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IMG_7379The weather outside my window this first day of Spring is very un-spring like but pretty typical for this time of the year, looking back through blog posts from past vernal equinoxes. We won’t see many signs of spring coming up through the snow today, unless they are herculean daffodils or crocus – that are about 3 feet tall!

Anyhow, I came across this draft of a blog post from this time quite a few years ago and I thought I would share – if nothing else, it might make a smile cross your face and that would be a delightful addition to this spring day!

Here are some very zen thoughts for a Tuesday…well kinda zen but pretty funny. Not sure where I originally got these so I can’t give credit where credit is due. ~sorry about that but know you made me laugh.

  1. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
  2. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
  3. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone.
  4. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.
  5. Some days you’re the bug; some days you’re the windshield.
  6. If you ever feel you are worthless remember that you are full of expensive organs.
  7. It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.
  8. Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.
  9. Always remember that you’re unique, just like everyone else…
  10. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
  11. Good judgment comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
  12. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
  13. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.
  14. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
  15. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
  16. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.
  17. A closed mouth gathers no foot.
  18. Duct tape is like ‘The Force’. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
  19. Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.
  20. Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
  21. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

1, 6 and 12 are my personal favorites, although the lawyer in me chuckled at 21.

Which are your favorites?

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Yesterday, Easter Sunday was a beautiful day. The weather was absolutely wonderfully spring-like and warm. It was made better because I was able to spend it with my sweetie, two of my three boys, my youngest nephew, my sister and my brother-in-law.

We were able to celebrate Tyler’s birthday on Saturday after the Easter Vigil mass where Tim did the readings.

 Sunday afternoon I went for a nice long walk with my dog, getting a nice dose of sunshine and endorphins. All in all, a good day, a nice weekend and a chance to do some community service with my Rotary club.

Since I have moved here, I have been truly blessed to have some wonderful people come into my life. People who inspire me to make our world a better place and give me the faith that there really are good souls in the world despite how our mass media constantly blankets us in the ugly and the horrific nature of our fellow humans.

A group of community members and teenagers came together to help make our town a better place, to instill some beauty into our little corner of the world. Their enthusiasm is contagious. Most of these folks I met as members of my Rotary club, which I will proudly assume the reins of president for in a few months. These folks, like many others in the community where I live, try to make the world a better place and truly embody the Rotary motto of “service above self”. I am proud to be counted among their ranks.

To perfectly top off the wonderful weekend that it was, I noticed that spring has truly come to the hill. My first crocus not only sprouted forth from the depths of its winter slumber but found the warm of the sun sufficient to bloom – sharing its beautiful colors with me.

 I hope you find the time to make your world a better place, “do good and so good will come to you.” Happy Monday. 

P1090776-WMToday, March 20th marks the vernal equinox or one of two days in the year that the length of daylight and the length of darkness are equal. “Equinox” is Latin for “equal night”. Today, neither the South Pole or the North Pole are tilted toward the sun. When the South Pole is tilted toward the sun, the southern hemisphere gets more light during the days and when the North Pole is tilted toward the sun, the northern hemisphere gets more light during the days. Hence, the longer days of summer and the shorter days of winter for us folks here in the northern hemisphere. The equinox occurs at the same time regardless of where you are in the world.

Spring brings with it revitalization and rebirth. It is the time of the year when we shake off our winter hibernation and think of the warm days ahead of us as we slowly start to see longer and warmer days in the weeks leading up to the first day of summer or the summer solstice.

Around the world there are lots of different ways that folks celebrate the vernal equinox. One of the biggest myths is that you can balance an egg or a broomstick on this day due to the gravitational forces at play in the sun being equally distant from the North and South poles. While fun to try, you won’t be successful because it is only a myth.

The shamrock is the official plant of the equinox — according to Celtic mythology, the shamrock represents the three hearts of the Celtic goddess also referred to as the Three Morgans. The shamrock symbolizes the regenerative powers of nature — and you thought it was only for St. Patrick’s Day!

In Italy it was symbolic for women to plant seeds on the vernal equinox in the gardens of Adonis. According to the Mirror, the custom persists in Sicily where  women plant seeds of grains – lentils, fennel, lettuce or flowers – in baskets and pots.

When they sprout, the stalks are tied with red ribbons and the flowers are placed on graves on Good Friday, symbolizing the triumph of life over death.

However you may celebrate, Happy Spring to you!

 

 

 

Yes, there is still snow on the ground. Yes, in fact on this first day of spring, we got even more snow. Another few inches of very wet snow fell overnight.

Here’s a throwback for my guy who is celebrating his birthday in a few days.

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Well, maybe a little more than a chill. The day after I packed away all the winter turtlenecks and heavy sweaters, the temperatures dipped into the low 30s and there were snow flurries flying around on the hill this morning. The temperatures last night dipped down low enough to have frost and freeze warnings.  Hard to believe that when we were at church on Sunday for the May crowing that it was a beautiful spring day and we saw our first finches at the feeders.

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Tim was invited to participate in a celebration honoring the parish members who received confirmation and communion. After mass the kids participated in the May crowning.
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The crowning was a little less than traditional, since Mary was already wearing a crown of sorts — a robin had nested at the top of the statute. So the flower crown was carefully placed in her hands instead.

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It was cold enough all day here to warrant the wood stove being cranked back up again. Amazing to think that in mid-May we are still keeping warm by the fire — with hot cocoa no less.P1090276

My gerber daisies are blooming. It was a nice treat when I walked past my plant stand and noticed the little stalk blooms the other day.

