“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”

Earliest I sloshed my way to the mailbox and then to the driveway to get the papers. My road is slush covered. Tire marks show the route of my paper delivery, and when I got inside, I could see my footprints. It is lightly snowing, slanted and from the northeast, but I can also hear drips on the deck from the roof. The weather for today is rainy and cold with temperatures in the 30’s. I just hope it stays above freezing. The wind was with us all night but has since pretty much disappeared. On the early news was a house which had fallen into the ocean. I suspect it won’t be the last as the rain pits and wears away the dunes. This is just ugly. The only bright spot is I have heat and electricity.

I stood at the back door while the coffee perked. The storm is a bit mesmerizing with the snow coming across rather than down. The railing on the deck outside the door has an inch or more of what used to be snow and is now slush. That slush is the color of cement and Gracie’s paw prints look permanent as if she walked across the new part of a sidewalk. Lots of birds are hovering around the feeder, the squirrel buster feeder. I filled it the other day so there is plenty of seed. All of the birds are gold finches still clad in their dull winter feathers.

March is a difficult month. It doesn’t know whether it wants to be the first spring month or the last month of winter. Easter is at the end of the month so March best make up its mind. Light dresses and pastels don’t work as well with winter coats.

I know they’ll be snow and frost and windshield scraping. I have lived in New England all of my life and haven’t thought about moving anywhere else. Winter is the price we pay for spring and fall, especially fall. All I ask is a sunny day, a winter’s sunny day is fine with me. I know the winter sun is sharper and colder, but sun is sun, and it makes me glad.

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23 Comments on ““It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.””

  1. It’s 40 today in Kentucky, it might hit 50’s later. They are calling for close to 70 this weekend, but this is a cruel tease as I know it won’t last. It will end up going from 50 to 90 degrees like it typically does.

    • plgcm,
      I’d take the 40’s and love the 50’s. The 70’s are almost beyond my imagination! We seldom hit 90’s more than couple of times, and that’s in deep August.

  2. Morpfy Says:

    Sunny day today and hopefully a high in the 50’s. Getting ready this weekend to change that clock forward to DST.Here in the NW if today is an indication we
    ll have a great spring & summer

    • Morpfy,
      This time of year the 50’s are warm and weather like that brings out lots of people.

      It’s not quite winter and it’s not quite spring here. The days tend to be cold and a spring-like day is a surprise.

  3. olof1 Says:

    I’m away for one day and suddenly houses falls in to the ocean! I better stop taking days of from now on πŸ™‚

    I’ve never understood why people want their houses on a beach, I mean things like this will always happen when storms arrive but still they keep on building close to the ocean or rivers?!

    I’m glad You still have electricity and heat! Over here we’ve had a wonderful day, sunny but nasty cold though. I was walking around for two hours this morning while waiting for my car to be repaired. It would have been nice if the wind hadn’t been blosing all the time.

    Your March is our April. We always hope that spring will arrive in March even if we know it never will happen πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    • Christer,
      It was the lead story on all the newscasts today; also, they showed all the flooding in places which still hadn’t recovered from that last big storm.

      I’d like a house on a hill where you can see the beach and walk to it if you want. People have built too close to the ocean, and they are now paying the price.

      The day continues ugly. The bird feeders were full this morning, and are now almost empty, but I’m not venturing out into the cold to fill them.

      March isn’t spring here. The ocean keeps spring away for a longer time than inland. The trees and flowers are usually two or three weeks ahead of us as you drive inland.

      Have a great night!

  4. Birgit Says:

    No sun over here today, but spring temperatures. The cranes are on their way to Christer, some flocks flew over my house today. I waved and sent greetings.

  5. Hi Kat,

    Curl up with a good book, a cozy blanket and a cup of coffee (maybe some comfort munchies) and hang in there.

    In my humble opinion, ‘Urge For Going’ is the most moving and evocative song that Joni Mitchell ever wrote. In my wayward youth, I could certainly relate to it.

    Another reason I’m writing is to let you know that I’ve put up some ‘box’ re-posts today. They may not be to your taste, I don’t know for sure, but as you aren’t linked to my site it’s easy to forget to check.


    • Hi Marie,
      I’m downloading some music, watching an old movie and just enjoying being inside cozy and warm.

      I have loved this song from the moment I heard it. I think it was Tom Rush I heard first but I am such a Joni fan she is the one I’ll always post.

      We’ll have to remedy that! I was just over your site visiting!

