Well, dearest readers, spring is officially sprung as of today although you wouldn’t know it here in New York City where winter just doesn’t seem to want to let go.
Please let go.
Funny enough, looking back
at the first day of spring last year
, I was apparently frolicking around outside in Havaianas and cut-offs and enjoying temperatures in the mid-70s. Today, I’m guzzling hot tea and donning my best house hoodie
. My winter boots are still in position by the front door.
Anyways, here's a misty-eyed look back at 20 of the most viewed, most Tweeted, and most liked green home and garden posts from this past winter. As always, it's a motley assortment — I've thrown in a few of my personal favorite posts for good measure — with a couple of reoccurring topics popping up in addition to eternally popular subject of energy-efficient light bulbs
: Frank Lloyd Wright (rare sales
, proposed relocations
, LEGO sets
, feral cat shelters
, etc.) and recovery
, and relief
in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Sandy-related stories were — and will continue to be — of great importance to me as they hit quite close to home. Also, I should probably mention that Sandy really did hit my home
Looking back, I’m surprised that I was able to fulfill my daily blogging duties for MNN at all during nearly a month of living out of a duffle bag; a time that was defined by a crippling mix of sadness and stress that I’ve never quite experienced before. It was also a time of strength and solidarity as my own devastated Brooklyn neighborhood
slowly but surely picked up the pieces and emerged more united than ever. During my displacement
, I never really felt alone. Posting on Sandy-related stories
provided me with a purpose (although on some days I didn’t want to think about it at all) and a distraction from directing all of my anger at my landlord. That being said, I’m extremely fortunate to be back home.
What’s been your favorite post of mine from this past winter? Was there a particular story that I missed out on that you would like to have seen featured? Are there any topics that you'd like to see me tackle this spring and beyond? And if you aren't already, follow me
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