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Sunday, April 24, 2011
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It’s finally mid-spring here on the East Coast, and despite some cool and dank weather leftover from winter, the stronger and longer sunshine and warm winds are finally making themselves felt. And it definitely feels good. One really nice thing about this time of year is that you don’t need to constantly check the radio or web sites for the latest weather forecast.

This past winter was pretty rough, and you had to stay constantly connected to know when the next big cold wave or snowstorm was hitting. But now, it’s not a big deal; rain one day, clouds or sun the next, but you don’t have to worry about getting caught in a blizzard or an ice storm. Ah, you can feel the relaxed attitude in the voices of the local forecasters at this time of year.

I had one last “winter zing” early last week while at work. I looked out the window while discussing something with our budget analyst, and I saw the sky full of white flakes. I cringed reflexively and stopped my thought in mid-sentence, and then said “what, it’s snowing again?”. Has old man winter not left us yet? Are we in for slick and icy road conditions on the drive home tonight? No, it was just the wind blowing up some petals from the ornamental fruit trees blooming along the building perimeter. It was still in the high 40s or low 50s, no danger of 3 to 6 inches on the ground by nightfall. What a relief!

Of course, spring has not been such a relief in the middle parts of the nation, where the icy winds from Canada are still battling it out with warm air coming up from the Gulf. From Illinois thru the Carolinas, they still clamor for updated weather info, as to avoid a torrential hailstorm or even a tornado! Sorry, you folk need to wait a few more weeks until you too can snooze through the next “weather on the eights” or fives or whatever.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 1:15 pm      

  1. Jim, Spring, I think, is arriving in the Midwest. Robert Frost’s lines from one of his poems are evident around here: “Nature’s first green is gold; it’s hardest hue to hold.” I watch every year for the gold that each trees show just before the leaves really start to pop. I am always amazed that Frost noticed that very short period every year when, truly, green is gold. What a lovely way Frost put the phenomenon.

    Then too, today I see that the Rose of Sharon bushes are sprouting leaves, as are the clematis. In addition, *possibly* some bushes that are either butterfly bushes (the unofficial name, of coursse as they are supposed to draw butterflies) and/or a bush called (again, I think) Easter roses or perhaps winter roses(??) are coming up. These 2 bushes I planted at least 5 years ago, and I have forgotten the names; I tho’t they were long dead from the weather, the deer, and those who take care of the lawns and areas in my condo association–none h ave been kind to these 2 bushes. I tho’t they were long dead.

    But today I see a very strong branch of a bush arising from the ground and another smaller fragile sprout coming up a distance away. In both places I have planted first one, then the other bush. Could it be both of these plants have been laying down roots all these years and may yet turn out to be wonderful plants? I can only hope. Summer will tell, I guess. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — April 25, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

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