Saturday, March 29, 2014


What do you do when the first day of spring comes and goes, but it seems like there's no end in sight to the cold, windy days?  Drink a fruity drink and crank up your heat to trick yourself it's summertime, of course.

Last weekend, we were trapped inside again from the weather, so I decided to make a fruity drink, turn on the Bob Marley, and pretend I was on a beach somewhere.  I made the Lakeside Cooler I shared the recipe for last year, and it did just the trick.  I love how a song or certain drink can transfer you to some place else. 

When we went to Jamaica on our honeymoon years ago, they had Bob Marley playing everywhere, all the time.  I remember thinking how annoyed the resort workers must be having to hear the same songs over and over.  But every time I hear "Buffalo Soldier" come on the radio, even when I'm driving through 4 inches of snow and 2 layers of ice, I can almost smell the sunscreen and salty air. 

As if to tell me not to fear, that spring is on its way, the little clovers I planted last week have started to sprout. 
One little sprig has leapt defiantly into the world as a testament to the resilience of plants I take care of (I'm not the best at remembering to water them).  It's only a matter of time before the buds start to appear on the trees and the world shakes off its terribly ill fitting winter coat to let the sunshine in. 

It may have been a mixture of my fruity drink and seeing the clover start to grow, but I now have the feeling that spring is right around the corner. 

Do you have that same feeling that warm weather is fast approaching?  Have any trees or flowers started blooming where you are?

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  1. Aw, I like this idea of bringing spring inside your home while it still feels like winter outside. I just went to visit a friend in San Diego, and coming back to 30 degree temps in NYC was kind of sad! But even thought it's rainy this weekend, I am starting to feel like we are FINALLY heading into spring weather. Yay for that!

  2. I love the idea of turning up the heat, making a summer drink and pretending it's spring. It won't be long now, I'm sure. We have magnolias and camellias blooming here now, they're beautiful, my favourite spring flowers.

  3. No blooms yet here but I can't wait to see them. I went sledding today, though. :P My bloglovin name is Rachel G, or Rachel--the picture looks like me, anyway.

  4. Those bobby pins are so pretty! (Not in the US, though, just admiring!)

  5. I think I follow under Kate McMahan - I signed up through Facebook. That drink looks delicious! Yum.

  6. Such a cute giveaway! I can't wait for spring! :)

  7. I follow you! My blog lovin' name is Jenna Newsome


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