It’s Official! (Kinda)

Mother Nature is such a tease.  Either that or she’s flat-out sadistic.

After months of torturous rain and clouds and cold and sometimes even *gasp* snow, some of us in the great Pacific NW crave warmer spring weather the way a certain writer-person-who-shall-remain-anonymous craves a great pair of shoes.  (*Whistles while looking at the ceiling*)

The thing is, once the sun breaks through and the temperatures rise to about the mid-60’s (even a brush with it for ten minutes will do), Mother Nature knows she’s got us optimists suckered.  We become so sure that it’s a sign the rain’s gone.  We’re captivated by the slim hope that the weather reporters are wrong, and this time the sunshine and warm temperatures will hang around until November.

Sadly, spring in our part of the world typically translates into . . . more rain.

But the optimist in me searches for signs of warmer, drier weather the same way I attack the shoe rack during a Nordstrom sale.

For years I'd sworn I'd take a picture of these trees when they bloom in the spring.  This is the first time I'd actually done it!  These beauties surround the ball field at the corporate offices of the Male Observation Lab.  They're a sure sign spring has arrived!
These beauties surround the ball field at the corporate offices of the Male Observation Lab.
Hot Cross Buns on Easter morning.
Hot Cross Buns on Easter morning. 🙂
I wish I could say this was my garden.  Sadly, it's not.  But I do get to visit when I see my good friend (and the best seamstress EVER!) Sharon.  She makes growing stuff (and keeping them alive) look so easy!
I get to visit this garden when I see my good friend (and the best seamstress EVER!) Sharon. She makes growing stuff (and keeping them alive) look so easy!
My boys, Bennett (on his back) and Alex love to soak up the sun.  Add a bit of catnip and they're in kitty nirvana!  :-)
My boys, Bennett (on his back) and Alex, insist on a sunbath when the weather warms up even a teensy bit.  Add a bit of catnip and they’re in kitty nirvana! 🙂
Nothing gets between Alex and his 'nip.  Not even mom begging for him to look at the camera!
Nothing gets between Alex and his ‘nip. Not even mom begging him to look at the camera!
Bare legs!  Yeah, I shoulda taken this outdoors, maybe in a parking lot somewhere to prove it was warm enough.  I might actually have to replace this picture.  Hmmm. . . a skirt to the Male Observation Lab today?
Bare legs! Yeah, I shoulda taken this outdoors, maybe in a parking lot somewhere to prove it was warm enough. I might actually have to replace this picture. Hmmm. . . a skirt to the Male Observation Lab today?

So while some rain is in the forecast this week, I’m hanging onto the belief that spring will eventually warm up (and dry up!) enough for us to come out of hibernation and spend some quality time outdoors.  After all, it happens every year!  🙂

How do you know when spring has arrived in your part of the world?

-Melia

20 Comments »

  1. Sucker!
    Rain I can deal with. I know in between now and October we’ll have rain, sometimes more than we expected, at times we didn’t expect. As long as we don’t have the S word, I can deal with it!

  2. Love the pics of your cats sunning, and of course all the beautiful budding trees and flowers. For me Spring is definitely here. Yes, we still get rain each week but we ALSO get sunshine each week. That is what separates it from Winter which is almost all rain. Weather prediction is for sun on the weekend. Can’t complain about that.

  3. isn’t it great!? I love spring….love the longer days, the birds…we are outside every chance we get 🙂

  4. Yeah, it is. Must be the way my mind works — I keep willing it to be warmer, and eventually convince myself it’s warmer than it really is. LOL.

    Thanks for stopping by, Teri!

    Hugs and happy writing,
    Melia

  5. I love how you call it like it is, Eilis LOL! I prefer the word “optimist” *sniff’s delicately* (Yeah, okay, it was more like a snort. . ..)

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Hugs and have a great day,
    Melia

  6. My boys are so easy to please, aren’t they? 🙂

    I am soooo looking forward to sunshine this weekend. Not that I’ll get to do anything more than stare out at it — must complete this project. (You know how it goes!)

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy writing!

    Hugs,
    Melia

  7. Hi Barbara!

    Yes, being outside, even for a little bit, is one of the neatest experiences after being cooped up indoors for the last few months. I’m raising my coffee mug to the warmer days ahead. Cheers!

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Have a fab rest of the week,
    Melia

  8. Spring brings along a new batch of weeds in my garden and I can’t keep ahead of the lawn. I dash around like a crazy person when we have a sun break (an interesting Oregon term) and bask like your feline friends in any patch of sunlight I can find 🙂 My mood lifts and I ignore the dark clouds hovering on the horizon.

  9. Good morning, Kylie.

    I love the visuals you created – made me smile!

    Thanks for stopping by, and here’s to more basking in the sun, no matter what the future brings.

    Hugs,
    Melia

  10. Good morning!

    So great to see you here! Life’s pretty busy, and I’m trying to keep up with it, you know? I’m so glad you’re back to blogging again — I love your posts! I’ll send you an e-mail here in a bit, okay? Perhaps this weekend. 🙂

    Hugs and happy blogging,
    Melia

  11. Yes, I’m back.
    I should be very busy and maybe off from WordPress in the coming week but for the moment I enjoy blogging (four hours and hours).
    Thank you for welcoming me so sweatly AND LOVING MY POSTS;
    i4M HAPPY TOO TO SEE YOUR NEW PUBLICATIONS; They often make me smile or laugh.

    I’ll be very happy to receive an e-mail from you and you know what, I’d love meeting you “in real”.

    hAVE A NICE FRIDAY.
    Big kisses.

    Délé

  12. The next time I make it to your part of the world, I’ll definitely let you know. It would be so fun to meet you! 🙂

    And I absolutely adore your posts! So chic and so fun! I always look forward to seeing your posts.

    Glad you’re back, Dele.

    Hugs and happy blogging,
    Melia

  13. Hi Melia, here today it’s cloudy and much colder that the rest of the week but I’ve still hope for a great may month. Loved this post and photos and I wish you a nice weekend! 🙂 Xoxo

  14. Thank you for stopping by! So glad you liked the photos.

    The sun came out today, so I’m very appreciative. I’m hoping the weather will continue to warm up like the weather reports swear they will. 🙂

    I hope you’re enjoying your weekend as well. Muah!

    Hugs,
    Melia

  15. Yes I had a very relaxed one not with to much appointments so also today it isn’t any beach weather so we will stay around home. Wish you a lovely Sunday and see you soon! 🙂

  16. Warmer weather is long overdue (as far as I’m concerned), but I’ll take the sunshine that’s promised today.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you’re enjoying the weekend!

    Hugs,
    Melia