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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Springtime Smiles :-)

(An encouraging reminder to friends in the northern Midwest and New England!)


Happy Vernal Equinox to my fellow Northern Hemispherites! :-)

Though like many of you we continue to have some wintery weather, we've also been enjoying some tastes and signs of spring recently ~ from a few sunny days in the mid-60's, to our first robins, to some patches of green grass here and there. Even the snow and ice seem to be happy about their upcoming sabbatical, as they were all smiles at the edge of a local pond...


And just in case you had trouble seeing the eyes, nose and wide smile...

:-)

And seeing this sweet sign on the interwebz made me smile, and will hopefully provide another encouraging reminder to everyone still wishing for spring but buried in snow...

and will awaken soon. Then we can switch to complaining about weeding and mowing! :-)


(And Happy Autumn to my Southern Hemi friends!) :-)

18 comments:

  1. I NEVER complain about weeding and mowing... only sleeting and snowing.
    Jane x

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  2. I'm looking outside and can't even begin to imagine spring. I didn't get much winter before in Detroit so getting all this snow at the Sault this week is still kind of fun. Ask me how I feel about it this time next year!

    I saw the smile in the photo as soon as you mentioned it but not before you said something. But the glasses clinched it - what fun.

    I love the "tiny grass is dreaming" sign. what a fun and clever idea. And I bet more people listen than they do for the very Bossy "Don't walk on the grass" traditional signs.

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    1. I'll remind myself to ask you that when the 2014 Vernal Equinox rolls around, but for now at least I'm glad you're getting to enjoy the snow when everyone else is probably tired of it! Novelty has a lot of power. :-)

      I'm pleased to hear that I wasn't the only one who could see the smiling face in the snow! I had fun putting the Groucho Marx glasses on it, though, even if it wasn't needed.

      Isn't that a great sign? I want one for our front yard! So sweet. And you're right, much gentler and more interesting than "keep off the grass."

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  3. I adore that sign - thank you. And weeding, weeding, and a bit more weeding are shrieking my name at the moment. However, when (if) it is done there will be room for the zillion new bulbs I have bought. I hope.

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    1. Sometimes I think it would just be easier to learn to love and appreciate the "weeds" as we do the grass and flowers, than to fight this constant battle against the very plants that do the best without any effort or expense on our part! At least you have a fun reward to motivate you as you undertake that daunting task - your flowers are always so gorgeous, and I'm sure this new batch of bulbs will be no different! Looking forward to seeing their photos someday!

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  4. It's sunny here with a hint of warmth. So, I guess spring will be here in a couple of weeks, I hope.

    I like the face you found in the snow.

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    1. I must admit, I'll miss your sublime winter photos. But I'm sure each season there has its breathtaking beauty that you'll easily capture and generously share on your blog! I look forward to seeing spring emerge in your part of the world.

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  5. haha that cracked me up what you did to that smiley scene! so funny :)

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    1. I was hoping it would have that effect on someone! Thank you, Tanya! :-)

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  6. Tiny grass dreaming....how excellent! Thank you.

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    1. I know, I fell in love with that sign when I first saw it. Something like that is meant to be shared! You're very welcome. :-)

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  7. Happy spring to you, too! I love the smiling face that you found in the snow. Do you tend to see faces in strange places, too? I see them all the time and even did a project on it in my college photography class. So much fun. :)

    I've seen the grass image before. Very cute!

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    1. I do tend to see faces in things a lot, now that you mention it! In clouds, rock formations, even in the patterns of wood floors! I wonder what this says about us. :-) Do you still have your photos from your class project? That would make a fun blog post!

      I found that grass image on Pinterest. :-)

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    2. I unfortunately don't have those yet. I'm not sure what I did with them! I wish I did, though....

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    3. Ah, that's too bad! Maybe you'll find them. They'd be fun to see! Or you could start taking new ones. :-)

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  8. Happy Spring to you too! From a subtropic Southern Hemispherites who LOVES daylight savings time. ;)

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    1. Thanks, Bee!
      But wait - I thought you were in Florida?! Wouldn't that make you a "Northern Hemisphere southerner?" :-) Though she was from Minnesota and lived her entire adult life in northern Montana and, briefly, in Main, my favorite grandmother loved summer, sunshine and daylight savings time too, and I think it was a toss-up between Daylight Savings and Vernal Equinox for which was her favorite day of the year! But ever the optimist, she even greeted Winter Solstice with a hearty, "Now the days start getting longer!" :-) I sure didn't inherit my love of the darkness and winter from her. (Nor did I inherit her gentle patience and unfailing optimism, I'm afraid - though I do try!)

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