Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Coming Out From Under the Covers



Thankfully, we are experiencing an early spring, and I am doing OK.

Winter is not my favorite season and it often plays havoc with my mind.  Believe me, my mind is a delicate thing these days and any disruption to my brain cells can be catastrophic.   However, the gods have looked down kindly on us in the Middle Atlantic states, and said, "Yes, you who live close to Washington, DC deserve some refuge from these distasteful times so we will bestow upon you a  short, mild winter" So spring came early!!



Oh, I know it might not last, but what does?  I am smiling again. I hope you can do the same.

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  1. Glad you're smiling, Maybe, better weather is coming. (Just not sure when!) (:-)-x

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    1. Rosemary, the sight of my bulbs coming up and the primroses blooming tells me that grey days are behind me. I hope I am right and that you have the same.

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  2. We had a wonderful day here today - a glimpse of spring - I spent most of the day in the garden. It's supposed to be all change for the weekend, with high winds, rain etc - Arleen look after yourself. I think about you often xx

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    1. Molly, we are having almost the same weather as you. It has been much warmer than usual and will be for days to come. However, rain and wind are predicted for the weekend. I do love the warmth, though, and am going to enjoy it for as long as it lasts.

      Thank you for your kind thoughts, dear friend.

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  3. We have had the coldest, snowiest winter in decades. So nice to see a sign of Spring somewhere on this continent. I've recently been diagnosed with sensitive brain-finally makes sense, now to manage it.....

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    1. The west coast is having a rough time this year, weather wise. I do hope things will clear up soon for you and all those who are suffering through a difficult winter.

      I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis. I hope you will be able manage its affects. Take care of yourself, Susan.

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  4. Encouraging photo and message, Arleen. Needed and much appreciated.

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    1. I hope California will dry out soon, Geo. My daughter is sending me pictures of the torrential rains and the effect on her area. It is not what one would ever expect to see. Stay warm and inside.

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  5. Just a peek at purple and green would make my heart smile! So lovely!

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    1. Susan, it is so uplifting to see the first flowers of spring.

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  6. Always good to see the little pansy faces in spring.

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  7. Sun is shining here in Northern California. Maybe just for a couple of hours but sunshine is sunshine!!!

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    1. Yes, sunshine, after the rains, is a glorious sight. I hope you get to see more of it. You really have had a difficult time lately.

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  8. Seeing those flowers made me smile :) If any bulbs are trying to spring out around here, they still have four feet of snow to dig through!! I read your "Story as of now" and I can relate! I was forced into early retirement myself due to a work related injury. It's been 14 years since then (I can't believe it's been that long) and I found it very hard to keep happily busy. I can say that I've finally found my rhythm as long as I stick to a routine, but I do have days that are more challenging that others!

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    1. I found retirement difficult for the first year but then got my act together, got a routine, and found things to do with my time. Then ladt year my husband retired and I am still trying to get used to that😄😤.

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  9. Everything is blooming early in SC this year, and even better, the days are noticeably longer!

    Glad to see you posting and to hear that you're feeling better!

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    1. Our East Coast seems to have been spared the misery of a cold winter. You are fortunate to live in a state that very seldom has snow, but Mother Nature often has a surprise for us and I am hoping that this year it will be an early spring. So far, so good.

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    2. Oh, but I wish we DID get snow more often! I still get excited for snow having lived here all of my life!

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  10. I too am ready for Spring, and it's great to see the flowers. Yay!!!!

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    1. I think that those who don't have winter, never know the real joy of spring.

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  11. I've not spent a day in my garden yet, but it will be soon. As I keep saying everywhere, the anemones are up, can the little blossoms be far behind!

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  12. I put some shrubs in yesterday, feeling happy that the light grows longer, but we had strong wind overnight blowing garden chairs around the lawn, and tomorrow a storm comes in called Doris, a veritable 'weather bomb' the forecasters say...

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    1. The winds this year have been very destructive. Mother Nature likes to slap us around every now and then.

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  13. South East England has also had a spell of unseasonably mild weather but there are storms heading across the Atlantic and a return to winter has been forecast! The crocuses are doing their best at present.
    I'm pleased that you are smiling again.
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    1. Bazza, I have read about Doris and she does not sound like a good visitor to have. I hope you escape her wrath. Stay safe.

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  14. I'm looking forward to winter...but, then, our winters don't get as cold as yours. They are mild in comparison.

