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Thursday, March 18, 2010

We interrupt winter to bring you this Spring MESSAGE....

I know I have been showing you a TON of winter pictures lately.

And, I still have MORE to show you.

But NOT TODAY!

Because we have had the most spectacular, warm weather EVER for this time of year over the last week or so.

So much warmth and sun, and so welcomed!

We went for a walk to the post office yesterday
and
saw
THIS!:
I couldn't BELIEVE that the crocuses were up and in bloom.

It is very early here for Crocuses....normally they don't come up until April here.

And, even MORE surprising?

I saw THIS in my yard!:
My tulips are coming up already!!!

IT IS TOO SOON!

Now, I am afraid they will all die. 

Because we will surely get more snow and freezing temperatures here yet.

I have over 500 tulips in my yard!

I don't want them to die before they are born.

So, I went around and told each and every one of them to SLOW DOWN!

(I hope they heard me).


Then?

I went to look at the crocuses some more!:


They were HEAVENLY to see!:



All day, we saw the cattails sending out their billowy seeds in the wind, too:


A bouquet of spring!:



Let's look at them closer, okay?
Because HERE?
They are going to be covered with snow again before REAL SPRING arrives.
I guarantee it!:
(There is even a bee in the lower left flower....do you see it?)



This one reminds me of a Q-tip!:



I will hold this dream in my thoughts for a long time....
until
our true spring arrives here!:

(Taking a deep breath)....

Now, let's get back to some more winter photos in the next blogpost, shall we?

29 comments:

rainfield61 said...

I am glad you talked to the tulips. They are too young and less experience to handle the current weather.

Brian Miller said...

yay spring! no keep it warm...you dont want to tempt winter into a return visit...

TechnoBabe said...

I hope your flowers are listening to you. It is so wonderful to see the flowers but like you say, there is more winter in the horizon. Very lovely photos and they do help get through this long winter.

Cher' Shots said...

Just BEAUTIFUL, but I know exactly what you are saying ... as much as we have been loving this "wonderful" weather in Upper Michigan, we're sure snow is still going to blow in. We always get that one last blast!!! We saw our first Robin yesterday.

Alan Burnett said...

Spring must indeed have come. Thanks for celebrating it so artistically.

A New England Life said...

How delightful! I haven't seen any flowers here yet but we certainly do have warm temps. I'm loving every moment of it! You know one of the best things I enjoy about this weather? Getting into bed at night and not being cold! LOL!

I do hope the tulips survive. After all it is only March.

Sharon

Sara said...

I LOVE the spring pics. They make me so excited for spring. Our snow is finally almost gone which ahs me even more excited for spring!

Have a great day and thanks for teh car buying tips!!! We think we found a keeper, but have to head to the bank to make sure we can get a small loan and were also bringing me dad a long with us to make sure.

Sara

Pat Tillett said...

BEAUTIFUL.....
You just convinced me to go for a walk!

Kearsie said...

GORGEOUS background!!

My youngest daughter asked what the hotdog on a stick in a swamp was called.

She would be glad to know it's a giant Qtip.

Loree said...

Beautiful signs of spring. The crocuses are gorgeous.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

That is amazing that your crocuses are blooming up there already, Joan.. GREAT pictures... We finally had some sunshine (a little) today--so our Crocuses opened. I took some pictures of ours too...

Hope the Tulips HEAR you and slow down a little. I pray that you don't have a huge freeze again like we did in 2007--when we lost everything.

Great pictures of your spring!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Shelley said...

I meant to tell you that I LOVE, LOVE your new blog layout! And it highlights your beautiful photos wonderfully! Love your signs of spring - your camera does a great job! I finally got to post today about our visit. :-)
Hugs,
Shelley

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

I came over from Shelley's blog to see who she'd gotten to meet! Your photos are beautiful - I can't wait for Spring so I can photograph more flowers, myself!
I see the bee, too! I've seen a few flowers around here, but nothing like those!!!

Eva Gallant said...

I am willing it to be spring. Yesterday it was 68 degrees in southern Maine....we can't go back to winter now! Love the flower photos!

The Retired One said...

Rainfield: I sure hope they heard me!

Brian: I have so many more nice photos of the week before the sun that I have to go back to winter photos for a few weeks...so I am probably going to jinx myself.:-}

TechnoBabe: Yes...but seeing those flowers yesterday gave me just the shot in the arm I needed to get ready for spring. ha

Cher: I saw one yesterday too! But ONLY one! yes, we are going to get more snow for sure up here!

Alan: No, no..it is fake spring! We get at least one fake spring before the real one gets here. ha

New England: Yes, it is nice not having cold sheets, but now my hot flashes are back. ha

Sara: Good for you! Congratulations on your new car!

Pat: I take my camera on all my walks now because you never know WHAT you will see! :-}

Kearsie: Grab a picture of her trying to clear her ears out with one for me. ha

Loree: They were like a ray of sunshine when I saw them..it thrilled me beyond relief!

