Since I moved to Michigan six years ago, spring has taken on an intense form of meaningfulness. The long gray winters here are really hard to take for this girl from the Southwest. It is not the cold. I don't find it to be that cold. It is not the snow. I rather like the snow. It is the gray skies. Day after day of gray skies. The same gentle angle of the sun that allows me to grow hydrangeas and impatiens in full sun in the summer brings long winter days where the sun barely makes an appearance. The sun here is just not the same. I didn't even wear sunglasses for the first five years. I wanted to soak in every. single. little. bitty. piece. of sunshine. I finally let my ophthalmologist convince me that I needed sunglasses to protect my eyes - even here. But even sunglasses can't take away my joy on those first days in April (usually) when the sun shines full and bright. The words "Then sings my soul" swell in my heart.
Maybe this is a little sad, but I look forward to those first days like very few other things during the span of a year. In reality it is not just the sunshine that makes me happy. It is hope. Hope that soon there will be flowers. Ummmm. I love flowers. Flowers make me happy. The first thing in my garden that blooms in full is my Flowering Almond bush. When my hostas are just inches out of the ground and bleeding heart has only a few little bleeding hearts, I can count on the flowering almond to bring a smile to my face. So today when I have a jillion projects hanging over my head and worst of all I'm out of CAKE, I thought I would just have a little flowering almond pictorial.
It is so beautiful! The only bad thing is they blooms only last about two weeks. Then it is over. Dislike. Then I have to move on to dogwoods. Fickle. Flower Fickle. That's what I am.
Make something wonderful today!
PS I had to wrap up the last pieces of cake and put them in Mr Quirky's office to force myself to share. So sad. I'm thinking of dropping cake until my birthday - that could mean about 70 days of loneliness ahead....
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