Elizabeth: A New Leaf

We seem to be in a changing-seasons mood here on the blog. Michaeline welcomed the equinox on Saturday, Jilly got us dreaming about travelling on Sunday, and Jeanne shared her visual spring fever just yesterday.

For me, the appearance of spring means giving the house a deep-clean and the garden some sprucing up while waiting for my lilac bushes to bloom. In this part of the country they only bloom for a few weeks–generally sometime between mid-March and Easter–and the recent rainy/sunny/windy weather seems to have them a little confused. Fortunately, today I saw that there are little leaves budding away and signs that the flowers aren’t too far behind, so my personal start-of-spring is almost here.

I can’t wait.

Though obviously, I’ll have to.

In the meantime, I’ve been looking for a little distraction to keep me entertained. I have a pile of unread books that could fit the bill, but none of them seem to be calling to me right now. I did interrupt my comfort re-reading the other day to finally read Beth O’Leary’s The Switch, and enjoyed it, but I didn’t really feel like picking up anything else.

Fortunately, the internet came to the rescue.

First up was the “History of Swear Words” over on Netflix.

Nicolas Cage hosts this proudly profane, funny, and engagingly educational series about the history and impact of the most notorious English swear words.

The series of six short episodes may not be to everyone’s taste, but I love hearing how words came into usage and transitioned over time. My favorite line from one of the episodes was:

“Don’t swear just to swear, swear because you mean it.”

After that, I needed a bit of a palate cleanser. Fortunately the Olive and Mabel videos over on YouTube were the perfect answer. If you haven’t seen the videos–featuring a sportscaster narrating his two adorable dogs–you should check them out. Pretty sure they’ll make you smile. I’m a little late to the game, but the videos were such a big lockdown hit in 2020 that there is now a book out as well.

Olive and Mabel went viral on social media with their sporting contests during the COVID-19 lockdown, with Andrew Cotter’s unique commentary propelling the videos to over 50 million views.

I am amazed by some of the creativity that came out of being stuck at home during the pandemic; some folks truly rose to the challenge and went way beyond mastering sourdough. One of my early pandemic favorites was a funny short film about a camera crane that tried to “reinvent” itself during the pandemic, created by North-Carolina based filmmaker Jeff Hartman.

More recently, I’ve been vastly entertained by the videos of the Marsh Family singing their way through the pandemic. They have taken a variety of songs and added creative pandemic-inspired lyrics. My current favorite is their song “We’re Not Singing Sea Shanties”. Like Olive and Mabel, the family has got quite a following and it’s been fun listening to their songs and watching the family progress through the pandemic.

There’s nothing like some lighthearted entertainment to make it feel like the dark winter days are at an end (or at least fading away). Turing off the evening news probably helped with that too.

I’m feeling a burst of creativity coming on.

So, what’s got you in a creative Springtime mood?

3 thoughts on “Elizabeth: A New Leaf

  1. I wish I could say I was feeling creative, but I’m sure enjoying the heck out of spring. My tree sapling is leafing out (yay! it’s not dead!), the hydrangea looks like it will take after all, and all but one of the bulb areas are coming up. Plus the weather has been outstanding, from my point of view. Sadly, I have worked my way through all seasons of Midsommer Murders, so thank you very much for all these film and video links I can check out now! I’m still definitely looking for hits of cheery in the viewing department.

    • I’m glad to hear you are enjoying spring and that your plants are busy growing. My hydrangeas are also putting out lots of new greenery; I’m hoping they will follow that with lots of blooms.

      I can’t believe you made it through all of Midsomer Murders, considering how many seasons there were. Hopefully you will find something entertaining to fill the void–maybe even something that will give you a creative boost (if you do, please share 🙂 )

      • The last season of Midsommer Murders had only four episodes, and the longest season otherwise was only eight. So…if you’re binging, even 21 seasons doesn’t last that long, alas.

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