Fling off thy sadness

No leaves yet, but the skies are blue and the trees are budding! March 2013

No leaves yet, but the skies are blue and the trees are budding! March 2013

Awake, thou wintry earth –
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
Thomas Blackburn

As I write this, I keep glancing out my glass doors, and I see there is still snow on the ground.  But the sun is shining brightly, and the snow is melting, slowly but surely. It was raining and gloomy when I got up this morning, but the weather has turned around rather dramatically.  I hope to take a walk this afternoon.

The days are getting noticeably longer. I haven’t had to use the flashlight I carry in my pocket for some time now.  In fact, it was so light outside when I got back from walking yesterday that I kept wondering what happened; had I left earlier than usual?  Did I somehow walk faster or shorten my walk without knowing it?  No, it’s just lighter now.  Spring really is coming.

After this winter, which has been long and hard but also full of cozy warmth and love, I am especially eager for spring. I am guessing many of you probably are too.  Today, I hope you see signs of it to lift your spirits.  Whether it’s a budding tree, the first shoots of daffodils or crocus, or some glorious late-afternoon sunshine, I hope you can see evidence that the earth is laughing off its sadness, ready to celebrate.

One year ago today:

When March is scarcely here


  1. raynard

    Julia I did notice last week, it’s still light outside when I leave work. Your flashlight story reminds me of a new gadget that came out called tile. It’s a plastic piece of square/tracking device you can attach to stuff you always “misplace” and use a smartphone app to find it.( like the one on the ipod and iphone. We have fresh snow that fell last night with more coming this afternoon.( The Flower show will warm me up this week) be blessed

    • I am going to have to look that gadget up, I SO TOTALLY need one. I just wonder if the tracking devices are small enough to add to all the little things I lose (keys, glasses, Mp3 players, cell phones, lip balm, etc.) We got WAY more snow and ice than I was hoping for – from the looks of it, it will be with us awhile. Oh well. Hope you have a great time at the flower show – send photos! 🙂

  2. sarvjit

    Lovely! While reading this I hum The Beatles’ ‘Here comes the sun’.

    • That’s so funny you mentioned that song. It was the first Beatles song I ever loved and I have had it on my mind so much in the past few weeks. In fact, you will probably see some of the lyrics in a post soon! What a bright and cheerful piece of music!

  3. michael

    That tree looks like a North West Witch Hazel in early bloom. But it probably is not. The blossoms look like tiny balls of string, nothing like petals- more like little strings-all crumpled up. Here we have some early crocus up and the Daffodils are poking through the crust. Of course, it snowed two days ago. I am not sure I am wearing my Hawaii shirt to New York on Thursday.
    Have you seen Nebraska yet? You might like it except for the mother.

    • Michael, I have never found out what kind of trees those are. I know the are not the type of cherry blossoms on our street, but they do have lovely pink flowers, darker than our cherry blossoms. Crocus in the snow! That’s what makes those flowers so wonderful, they seem to be able to tolerate anything, like innocent little babies laughing. If you wear your Hawaiian shirt to NYC I hope you take a warm coat with you! We are so far behind on movies that it will probably be a long time before we get to see Nebraska. The Book Thief is still at the top of my list, and right after that, Saving Mr. Banks. But hopefully we will eventually get around to seeing Nebraska, even if only on DVD. Thanks for the tip.

  4. sun is shining – but there is fresh snow on the ground and the wind chill was -22 this morning, so no signs of spring here 😦

    • Barb, I thought how ironic for us that this post was published today! Snowstorms all day, both in York and Alexandria, and we had to drive through them for four hours! No sunshine whatsoever, but we feel thankful we got home safely. No signs of spring here either, so we’ll just keep dreaming! 🙂

  5. As I read this the snow is falling fast and furious, I got called off work and Prince William County has cancelled school for today AND tomorrow. 🙂 I took a walk and loved it. The flakes were huge and falling fast. It was lovely and except for the fact that in the distance I could hear someone with a snow blower it was quiet and still. I am ready for spring but this storm was a welcome snow day for me. Unlike the schools I have not had many days off and I really enjoyed today. Happy Spring!!!

    • Yes, it was gorgeous, wasn’t it? The only good thing about having to drive in it for four hours (that would normally have taken us 2.5) is that it was so pretty, it was hard to be too disgusted by it. I’m so happy you got the day off! I do hope this is the last of the snow for this year, though. I can look at the walkways and tell it will be there for a LONG time before it melts (it will be piled in drifts and my walking route will be icy and hard to walk safely). I love the increased daylight, though…our daffodils are sprouting and will soon be in bloom! Happy Spring to you too!!

      • singleseatfighterpilot

        Re: “last of the snow” – – March 27, 1971 — Williamsburg got 15 inches.

        • WOW – and I guess you would know! 🙂 I’ll bet Colonial Williamsburg looks beautiful under that much snow. As often as we go, we’ve never seen it in the snow.

      • singleseatfighterpilot

        Like recent weather, one day on our honeymoon we were in shirtsleeves, enjoying the sunshine, and the next day we awoke to a blizzard.

        • I’m happy to know that exceedingly strange and volatile weather is nothing new! We have a bit of sun today, so Matt and I are going to the grocery store. Hopefully our car won’t be sliding around too much en route.

  6. Wow! Spring… but not at my house. We’re frozen with ice, snow, more ice…
    if there is any spring flowers peeking up…they’re frozen!
    my first thought was a Crape Myrtle tree but I don’t think so. I can’t think of its name but I recongize it…. (having a senior moment) 🙂

    • Same here Merry, unfortunately that photo was from this time last year. BUT I’m not giving up yet! Maybe I can take some photos of that tree later this year and we can figure out what kind it is…

  7. Jenelle

    Tulips! I saw a sea of pink, yellow, red and white tulips in someone’s front lawn while driving today. I slowed down to admire them, and smiled all the way home. It was a moment full of hope 🙂

    • Wow, that must have been so pretty. I just love tulips. I can’t grow them because the critters love them as much as I do– so much that they eat them up before they ever bloom! I’ve tried various ways around it (underground barriers) but they seem unstoppable. So I’ve learned to simply enjoy other people’s as often as I can. I do think seeing a sea of them would be a huge boost to the spirits!

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