Tuesday, March 18, 2008

How I Know It's Spring

At first glance out the window, I don't see any evidence of spring being here, but a closer look shows that it is. There are many subtle indications and some are in-your-face, so if you take the time to look, maybe it's spring where you are, too!

  • I saw a goldfinch yesterday and heard it sing.

  • I've traded in my snow boots for my mud boots.

  • I smell skunks.

  • The birds are singing a regular symphony in the mornings.

  • Peeps in the grocery stores.

  • No more scraping car windows!

  • The kitties are rolling around on their backs on the cement.

  • Little green cabbage heads of sedum are rising up out the of the depths of the earth.

  • My nose hairs don't freeze when I breathe in.

  • The ground makes that squishy noise when you walk on it.

  • The mourning doves are cooing in the evenings.

  • My calendar is beginning to have events scheduled on it.

  • Kittens! (No...not ours!)

  • Flood Watches are scrolling across the bottom of the TV screen.

  • I've started seeds indoors for planting out later.

  • Even the inside cats are shedding more than usual.

  • The Canadian Geese are passing through, heading north.

  • Daylight Saving Time.

  • Whole lotta heavin' goin' on!

  • "Daffodil Days" for cancer.research

  • The house flies have come out en force.

  • I saw an ant outside yesterday!

Last year's pansies, started from
seed inside with Jiffy pellets

And then there's this . . .


Cindy Garber Iverson said...

I love this post, Kylee! You know it's spring when kitties rub and scrub on the concrete. It won't be long and you'll be out in the garden again. Yay!

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

O.I.M said...

what a fun list. the last picture was the perfect ending.

I love peeps. ever try blowing them up in the microwave? my daughter loves watching them grow and then shrink back down again.

cheers and happy spring

Katie said...

What a great post! Most people miss these kinds of things that make our lives so great! Happy (almost) Spring!

Anonymous said...

And so much more bursting out all over!! We got a bunch of Lillies in to the nursery today. I sneezed my fool head off. Happy Spring to ya!!

Aiyana said...

A thought provoking post. You've listed many things listed that never occured to me as signs of spring. I guess a lot depends on the region we are from. The scent of orange blossoms is one sure sign of spring in the low desert.

Naturegirl said...

Kylee what a wonderful list of Spring reminders! Unlike the Canada Goose I will not be going back North for some time..prefer Spring in the deserts of Arizona!!
sunkissed NG

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Yep, it is spring time here too becasue I have seen all the above here in our garden. Now the geese I have just seen around the area but they are all paired up, waiting for the right conditions for nesting. The house finches are singing their heads off here too.

Barbara said...

Wonderful list! There are so many good reasons to see Spring, though there is sometimes snow coming back and very cold temperatures (actually here), you just have to look a bit more carefull! Enjoy Springtime and Happy Easter days!

Entangled said...

Ooooh, snowdrops! The first of many blossoms to come. It's so much fun to watch the snowdrops advance northward through the blogs.

Kylee Baumle said...


Cindy ~ I know you've been gardening your fool head off out there and that will be me in about a month!

Irena ~ I don't like Peeps, but my older daughter does. She likes them after they've dried out a bit. I'll bet she's done the microwave thing, too. I'll have to ask her this weekend.

Katie ~ Yes! We're especially hungry for spring this year! Happy spring! (One more day and it's official!)

Anna ~ Oh, I know what you mean. I don't have allergy problems like that, but my husband does. Still, it's great seeing all those flowers, isn't it?

Aiyana ~ Mmmmm...orange blossoms!

NG ~ Hey girl! Lucky you, basking in all that warmth! Please send some our way?

Lisa ~ I've seen and heard the house finches for quite awhile, but when I saw the goldfinch, I just had to smile. :-)

Barbara ~ We'll have cold days, too, as well as the occasional snow. They're actually calling for flurries in a couple of days.
I hope you have a blessed Easter, Barbara!

Entangled ~ I've been watching the crocus advance northward! None are open for me here yet, but probably soon!

