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Archive for March 24th, 2009

Spring is Fickle

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

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:

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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:

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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.

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Wednesday: Back to freezing.

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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!

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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!)

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

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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.

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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.

Another Purple House

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

I found this one in REOtown, a part of Lansing (Michigan) where the Diamond REO truck factory used to be. (REO stands for Ransom E. Olds, who lived about a mile north of this house. He was the founder of Oldsmobile, and was therefore a very important historical figure in Lansing.)

I live about 2 miles south of where I took this photo.

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I love how the purple looks next to the blue sky.