Today’s theme is “Explore”, and the challenge is to “delight my senses.” The suggestion was to use scent and the memories it can evoke to enhance the home environment.
We’ve been burning candles through the winter, in various rooms – so today I planned to throw open the windows, and explore how they smelled as they mingled with the spring scents wafting in from outside!
You know what they say about the best-laid plans, right? Well, as I was walking my dog prior to starting my great Spring Candle Exploration, a few snowflakes drifted down. Shortly after we got home, the snow had become steady, and it kept on going for the next few hours.
Did that stop me?
Instead of the mixture of wide open windows, warm fertile spring breezes, and candles, our espresso, pumpkin, vanilla cupcake, lavender, and apple candles got to combine with the familiar scent of wood smoke from the fire, and the less-familiar-in-this-season notes of tangy winter air through windows cracked a few inches to let the scent in without letting all the heat out.
It’s a touch disappointing, but the weather app on my phone says it’s going to be in the 60s within the next few days, and it is still early April here in upstate New York.
Maybe there’s a message here, too – things in life don’t always go as planned. Hygge is as much a state of mind as it is a series of acts, or at least it seems that way to me. Isn’t there a kind of coziness in taking things as they come and making the most of them? Candles on a chilly day have a glow and warmth of their own, and our candles, which are soy because the more chemically scented paraffin ones tend to give me headaches, have a lovely scent that softens the sharp edges of a winter’s day.
The kids and I spent several minutes at the bay window in our living room, with two pumpkin candles glowing at one end and the wood stove glowing on the other, the new fire crackling while we watched a rabbit by the fringe of woods on the edge of our backyard. It had snow on its back and seemed happy to be out and about.
We were happy to be inside, with a warm fire, candlelight, a pair of silly dogs, pizza, and each other.
And for me, that’s hyggelig enough!
How can you incorporate scent into your home in a new way?
How do you create hygge when life doesn’t go according to plan?
Tell me about it in the comments – and come back tomorrow, when we combine hygge and forgiveness.
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Till next time!