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in search of the S-word

March 11, 2010

It’s almost here but I’m not saying it. The sight of muddy grass, the sound of flowing water, the mushy feel of earth underfoot instead of unyielding ice & snow are all so enlivening, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We’ve had six straight days of sun, enough to make winter weary souls delirious, but it’s ten days until the equinox. It is coming. Here are some of the ways we know. (Imagine a soundtrack of birds revving up some courting songs.)

Crocus on campus yesterday. It’s the same clutch of flowers I posted one year and one day ago. I know because they are still wearing the friendship bracelet I found them with.

Crocus on campus

Eranthis hyemalis, the winter aconite, in Ithaca today, where it is said to be a “solid Zone 6.” There are snowdrops peeking out in spots at our place, but not even close to blooming.

Spunkiness in the sunshine. Bud, one week ago, with the Crazy Eye. We’ve all got it.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 12, 2010 5:51 am

    Warning: April is the cruelest month.

  2. March 12, 2010 11:11 am

    Thanks Lynn, I appreciate your help. I am not sure why people are being shy about this. Who couldn’t just spend $200 on stuff? Anyway thanks for the posts I will be sure you have your extra chances to win, so now you are upping your odds to 3 out of 21. not bad. good luck and nice to meet you!

    • March 12, 2010 1:30 pm

      Hi Teresa, not sure, either. But maybe folks are still winter-sluggish and waiting til the last minute.

  3. Kylie permalink
    March 12, 2010 5:50 pm

    I’m up at the farm this week and all the cats are out with the same look in their eyes! The s word will be here soon.
    wheee!

    • March 13, 2010 10:43 am

      Cats with the Crazy Eye are most fun. Watch for claws!

  4. March 12, 2010 6:14 pm

    I think crocus are a sure sign… But I guess I wouldn’t want to risk saying the s-word either. Though come to think of it, I probably already have. Oh dear.

    • March 13, 2010 10:43 am

      Well, that was down in town, another climate zone away. I’m happy to report that as the snow creeps away, it reveals SHOOTS in our garden. Actual green, Ms. Green :)

  5. March 14, 2010 1:07 pm

    I loved that you found the same bracelet among the crocus blooms from last year. What a beautiful photo. The aconites are beautiful ~ love their colour. And Bud looks amazing and raring to investigate all the scents that emerge when the snow disappears. We’ve definitely got the crazy eye going here ~ the new cat especially upon spying the pigeons nearby.

    • March 14, 2010 8:43 pm

      Kate, I really couldn’t believe it when I saw it was still there, and encircling a stem no less. Bud has actually done better finding rodents in the snow (not so easy to run away under there?), but there’s nothing like the sun to get him moving. Hope the pigeons are keeping an eye out over there!

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