Monday, March 22, 2010

Happy Vernal Days!

Catching up to the rest of the country - happy vernal days!


Our transition from winter to early spring happened rather abruptly, over just a few days. We went from this...

to this...



in the space of four or five days. The melting ice and snow sent a steady stream down the gutters all week. Temperatures rose above freezing - then into the 40s - then 50s - then 60s, just for a couple of days.

It's much cooler now, but still more like April than March.

In Minnesota, weather is a never-failing subject for conversation. Perhaps it is everywhere, but it seems especially so here. What if the global warming means we aren't subject to the same degree of suffering? Would that weaken our character, make us less prepared for stark, life-threatening emergencies?

But I love the sun and cool-touched warmth anyway. It lifts my spirits, gives me energy enough to work without flagging through the days, takes me outside with the dog for longer and longer walks. Happy spring to you all.

8 comments:

Laoch of Chicago said...

I have been making offerings to the sun God but to no avail sadly.

ellen abbott said...

It's been a long cold hard winter for everyone this year. And here also spring, held back so long by a winter that would not quit, sprang forth in a matter of days.

Lone Star Ma said...

Spring!

practicalmysticmusings said...

Yes! Spring is here! I found this wonderful quote from Rilke:

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

I think I'm going to blog on spring too!

Thanks for the inspiration!

Leone said...

It's hard to believe that some places are still experiencing snow and winter. We have had spring for the past six weeks, it's been marvellous. I hope the flowers are soon blooming around you too!!

Madame DeFarge said...

Looks like it might almost be spring round the corner then.

Ruth said...

I knew a man who moved to Michigan from Arizona, and he was often annoyed by how every conversation with Michiganians started on the weather. Hey, it is what it is.

bobbybegood1 said...

Hello Mary Ellen,

Spring is one of my fave times of the year! Here in NY, we are having a time with flooding. So much rain. We had a rainstorm a couple of weeks ago that uprooted 100 year old trees. Much devestation. But I am enjoying the warmer temps. Sometimes as high as 76 degrees. This weekend it's going up to 77 degrees. Yipee!! Yes, Springtime is here. Amen.