“I love the feeling of the fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair.”

The sun is shining and today’s temperature will be in the high 30’s. All week the daytime will be warm, even hitting the high 40’s by Wednesday. All I can hear is dripping, and it almost sounds like rain. The icicles are melting. Most are already gone. The roof has very little snow left. I can see some of the road in front of my house. The ice path on my walk melts a little every day and is getting narrower, smaller. It freezes again at night, but there is less of it in the morning. The piles of snow on the deck are shrinking. That sure as heck sounds like the stirrings of spring to me.

My hyacinth has bloomed. Its flowers are white. It reminds me that under the snow in the front garden are bulbs just waiting to pop their green shoots above the ground. I love it once they finally appear. I check their progress every morning on my way back from getting the papers. I am a bit impatient waiting for the shoots to grow taller and for the first glimpses of buds. I watch as those buds grow higher than the shoots and begin to show the first hints of color. Usually the dainty snowdrops bloom first followed by the dafs. The irises and hyacinths take a bit longer.

Every season has its own smells. In spring the air is fresh and filled with hints of grass and flowers. I love the first warm, spring day when I can open my windows to clear the house of winter’s stuffiness, but they stay open for only a while. By late afternoon, the air is chilly, and it’s time to shut the windows until the next warm day.

Today is an empty dance card.

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14 Comments on ““I love the feeling of the fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair.””

  1. Annie Says:

    Welcome back to the land of the living Kat! I think that little Hyacinth is saying much the same thing!
    Thinking of you.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Annie, for the good thoughts

      A couple of days of sun is all I needed to jump start spring for me.

  2. Birgit Says:

    So there’s really a glimmer of hope that your temporary ice age is over for this winter?
    Our first and so far only warm spring day was yesterday, sunny 66˚F. Unfortunately I was too busy indoors to enjoy it. Due to a broken train I even missed a planned free outdoor hour in a nice old town in the Rhine region. Now it’s cold and gray again as usual. I hope I don’t have to wait too long for a second chance to get some warm sun.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      A day in the 40’s is a hopeful sign. Boston may even get to 50˚.

      The nights are still quite cold, but I can sleep that cold away. I can’t imagine when we’ll get to 60˚. That is a long way away from here.

      Sorry you missed spring, but it will be back just for you!

  3. olof1 Says:

    We’ve had a wonderful day here with sunshine but no wind! So far it’s only the snow drops that flowers but I can see the tips of crocus here and there and the scilla is on its way too. Too bad I have to work days like this.

    It does sound as if spring might find its way to You too now 🙂 I always fear the setback and it will come if so even for a really cold night period that freeze all the new leafs, it always happens here.

    I haven’t opened any windows in my cottage yet but I have had the car windows open 🙂 I turned off the climate control and just enjhoyed the cool air blowing in 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I know it is the wind which really brings you a chilly day. I’m glad it took a rest for a while.

      It isn’t spring yet, but I am hopeful when I hear everything melting and I see the sun shining the whole day.

      I find the car gets chilly quickly if I put down any window though I will open a back for for the dog, but even she doesn’t like sticking her head outside when its cold.

      Enjoy the evening!

  4. Coleen Burnett Says:

    We made it.
    As you were.
    That is all…

    (Does the happy dance in the sun…) 🙂

  5. Bob Says:

    Today it rained steadily all day today which is reducing the drought which has plagued us since last winter. Warmer temperatures are approaching along with Spting. You are lucky that all that snow will melt and raise the level of the reservoirs in your area.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We haven’t been plagued with a drought in a while, but all that snow will help anyway. The Cape gets its water from a sole-source aquifer rather than reservoirs. Many people also have well water.

      I’m glad for your rain.

  6. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Beautiful day here, too. The dogs went to day care to play outside all day and to see other dogs. They haven’t been able to see anything this winter unless they climbed onto the snow mountains.
    I vacuumed and tidied and chopped ice off the back steps. Still can’t get that door open because of the ice stalagmite in front of it. Maybe by the end of the week.
    I spent some frivolous money on frivolous stuff from Amazon. I will call it hyacinths to soothe my soul. But some real hyacinths would be nice, too. I’ll have to see about that. 🙂

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It is going to be warmish the next couple of days. I can’t wait. All that snow will continue to disappear.

      All the icicles are gone now, and even more of the road has appeared as if by magic.

      I think buying yourself something, especially something frivolous, is important for your well-being.

      Have a great evening.

  7. splendidone Says:

    SO glad things are improving up East. We have rain all day and I am glad, listening to it and knowing it is carrying the dirty snow away makes me smile deep inside. I hope you know how much your words and music make all of us smile:) xoxox

    • katry Says:

      splendid,
      There is still so much snow, but the piles are shrinking. I can get around the corner of my street without sliding as the ice too is disappearing. Outside my window is a lovely sunny day, not spring yet but still hopeful.

      Thank you, my dear splendid.


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