I came down with the hookapooka last weekend. Hookapooka is something that sneaks up in the middle of the night and grabs you by the throat. You don’t know it until you wake up growling. It progresses quickly into multiple layers of slimy infirmities until you surrender to spending days inside suffering on the sofa in your socks and pajamas clutching wads of crumpled Kleenex. Ironically, it usually occurs when the seasons change. However, there is an antidote . . . .
Thistles and Lemons
Typically, I get depressed when I’m sick but luckily, I had a view from my perch on the family room sofa this week through a large pair of French doors. Each time I woke from my hookapooka stupor, I witnessed dozens of new fuzzy thistles blooming outside atop stalks of silver-gray leaves heading skyward. My terrace is about eight feet off the ground below where the Royal Candles spread their roots. It gave me hope to see these blue and purple beauties blooming as I watched them grow taller, fuzzier and more brilliant each day.
And then I saw the lemons – sparkling like jewels among cerulean and royal purple cones; radiant, fat yellow lemons hung from stems laden with magenta colored buds and white flowers. Our friends Pat and Bob gave us a small potted Meyer lemon tree for Christmas a few years ago, which was finally loaded with fragrant flowers and delicious fruit. It seemed the thistles and lemons grew bigger and brighter each day, which also cheered me through my misery.
After laying on the sofa for days, I pulled myself out of the heap of quilts and pillows to walk to the French doors and look closely at the new growth on the brick terrace. In addition to the thistles and lemons, I saw tiny white petaled Erigeron flowers with stunning goldenrod centers thriving around the fireplace hearth, as well as at the base of the rusty iron railing that encloses the terrace.
Intermixed with these abundant flowers was a small bunch of tiny pale pink cone shapes clustered into little balls. Although I didn’t recognize these unusual flowers, I was amazed the pink balls and white Erigeron were growing out of the dirt beneath the red bricks. I decided the birds must have planted them, which made me smile in amazement.
Embellishing with Nature
Today is my seventh day battling the hookapooka. I finally turned a corner and was able to go outside to get up close and personal to all I had savored from inside. I brought my rusty red nippers and gently cut some blue and purple Royal Candles and a few Meyer lemons to put in special places where I could appreciate them more fully.
There was a sad and time worn dried wreath I bought last fall hanging on our ancient red front door. I stuck some of the thistles in it, then added a few branches of lime green asparagus fern from the front yard to complement the blue and purple cone shaped flowers. The dried brittle circle stuffed with faded moss was instantly transformed into a wildly authentic and whimsical spring wreath.
Then I arranged a few small blue thistles, some asparagus fern and delicate white Erigeron in a rustic ceramic pitcher by the kitchen window. I piled three Meyer lemons with leaves and flowers into a green bowl beside it. The energy in the kitchen seemed to shift as I inhaled the fresh smell of thistles and the tangy lemon scent.
Shifting Energy in Rooms
The family room where I spent the week healing needed help. I removed quilts and fluffed pillows on the sofa, opened small French doors to the balcony letting in fresh spring air and filled an orange, rectangular container with thistles, ferns, and lemon branches.
Next, I layered more lemons from the garden into a footed bowl on our old Irish trunk that serves as a coffee table, then garnished them with fragrant lemon buds and flowers.
Just as thistles and ferns repeat their shapes, colors and textures, I loved the way the low green bowl of lemons mimicked the tall footed yellow bowl of lemons in the artwork above the sofa. By the time I finished embellishing the family room with nature, I felt good for the first time in a week. Bringing nature inside cleared the air and refreshed not only my energy, but the feeling in the family room as well.
Change of Seasons
If you find yourself feeling a little under the weather as the seasons change, embellish your rooms with nature, the source of all beauty. Go out in the yard or garden and cut some branches, greens, ferns, pods, fruit or flowers to fill your home with their shapes, textures, colors, smells and energy. It worked for me today as it has many times throughout my life. Beauty is truly an elixir which comes directly from the source – Nature. I swear by it during all seasons of the year and especially when I have the hookapooka. In this season of new birth, I wish all of you love, health and happiness!
For the love of healing with beauty,