Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dear Spring


Dear Spring,

You have arrived early.  Not that I'm complaining, but you can be such a tease.

Mother Nature decided to grace us with spring summer-like weather early, so we went from winter straight to summer temps over the last week.  We had 10 days of record breaking (or tying) high temps, which make us think twice about what kind of summer we're really going to have.  But of course, this morning's temperature was near-freezing, so I had to turn on the heat yet again, despite all of us wearing sweaters and jackets at home.  According to the calendar, the first day of spring was 3/20/12 this year.  But our crazy weather couldn't agree less.  Here are my Top Ten reasons for knowing spring is here without looking up the spring equinox date:

10.  It's time to put away the inhaler and Aquaphor.  Sneezing and drippy noses force me to dig out our allergy meds again.  As soon as the temperature goes above 60 degrees, we -- Dear Daughter, Dear Son, and I -- start our daily doses.  #claritinforbreakfast

9.  Since we're on that topic, I also dig out the allergy eye drops.  Apparently allergy meds are not  great for itchy eyes, and when children have itchy eyes, children get very grouchy.  Since I cannot stand watching them rub their eyes, I chase them down and drown them with $EyeLiquid.  #costsanarmandaleg

8.  Mother Nature takes out her spring palette and paints our world in nice shades of green.  A color that is said to be soothing for eyes, greens of pine, sage, laurel, moss, fern, asparagus, and tea begin to take over.  #worldcomingtolife

7.  I happily put away winter coats, jackets, boots, mittens, and hats.  I won't see them for a good eight months.  Which means the time it takes to shoo the kiddos out the door is now tolerable.  #byebyewintergear

6.  In the middle of the heatwave, my tulips, who unearthed themselves to greet me, made me giddy with delight.  You see, the last time I saw them and planted them in November, I was not sure if I'd ever see them again.  Spring was the definitive force that pulled them out of the ground to declare their permanent residence.  #growtulipsgrow

5.  "Can we play outside?  Can we play outside?"  As soon as the temperature starts to rise, the nagging begins.  Spring is the perfect season to play outside.  It's not too hot, there are no bugs, and it is just a breath of fresh air out there.  #gorightaheadmydears

4.  Waking up in the morning isn't quite so dreadful when melodious birds chirp me awake.  I think there's a nest right outside my bedroom window.  It's music to my ears after a long winter of silence out there.  #suresignofspring

3.  This time of year always plants a little seed in my head about chopping off my long locks.  There's just something about spring and the renewal of one's look.  I wonder when I'll take the plunge this year?  #layersorbob

2.  But first, my beloved rose bushes get a 'haircut', or what looks like a really nice trim.  I prune my roses every spring so that they become the prettiest ones on the block.  And I'm not even ashamed to brag about it.  Pruning is hard work.  It's also a leap of faith.  This year, buds and leaves were already growing when I pruned them, and it felt really weird cutting off all that growth.  But what remains will grow even better.  #selfproclaimedpruningpro

1.  Last related note about hair: my legs have not seen the light of day since I planted those tulips.  They've been hibernating all winter, and now need to come out of the cave.  Which means for a few days, the follicles on my legs despise what I do to them.  #byebyeleghair

Just look at those glorious flowering trees in that picture up there!  Only you, Spring, are able to accomplish such marvelous task as allowing those trees to blossom with bountiful white flowers that sway in the gentle breeze.  Mother Nature done good again.  You are the proof of that.  Welcome, Spring!

Sincerely,
Me

9 comments:

  1. Oh yeah- I had to shave for the first time last month. Sam never really stopped taking his allergy meds. He's allergic to everything, but the rest of us, Scott, Caroline, and I alllll have Claritin or Zyrtec in our lives once more.

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    1. It's nice to meet another leg-hibernator. Glad I'm not the only one. I think hair removal is such a waste of time. Thank goodness I don't have a beard to shave everyday. And I could not survive without modern meds, prescription or not!

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  2. I can relate to the allergy meds/eyedrops. I have to take them most of the year becuase there's always something that gets to me! The new growth of Spring is something I look forward to.

    I had to laugh at the shaving your legs part. I get a little lazy in the winter, too :)

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    1. Yes, it seems as if our eyes, noses, and sinus really tell us that Spring is here! Something has to pay for all the beauty in nature, I guess. Thanks for dropping by, Janna!

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  3. The colors we have right now are amazing, aren't they? I was admiring the grass as it waved in the wind today (on public land where the mowing contracts start by date not by length) and thinking how beautifully green and vibrant everything is.

    And the snow gear? I'm semi-blaming you for the cold snap during spring break. I refuse to wash and put it away until late May Just In Case... because I'm paranoid like that ;)

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    1. Your paranoia may be well warranted! You know we have crazy weather here. I am just too stubborn to believe that we'll need winter gear anymore. But if I'm wrong, then all the beautiful blossoms out there will get so confused! At least my tulips are tall enough to probably stay okay by now. Happy Spring!

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  4. Here on the island, we were teased as well, we had three days where it was 12 Celsius, and then the temperature dropped to -12 for the remainder of the week. Right now we have sunshine, but cold North Westerlies, so Spring is nothing but a calendar date, but we do look forward to summer. Sometimes a harsh and long winter helps one appreciate the beautiful summer months. Nice blog you have here!

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    1. Indeed! We enjoy our summers so much after a cold, harsh winter here. After the summer-like temps, we are back to normal weather for this time of year, but now it feels too cold. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments!

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    2. I just realized that you came over from Trifecta. It's nice to meet you, Ted. Congratulations on the weekend win! I can barely write one entry, and you submit three! As I am mostly consumed with kids, I read your posts tagged under 'kids'. Your boy is lucky to have you as a dad! I know I'll never let go of the seat until, who knows, someone pries my fingers off?

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