We Found Spring!

Bee on redbud tree blossoms

Bee on redbud tree blossoms

When we got to Coleman Lake on Sunday, it was windy and chilly.  But Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were the kind of days that spring dreams are made of —  golden sunshine, blue skies, white puffy clouds, and temperatures in the 70’s.

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Bluets, I think.

I had almost  forgotten the wonder of sunshine on my shoulders radiating warmth down into my bones.  And soft, balmy breezes that felt like caresses against my winter-weary skin.  And the whole world seemingly bursting with new buds and shoots and blossoms.

 

We’re home now, and the rain and dreary weather are back.  But those four beautiful days will live in our memories for a long time.

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Violet

 

I’ll wait till tomorrow to post camping photos.  Today I want to share spring flower photos with all of you up North who are despairing that spring will ever arrive.

Another kind of violet.  The flower looks like a birdsfoot violet, but the leaves are wrong.

Another kind of violet. The flower looks like a birdsfoot violet, but the leaves are wrong.

Yellow violets

Yellow violets

Light blue/white violets

Light blue/white violets

I'm not sure what these are.  They reminded me of the song, "White coral bells upon a slender stalk....."

I’m not sure what these are. They reminded me of the song, “White coral bells upon a slender stalk…..”

Wild ginger flowers.  These grow on the ground and are pollinated by crawling insects.  You usually have to move back leaf litter to find them.

Wild ginger flowers. These grow on the ground and are pollinated by crawling insects. You usually have to move back leaf litter to find them.

We saw this flowering tree when we drove into Tallapoosa for groceries.

We saw this flowering tree when we drove into Tallapoosa for groceries.

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And a flower of the animal kingdom. 🙂

Surviving Winter

Hope springs eternal.

Hope springs eternal. 🙂

I was really getting a bad case of cabin fever, and felt increasingly morose about the endless winter.  This one has been so bad, and it has really worn on me.

The only green in our yard is a very healthy crop of field garlic.

The only green in our yard is a very healthy crop of field garlic.

So I went shopping for some clumping onion seeds.  I already had most of the seeds for my spring vegetable garden, so all I needed was the onions.  But entering the garden department was like walking into a Garden of Hope.

Spring WILL come.  Eventually!

I also got some bulbs — caladium and oriental lilies for a sunny spot out front, and lilies of the valley which will share a shady spot with impatiens and hosta.

Field garlic closeup

Field garlic closeup

My N2A card for the Nook came today.  Unfortunately, I ordered the wrong one and will have to exchange it.  By mail, that may be another two weeks.

I had been planning to move my blog to my own domain, but have run into problems with it.  My web host inexplicably set up separate accounts for the domain registration and hosting.  I wanted them merged into one account, as has always been the case with every other web host I’ve had in the past.

I was on Live Chat with the customer representative, Geeshma, when I realized she had no clue what she was doing, so canceled the Chat and initiated a written Customer Service request instead.  Guess who answered that?

Yep, Geeshma.

Once there were birds -- and there will be again!

Once there were birds — and there will be again!

Somehow, the accounts were finally merged, but the email address I use for family stopped working. So I contacted Sales this time, hoping to find someone who spoke English as a first language.  No joy.  It looks to me like the people who started that business have sold it to someone in another country… I’m guessing Pakistan.

Anyway, I contacted them about the email problem.  No one had a clue but they would turn it over to  their “engineers” who would contact me in 3 or 4 hours.

The next day… still no answer from them.  So  I got royally fed up with their unbelievable incompetence and moved my domain to a new host.

Hours after I moved my domain,  I got a letter telling me that the problem with my email was that the domain was hosted on another server.   So their “engineers” had figured out my problem.  I won’t comment on that.  😀

I ran a DNS check, and found that the mail records had been hopelessly corrupted.  So I lost that email address forever.

But you know what?  I’ve got new hosting.  And I’ve created a new family email address.  And I’ll move the blog to my domain whenever I feel up to jumping into it.

And spring is coming, it will be warm again and there will be clear blue skies with puffy little white clouds, trees with spring-green leaves, blooming flowers — and golden sunshine — in just a few weeks!

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