My goodness, there has been such an immense emphasis on seasons and the weather lately, hasn’t there? It’s colder than ever before, or warmer than ever recorded at such-and-such time. More ice, more storms, less rain, more rain, flooding. I keep thinking of The Day After Tomorrow, how that came out eight years ago and reality is becoming far too similar to the movies.
But let’s focus on the positive. Spring is arriving, as evidenced by the birds singing outside and increased daylight every day. We can rejoice! In an effort to pull myself out of my late-winter slump, to at least partly lift this veil I’ve been hiding under, I’ve pulled this list together and thrown in a bunch of spring-focused pictures from years past.
10 Things I’m Looking Forward to About Spring
1. Flowers! Spring means the return of color, softness underfoot rather than hard ice, and aromatic blossoms. Even the word flower feels magical on my tongue, as if just by speaking it, fantastic things are possible.
2. Fun outdoor events like the New York Easter Parade, which I’m sure will be full of photographic opportunities the way only NYC is (see Andy’s pictures from the NYC Mermaid Parade two years ago).
3. Getting out of town! Not surprisingly, I’ve been beyond eager to travel, and I’m planning a few short getaways soon. Next weekend I’m heading to Portland, Maine to see a dear friend, and I’m also hoping to make it up to Vermont to see my sister and the Harrisburg, PA area to see another close friend.
4. Fresh vegetables in the garden and at the farmer’s market. I love squash, and in fact just made a great roasted acorn squash with sage recipe last night, but I’m more than ready for spring produce.
5. Long hikes in the woods of the Catskills, Shawangunks, and Adirondacks. As much as I love hiking, it hasn’t happened much at all in the past few months. Warm weather and sunshine make venturing outdoors so much more appealing and I can’t wait to get back into nature.
6. Wacky local Hudson Valley events like the Dummy Race at Belleayre Mountain. I just found out about this event and can’t wait to go at the end of the month. Seems like it will be as ridiculously fun as the bed race and homemade boat regatta we went to last year.
7. Shedding the boots, scarves, gloves, and hats! Remember going outside in only short-sleeves? Just the thought of it makes my heart beat faster.
8. Mornings that are cool and sunny, not frigid and bleak. Perfect time to take up jogging again! (she said to herself encouragingly)
9. Strawberries. I know I mentioned spring produce already, but strawberries deserve a mention of their own.
10. Feeling good. This isn’t spring-specific, but I am looking forward to moving past this state I’ve been in. So stagnant, so self-loathing. I’m fully aware that I am an active participant in my depression, and knowing I need to be proactive doesn’t make it any easier. I read an article on how depression has evolutionary benefits, could even be life-saving, and find myself dubious, but hopeful at the same time.
Are you looking forward to anything this spring?
…Especially spring. I couldn’t live without spring. Days like today are worth every snowstorm and slush puddle. By March, it seems like winter will never end. All that snow and ice that seemed so wonderful in December is driving you crazy. But you know spring’s coming. Every year, you wait for that first warm day, then the next and the next, each better than the last. You can’t help but be happy. You forget winter and get the chance to start over. Fresh possibilities. A fresh start. –Kelley Armstrong
Amen to all of those! Especially strawberries and getting outside!! Better for your spirit and better for your soul. Hibernating is wearing me out! Have a great one Christy! -Iva
I am for whatever’s better for my soul lately. Thank you for your words, Iva!
Pretty much everything you said. There is snow on the ground, and the possibility of more later this week but I can FEEL Spring just around the corner. And believe me, I’m beckoning it feverishly! I want to be able to throw on leggings, a camisole, my Toms and walk to the two blocks to the grocery store, to run without a fleece zip-up, to open the windows and let the fresh air flow sweetly through our house.
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Yes, I can feel it too! It’s so strange, with all the signs, yet…we still have icy patches and trouble getting the car started in the morning. Walking outside without a few minutes of bundling up can’t come soon enough!
Beautiful post. I’m looking forward to all of the above, but especially the idea of walking outside without having to put a heavy coat, boots, and mittens on – at the very least! I don’t even remember what that was like… 😉
Exactly, Liv- at the least! Often I get outside and realize ‘I didn’t put on that second pair of wool socks!’ Enough already, low temperatures!
All of those things, I am looking forward to as well! I saw some tree buds in the front yard today – even though it’s icy and snowing…there is still a sign of Spring!!
It’s so bizarre to see buds and ice at the same time. I’m prepared for a nonstop stream of bloggers posting how happy their are with spring in another month or so 🙂
Pretty sure I heard a bird chirping the other morning. Even though it’s been 0-10 degrees! It happened.
They must know something.
And I also think strawberries deserve a category all on their own. Especially the local, organic ones we grow ourselves. You can’t get more local than that!
The birds outside our windows are so loud and chirpy every morning!
So lucky to grow your own strawberries- we tried last year and ended up with a whole lot of rhubarb, but no berries. Luckily, we have wild raspberries and blackberries on our street, so that sort of made up for it!
I agree with everything on this list…especially Spring and Summer produce. I’m so tired of broccoli and green beans…bring on the cucumbers and corn! This afternoon I was also telling my youngest (20 months) that she’s going to love Summer…she keeps taking her shoes and socks off whenever we’re in the car and sandals will be so much easier to put back on!
Oh, 20 months is such a great age! I love that she takes off her shoes and socks in the car- barefoot is the best way to be 🙂
I love this reminder that Spring is getting closer! I am looking forward to more walks, especially on the beach where we walked today, on the Long Island Sound beach nearby. It was beautiful, chilly, yes, but the birds the water and the shells “calling” to me to pick them off the sand made it special. So happy we can share the love of being outdoors in nature, and feeling grateful for so many blessings, including family, strawberries and lovely flowers! Love you, Christy!
I’m so jealous you get to walk on the beach! Somehow rivers/creeks around here just aren’t the same. Leo and I took a walk today, but man is trudging in slippery snow getting old! Can’t wait for it to melt.
Mmm, strawberries. Love them.
I’m mainly looking forward to some warmth. I’m tired of the cold.
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I’m so tired of it, I’m tired of saying I’m tired of it. Get here already, warmth!
No more polar vortex! If I never hear those words again I will be just fine with that.
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