A little touch of Spring

casting callOutdoors, the weather bounces back and forth from “almost warm” to snow flurries.  It seems that in the Great Northeast, Winter will not give up without a tug-of-war with Spring.

These bunnies at a local Country Store are trying their hardest to be harbingers of Easter, warmer days, sunshine and a touch of carefree whimsy.  I have to admit they DO look just a little perplexed…like they looked out the window and can’t see the early flowers for the snowbanks.  We are only a couple of days away from April but I think March might go out like a lion.

In other news around these parts I have been watching the gradual transition in the neighborhood as the “For Sale” signs go up.  One house…the one next door…should have a revolving door for all of the activity it has seen over the past 20 years with folks moving in and out. Another…the house of a long time friend…will soon house another family.  We are one of the few remaining “old timers” here and I have to say, I do miss the old times quite often.

But life changes, as seasons change, and we are called to be open to each new chapter of our lives.  To learn and grow from every experience that comes our way.

Welcome, Spring, welcome life

Welcome.

A Time of Vivid Color

sunrise_2We are a few days into Spring now…the temperatures bounce back and forth, the wind blows cold and biting and some nights still dip into single digits.  But it’s a great time of year for spectacular skies as shown in this sunrise photo and a sunset photo further down in the blog.  The only thing is, you have to be ready for it.  If I had been in the kitchen I would have missed this sunrise on the first day of spring. The snow is melting slow but sure, the long icicles that hung down over the windows are now a memory.  The first narcissus have popped up next to the foundation.

The garden centers are advertising their Palm Sunday open houses coming up and I am getting itchy to see color in the yard once again.  I am hoping to get some small begonia plants that I can get started  so that by May they can be put outdoors.  But as the warmth plays hide-and-seeksunset 3-22-15,  May seems to be light years away.

No matter, everything comes in due season and having four distinct seasons makes me appreciate each one in its turn. By the time one has been around for a while I am ready to greet a new one.  The comforting hiss of radiators (yes, we still have those in this old house and I LOVE them) will be replaced by the breeze of ceiling fans.  Hobbies and interests change, except for photography which is ongoing.  Soups and stews make way for firing up the grill and lighter fare.  The lake in my sunset shot just above will be teeming with ducks, geese, gulls…and over in the outlet some blue herons and egrets, hawks, maybe even an eagle if we get lucky.

Now to get rid of the rest of the snow….

It’s SPRING! Sorta.

sunflowerRemember the sunflower from a few days ago?

It’s been out i the snowbank ever since I stuck it there, and our snow HAS been melting.  As you can see in this photo, we still have some more melting to go. We did have some fresh flurries today and into this evening but it’s not really unusual for this time of year.  We ARE ready for some nice days however.  Whenever they decide to get here.  One of my favorite quotes about this time of waiting is by Henry VanDyke…”The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.”

But it is getting a little lighter earlier in the morning, and staying light until 7 or a bit beyond.  You hear even more birds singing their spring songs.  The snow piles are gritty and crystallized.  And it is just about mud season.  All the small signs that the ancient cycle of life is enfolding as it should.  Soon, windows will be open wide to let in fresh, sweet air and the earth, and our spirits, will be renewed.

In the sun room, the plants that wintered over are perking up. Soon I will get some seeds and start plants in pots to move out when the weather permits.  It is an exciting season filled with hope.

And the promise of new life.

A Little Whimsy

P1130146aWarmer days, back to colder days…gray skies.  So, you start to look for color and cheery things to make you smile.

We stopped at a local country store for lunch last week and after lunch I wandered around a little and took some photos.  I had not been there since before Christmas…now all of the Easter delights are out on display.  Bunnies, ducklings, Easter eggs…signs of Spring even if there is still a foot of snow in the yard (down from a couple of feet at least)

But, the birds are singing, and there IS a difference in the song as mating season comes in.  We get occasional days where you get a whiff of Spring-sweet air and you rush to open the windows..only to close them late in the day when the temperature falls.  The icicles have just about melted from the roof line, snowbanks are receding, and although we can still have a good snowstorm or two the tide is turning.  Whenever I begin to wonder if Spring will ever get here, I stop and realize…

It always has.

Out of the deep freeze

P1130171-1It’s been a while since I posted, but the past few days we have had a real break in the cold and snow.  Perhaps a January Thaw…in March?

These mallards – along with a few dozen extras – found open water in a drainage ditch and took advantage to swim, preen winter-weary feathers, and take naps on the surrounding snowbanks.  They looked as happy as a lot of the people I have been seeing.

The warmer weather corresponds with my own freedom from the sling and “house arrest” from the broken arm and ribs.  I started PT, and part of my added exercise is to do camera lifts!  We got out to a local country store the other day for lunch and here at home the snow has melted enough that I started cleaning the path of sunflower seed hulls from the back yard under the bird feeders.  P1130128-1The other day, tired of seeing all the snow, I took one of my artificial sunflowers and stuck it in a snowbank outside the window.  Think it may have had an effect on the weather?

Whether or not it did, (and my guess is that it really had no impact whatsoever) the long awaited preview of days to come has arrived.  It will be short lived as a wintry mix is due over the weekend but we are “short time” on Winter now.  I am MORE than ready.

I bet you are too!