10 Things I Love About Spring

April 17, 2017 – After a cruel winter, it is a pleasure to welcome spring. Here are 10 things I adore about the season:

10. Longer days – What a joy it is to drive home from work and still experience daylight.

9. Warmer temperatures – Spring is perfect “no utility” weather. There is no need for heat or air-conditioning.

8. Taking photos – Everywhere you go looks like a picture postcard. Fresh blooms are enough to make any amateur photographer look like a pro.

7. Birds singing – Even the sound of birds chirping in the morning is a true pleasure.

6. Dining alfresco – I love sitting at outdoor restaurants and cafes in the city on spring days. It is great for the soul and for people watching.

5. Spring cleaning – Is it crazy that I love to clean in the spring? It makes me feel lighter to get rid of stuff we do not use.

4. Shopping at the farmer’s market – We have our pick of plenty of options in southeastern Pennsylvania, which gives us access to the best fresh produce around.

3. Cherry blossoms and azaleas – I like flowers, but never have I gone completely bonkers over them. I do enjoy spring blooms like cherry blossoms and azaleas, though. They are short-lived and much appreciated.

2. Sandals and open toe shoes – To get my feet in shape for the sandal season, I used a Pure Pedi foot peel. I was skeptical, but it worked wonders. Like a snake, I shed a lot of skin on my feet (and that was a little gross). However, I love the baby soft skin underneath.

1. Open windows – Yes, open windows are my most favorite thing about the season. There is nothing better than letting the fresh air in and watching the curtains flutter in the breeze.

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Welcome Spring

March 20, 2017 – Today we celebrate the arrival of springtime in the western hemisphere.

The first day of spring is also called the vernal equinox, where days are close to 12 hours long, and increase as the season progresses.

Extra daylight is celebration worthy, so in honor of spring’s arrival, take a moment to listen to Vivaldi’s Spring…

… while glancing at a few photos from last week’s Philadelphia Flower Show:

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Against the Odds

February 17, 2017 – This week’s photo challenge is against the odds.

It’s almost spring, baseball is on the brain, as is against the odds. Here are shots from an over 50 baseball league in Cherry Hill, New Jersey:

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Stretching is important before any game, especially if you are over 50, when most men turn to softball instead of baseball.

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The day’s starting pitcher was 62!

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The manager and right fielder observe the opposing team’s batting practice to see what they’re up against.

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The right fielder, one of the younger team members in his early 50s, still plays for the love of the game.

Spring pilgrimage to Laurel Hill Cemetery

May 19, 2014Yesterday I made my annual spring trek to Laurel Hill Cemetery in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia. The grounds are lovely any time of year, but spring and fall are my favorites.

Laurel Hill Cemetery is one of the most important cemeteries in the U.S., and the first to be named a National Historic Landmark.

Laurel Hill Cemetery is one of the most important cemeteries in the U.S., and the first to be named a National Historic Landmark.

Revolutionary and Civil War heroes are buried on the grounds, along with influential politicians, inventors and industrialists.

Revolutionary and Civil War heroes are buried on the grounds, along with influential politicians, inventors and industrialists.

This particular section of mausoleums reminds me of a cemetery I visited in New Orleans. The city sits below sea level, which means everyone in New Orleans is buried above ground.

This particular section of mausoleums reminds me of a cemetery I visited in New Orleans. The city sits below sea level, which means everyone in New Orleans is buried above ground.

The cemetery is open to bikers, dog walkers, hikers, and picknickers. There are also public tours available.

The cemetery is open to bikers, dog walkers, hikers, and picknickers. There are also public tours available.

Phillies broadcast legend Harry Kalas is buried here, with four seats from the old Veterans Stadium standing guard.(Picture courtesy of Bill Cannon)

Phillies broadcast legend Harry Kalas is buried here, with four seats from the old Veterans Stadium standing guard. (Photo by Bill Cannon.)

Here lies Rocky's wife, Adrian Balboa. At first I thought it was strange to have a fictional tombstone in the cemetery, but this is the city that also erected a bronze statue of the fictional Rocky outside of our sports complex.

Here lies Rocky’s wife, Adrian Balboa. At first I thought it was strange to have a fictional tombstone in the cemetery, but this is the city that also erected a bronze statue of the fictional Rocky outside of our sports complex.