Betsy: Well I am glad you liked them because I still have a ton of winter ones to share yet, so it will be back to the snow pictures for a while in future posts. ha

Shelley: Yay! I will be right over to read it!

Tricia: Welcome to my blog! Please join in as a Follower, it would make my day! I love both of Shelley's blogs and it was a pleasure to meet her!

Pear tree cottage! said...

Anyone who has such beautiful pictures of their part of the world I want to visit time and time again!! so I hope it is fine that I joined your "friends" from down here in Australia.........I do enjoy watching spring come to your part of the world while Autumn (fall) arrives here.

Good wishes from a new friend. Lee-ann

J.J. said...

Aww, I love crocuses! Sooo pretty!

misslynda said...

Your pictures are BEAUTIFUL!!!!! You must have a wonderful camera or else you really know how to use the settings. I am going to enjoy visiting you on a regular basis.

Cathy Clementz said...

If you find mushrooms, let me know!! The bluebonnets are starting to blossom here.

Grannyann said...

Today was beautiful and every little flower is peeking its head up and my Bradford pear is budding all over. At the same time we get this:
THE NATL WEATHER SVC IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH FROM SAT MORNING THROUGH SUN MORNING FOR HEAVY SNOW
ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHERN.WESTERN.& CNTL OK.

* TIMING: EARLY SAT MORNING THROUGH SUN MORNING.

* MAIN IMPACT: HEAVY WET SNOWFALL REDUCING VISIBILITY AND
ACCUMULATING OVER 4 INCHES IN MANY AREAS.WITH LOCAL AMOUNTS
OVER 8 INCHES IN NORTHCNTL OK.

* OTHER IMPACTS: WIND GUSTS OVER 45 MPH WILL COMBINE WITH
TEMPS JUST BELOW FREEZING TO PRODUCE WIND CHILLS IN THE
TEENS.

DJan said...

Those are just the most wonderful pictures ever!!! And our tulips -- get this -- are BLOOMING! Three weeks early! There will be no tulips left for the last half of the Tulip Festival held April 1-30. I know, I called the places where they are planted and they are very worried.

Ratty said...

Everything around here thinks it's already spring too, except the squirrels. It was almost warm enough to go without a jacket the last two days.

Bernie said...

Beautiful and even if winter does come back he won't stay long, I am so excited for Spring...:-) Hugs

Far Side of Fifty said...

You have spring..one year my tulips bloomed in the snow..then the next year the deer came in and ate them all. I never replanted. It will make awesome photos when all of yours bloom ..especially if it snows:)

Wanda said...

Joan, you better not be doing snow dances up ther, it just may affect my Spring down here in Ohio!

The Retired One said...

Eva: I am sure we will "go back to winter" here a few more times before we get "true spring"....sigh.

PearTree (Leann): Yay! Welcome to my blog...I am so glad you found me..thanks so much!

JJ: Me too! Up north we especially adore them because it usually means our long, long winter is coming to a close.

Misslynda: I am so happy a few new folks are finding my blog and liking it, you guys are making my day! Yes, please visit often, I hope you join(ed) on as a Follower and that you find time to comment often too! I will stop by to check out your blog too.

Cathy: I will let you know...the roads are still wet in the woods, so we haven't treked out there too much to look yet.

Grannyann: OH NO..that sounds like horrible weather coming your way. We have been verrrrry lucky this winter, we have missed many, many of the storms everyone else is got..which is unusual for us...we usually get several blizzards every winter.

DJan: It has been crazy for weather...people who usually get cold and a ton of snow didn't (Like us) and people who normally don't get snow have been blasted this year...and now spring is coming early all over, followed by more unpredictable cold for some folks. El Nino, or global warming, or just Mother Nature in some crazy PMS cycle? Who knows!

Ratty: Yes, we have gone on many walks this past week with only hoodies on and no winter coats..isn't it GREAT???

Bernie: Me, too...we so deserve a warm, long spring!

FarSide: For some reason, (knock on wood!) we haven't had any deer in our yard...and we are quite rural..so no animals are eating my tulips...I just keep adding 50 or more per year because I love them so much.

Wanda: No snow dances here, I love spring too!

SquirrelQueen said...

I see the little bee, I hope he has a warm place to hide if you get more snow. The crocuses are gorgeous, especially the yellow ones since I haven't seen that color before.

It has been so warm and nice here I mowed my lawn yesterday, in mid March I mowed....that is weird for here. I have been trying to get yard work done in case we get our usual March wind and rain.

The Retired One said...

SquirrelQueen: yes, we already got a dusting of snow yesterday...so we will be up and down like that probably all through March and even April. We won't be mowing any lawns around here for a few months. ha

Jientje said...

I bet your garden is lovely, 500 tulips!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed they won't die!

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