    Thankfully, these past couple of days the temperatures have dropped a bit from the excessive heat we'd been having.

    Take good care. :)

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    1. I could enjoy living in a place that is mild, Lee. As I get older, it is the extremes that gets to me, including the heat. I hope you cool down soon.

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  15. Spring lifts the heart and is more than welcome - glad to know you are smiling Arlene.

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  16. I am Glad you are enjoying some early Spring, we have too and it really does boost morale, and who doesn't need that nowadays, right?! With the heavy rains we've received compliments of the front that came across Cali, we should have a spectacular Wildflower Display this Spring, I can hardly wait. My own Fragile Mind needs it right now... Beauty to offset the ugliness that can sometimes be the Issues of Life... Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. For me there is nothing lovelier or more peaceful looking than a field of wildflowers.

      Hang in there, Dawn.

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  17. Such an exciting time. When I lived in NYS, I always loved the early spring best of all because that meant all the best weather (and flowers) were ahead of us.

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  18. Pretty. The warm weather is great, although my dog has decided he never wants it to be cold again and practically lives outside now. I have to trick him to come indoors, lol. Can't blame him.

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    1. It was a nice January and February. Then March arrived and reality came and bit us again. Soon, though, Spring will really be here and all of us, including the dogs and cats, can be outside.

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  19. So glad you are getting spring! Do you plant flowers?

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    1. I have many perennial spring plants that I enjoy and just wait till Mother Nature does her work. I plant annuals in the summer to accompany other perennials. I love them all but will cut back on the annuals this year because of the work involved.

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  20. Yep, I'm smiling, too. Might as well.

    It's nearly eighty degrees here right now. Flowers and trees are in bloom, and the pollen count is record-high for this time of the year. (Which is really saying something.) So methinks spring has sprung. (Then again, we didn't have much in the way of winter.)

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    1. We ate outside tonight with friends and the the statement "I can't believe we are eating outside in February" was uttered frequently. Even if it doesn't last, it sure is pleasant to have around for a few days.

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  21. We've had a short mild winter here, too. But you who live near the frightening orange man definitely need a break. Enjoy your early spring!

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    1. Yes, Orange man has clouded the spirits of many, but he can't stop spring

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  22. I hope spring is lasting. We had a thin cover of snow here this morning. So pretty but then it melted.

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    1. It is so pretty when it is falling and even nicer if it melts quickly.

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  23. Snow makes for a beautiful scene when it is coming down. People who ski and children love snow. I like it for a day and then I want it to go away.

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  24. I'm glad you're enjoying it. My brother in NJ is very happy too.
    x

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  25. It was a pretty mild winter in Chicago too, but we had a light dusting of snow today. The lovely flowers really do put a spring in your step! Hope the nice weather continues.

    Julie

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  26. Before I am ready to welcome spring, I am hoping for one big snow :) I have been waiting all winter!!

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  27. Thanks for checking blog, letting me know pix situation. Dang. I hope I fixed it! Could you let me know?

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  28. Stopping in to say hi.....Looks like you returned home safely and are enjoying your winter. Spring is coming soon, my friend.

    Jo

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    1. It will be here officially in a few days and hopefully the snow and ice that fell yesterday will have melted by then.

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  29. Here via Genial Misanthrope. I am eagerly awaiting spring and just bought some pansies to put in.

    Good on you for going to the women's march. I'd hoped to go to our local one but had the flu that weekend.

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    1. Pansies sure have a way of putting a smile on people's faces. It is the first flower I plant in late winter and the first flower I plant in the fall.

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  30. With all the hot air coming out of Washington - I thought summer could arrive early for you guys, ha ha!!!!!
    Down under, we find the whole thing unbelievable.
    The saving grace is politicians come and go - hold that thought Arleen.
    I love the little pansies - such happy faces.
    Simple beauty.

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    1. Your first sentence was perfect. Yes, the noise and hot air coming from Washington is causing many of us to get hot under the collar.

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  31. in youth winter was my favorite season but now for the same reason i [though like] but can't bear the cold more than certain limit.
    here in Asia too we are enjoying springs early stpes in our gardens ,
    Happy Spring to you my friend

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  32. Stopped in to say happy St Patrick's day and see how youre doing!

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  33. I'm like you and not at my best in cold, wet weather. Glad you've had a little taster of better times ahead - I'm hanging on in here for some of the same!

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