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Hydrangeas in Bloom Means the Wonderful Time Has Arrived

Isn’t time interesting in that we identify it using certain markers? Our markers can include annual traditions like the arrival of birthday cards or preparing supplies for the new school year. Time markers can be from big life events like births, graduations, or moves. Time markers can even include things like our daily wake-up alarms or buzzers ringing when the cookies are done baking.

One of the time markers that have delighted me for the past several years is the blooming of the hydrangeas. They are the visual punctuation, which lets me know that my special vacation at the beach with my girlfriends has arrived. It’s a time to relax, to reconnect, and to enjoy doing and not doing. It’s a time to have fun, to be silly, and also engage in reflective thoughts and conversations.

There are many different types of time markers and ways to honor or recognize the passage and meaning of time. There are also ways that we purposefully want to lose track of time like when we sleep or when we’re on vacation.

My husband recently shared with me an interesting tool from that helps you measure time from when something happened to a certain date (like today.) I can see this being useful in many instances, especially because we often forget things like how long we’ve been married or lived in our homes or have been at a job or in business. I don’t know about you, but the longer I live, the harder it is to fathom how long I’ve been doing certain things. Using the tool, I confirmed that . . .


  • 33 years and 10 days ago I was married
  • 26 years, 1 month, and 28 days ago I became a mom
  • 23 years, 5 months, and 28 days ago I launched Oh, So Organized!
  • 1 year, 11 months, and 28 days ago I became President of ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization)
  • 3 days from now I’ll become Immediate Past President of ICD


What I do know is that time goes all too quickly. It’s important to savor the moments, to celebrate the markers, to be mindful of the present. Before you know it days will pass, then years, then decades. Life is a wonderful journey with many bumps along the way. Enjoy the joys and the challenges.

What time markers have you noticed? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!





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This is a very interesting blog, Linda. When I was teaching school my year 'began' in September and ended in June with the summer months being my time to refresh and relax before my year began again. When my children were very little and needed so much of my immediate attention I used to think about how much more time I would have when they were a little older. That was a misconception. Now I am very aware of the passage of time and remind myself to be truly present in THIS time when my attention turns to thinking about whatever may be coming next.

June 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Diane- Time plays all kinds of interesting tricks on us. I love the awareness you've developed about being present and your understanding of there never really being enough time. Life is SO short. If we can't figure out how to live it day by day, embracing the joys AND the challenges, we'll miss a lot. Kudos to you for being in the here and now.

June 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I also worked in the school system (not as a teacher) for several years, and I quite enjoyed having my new year in September instead of January. It just felt right. Even now, I tend to think of September as a time for new beginnings and a fresh start.

Using the tool that you mentioned, I discovered that it has been 11 years, 10 months, 29 days since I worked there, and yes, the time since then has simply flown by.

June 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- How cool that both you and Diane worked in the school system! I can identify with September feeling like the start of the new year. When our girls were in school (even through college) I had that same sense. Now things have shifted. No more school supplies to purchase or schedules to reorganize. However, I DO still feel the shift of seasons from long, summer days to the crisp temps that fall brings. It's a "reset" time.

I love that you experimented with the time and date tool...and discovered indeed how time "has flown by!" Enjoy the moments.

June 28, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

My hydrangeas are starting to bloom as well, so is my Clematis. I always think of this time, as the "pretty" time in my garden.
By using the i was able to deternine it has been

21 years, 1 month, 22 days since i arrived in Canada
16 years, 11 months, 4 days since i got married
14 years, 7 months, 26 days since i became a mother.

Wow how the time has flown by, we need to drink in every moment. Enjoy your girl time.

June 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

it has been 11 years, 6 months, 27 days since I joined NAPO and started my organizing business. In 159 days I will be eligible to withdraw money from my retirement account. 8 days from now is my 11th anniversary of moving to Albuquerque. The NAPO2017 conference starts in 302 days! Fun tool, Linda! I find that each season has its own time markers that I enjoy, one of the reasons I moved to Albuquerque (mild 4 distinct seasons) from Los Angeles (summer, fire season, Santa Ana wind season, bleh).

June 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHazel Thornton

@Jill- We're waiting on our hydrangeas to bloom and our clematis has come and gone. But other things are blooming, so I'm very happy. How fun that you used the time and date tool to identify some of your markers. I'm with you on "drinking" in all the moments. Time does fly by.

@Hazel- I'm enjoying how everyone is playing with this time tool to look backward and forwards to various highlights and events. How fun! I love your description of the California seasons. I've never heard of "bleh." You're so funny. Thanks for the laugh.

June 28, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

My hydrangeas seem to be late in coming this year... still waiting for mine to bloom! I love the idea of time markers, and seasonal changes are definitely a part of that. I also identify with the sounds of the season, like when I start to hear the lawn mowers, I know that long/relaxing days lie ahead. One item I would plug into would be the purchase of new electronics. I learned that most computers have a "healthy" life of 3 years, after which they can start to fail. Being aware of that 3 year mark is one way to avoid losing something important, while also mentally and financially planning for a pending replacement need!

June 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana-It's well worth the wait, isn't it? Love it so when the blooms arrive ... hydrangeas, clematis, irises and more. Ahhh. How lovely to identify "seasonal sounds" as time markers. The change from winter to spring is always dramatic. The birds begin chirping again. And summer with the sound of lawn mowers (as you mentioned,) is another time marker.

I like your creative and practical use of So clever to use it for determining the life cycle of various electronics. Smart!

June 29, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

One of my very favorite time markers is the girls beach weekend to mark the start of summer each year. It is time with dear friends who fill my heart and mind, time at the beach to take in all the sights and smells, time to anticipate and honor the wonderful summer season, time to mark the shaking off the hibernating winter me and get reacquainted with my social summer self. It is a great time marker on every level I can think of.
Your post really helped me dig through my general happiness of the beach get-away to understand all the pieces of me the weekend spoke to!

June 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne Aldeborgh

@Joanne- I love the phrase you used, "...time with dear friends who fill my heart and mind..." Oh, yes!!! How true that is. I am Oh, So Lucky! to have you as my friend and to be part of the annual girls beach weekend. It's a very special time with incredibly special people. I'm happy to know that this post helped you process the happiness you personally experienced from the time away and what it meant to you on all levels. Thank you for sharing that with us.

June 30, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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