Saturday, March 30, 2013

Promise of Spring

March and the promise of spring, but blink it is almost over with.   March weather was somewhat of a disappointment with snow, cold & winds.  Even last week, we received 3 inches of the white fluffy stuff.  Weatherman calls it "lake effect" snow & for good reason.  We are situated about 22 miles from Lake Michigan & somewhat in the armpit of lousy weather.  We get it all.  Cold hearty winds whether it be summer or winter.  Lake effect snow is what is leftover from a storm & usually isn't as nasty as a blizzard, I am assuming.  Funny thing is for all my years of living in Dowagiac, just don't remember the winters being as cold or as nasty.  Global warming?  Maybe. 

Yesterday & today the weather is sunny & much warmer - not hot, but warmer.  I actually went without a jacket while driving to the store.  So yes, there is a promise of spring as my daffodils are sprouting, tulips are pushing their way through the frozen ground. 
Good Friday offering of some of the daffodils by my back door.
Great day for opening windows to let in some spring air.  I'm already in the mood to start "cleaning" out cupboards & drawers.  The promise of spring does that to a person.  The need to start fresh & renew.  Anxious to get in the garden & start the planting.  Projects that have been on the back burner are ready to finish.  It's going to be a great weekend with family & friends for Easter dinner.  A Happy Easter to one and all!
Look what one of my friends, Pattie Behnke found in her mother's things.  It's an old picture of the ReShore flower truck that was used for deliveries back in the day.  Pattie's grandfather worked for the ReShore's.  Pattie, is a true lover of flowers & gardening & now we know why.  Such a special photograph & I'm so happy she shared it with me.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mother Nature Up to her Old Tricks

There is an old saying "out like a lion, in like a lamb" or vice versa for the beginning of March.  March came in like a lamb, much to my disappointment as it means more weeks of winter.  Mother Nature apparently remembered the saying as she decided to dump 6 inches of snow on us the other day.  Old Mother Nature likes to play tricks on us this time of year.  She gives us a day of sunshine, warmer temps and like young children we run around with a giddy step, shedding heavy coats and mittens for a light jacket.  The sky is bluer than we remember and the air is clean and fresh and we are invigorated. In a blink of an eye, it is gone.  Cold winds are blowing, enormous snowflakes are falling to the ground and we are once again stuck inside standing at a window wondering when it will all end.  It's hard living in the north.  But, there is a promise of spring with each new bird that shows up at the feeder.  There is a warming of the land that can be felt with the days getting longer. 

I'm anxious to start new projects, clean out cupboards and drawers, rearrange furniture and think about new wallpaper for my dining room.  Until I can open the windows and listen to the birds, I pass the time away cross-stitching or reading a book.  I just finished Nora Ephron's "I Feel Bad About My Neck".  Thoroughly enjoyed her writing of getting older.  Now I am onto "Gap Creek".  I have a thing about books.  I love them, love to hold them, smell them, but just can't fit one more book into my house.  The district library is wonderful as I can check books out, read them and then return.  Goodwill always has an abundant supply of books, so I pick some up there.  When I'm finished reading , I donate them back.  So not only have I remedied the book population in my house, I'm recycling.  I feel good about that. 

Pinterest?  I wasn't quite sure if I was ready to take the plunge, but finally did and I'm not sure if it is a Godsend or a curse.  I love pinning pictures, recipes, quotes.  Each picture is like looking through a magazine without the hassle of what to do with it after you're done.  I started out with a few boards and like everything else in my life, became undated with more and more.  I'm so busy pinning, that I forget to go in and look at what I actually pinned.  Since I am of an age of being more forgetful, Pinterest is an ideal way for me to "pin" books that I want to read when I have time.  My wish for the upcoming days is that I become more organized in my life which will give me more time to read and figure out a way to put a spring back into my step.  Happy Spring!