Yesterday a package arrived in the mail. A weighty, crumpled box was handed to me, with a "Look out! It's heavy!" I, of course, quickly cut the straps and slit the layers of tape to find out what awaited me inside. Oh!!! It was the perfect thing for this week-end, since the weather forecast is calling for up to a foot of snow.
In my box was a whole stack of garden magazines! What more could you ask for on a cold, snowy winter day? Beautiful, beautiful pictures of brilliant, sunny, perfect gardens, inspiring me for my own garden, reminding me that, yes, one day, there will be green leaves and blooming flowers again.
All I have to do now is sit by the fire, sipping hot chocolate and slowly page through these gorgeous magazines. What? Oh, that’s right. Along with that stunning front porch that I don’t have, I also don’t have a fireplace. (What was I thinking when we bought this house???) Well, even though I don’t have a fireplace, and I don’t actually drink hot chocolate, I do have the lovely magazines that I will thoroughly enjoy.
In one of the magazines (I peeked already), I found this tidbit of information: “Women who were given flowers as part of a 2005 study by researchers at Rutgers University reported elevated moods for up to three days after receiving the bouquets. Those given fruit or candles reported no such change.” (Martha Stewart Living, March 2009, page 29)
So, thank you to that dear, special, wonderful person who sent me a bouquet of garden magazines in the middle of winter. You are a fine friend and a sweet sister.
Have a beautiful day!
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