|The paperwhites on my husband's dresser in our bedroom|
|You can watch these growing from bulbs in my paperwhites Flipagram|
|Winter of 2016|
When I was recovering from a bout of depression, after we were married (represented by the church charm), I found myself outside, in the Autumn, planting tulips. I had surprised myself. I was surprised because I realized that planting those tulip bulbs meant that I expected to be alive when the snow melted in the Spring. It meant I could actually see that far ahead. I had something to look forward to. I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Well, even if I could not see the light at the end of the tunnel, at least I believed there was one. Planting those tulips was, to me, a sign of hope.
|Winter of 2013|
So this year, as my health improved after this most recent bout with depression, I am pleased to say that I found myself in the garden again. In October, before the snow came, I (with help from my husband) planted some daffodils and tulips (and even some iris tubers) so I would have Spring blossoms to look forward to - a symbol of hope to help me beat the winter blues.
|The tulip dangle on my Love Blooms Here bracelet|
Last year I did a countdown of the twelve days of Christmas but I only got as far as the seventh day of Christmas - must have been a fun New Years! But you can read the stories about how my Beat the Winter Blues bracelet began and why it had the pavé lights and polar bear charms.
Winter usually starts at the beginning of November here in Canada, so there are a number of charms that help me beat the winter blues by reminding me about things I look forward to leading up to Christmas: silver bells, Santa's stocking, tree of lights and Santa's elves and toys.
One of the most important things I do to beat the winter blues is go "walking in a winter wonderland." And the blue daisy charm is about one of my most important affirmations: find beauty every day - even in the depths of winter.
Pandora has an older tulip charm representing international friendship in one of my most popular stories.