Sunday, March 7, 2010

Waiting for Spring!

I always used to think of myself as a cold weather kind of girl. I didn't mind the cold, preferred my winter wardrobe to my summer wardrobe and looked forward to snow. Of course, I was about 15 years younger. These days? Eh....not so much. I am cold all the time...I have the worst time keeping my feet warm and have taken to actually wearing bedroom shoes. My winter wardrobe makes me feel frumpy. And snow? Forget it. I live in a city that literally grinds to a halt (ok..."grinds" is putting it nicely....its more like "comes to a screeching halt") at the mere mention of snow. If it actually DOES oh man. Utter meltdown. A few weeks ago the forecast was calling for 3-6 inches and there were over 100 wrecks BEFORE IT EVEN BEGAN SNOWING. Like, 6 hours before it began snowing. Its like people around here hear the word "snow" and decide to rush out (gotta get that bread and milk), get behind the wheel of a car and tear around town at 100 miles an hour. "OMG - its gonna snow!" *Crash* "Dude - it's gonna snow!" *Crash, crash* *Sigh*. But I digress. While I am not a fan of 100 degree weather and the heaviest humidity known to man (this IS the South, after all...), it is better than walking around like a frumpy snowman itching to get into my car, in the snow and ice, and see how well my Honda can tear it up ;)
As you may be able to tell, I LOVE SPRING. Renewal! Hope! Baby birds and bunnies! Jonquils and tulips! Sunshine and moderate temperatures! That first time of the year rolling down the sunroof and feeling the sun pour into the car and a light breeze as you drive. Ahhhh! The whole point of my rambling today is actually to share with you all some photos I took of my kitchen windowsill. My plants are in bloom!

Bunny hiding in my Christmas Cactus!

And I think there may be a bunny or two as well!

Christmas Cactus Bloom

My "Christmas Cactus" has been blooming for almost a month and my clover for almost 3 weeks!

Clover blooms....I love how the clover opens during the day and closes up at night....

The weeping pussy-willow is a new addition to my windowsill family.

The Weeping Pussy-Willow Blooms....

I have always love weeping willows, but found it a tad impractical to put one in the kitchen window - darn it all anyway. So when I ran across these weeping pussy-willows at Trader Joes I was SOOOO excited! They also call this little tree the "Tree of Enchantment" and an insert instructs the new owner to tie a loose knot on one of the more flexible limbs and make a wish. When your wish comes true, untie the knot and thank your tree!

Up-Close Shot of the Weeping Pussy-Willow Bloom. Amazing, huh?

As another sign of impending Spring, we have 2 birds that appear to have taken a keen interest in my dining room window. (or maybe they are interested in the hustle and bustle of my household? They are probably laughing at me as I scurry around picking up and cleaning up...they probably think I need to sit down and put my feet up. Smart birds...) They come to "visit" quite a bit and tap at the window pane with their beaks.

Our New Addition to the Family....



Fete et Fleur said...

Sending you warm thoughts . . . I love that little tree from Trader Joe's!


Missie/Crafting with Cat Hair said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and signing up for the destash-along!

I too am in Raleigh, and am very happy to see spring almost here. It is a welcomed sight to see the trees with the pink buds all over them! :)

Stacey said...

Ahh- Spring ... The word just conjures up images of Easter eggs, warm temperatures, and best of all- Flea markets! (and yard sales and outdoor antique shows- the list goes on!)
Hope you are doing well... Miss you lots!