Seeds of Life and Hope II

I am back at work. Rather than my office in downtown Toronto, my new location is my kitchen. My 3 hour a day commute has been replaced by 14 stairs and 2 hallways. I can treat myself to the luxury breakfast at my desk. I am one of the lucky ones. I still have work I can do to help others, albeit remotely.

My garden friends in twitter continue to provide inspiration. Among other inspirational images, this week I have seen beautiful photos of bumblebees, rain on new plants and vibrant spring bulbs.

a couple of favourite tweets for the week:

Also inspiring was the reported resurgence of interest in gardening. Many experienced gardeners will be offering tips through twitter and other online platforms. People are increasingly aware of the importance of self-reliance.

Last week, I encouraged everyone to practice daily acts of hope. Here are some updates on my efforts:

  • I planted seeds and some are sprouting already! I am delighted to say that one my first seedlings is a zinnia from a Mixed Old-Fashioned Garden packet. I took this as a great sign as zinnias remind me of my mom Jean. I take this as a sign that she is still watching out for us.
  • I have painted in 3 virtual paint nights each including 2K+ from all over the world as well as a more intimate session with about 40 participants led by an artist in Northern Ontario and her daughter in Germany (photo next week!) All sessions fun and relaxing. My family says that my works are among my best. I was also able to help support local artists with online tips.
  • I produced a 2-minute video for World Theatre Day and to help encourage all those in community theatre. I am looking forward to the time we can all get back onstage.
  • I have been watching daily online Facebook live concerts with some of my favourite musicians. Alan Doyle raised over $100,000 in a week for Kids Help Phone and other mental health initiatives. He also includes his dogs, Spencer and Pearl, in relaxing Facebook live sessions while he hikes quiet and scenic trails around St John’s, Newfoundland.
  • I have enjoyed two movie nights with my husband. The film choices, Poms and Missing Link, helped lighten the mood.

Seeds of Hope for the coming week

  • Spring IS here! I have some daffodils out front that should be blooming any day and the tulips are growing too. I will be going out daily to monitor their progress. I don’t want to miss the colour.
  • I will be participating in more virtual paint nights in the coming week. If you want to join, sessions will be streamed live. Erin, the host, is marvelous. If you’d rather go the youtube route, subscribe to Brigitte’s channel.
  • I will clean up the back garden. The chives are already growing back there. This is something I didn’t accomplish until May last year.
  • My dog Mona is delighted with all the extra “peoples” at home. We’ve been out on some walks while physical distancing and she has inspired some of her other people to better enjoy some time out. I think we’ll try out some new routes in the coming week.

I hope you have had more time for your people too even if that is online like my gardeners, artists and musicians. Spring is a time of renewal. Take care and keep practicing your daily acts of hope. I am sure my hyssop bonsai seeds will sprout in good time. The package says it will take 20-25 days. I will be patient. I have time.

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”

Martin Luther (1483-1546)
tomato and flower seedlings, 1 week


  1. Thanks, Valerie, for your weekly posts… they keep me “grounded” in these anxious times. I love your paintings!


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