Friday, April 9, 2010

Happy Spring!!

"Spring" has sprung here in northwest Oregon! But, oh, how we confuse Spring with Summer so quickly! (I'm as guilty as anyone about that!) Spring in this neck of the woods is generally still rather cool and definitely wet. We can get rain, hail, snow, wind and sun... all in one day!! In fact, my husband said it did all of those things out at his jobsite yesterday, just 15 minutes from home.
I can't start paying too much attention to the weather this time of year or I get rather impatient with it all. Spring is a season all its own.. and, yet, we tend to want to lump it together with Summer and not recognize or value what it has to offer, on its own. We think of it as just a precursor to Summer. Well, it is and it isn't. Summer does come afterwards, but, it's a very, very slow process. One must learn to appreciate the beautiful, emerald green fields, the Daffodils, Tulips, Azaleas, Tulip (and other) Magnolias, Hyacinths, Mountain/Grape/Woody Hyacinths, Camelias, the ornamental and fruit-bearing cherries, plums and apples and those wonderful, little Violets that some of us are lucky enough to have in our lawns!
I have a friend who has only been here for a little over a year and she and her family moved here from Arizona. So, I made her this Spring garland....hoping that it might help to bring some glittery flowers into her home, for her. (Although, she is *just now* getting tired of the rain! She's doing as well as I am with the weather, this year!) It was hard to get a good picture of the garland, because it's so long.... so, I might put up each image, separately. I'll see how it shows up.
In the meantime, have a Happy Spring!