Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sounds of spring

I woke up this morning to one of the inevitable sounds of spring - the drone of a lawnmower right outside my window.  It permeated my dreams, then jarred me awake as it sputtered and hesitated before lurching forward once again.

I'm so glad spring has arrived!  I love seeing the pretty flowers, trees and bushes, watching the squirrels play and chase one another round and round trees and over wires, and watching the birds flit around busily making their nests to raise families.  The sounds are lovely too, from the birds to the children playing and yes, even the drone of the lawnmower.  Heck I bet we're just mere days away from hearing the jingle of the ice-cream truck meandering through the neighborhoods.

A controversial part of spring is the aromas.  I love the smell of flowers, freshly cut grass, the earthy scent of the forest, and the gurgling, bubbling aroma of the creek as it wakes up for the season.  To people who have allergies however the season can be torture.  I so appreciate that I've been allergy free for the last 25 years because I absolutely love absorbing the smells of spring as well as the sights and sounds!

Here are some pictures from last night's walk around the neighborhood.  I never did learn the names of things so I can't tell you what most of these are, but I found them colorful and pretty so I snapped a few shots.

Saw this bush first and loved the vibrant yellow color.  Somehow it reminded me of the burning bush of Moses fame but then the leaves would have had more red and orange in them.  But still it was cool.

Then I snapped this picture of flowers around a big tree.  There are daffodils and tulips there I think, and perhaps a few others.  See, I'm not a total flower noob after all :)

Next I saw this cool tree, which looked like an umbrella.  The vibrant colors didn't turn out well in the picture but it's pretty nonetheless.  I could grab a good book and relax under that tree for a while... if it weren't on such a busy street that is.

No stroll around city streets would be complete without a couple of building pictures.  It cracked me up how these people tried to make a second story deck out of their porch!

And I've always thought this building is so cool!  You can't tell from the picture but the purple trim is REALLY purple and it's almost a shame it's a custom drapery store.  Seems so whimsical that it needs to be a candy shop, mystical gift or book store, or something other than window treatments.  Ya know?

The fence and wires kinda mess the shot up too.  One thing I hate about living in the city, especially this older part of the city, is that there are wires everywhere.  You can't escape them and I don't know how many cool pictures I've gotten that were ruined by those infernal wires!  At least in suburbia they bury the wires, leaving unfettered shots of cool buildings, landscapes, sunsets, and other interesting things.


  1. Very curious to know how you became allergy free after so many years. Allergies are one of my biggest problems and to be free of this would be life changing for sure.... Thanks and happy spring to you.

  2. @JoJo - Wish I had a magic cure for you but I don't. I had pretty severe spring and late summer allergies through my mid 20s, then one year I got really ticked off and stamped my foot and told God in no uncertain terms that I was absolutely DONE with this and I expected to have it taken care of and never bother me again!

    It worked and I haven't had a problem for the last 20+ years. Miracle? Some unknown change in my body? Who knows. I'm just glad this is one time the heavens seemed to listen and I got results.

    Now if I could get it to work like that in certain other areas of my life :)

  3. Wow! You know I heard one other person tell me a very similar story about allergies too believe it or not! This person had the same result... Amazing!

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