The other day, Jim needed a plumbing part at Home Depot so I went along but visited the nursery section while he looked at parts. It is so warm, the forsythia are in bloom, the mertensia are delightfully pink and blue and even a few sheltered daffodils are winking yellow at me. So in the mostly empty nursery area I asked for some Ice Pansies, you know the ones that can withstand a wee bit of freezing temps. The woman refrained from laughing but did say, "We get pansies the end of April just like always." Well that took me right back to reality. Spring, in these parts, is over a month ahead of itself.
While I was driving into town today I saw weeping willows waving pale green and some newly green bushes. Today I needed to go to our downtown PO to mail out the Fondle This Kits for March. I do apologize as they should have gone out on Wednesday but an awful cold caught me unawares on Tuesday so today was the first day I thought I could be in public again.
In the gardens outside the PO there were Hyacinths in bloom!!!! All over downtown the Magnolias were joyously pink and white along with forsythias and daffodils. Incredible.
Then at the service desk, the guy who often waits on me said, "Are you following your bliss?" Wasn't that a nice question? We talked about that and the incredible weather for a few minutes as he put some stamps away. He is a musician and explained he was listening to an NPR program where live musicians are in the studio for interviewing and some live playing. So we listened to that for a bit while he processed the envelopes. I love visiting the PO.
And this tongue-in-cheek form from the Ithaca Times by Charlie Gither really really covers the atmosphere in this town.