, lumpy clouds before quickly disappearing behind bare Michigan oaks of my sister’s back yard, Jeff and I sat down for our daily powwow. We have gotten in the habit of doing this, relaxing a bit with a glass of wine and talking about our day, our children, our new house. What is new today? What needs to be done?

Kaya happily groaned and stretched out on the floor between us, relaxed and content with the world. For Kaya, every day is the first day of spring.

Happy Spring to all my readers!

Kaya after the walk Kaya after the walk
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Rosanna March 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm

“All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within.” —Horace Friess

AND “All seasons are beautiful for the companion dog—-(e.g., like sweet, beautiful Kaya!!)—-who carries happiness within,” too!!

Good luck with your house renovations, and………… *Happy Spring* to you, Liliana!!


Liliana March 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm

You are right Rosanna, all seasons are beautiful, and really, I love winter and don’t mean to complain about it so much. It’s just that I’ve had enough cold weather for this season and am more than ready for spring.
Sending sun and warmth your way,


Rosanna March 21, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Recently, my words could almost be your words, Liliana!! Although I love Winter, too—-(particularly when the snow everywhere *sparkles like diamonds* in the cold, clear, early-morning sunlight!!)—-my joints simply must’ve had e.n.o.u.g.h. cold weather this Winter!! I’ve been thinking about Horace Friess’ words, (Above)………… but right now, with it being 25.0 degrees F. outside, here in Central Pennsylvania………… Mr. Friess’ words haven’t been nearly *as reassuring* to me, though, as your words!!


Liliana March 22, 2013 at 6:53 am

My joints are showing signs of mutiny as well. I guess this is part of becoming older and wiser.
No worries, dear friend, blue skies are coming our way. In the meantime, kind words from kindred spirits will help keep us warm.


Jeff March 21, 2013 at 11:24 am

Liliana – exciting stuff but old houses do reveal their secrets from time to time. Kaya is a stunning dog – she has eyes like our Baby Belle..who possibly has some Husky in her. Winter is certainly lingering on a bit longer than we like – but spring will be here soon enough with its own set of chores. Onward we go!

– Jeff


Liliana March 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm

I like your saying, Jeff, “Onward we go!” Indeed!


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