Today, there are two flowers, two different colors.

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P1090021And yes, that is snow outside the window.

We have a few touches of grass poking through but mainly there is still 6 to 12 inches of snow. So definitely, it was nice to see something flowering — even if it is indoors.

 

 

In case you had any doubt that maybe I was stretching it a little when I said it was still cold here …… this is the forecast for the next four days. Where the heck is spring???

I admit it wouldn’t be the first time there was some chance of snow on the ground for Easter, but jeepers, the forecast didn’t look like this all winter long……

 

Tonight

Slight Chance Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 20%
Slight Chc
Snow
Lo 26 °F
Sunday

Slight Chance Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 20%
Slight Chc
Rain/Snow
Hi 45 °F
Sunday
Night

Slight Chance Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 20%
Slight Chc
Snow
Lo 28 °F
Monday

Chance Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
Chance
Rain/Snow
Hi 45 °F
Monday
Night

Chance Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 40%
Chance
Rain/Snow
Lo 26 °F
Tuesday

Chance Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 40%
Chance
Rain/Snow
Hi 44 °F
Tuesday
Night

Chance Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
Chance
Rain/Snow
Lo 28 °F
Wednesday

Chance Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 50%
Chance
Rain/Snow
Hi 42 °F
Wednesday
Night

Chance Rain/Snow Chance for Measurable Precipitation 30%
Chance
Rain/Snow
Lo 28 °F

 

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Did you see it? Did you? Remember when either you were little or your children were and you would play that little game to keep them from falling asleep – usually during a car ride when you were close to your destination and sleepy kids was not an option.

Evidently at 1:14 a.m. this morning, E.D.T. the sun was directly over the equator, marking the vernal equinox. Did you see it? Yeah, neither did I. Could be the darkness, hard to see the sun with all that pitch black out there. Or maybe, if you were lucky, you were sleeping. I was, but I’m not anymore.

Vernal Equinox marks the first day of spring. Did you know that Easter always falls on the First Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox? Nope, neither did I – learn something new everyday.

Another interesting fact for you — this is the earliest spring in over a 100 years. The last time spring was this early was 1896. In the Pacific and Mountain time zones, the first day was spring was really yesterday, since the vernal equinox took place before midnight for them. See, you missed it.

In any event, enjoy the spring. Here in Vermont we are supposed to have a beautiful day with temperatures hitting the 70s — maybe, just maybe it will help dry out the mud.

Welcome to Spring — or as we call it here on the dirt roads — Mud Season.

 

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There is hope that spring is coming. This afternoon, I was most pleasantly surprised to find that some crocuses have sprung up and bloomed in front of the house. I know, you are are probably saying, “What’s the big deal?” I realize that most of you, even those of you living down in the village already have seen crocuses, and the tulips and daffodils are starting to come to life as well. Your grass is starting to turn green. I know, but here, on the hill, this is no small feat mind you, since we live in Narnia, land of eternal winter.

To give you a little perspective of what these beautiful little flowers

have been up against, I took a few steps back and took another picture….. perhaps this puts it all in perspective of why I was so excited.

This is what most of the yard still looks like as well as the remainder of the flower bed that these crocuses live in. Now, do you get why I was so excited?

Ah yes, Mother Nature. Now, we will play this little game of tit-for-tat. We melt, melt,melt and finally little patches of ground start appearing. Then just when we think spring is coming and the snow receding, you bring more snow and paint the whole picture all white once again. So the cycle repeats…..each time showing just a little more ground. Teasing. We will go on like this for weeks or maybe even a month or more. Each time revealing a little more earth.

I really dislike this time of the year. I really wouldn’t mind if winter extended well in April or May — as long as it did so all over (or at least all over my little universe). There is nothing quite as disappointing as on a beautiful day such as today, leaving our snow covered hill with barely any ground showing and getting to town where crocuses are actually blooming. This cat-and-mouse game will seemingly go on and on.

Then, just as in a game of tug-o-war, winter’s grip will finally fall and spring will come our way.

We will look around to see the grass turning greener, the flowers beginning to poke their ends above the soil.

Just in time for one last snowfall………….. Old Man Winter has a tough time letting go.

Seems that spring on the calendar doesn’t mean too much. The weather this morning indicates that there is a winter storm watch with 7-14 inches of snow expected on Friday for our area. I guess that Mother Nature didn’t like those batches of bare ground in the photo from outside my window. Her thought….. I’ll fix that.

HAZARD TYPES...MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL. SNOW MAY BE MIXED
  WITH RAIN AT TIMES FRIDAY AFTERNOON ACROSS THE LOWER ELEVATIONS.

* ACCUMULATIONS...4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW ACROSS LOWER ELEVATIONS
  AND 7 TO 14 INCHES ABOVE 1000 FEET.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE REGION THURSDAY NIGHT FROM THE
  SOUTH AND BECOME TO MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES DURING FRIDAY
  BEFORE TAPERING TO SNOW SHOWERS FRIDAY NIGHT.

* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS AND POSSIBLE POWER OUTAGES
  DUE TO WET SNOW...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS.

Can you say candlelight dinner on Friday?

There is, after all, an upside to all of this. 🙂

Okay, so well it’s not exactly in the garden, but someday, someday they will be in the garden when the feet of snow we still have here melt. On that front, there is more ground showing, although driving up our hill is still akin to trekking to Siberia compared to other places like Rutland. I…think…that… they… actually… have… green…things…growing there.

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