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Spring is Fickle

There is a song out where the first line is “You change your mind like a girl changes clothes.” I don’t know about you, but for me that is a really strong image. Right now I think our weather fits that sentiment perfectly. (It started warming up a bit, two weekends ago but now is chilly again.)

Last Monday at my mother’s house, there was still a remainder of the taller-than-a-car pile of snow, left by numerous snow plows:


Tuesday I took these photos of a hanging/suspended bird nest (probably a previous year, click for larger detail) and one of many people fishing on the Grand River at Riverfront Park, downtown Lansing:



Tuesday was the fourth nice day in a row, and we even got our first violets of the year, which I noticed after that nice walk in the park.


Wednesday: Back to freezing.


Friday: Snow Flurries

Saturday: Snow Flurries

Sunday: Windy but sunny, warm in the sun, fine for a brisk walk.

Sunday Night: Below Freezing (24F), brr.

Monday: Around noon I took these photos at Red Cedar School, East Lansing. It was in a barely protected area, but I don’t understand why they have so many flowers and you don’t see them anywhere else in town yet.

Miniature iris!


A yellow flower I have never noticed before. Does anyone know this one? (Edited: Priscilla says that it is winter aconite. I must get some and plant it for next spring!)


Snowdrops in the front, and some beautiful pale purple flower in the back that I do not know.


Groundcover. It’s called Myrtle, or Periwinkle, or Vinca Minor, according to my memory. I have a lot of this, and I really love it. Mine is not blooming yet.


Monday night (yesterday): Mom’s pile of snow was totally melted. Progress!

Tuesday: Total cloud cover, mean gusts of wind and sprinkles of rain here and there. I am going for a walk and lunch, with friend Cynthia. I think I will need my ear muffs.

Can we just have spring, please? I am about ready to cast on for a bulky sweater, just to tempt the fates. Maybe knitting for cold will bring on warmth? (Not likely that I really have that power, but I can wish.)

Soon, my friends… soon it will thaw for a good long time.

3 Responses to “Spring is Fickle”

  1. Priscilla Says:

    I’ve had crocuses and snowdrops in my yard for the last week or so. Lucky me!

  2. Priscilla Says:

    I think the yellow flower is winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis). I’ll e-mail you a link to a description of it.

  3. Mom Says:

    Glad to know that spring is on its way, YES! I enjoyed the photos.

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