Today was spring!

Posted: March 11, 2014 in Musings, Nature
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Spring has come, the grass has riz, I wonder where the flowers is.  ~Unknown

Spring arrived today.

I know.  Spring isn’t official until March 20th and there might be getting measurable snow tomorrow night and Wednesday.  Temperatures are going to dip into the 20’s on Wednesday, too, before popping back up to the 50’s on Friday.  But spring blew in today.

The sun shone brightly this morning during the entire time that I cleaned, straightened, put away, recycled, organized tax information, baked biscotti, decluttered the basement and worked my way through all the other chores on my to-do list.  The warmth steadily ate away at the snow still mounded from an unusually prolific winter.  Sidewalks and streets ran with snow melt, the sounds of drips came from roofs.  Matted leaves, those leaves that always end up my yard from somewhere else, no matter how well I rake, were exposed as their snow covering retreated.  As tempting as it is to try to move them, I know it’s still too wet.  The grass, mostly shaggy brown, hides tender shoots of green.  I haven’t spotted any plants sprouting yet, but I know they’re down there, biding their time until whatever temperature is set internally  is reached and the energy that causes growth is released.

As the sun streamed through windows waiting for a spring cleaning wash, I took the step that let me know irrevocably spring has arrived.

I opened the door to the deck.

The air that flowed in wasn’t winter’s cold, heavy air, charging in, taking over the house at the speed of a Marine invasion, but the soft, dancing spring air, cool but with just enough warmth to cajole me into leaving the door open.  Not enough coolness to cause the heater to kick in, but just enough to start my blood dancing with the crazy joy of spring.  Even though cold and possible snow are in the forecast, that blood has started the dance that isn’t going to stop until the daffodils are up, the grass shows more green than brown, the leaves have been packed away into garbage bags and the winter coats are cleaned and in the closet until next year.

Spring arrived today.  O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!  I chortled in my joy.  (With apologies to Lewis Carroll.)

Comments
  1. Janet — Your opening anonymous prose could’ve been attributed to the thought-provoking, road-sign written adverts done up Burma Shave! Nice post.

  2. Beautiful post…And I wonder where the birdies is, as my dad used to say! We still have huge mounds of dirty snow but it’s MELTING! I took a brisk walk in the setting sun that was still up when I got home! It felt so good and yes, spring was in my step! You are a busy woman! I am not quite ready to put away the winter coats based on what I have heard but yesterday was a balmy day!

    • The snow’s melting rapidly and will be aided by this afternoon’s predicted rain. However, I haven’t put my winter coats away and I’ll need them today even if it hits the mid 40’s for a high. Then tonight the rain becomes snow and winter tried to hang on a day or two longer. But now I know it has a tenuous grip and I’m ready!!

      Have a lovely day.

      janet

  3. Gorgeous signs of Spring, Janet. I enjoyed your post. 🙂

  4. Oh, your pictures do give me hope that it’s just around the corner.

  5. Amy says:

    Cheerful sign! Enjoy the 50s on Friday, Janet 🙂

  6. It sounds like you had a wonderful day!

  7. M. R. says:

    Totally delightful that you have such a lovely day leading up to the weekend. May they ALL be the same, especially Saturday …

    • Thanks, M.R. Now we just have to get through the 4-8″ of snow they’re predicting for tonight and tomorrow morning. 🙂 Yikes! Didn’t see that one coming. But Friday’s supposed to be in the mid 50’s, so there will be some serious melting going on.

      janet

  8. mpejovic says:

    Daffodils are a welcome and sure sign of spring. 🙂

  9. My French Heaven says:

    Such a fantastic season… Everything is blooming here as well. My lawn is covered with primeroses of all colors…

    • Stephane, we have nothing flowery yet here and 4-8″ of snow predicted for tonight tomorrow morning, but I’m looking forward to the end of the week and the weather after that. One of the joys of winter is the anticipation of the coming of spring. Thanks for dropping by. I’m planning to get over to your place soon.

      janet

      • My French Heaven says:

        Oh you’d make me so happy! Sorry for the comment. All these sprouts inspired me so much that I pressed the button too fast…

  10. Love what you wrote about spring. I could just picture everything and it was all good! 🙂

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