In Maine in March, Spring is a fitful affair that comes and goes. Sometimes it seems like winter; other times, there is a hint of something soft and warm in the air.
Yesterday definitely felt like spring. The temperature reached the mid-50s, a heatwave as far as Clif and I are concerned, and in the afternoon, after our work for the day was finished, out we went for a walk.
I know from reading other blogs that some people get snowdrops and daffodils this time of year.
In Maine we get footprints in the mud,
water rushing down the side of the road,
and a bucket to collect sap for making maple syrup.
But because Clif and I are Mainers, this is what we are used to, and all these modest signs of Spring are thrilling to us. There might be more cold weather, there might even be snow, but Winter is relaxing his icy grip.
Also on yesterday’s walk, we thrilled to the sight of the snowbanks pulling away from the side of the road.
We stopped to chat with our friends Cheryl and Deny, who were out in their fenced-in backyard with their dogs. Our friend Judy, with her own dog, was visiting. How good it was to see them all, lovely dogs included.
We waved to other neighbors who were sitting on their front porch.
“Heatwave” I called.
“Yes, yes,” they called back.
And to follow a tradition that I’ve begun this year, here are Clif and I waving to you.
It might look as though I have some kind of third appendage hanging from me on the far left. Instead, it is the sleeve of my jacket. I grew so warm that I had to take off my jacket and tie it around my waist.
What can I say? I’m a “Mainah,” and after the cold of winter, 55°F with no wind feels pretty darned warm.
This week for music, I’m going to branch out from my beloved Tiny Desk Concerts to feature a YouTube video of “The Impression that I Get” by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. It seems to me that during this difficult year, most of us have been knocking on wood, and I bet these musicians are, too.
Here are favorites and simple pleasures from other blogging friends:
Dawn, from Change is Hard, featured her smiling Sheltie. And what could be better than a smiling Sheltie? Not much.
On the other hand, the birthday of a beloved child is pretty darned special, too. Ju-Lyn, from Touring My Backyard, and her family recently celebrated her lovely daughter’s 21 birthday. Happy birthday, Jo!
Thistles and Kiwis wrote about all the cool things popping up in Wellington—art, parks, food. What a great place!