Bring On Spring

Over the past few days, the weather has been beautiful! The temperature has been in the mid-70s, sunny, and gorgeous. Trees and flowers have begun to burst into bloom. Our tulip popular tree has tiny little green leaves all over it. Two birds have made a nest on our front porch, as they do every year. Everywhere are signs of spring. After all the ice, and cold, and gray of this past winter, spring has finally arrived.

At work, I watched from my office window as the trees across the street began to bloom. I could hear the birds singing joyfully in the warmth and the sun, while I worked at my desk. I love my job, but I really didn’t want to be there. I struggled badly with the gray weather this past winter, and I feel like I have been holding my breath, waiting for spring. So I decided to take a couple of days off at the end of the week, to enjoy the sunshine.

Vacation Day One – today! I awoke this morning and the sun was shining. I threw open all the windows and started the coffee. I had breakfast and hung a load of laundry on the line to dry. I loaded the dishwasher. I noticed that it was beginning to get cloudy outside. Then it started getting colder. Checking the weather, I saw that a cold front was moving through. Tomorrow night, we are expecting a freeze! A freeze, people! I brought in the laundry just as it started to rain. I closed the windows and turned on the heat. I am enjoying my time at home, but it really would have been nice if the pretty weather had lasted for a couple more days. Just saying.

So with that in mind, I would like to share some pictures from my yard of the many pretty and blooming signs of spring. Notice how the sky is already becoming cloudy when these were taken. But they are still lovely and most welcome after a long, gray, cold winter. And I am grateful that I was home to be able to see and enjoy them.

Violets in the back yard

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More violets under the tulip poplar tree

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Cherry blossoms, just starting to bloom

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Pear blossoms

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Daffodil

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Paperwhites along the front walk

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Hyacinths along the front walk – they smell sooooo good!

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A pretty pale purple volunteer

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And of course, a dandelion! Sure it’s a weed, but look how cheerful this one is!

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The weather forecast says that the warm weather will be back on Sunday. I am hoping that my blossoms will make it through the freeze. Come on, Spring!

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