“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.”

Last night it poured. I expected at some point while I was sleeping the rain would turn to snow as the prediction was we’d have 3 or so inches, but when I woke up, there was no blanket of snow, just piles of rain pocked ugly snow from the last storm. The worst, though, is the slush. While my coffee was brewing, I walked to get my paper and yesterday’s mail. My street has two clear ruts for cars, but the rest of the street is all slush so deep it almost went up over my shoes. I removed the mats on my front steps as they are soaked, and I don’t want them to freeze. That’s how I broke my arm, slip sliding away.

Today is such an ugly day I’m going nowhere. I’m not even going to get dressed. I have everything I need including two cupcakes I bought yesterday. One is chocolate and the other lemon, two favorite tastes. The world is a wonderful place!

It’s time to welcome spring with pastels and colorful new Easter clothes. I think, though, I’ll pass on the Mary Jane’s. I remember these weeks before Easter, and my poor mother dragging us Easter shopping. My sisters always went frilly. They wore petticoats under their dresses, wide brim hats with ribbons and white shoes with a single strap. My brother got new pants, a white shirt and a clip on tie. My sisters loved to come home and try on their new clothes and new shoes. They’d prance. Yellow and pink and light blue were their favorite colors. I got a dress most years but it wasn’t ever frilly. I was never the type. I do remember my favorite Easter dress. It was a style straight from the 1920’s with its low waist. My shoes were squat little heels which I always think of now as training heels. The dress was a light blue-green, and it had a flower on the side at the waist. I felt sophisticated and older when I wore it. I was probably thirteen.

We always got new clothes. It was part of the Easter ritual. I never thought about it back then, but when I was older, I often wondered how many weeks my mother put money into the budget envelope labeled Easter clothes. She never disappointed us.

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10 Comments on ““Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    It snowed here but it all melted away during the day thankfully. Still there is probably 6 inches left of the old one. The roads are slush though and I still have two lakes outside my home and the one by the gate seems to grow a little every day πŸ™‚ I dug away snow towards the ditch but I only got more water by my gate coming from the ditch πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It is a really ugly day here. It is cold and damp. I’m happy to stay home.

      That lake will eventually go away but probably not until the snow melts and the ground gets softer.

      Check out my picture blog.I finally added Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Mark Mauricio Says:

    I’m confused by your statement “I’ll pass on the Mary Jane’s”. Here in California, Mary Jane became legal in January but I don’t think you’re saying that you decided not to get high today. What were you referring to when you wrote “Mary Jane”?

  3. Mark Says:

    Ah!! Now it makes sense to me!

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I remember the yearly Easter clothes expedition. I don’t remember having to drag my brothers along for this. I didn’t particularly enjoy the new dress part because they were always frilly and always equipped with horrid nylon petticoats that itched. I did like the new shoes, the purse and the hat. Especially the hat. I loved getting a new hat.

    Today was not too bad. I peeked out the window in the early pre-dawn hours. It looked like something had happened overnight but not very much. It did snow for awhile this morning and then it turned to rain but it was all very polite. There’s less snow in the yard now than there was before the snow started. It’s okay. I’ll take it. No shoveling storms are the best.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Caryn,
      My brother never came. His clothes were easy to pick out. I had to go so I could get what I wanted. I never went for frilly, and I didn’t like hats, but I had to have one for going to mass so I gave in.

      We had heavy rain last night and slight rain on and off all day. The clouds now are really dark so I expect more rainy weather this evening.

      Lots of schools were called off last night for today. I’d hate having wasted a day which now has to be made up in some way. I know one school has chosen to start classes on Saturdays.

      You also have a wonderful evening!

  5. Bob Says:

    If it weren’t for new cloths for Easter retailers wouldn’t be able to make it until back to school sales in the fall. πŸ™‚

    Easter in America is much different than it was in Russia when my grandparents immigrated to the U.S. Easter was the major holiday for the Russian Orthodox Church and they used the holiday as an excuse to pillage, rape and kill Jews who they believed killed Jesus. These preplanned riots were known as Pograms. They were fuled by alcohol and accusations of the ridicules lie called “blood libel”. Even the Catholic Church didn’t correct the false belief that the Jews killed Jesus until Vatican I in the 1960s. Unfortunately, most organized Religions continue to be silent and not stand up against anti semitisim, racism and sexism. A sad commentary on 2,000 years of Christianity. πŸ™

    Here in Phoenix I don’t both think we hit 90 degrees but the skies are cloudy and there’s a chance for rain tomorrow.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I don’t think the custom of buying new clothes is all that big anymore. There are very few ads on TV about Easter clothes.

      Churches have been guilty of silence. I think that may be changing but slowly changing.

      Cold and damp here all day!


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