Whoo Hoo…beat the drums, clash the cymbals… I am back! After the winter (admittedly dreary, as usual) of “no winter” the likes of which few, if any, of us Hoosiers have ever seen…we are presently in the midst of “summer in March,” thanks to the La Nina and some other “oscillation” weather patterns I don’t know a lot about. But they have all converged at the same time, resulting in warmth and rapid budding and blooming of trees, shrubs and some flowers that usually do come early but not quite this early! Grass is greening up fast, too, and tall enough to mow. Last year, record breaking rain and flooding…this year, it’s hot enough for shorts and tank-tops and technically it isn’t even the first day of true Spring yet… Madness indeed. What will April bring us?
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It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.
~ Charles Dickens
The naked earth is warm with Spring,
And with green grass and bursting trees
Leans to the sun’s kiss glorying,
And quivers in the sunny breeze.
Hark! the hours are softly calling
Bidding Spring arise
To listen to the rain-drops falling
From the cloudy skies
To listen to Earth’s weary voices
Louder every day
Bidding her no longer linger
On her charm’d way
But hasten to her task of beauty
Scarcely yet begun.
~ Adelaide Anne Procter