“Autumn arrives in the early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.”

Pseudo winter is the best I can call this. Today it is already 46° though tonight will be more typically winter, in the 20’s, but I don’t care. Night always finds me cozy and warm and at home. The weatherman says snow later in the week and predicts the cape will get less than an inch before the snow turns to rain. Boston may get more snow than we will but right now it may also have a new record for the least amount of snow as little more than 7 inches has fallen so far this whole winter, but March sometimes surprises us with a snow storm or two.

My garden is awash with green shoots, and the daffodil buds are prominent: there are four now. Last fall I planted all sorts of bulbs, and I don’t remember what is where on purpose. I want surprise when the flowers bloom and color returns to my garden.

Spring officially arrives on March 20th, and that is cause for celebration. My friends and I will go to the beach to see the sunrise on that first spring morning. Usually it is freezing. We sit in our beach chairs as if it were summer, but we wear winter hats and coats and wrap blankets around us as we wait and watch for the sky to lighten. The first beams appear then the top of the sun. We watch as more and more of the sun appears over the jetty. When morning has finally broken, we applaud and give a welcome to spring then we run for the warmth of the car. We go out for breakfast and toast the arrival of spring.

My mother was always surprised and wonderfully grateful when we gave her our bouquets, the dandelions picked off the lawn. She’d gush a bit, take our gifts and put them in a glass, usually a jelly glass, and then in the center of the table. We always thought they were the most beautiful yellow flowers ever, and I still think of that every time I see a dandelion. In my memory they are gifts.

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15 Comments on ““Autumn arrives in the early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Quite the opposite weather over here. The day started out grey, dull and foggy but turned to something I would call spring 🙂 It will get cooler again later this week but we’ll still have sunshine.

    Some tries to say spring starts here then too but usually we still have lots of snow on the ground. Most of us would most probably freeze tp death if we went to the sea to see the sun go up 🙂 🙂 🙂

    This year is different tjough, lots of bulbs are showing their green above the ground now so I do hope we won’t get any more winter weather even if we usually have it way in to April.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      Tomorrow is the snow and sleet so we’ll have quite the weather change. Winter returns for a bit.

      We have had almost no snow. What little we had disappeared after a day and night of rain.

      I have flowers on a couple of the shoots. I’ll take a few pictures when I can.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Apart from the vicious rose bushes that have sprouted leaves, there isn’t much in the way of signs of spring in my yard except robins singing their morning song. The woodpeckers are drumming for territory. There are occasionally some flies but they have been around all winter. I did see a mosquito the other day. No flowers, though.

    Dandelions are pretty and so is hawkweed. I don’t care what the lawn fanatics think.

    I love your Spring celebration. I just salute the sun from the front steps.

    Enjoy the day.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I have white snowd dops I think they’re called. I noticed them when I came back from buying dog food.

      The moths are around the house. I hope they freeze tomorrow.

      I bet the sun appreciates the salute!

  3. Zoey & Me Says:

    This must be your rights of spring. We only had the Cherry Blossoms up in DC to enjoy. We do nothing down here because we know along with spring comes the very hot and humid summers. Although it’s 80 today and we have the A/C on. Years ago we never used heat or air from December to May.

    • Kat Says:

      Z&Me,
      I have some flowers. This is the earliest I can ever remember getting them. It is amazing.

      We have yet to hit 60 though Boston has.

  4. Bob Says:

    Today was warm and cloudy with a little rain. Because we had no prolonged winter weather accompanied by temperatures below freezing we are in for a treat this spring. The hot humid days and nights will be filled with mosquitoes and other bugs which normally die off during winter.

    I have never heard of celebrating the sunrise on the first day of spring. Maybe this year you can bring a swimsuit and take a dip in the ocean to celebrate the arrival of warm weather and equal hours of daylight and darkness. I personally refuse to get into the water until after July 4th when the water temperature in the pool is above 90 degrees.

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      That sounds like my sort of day, especially a little rain. We too will have our own bug issues, especially ticks as the weather was warm enough for them to survive.

      We figure the vernal equinox deserves a big welcome.

      The ocean would be about 38° in March. It is that cold water which causes us not to have much of a spring. We tend to get warm in May and sometimes we just jump right into summer.

      The ocean does bless us with a long fall because the water stays warm for so long.

  5. Hedley Says:

    Davy Jones gone….No……NOOOOOOO !

  6. Hedley Says:

    Oh what can it mean now ?

  7. Kat Says:

    My Dear Hedley,

    I was a Mike sort if I had to choose one!

    The mere thought of CJN&Y is a bit horrifying!


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