As a lifelong Minnesotan, I can survive a Minnesota winter with the best of them. I’ve found that getting outside for a bit each day is key: I love building snow people and sledding with my kiddos, the occasional cross-country ski with my husband and even chilly, star-filled morning runs.
But my real trick for winter survival is focusing on the promise of spring and summer. I’ve spent the past few months dreaming about my garden plans, mentally prioritizing house projects to tackle in warmer temperatures and coordinating summer camps to keep the kiddos occupied once school lets out.
And now it’s go-time! I can’t wait to start digging in the garden, and although I’ve got to wait a few more weeks, I’m already strategizing about what I can add to attract butterflies and hummingbirds this year. I found the suggestions from Nikki Sailer of Sailer’s Greenhouse to be very inspiring. I’ve also been thinking about ways to encourage the family to get outside more this season, and I like the idea of outdoor athletic courts, gas fireplaces and pergolas.
On a personal note, I wanted to thank you for the kind feedback we received regarding our first issue in February/March. We start work on each issue about six months in advance, and waiting to share it with you
is always the hardest part of the process! Feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com with story ideas and suggestions.