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March 17, 2015 / Rae Spencer

A Few Steps Closer to Spring

Weeds March 16

I usually count the first open-windows day as the first day of spring, but this year I confused the issue by cheating. One day last week, desperate for fresh air, I opened the windows and wore a coat in the house for a few hours. Which means I can’t count yesterday as the first.

Cat March 10

February is always a tough month for me. Its cold, sun-starved days routinely trigger new bouts of depression and anxiety. March, on the other hand, is usually a month of recovery.

Yard March 16

Yard March 16

And if this year’s recovery has been slower to start and harder to sustain than previous years, it has at least begun.

Hyacinth March 16

Hyacinth March 16

Honeysuckle March 16

Honeysuckle March 16

The weather forecast promises a return of winter before the week is finished, but the lengthening days will not allow it to stay.

Hydrangea March 16

Soon the yard will be overrun and winter will fall away into memory, as it does every year.

Brown Thrasher March 16

Robin March 17

Rabbit March 17

6 Comments

  1. jeanryan1 / Mar 17 2015 2:15 PM

    Here in CA we greet the spring with mixed emotions: happy to see the leaves unfurl but sad to see winter end as the cold months are our best hope for rain.

    Great looking bunny.

    • Rae Spencer / Mar 17 2015 2:56 PM

      The drought situation in California is frightening. I hope the weather pattern will change for the better soon!

  2. Fictionquest / Mar 17 2015 10:06 PM

    I live in Canada (Newfoundland) and will not be sad to see winter’s departure. We have just finished shovelling out from under 38 centimeters of snow. There is another storm in the forecast for tomorrow (sigh).

    • Rae Spencer / Mar 18 2015 2:58 PM

      More snow on the way? That would make me want to move. Maybe it will be the year’s last storm?

  3. katehodges690 / Mar 18 2015 8:48 AM

    I agree with you about Feb being hard and March being the recovery month. I am envious of your open windows. Here in Upstate NY, we have had 2 days that hit 50 degrees so far. Today we are back in the 20’s. On the plus side, my daffodils are up an inch or so.

    • Rae Spencer / Mar 18 2015 2:53 PM

      Wow! I would be frantic by now, if I lived in New York. So much snow! So much winter! But daffodils are definitely a good sign. Maybe you will have some open-windows weather soon?

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