March 19, 2018 – Spring arrives in the northern hemisphere tomorrow.
For many of us spring signifies longer days, increasing as the season progresses and the temperatures begin to rise.
For the college student, spring means break, whether it’s home to Mom and Dad for a week, or off to a tropical island to celebrate time off.
For the gardener, spring equals rebirth. Seeds are planted in nurturing soil and bloom into colors so vibrant they put rainbows to shame.
For the religious, spring often means the renewal of faith.
For the poet, “A little madness in the spring is wholesome even for the king.” – Emily Dickinson
For the romantic, “Always its spring, and everyone’s in love and flowers pick themselves.” – e.e. cummings
For the literary, “Spring drew on . . . and a greenness grew over those garden beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
For the music lover, spring is Vivaldi.
And for the baseball fan, spring is the happiest season of all. Opening day is 13 days away…Go Phillies!
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.
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:
May 4, 2015 – Laurel Hill Cemetery in the East Falls area of Philadelphia is my favorite place to stroll and take photos in any season.
March 9, 2015 — Temperatures are on the rise, and the great snow meltdown has begun.
Need more proof that spring is only two weeks away? Check out some of the blooms from the Philadelphia Flower Show, along with a butterfly that came to visit: