Friday, April 4, 2014

Where are you, Spring?

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Spring sprang two weeks ago, and while we haven't had a snowstorm in an entire FIVE DAYS, and while Robins are hopping around everywhere, you sure could have fooled me.

I spent an hour or so out in the yard today, getting rid of the stuff that had blown into our garden, and yet ... there's only one patch of (very short--we're talking less than an inch) daffodils to be seen (when there should be at least three of them), and not a snowdrop in sight. (Did they just die out--after 22 years???--or was this winter just brutal enough to send them to an untimely grave?)

Spring will eventually happen. It HAS to. The days are getting longer. There are birds tweeting from (earlier than) dawn to (past) dusk.  But where are the flocks of geese that usually head north long before this?  Where are the crocus?

After this terribly long, awful, icky winter ... I'm longing for spring and then a VERY LONG, HOT summer.  But what if I don't get it?

Well, to paraphrase T'Pau of Vulcan, "The weather is the weather. What can be done about it?"

Very little, I fear.

Has spring sprung where you are?

12 comments:

  1. Yes spring is blossoming here in Holland. Come and visit me :) All the tree's are blooming, the crocuses have come in abundance and are gone already, flowers that usually bloom around Easter are blooming now, and I love it. The trees are getting green. The daffodils are still blooming like little pieces of sunshine.
    It has been unseasonly warm here lately, around 20 degrees. March was the warmest month on record, and those records go way back. But it is also dry, drier than usual here.

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    1. Boy, you were lucky having a warm March. I'm jealous.

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  2. It's gray, gloomy and dismal here, Lorraine, and I echo your sentiments, "Where is Spring?" The only glimmer of hope is that the days really *are* getting longer!

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    1. Gloomy. That's what it's like here today, too.

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  3. Hang in there, Lorraine. :) Spring will come for you guys. I've watched that weather map all winter and it's constantly bringing those winter storms thru Wisconsin and hitting Deb and straight over thost great lakes and slamming into you in upstate NY. Miserable. "This too shall pass." 'T Pau didn't say that, but someone did. Loved her character, didn't you?

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  4. Yesterday it felt a little more like Spring. Rain off and on is the forecast for today. They are saying a nice weekend but we will see. I don't like really hot weather but this Winter was so horrible with snow every other day it seemed. I do like the 4 seasons but this was way too much for one of them. Some trees seem to be getting a little red glow now. Maybe it's just wishful seeing on my part.

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    1. I don't like it when it's really hot, either, but this year ... I don't think I'll complain as much. : )

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  5. Wherever spring is, it's not here in Manotick, ON. Still tons of snow on the lawn, but rain is coming. As they say about April showers ...

    I am also hoping for a long hot summer. Tell the Vulcan that.

    Hugs.

    MJ/Victoria Abbott

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  6. It's been a strange year here in California. During the official winter, we had spring-like weather and absolutely NO rain. After prior dry years, we are having a severe drought. Lakes that used be full are so low you can practically walk over them. They've asked people to conserve, not water lawns, etc. Then, just as spring officially started, we finally started getting some rain. Unfortunately, it comes in heavy bursts that have caused mudslides in areas that were ravaged by fires from the dry conditions. But we need to rain so badly that, even though the days are grey and gloomy, we are not complaining. The bad part is that we have rain, then sun, then rain, etc. There isn't enough time between storms for the ground to dry out, but plenty of time for the sun to make the grass grow, resulting in REALLY long grass that you can't mow. Sigh....I guess no matter what kind of weather we have, we are never totally satisfied. I'm just hoping that the weather change doesn't mean we will fry during the summer - we've had years that get into the 105-115 degree level and it's pretty ugly.

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  7. Our weather is so changeable. I wore just a sweater out but wanted a coat by the time we got back. I think I am most comfortable when it is between 60 and 70 degrees - outside or inside.

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