“First a howling blizzard woke us, Then the rain came down to soak us, And now before the eye can focus — Crocus.”

Today is bright and lovely, a bit chilly but that’s okay. It feels like spring; it doesn’t smell like a spring morning yet, but I think we’re close. Two bright, beautiful yellow crocus (croci) have flowered in my front garden. My eyes, hungry for color after the winter, saw them as soon as I walked outside to get the papers. It seemed as if they sprang from the earth overnight, maybe as a gift from much maligned Mother Nature.

I keep watching the birds flying in and out of the feeders, and I keep checking to see if I will again be plagued by the red spawn. I thought I caught a glimpse of the beastie on a tree limb, but he didn’t go to the feeders. I wonder if they have red spawn tasers.

I have decided winter is over even though it will be 28˚ tonight. You will read no more complaining about this extended season from me. Every day I see or hear a new sign of spring. The mornings are now filled with the songs of birds. No longer does that single bird sing. The sun is so bright coming through the storm door that all three animals vie for a sunny spot. Maddie’s fur was hot this morning when she came for a pat. The plowed snow is still on the corners of the street but the piles are tinier every day. I no longer pay them any mind. When I look out my window here in the den, I see the deep blue sky and I see trees no longer seeming shadowy, no longer silhouettes in the darkness of a cloudy day.

The last few days have been busy ones for me. I think the winter sloth has moved on. All the chores I kept putting off are done. I don’t even have any laundry in the drier. Today I have PT and some errands. I’m excited about going outside in the sun. Today is a sweatshirt day. I think I’ve seen the last of a winter coat day.

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6 Comments on ““First a howling blizzard woke us, Then the rain came down to soak us, And now before the eye can focus — Crocus.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I decided winter was over last week when I put the snowblower back in its off-season home. The snow shovel remains by the front door but that’s preventative. 🙂
    Only two white croci have popped up so far but I see other greening things that will be flowers in good time. The bird feeders are still beyond my reach but I throw seed out onto the snow for them.

    Today is sunny and heading for the high 40’s. I’ve been out with the dogs a couple of times and it is sweatshirt weather. No coats needed. The birds have been singing for a while now. The robins are chasing each other off territory. Spring is definitely in the air.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      The sun has moved so the croci have closed for the afternoon. They’ll be back tomorrow.

      Lots of birds this morning. I just saw a house finch at one of the feeders. They are quite forgiving as I couldn’t get to them when they most needed seed.

      It is 50˚. I am in mid-errand, came home for lunch and Gracie. I have two places left-did three. I am amazing myself.

      Enjoy this lovely day!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Sunny and warm here today and it looks like it will stay sunny but perhaps a bit more cool until after easter. They still have time to change those predictions though 🙂 Nights are cold here so I keep the fire burning in the stove.

    Birds are singing like crazy now but when the evening comes it’s just the Black birds up in the top of the trees that continues, I love to hear them sing this time of year.

    The willows are about to flower now so I guess spring has setteled properly here now but I’ll expect setbacks way in to May 🙂 I hope that the late spring frost nights won’t come for once but I guess that won’t happen 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      The sun has disappeared so it is chilly and damp. It will get warmer as the week moves on, and I’m glad for that.

      The nights are still quiet here, too cold for critters. It will be in the 20’s tonight, and the rest of the week will be the same.

      No buds on the trees. They’re a long way off yet. Easter is Sunday. I doubt they’l be any Easter egg hunts.

      Have a great evening!

  3. Bob Says:

    Today on the way home I ran the AC in my car because the temperature was 85 degrees with increasing humidity. We haven’t seen any rain yet this week but tomorrow offers the best bet for precipitation according to the weather prognosticators. The drought is being whittled away by the ice, snow and rain in February and March. Hopefully, this summer will not be as brutally dry as the last couple have been. My favorite day is the Monday following Easter when all the left over chocolate goes on sale. This year the price of chocolate has gone stratospheric because of the chocolate shortage.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      If I didn’t put together two baskets, I’d shop after Easter for the candy. I bought it all today at the chocolate store as I hope to do baskets tomorrow

      We have had so much snow and rain that drought isn’t a possibility, and it will rain later in the week.

      Warm is till 50˚.


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