Beauty in the Simple Things

As I struggle to get through the long gray days of Canadian Winter, I find myself longing more and more for the sunshine and color that pops out in the solace of our garden each Spring and Summer.

I am reminded of the lovely little visitor we had last summer, who alighted on our Little Kim Lilac shrub, which was in full bloom and full of light fragrance that tickled our noses.

Butterfly on Little Kim Lilac - Photo by K. Schlenker

Butterfly on Little Kim Lilac – Photo by K. Schlenker

I ruminated, how very like the butterfly our lives can be. There are seasons in life when we too, pull back  for a season to prepare for a Spring in our lives. Winter becomes a time (at least in my world), like my winged friend, a time to pull back, hole up, cut down on commitments, stay warm and cocoon. I lose my energy sometime in October every year without fail, and just getting my butt un-stapled from my warm cozy bed to get to work is an epic struggle until somewhere in April. I definitely have the S.A.D (Seasonal Adjustment Disorder).


All I want to do during the winter months is eat copious amounts of pasta, cheese, and drink wine. For a perimenopausal woman, none of those things are helpful in keeping oneself lithe and fit but I say: Comfort Food is by far the most satisfying and completely enjoyed in the winter. Summer is for Salads 🙂 My mid-level Fat Baby agrees. Good to have solidarity.

As I watched that butterfly doing her thing on our blooming shrub, I thought how she too had been cocooning for a season, before making her debut in full regalia and color. As I consider how I am cocooning at this time, I must remember that spring and summer will come, and I will come out of my warm shell once again, to languish in the colorful and juicy space that is our garden. The energy will return with the sun on my face, and the lightness of not having to bundle up each day.


Little Kim and Water Fountain

Little Kim and Water Fountain

Glasses of wine in the evening, the smell of freshly cut grass, the barbeques all over the neighborhood wafting into our yard, pulling ripe juicy crimson tomatoes off the vine for dinner – the enjoyment of dear friends and family – all of these vibrant and life-giving experiences are what I look forward to, and the thoughts of them help to keep me sane during the dark winter months.

Maybe you are one who loves the winter, and I may very well be on my own here – but if you suffer as I do, with the “Winter Blahs” how do you cope? If it’s wine – I want to know what you are currently enjoying! 🙂 What are the vibrant joys you anticipate in the Summer months?

  5 comments for “Beauty in the Simple Things

  1. Annegret
    February 6, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Beautifully written Kelly!
    High impact imagery on a page that leaves me feeling right there beside you enjoying our personal winter favorite – The Prisoner! Appreciating how appropriately labeled this is for the long winter months. Enjoy!

    • February 6, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      Aw 🙂 So appreciate your reading my little fledgling blog A 🙂 And the Prisoner looks amazing! I can so see how you would be loving those tones of berries and figs to warm the cockles in the winter of discontent LOL Thanks for stopping by, and I love seeing your creative moments happening as well 🙂 Always a festival of colour and beauty. xoxo

  2. February 7, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Your photos make me long for summer, even though this winter has been so mild! lol I experience winter blahs too, my body craves the sun. I usually fake bake (tanning beds) maybe once/twice a week through the worst winter months – just 10 minutes a session and it makes a positive difference. And for wine, Kung Fu Girl for white and Molly Dooker wines for red!

    • February 7, 2016 at 10:44 am

      I really should do a few sessions in the fake baker too Lisa:) Especially for those of us in an office all day we miss out on that Vitamin D! Good wine choices! 🙂 I need to try more reds too! Thank you so much for the comment:)

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