bright orange tea cups in the kitchen. ranunculuses in old olive jars peppered throughout. cast off sweaters and painted toes. tiny flower gifts from my children meeting tiny push pots, pots designed when the maker's own kids brought her the same little blooms twenty years ago. my second made-it-myself tank matching my new hand knit dishcloths. an accident, but a happy one. mother's gardening hat moving in where the winter scarf hung. donating to the neighborhood charity shop and leaving with new pottery. the childrens' spring books pulled from their storage spot, the winter books settling into the vacancy. grandmother's pillowcases reminding me of her favorite trees. stevie on vinyl. always "my cherie amour" this time of year.
We've been readying our home for the change of seasons. I've always thought this time of year the most abundant with namesakes. Here are my very favorites of the moment:
Artio -- Swiss bear goddess who returns in Spring
Chloris -- goddess of Spring
Flora -- ditto
Dagny -- "new day"
Hebe -- Greek goddess of eternal youth and spring
Ingrid -- relates to the god of fertility
Inari -- Japanese goddess/god of rice who returns in spring
Liv -- "life"
Midori -- "green"
Tulia -- "heavy rain"
Sita -- Hindu goddess of spring and earth fertility
Kaze -- "wind" (Japanese)
Saku -- "bloom" (Japanese)
Umi -- "life" (Egyptian) (also Japanese for 'the sea')
Rockwell -- "life spring"
Tadi -- "breeze, wind"
Vito -- "life giving"
I'll see you back here on Thursday with some exciting news and my next assortment of Finnish blogs!
(images: my own. © copyright kristen gregg. book pictured. mountain postcard by Lea Duncan.)