“Spring is when life’s alive in everything.”

It is late I know, but I have had a busy day. It started at 5:15 when my obnoxious alarm went off. I whacked the snooze once then decided to drag myself out of bed. Coffee first was a necessity. I then turned on the news to keep an eye on the next nor’easter. Snow is definitely coming starting tomorrow afternoon. I find this storm an insult. Today is the first day of spring. I should be in the garden planting flowers. I shouldn’t be wearing layers, warm socks and a hood.

My friends and I celebrated our first day of spring tradition by greeting the sunrise at West Dennis Beach this morning. It was extraordinary. We sang our songs: Rocking Robin, Morning Has Broken, a third song whose obscure title IΒ don’t remember and then we each read lines from Frost’s Two Tramps in Mud Time. The sun began to rise over the rocky jetty. First came the light then the top of the sun then more of it until the brilliant ball of light had risen completely. Its light glinted on the water and a band of color spread across the beach looking like a carpet of light. It was so bright I had to shade my eyes. It was glorious. Before we left, ClareΒ looked for and found shells, our reminders of the beauty of today.

We ended the morning, as we do every year, by going out to breakfast. I had the usual, eggs over easy, bacon and toast.

I got home, read the paper for a bit then left for my library board meeting at nine. It was quick, and I was home by 9:45. I was tired. I took a nap.

I don’t really care that the snow is coming. Today is the first day of spring. Soon enough my garden will be filled with bright, colorful flowers. The birds will sing every morning to celebrate the day. I’ll open my windows to the fresh, sweet air. I’ll hear the rustling of leaves again. It’s all coming. I just have to be a little patient.

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10 Comments on ““Spring is when life’s alive in everything.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I do like that tradition of Yours! Good thing the snow didn’t arrive today πŸ™‚ Finally we have caught up with You but soon our days will be much longer. I don’t like our dark winters but love our long days in summer πŸ™‚

    We had a sunny day here too but the morning was nasty cold. The afternoon however was really nice but not enough of the snow melts away when the nights still are cold. At least it melts and I guess I should be happy for that πŸ™‚

    Happy first day of spring πŸ™‚


    • katry Says:

      Happy First Day of Spring!

      We are expecting 2-4 inches more of snow. The stuff we had was disappearing but now we’ll have more to add to it. That is 4 nor’easters this month.

      Our afternoons are light much longer since we turned the clocks ahead. That helps me thing of summer.

      I want a few warm days.They had them in Boston but we haven’t yet.

      Have a great day!

  2. Hedley Says:

    I guess tomorrow is the first full day of spring. Notwithstanding the “tepid” temperatures, I am hitting the pavement at lunch time and marching around a nearby subdivision for 30 minutes. My walking gang from the neighboring accounting firm all took new jobs during the winter, So its me and the radio, marching along.

    • katry Says:

      Yes it is. Today is only the first half day of spring, but it is hiding behind winter.

      I applaud your still getting out there for the march. maybe you’ll meet a traveling companion!

  3. Coleen Says:

    I love how you and your friends get together…I too, am waiting for the same storm, which will dump on us like crazy. Sigh.

    You are so right…summer is coming soon! You don’t have to shovel the sun. However, today’s weather here featured a rain/snow mix before the Big Dump on Wednesday.



    • katry Says:

      Hi Coieen,
      We have fun with our celebrations. I remember Cowboy Day when we all wore stetsons and drank out of glass boots.

      In the winter we have game night on Sundays. In the summer we have movie nights on Saturdays.

      We do have fun!!

      Another storm-can’t believe it!!

  4. Bob Says:

    Here in Phoenix the first day of spring was clear with a high of about 80 degrees. Thursday they are predicting a high of 90 degrees, their first of the year. πŸ™‚

    Here it’s three hours earlier than the east coast because Arizona doesn’t go on Daylight savings time. When it’s 115 degrees in August the one thing you don’t need is more daylight. πŸ™‚

    Good luck with the latest Nor Easter. Obviously, there’s no global warming. πŸ™‚

    • katry Says:

      That is August for us. I don’t want to live in a place which is always so hot. We get a cold winter but a lovely summer and and even lovelier fall.

      I couldn’t believe how hot it was when I was there in spring.

      Snow is definite!!

  5. Caryn O'Keefe Says:

    Hi Kat,
    What a great tradition!
    Maybe I should think about changing my Xmas morning tradition of photographing Newburyport to something closer to spring with the possibility of better weather. πŸ˜€

    Yesterday was busy. I had a 9:30 AM appointment in a town that was a half hour drive away. After that business was concluded we went to brunch in a place I hadn’t tried yet. It was excellent. I will go again. Then I took the dogs for a ride in the jeep while I picked up stuff from the pharmacy and the craft store. They were happy. Change of smells. πŸ™‚

    There is very little looking like spring at my house. The little quince is starting to swell its buds. There is skunk cabbage and the green bits of spring bulbs are just starting to poke out. That’s about it. I might need to buy some flowers this week.

    I was expecting snow today but it’s holding off until tonight. I can wait.
    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      One year was so warm we brought out beach chairs and sat on the beach, but warm days are few. We have been lucky as the sun has been spectacular. I posed three pictures on Facebook of the sunrise.

      My friends and I have some fun traditions. We go to a wonderful restaurant for Easter. It is right on the ocean. We bring our trusty toy rabbit every year. He is small and so can take his place on the table.

      Dogs so love their rides. Gracie went crazy when she heard my car keys. She’d run around from living room to dining room down the hall and around again.

      Your garden will wake up once all that snow disappears. Usually your part of the world is well beyond down here. I’d have bare trees while up your way there were buds.

      We are also expecting snow and also some really fierce winds.

      Have a great evening!

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