Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring had better sprung!

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

Happy First Day of Spring (for those of you in the top half of the world -- and Happy First Day of Autumn for those of you living down under).

There are FINALLY signs of spring everywhere.

Geese.  I'm not sure if these are travelers, since we get so many who winter over these days, but they've been doing a lot of honking, so even if they live here year round, they're they're making a cheerful noise.

Daffodil points. My mother's little garden in front of the house is coming to life with them, and the tips of crocuses. 

You can see people's lawns again, and the grass is starting to get a tinge of green.

Well, not on my side of the street.  I'm still surrounded by snow, Snow, SNOW!!!  In fact, it seems like everywhere I went yesterday, the snow had done a good job of receding.  Except on MY street. Some of the lawns on the east side of the street have grass, but not on my side.

I'd love to be able to go out back to check to see if there are daffodil points, but ... guess what!  There's too much snow.  Not on the garden, but on the pool deck there's still at least 10-12 inches of ice. (Used to be snow, but now it's solid and you can't shovel it.)

And for everyone who can't wait for the first snowfall, they should be made to look at the dirty piles of the stuff that sits in parking lots until May.

When I look out my front window, I see a shrunken pile of snow, but it's still there. It'll still be there 2-3 weeks from now, too.  (Courtesy of  plow guy, who shoved it all in one pile, at the TOP of the driveway instead of the bottom like every other plow guy. We're going to have a little talk before next winter.)

There's another storm predicted for today and tomorrow in the northeast, but luckily it's going to skirt by us. We'll get some rain.  I hope it washes some of the dirt from the snowpiles.

And how's the weather where you are?


NoraA said...

How's the weather? The snow will be starting in the next hour or so and continue through tonight. Hopefully it wont be more than a few inches. This is going to make doing my chores to prepare for Passover a bit slippery.

Oh, and that goose you have pictured above? My daughter says they are back on her block and settling in her neighbor's back and front yards again.

Diane said...

Good Morning Lorraine. I have tried to post this 3 times and it goes away.. so I try again.
Snow due here today. 1 to 3 inches. I hope with tomorrow being the first full day of Spring, the weather will start to warm up. Some of my bushes are looking like the tops are broken off. I'll see better when the snow is all off. Perhaps I'll have to put a basket over them next Winter if they make it this year.

Maggie Sefton said...

We're having great mild weather in the 70s. We'll get a dip in temps as a front moves thru briefly but then the temps go back to mild. Our Winter weather came in all of December and thru first half January, then the milder temps started. That happens here in Northern Colorado often. Also bright sunshine nearly every day. Last weekend we actually had
81 in Fort Collins. Don't hate me. :)

Nancy said...

49 and cloudy, according to my Weather Channel app on my Kindle. No snow or ice left as of a few days ago. I have never been as tired of looking at snow as I was this winter. Hurray for spring!

Anonymous said...

I'm in the don't hate me category with Maggie because I live in western Oregon where we had no snow and very few freezing temps this winter. The early spring flowers are up and blooming, some of my tulips are blooming as are the trees, even saw an azalea with flowers on it earlier today. I live between two wetland areas so see geese all the time year-round.

redcat said...

Officially it is spring. The robins are back, and I have heard Tundra Swans, redwing blackbirds and other spring birds. The snow has receded but only small patches of ground are visible. Parts of the roof are visible, the rest still snow covered.
We are expecting a high of -5 Celsius and snow this weekend. Lake Huron has gone from 97% ice coverage to 67%.
I am looking forward to spring flowers but the gardens still have a good snow cover.