A wildlife gardener said...

What a lovely post, Kylee. All your observations are interesting and some made me smile :)

Connie said...

Yes, those are sure signs of spring....Yay!! The wildflowers are blooming...and that means spring here.

Randy said...

I just love spring! Its favorite time of the year. I really enjoy watching everything come alive. Enjoy the next few weeks!

Anonymous said...

I've had these big houseflies (or whatever they are) all of a sudden. I called my Terminix guy out. He was just sure something was dead in my attic. But no, there surely wasn't! Is it just the time of year?

Anonymous said...

I agree, Spring is here! Now, if nature would just cooperate and present what we consider Spring...sunny days, mild temperatures, occasional rain, and no more frost!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful blog you have Kylee. I just found it. Your photographs are gorgeous and I just bought a box of cards at Hallmark with the exact quote on it that is across the top of your blog! I'll check back.

Melanie Chopay said...

What a fun post, I love your signs of spring! Please don't tell me that purple foliage in your photo is lysimachia cilliata 'Firecracker'!

Kylee Baumle said...

Connie ~No wildflowers here yet. Maybe in a few weeks, though!

Brenda ~ Yes, it's the time of year. As soon as it warms up even a little in the spring, we see the flies. They don't stay around long, though. Just a few weeks. I'm not sure why that is, but I'm happy they go wherever it is they go!

vonlafin ~ I KNOW! You know what we're supposed to get this weekend? 4-8 inches of SNOW! I sure hope they're wrong.

Melanie ~ Okay, I won't tell you that, because that's not what it is! LOL. It's sundrops, or Oenothera (fruticosa, I think). In summer, the foliage is green. It has beautiful yellow flowers. It's also a pretty vigorous grower, almost invasive for me. Not that bad, though. I just move some of it to areas that are difficult for most other things. It does great no matter where I put it, sun or shade.

Unknown said...

I'd be jealous.. except that we all deserve spring after such a long winter, so I can only be happy for you! :)

That snowdrop is gorgeous. I planted some amongst the ajuga and even more inside the black mondo grass... I hope they look half has cool as yours does amongst the sundrops.

Kylee Baumle said...

a wildlife gardener ~ It's good to smile! Happy to bring some to you! :-)))

Randy & Jamie ~ Oh, I love spring, too! It's like Christmas, really, only way more spread out with each new "gift" of another flower opening. Enjoy!

Kathleen ~ Thank you, Kathleen! I hope you'll visit again! I really MUST try to find those cards! I first heard the quote when our older daughter, Kara, gave me a magnet with the quote on it for Christmas, right before I started writing this blog on Jan. 1, 2007.

Kylee Baumle said...

Kim ~ My excitement is on hold right now, since I heard today that we may be the recipient of 4-8 inches of snow this weekend! Can you believe it???

Oops, I had to delete and edit my comment to you, because I misread your comment. Okay, you're talking about the snowdrops you planted, not the sundrops! Too many drops!!

I have had those snowdrops (they're doubles) for about three years, I believe and while they haven't multiplied as well as I'd hoped, they do perform reliably.

Jessica said...

happiness!! Isn't it wonderful? Hearing the birds definitely lets me know that despite Ohio's cranky weather, better temps are on the way:) Not to mention, I saw a robin the other day..woohoo!

Unknown said...

Jubilation! Snowdrops? Good for you, Kylee. We just got lambasted with another ice storm, but then the temperature rose and it melted off..and took some more of the snow with it. The cats are definitely shedding, and the goldfinches are brightening...we'll make it, eventually....

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

LOL, that was a fun list Kylee. Your nose hairs not freezing is always a bonus, isn't it? Not so sure about the smelling skunks thingy though. ;-)

Yay for the first snowdrop!

Anonymous said...

I chuckled my way through your list, Kylee. The nose hairs not freezing, the skunks, the ant, the squishy noise the ground makes: these have never been signs of spring to this Southerner, but I'm with you on the Peeps! Thanks for a funny, celebratory post. Yea spring!

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