      Take care!!

  6. Bob Says:

    March is always blustery conditions. Last night we had strong winds which blew the branches against the window pane. Today is cloudy with a slight chance of rain with highs around 65 degrees. Tomorrow and Sunday morning that big upper level low will bring us much needed rain accompanied by thunderstorms.

    Do you brew your coffee in a percolator? I didn’t think anyone owned one of those devices. We used to use a drip coffee maker and then we bought a Kurig coffee maker. It does a great job one cup at a time. It also does tea ad hot chocolate.

    • Bob,
      I’m glad you’re getting rain. Maybe it will help keep that drought away this summer.

      March is totally blustery, a perfect description. When I was a little kid, I imagined those branches against the windows were really the man with the hook trying to get in.

      I use a Mr. Coffee type and one with a filter only and you pour the water into it. I thought about a Kurig but I don’t have the counter space for it even if I remove my coffee maker. I do like the idea of having hot chocolate in a minute or two.

  7. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Rain with occasional sleet all day yesterday. Snow all night and all day up here. When I went out at 5AM it wasn’t too bad but it’s dumped all over us since then. There must be 18 inches out there and most of it since this morning. I think it has stopped now.
    I like to think of windy March as shaking the trees awake for April. Get that sap running loose and free. πŸ™‚ I’d prefer it didn’t do it with a snowy bonus slap, though.
    I’ve done a bit of shoveling so Rocky would have some place to go. He’s only 12 inches tall at the withers and this snow is deeper than that. He doesn’t have that terrier numbness for bouncing around in deep cold snow though I can see him wanting to be that brave.
    Enjoy the day. Stay warm and dry.

    • Hi Caryn,
      OMG, I didn’t realize you were going to get so much snow. I thought they said at most 8 inches, and even that was a guess on their part.

      The scrub pine trees here have no real value except taking up space. They are narrow and weakly. My front yard is covered in small branches from the one pine tree left there, and my back yard has huge branches which have fallen over the winter.

      Gracie isn’t very tall, but she does bound if necessary. She likes the snow even when it’s falling. She is not fond of rain. So far she has been outside only once.

      I’m meeting a friend for dinner at our favorite Thai place, but I’m not looking all that forward to going out. I may postpone until tomorrow.

      Have a great evening!

  8. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    It looks sunny outside, but I don’t know how cold it is. For the first time in a while, I left the house yesterday, where it was sunny and humid, then cold, then it rained. After my doctor appointment ( cataract surgery towards the end of the month) I visited some old haunts where I used to live. I went shopping in a thrift store last and was slow to come back to the car.

    My fuzzy kid would not be waiting for me when I arrived home, and I was afraid.


    • Lori,
      It will be a while before you stop expect your fuzzy friend.

      I’m glad you got out for a while and even went thrift store shopping. I used to go to the Salvation Army one in Boston but haven’t been in a while. There re a few down here I haven’t hit in a while too. I’ll wait for warmer weather.

  9. Bill S. Says:

    I cleared the drive of 10+ inches of heavy snow. This morning when I went out to get the paper (how does he deliver pre-5 a.m. in heavy snow?), the snow was light and fluffy, but during the day it warmed a bit, just enough to make it heavy. We’re waiting for the sun….

    “I’ve lived all my life in New England.”:
    1. not yet you haven’t!
    2. You lived 2 years of that life in Ghana.

    • Bill,
      You are a pain in the butt!

      The verb have is the present perfect tense which means started in the past and continued in the present which fits just fine though you are right about Ghana.

      Be careful with wet, heavy snow also commonly called heart attack snow!

      It is still raining and is windy again. I doubt there is a sun.

      • Bill S. Says:

        Old New England joke: “Have you lived here all your life?” “Not yet.” I enjoy being a pain in the butt. My wife calls me that all the time, affectionately (I think).

        I have a snowblower, so no heavy lifting. When the snow gets really wet and heavy, it doesn’t blow, just sort of plops out of the machine.

        Those homeowners on Plum Island had a bad storm, but they knew the odds. If I built a house on the edge of a volcano and it erupted, I wouldn’t have anyone to blame but myself.

        We’re off to Arlington today to see a sick friend, then later to Nashua for Peg’s brother’s birthday.

      • Bill,
        You and Peg have a good time!

        She is right about you as am I.

        I’m glad you have a snowblower. I was worried about you shoveling.

        You are so right about the people who build so close to the water. They are taking chances and have to accept what befalls them.

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