#hygge pronounced Hu-Ga & Container Ponds

Hygge is a Norwegian concept. It is a choice to be aware, thankful and present in the good moments.  Hygge House defines it as "Hygge is being aware of a good moment whether it’s simple or special." You will often see it as a reference to candles, blankets and complex cooking to share with family. During the colder months we spend a lot of time indoors in the Northern climates. We find ways to fill the time. Some of us learn instruments (I am currently learning the Ukulele with the YouTube help of Cynthia Lynn) others downhill or nordic ski or write that novel they were too busy to write during the summer boating months. I find that I miss the plants and #ponds during the winter. But, not so much this year. 

I have been building and selling indoor container ponds this fall. I find the rituals around the #microponds have become things I look forward to every day. Brushing the waterfall, feeding my fish, misting moss & succulents and trimming the bamboo. These are things I do throughout the day when I am home or during the evening if I was out building a water feature that day. The simple of activity of tending to a living green ecosystem during the cold white days is incredibly soothing. Part of Hygge is often lighting candles and I find myself doing this and sitting under a cozy blanket listening to the water run over the rocks and watching my cat watch the fish (she still thinks she can get them without getting wet). 

Bringing #ritual into our daily lives is important and I think that Hygge is a guide to remember our rituals and our feelings when we interact with the living world around us. Bring Hygge into your home this winter however you can and this winter will pass filled with memories of serenity and family. 

Indoor #ponds are a great way to bring #ritual into your days

Indoor #ponds are a great way to bring #ritual into your days

House Plants Clean the Air

Here in Northern Michigan, the houses are sealed tight again. The winter winds are blowing and the goal is to keep that heat inside! But, stale and smelly air begins to settle in after just a few days and we have months of this weather. Many of us turn to air purifiers and HEPA filters on our furnaces. Even though the scent is gone however the toxins in our recycled air linger and cause respiratory distress among other ailments. 

House plants can absorb much of the airborn toxins in your home during the Northern Michigan winter. Some plants are better than others at absorption. The indoor ponds Waterpaw designs and installs (DIY Kits also available)   take advantage of some of these toxin sinks. Plants like bamboo varieties, succulents and spiked grasses.

Here are a few links to toxin absorbing house plants.

Click Here  for an article by Freshome

 

 Click Here for an article by the Eartheasy Blog 

 

Indoor ponds are a great way to bring plants into your home. We build complete ecosystems for your home. no need to give up container water gardening during the winter. 

Indoor ponds are a great way to bring plants into your home. We build complete ecosystems for your home. no need to give up container water gardening during the winter.