The Trees Are Calling It Spring Already…

Spring

Gradual warming that began earlier this week is forecast to continue through the weekend, and by early next week high temperatures should climb into the mid-70s as warm, wet air flows inland from the Gulf of Mexico.

No rain is forecast until late this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, the high temperature will be in the mid-60s under mostly sunny skies. The overnight low will drop to about 45 degrees. East wind will be between 5 mph and 10 mph. ~ Finally: Above-normal temps forecast in Houston next week |  Houston Chronicle.

Out walking with #2 Grandson before noon today the temperature had already passed the 63°. Yesterday I noticed from the sink window that one of my azaleas has at least one bloom already showing. Driving to the grocery I spotted a redbud tree all abloom. The oak trees that shade our house all summer have burst forth into leaf…I would almost say they are already the size of squirrels ears…Mmmm, doesn’t that mean something? Even one of the apple trees out back has gotten into the act and is starting to put on blooms.

So here we sit in the first week in March and the back door is open by noon each day. The grandson gets upset when he can’t get out to play each afternoon as he has already set a habit. The dogs sit at the backdoor waiting for us each day.

So all of my friends up on the Blue Ridge, hold on, spring is working its way toward you…It may take a while but it’s coming.

Mail Call

Today’s mail brought a stack of books I had ordered…

The first package I opened was Dave Bonta’s Odes To Tools. I had read Dave’s Odes online before, but when Beth Adams offered Pamela Johnson Parker’s A Walk Through The Memory Palace as an extra”, I had to buy both. I haven’t done more than glance through them at this point, but the quality of both chapbooks has impressed me…Check out the offerings at Phoenicia Publishing…Tell Beth I sent you…

Then it was three individual packages…Additions to my Appalachian Mountain Dreams reference library. Three new Longstreet Highroads Guides…Guide to the Georgia MountainsGuide to the Pennsylvania MountainsGuide to the New York Adirondacks. It’s funny how little this Texas flatlander knows about our eastern mountains…But I’m working on changing that deficit.

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