Springtime Transitions

Spring is here! I usually make a big deal about spring being here on March the First, but I kept it kind of quiet this year.  March was definitely spring in SE Michigan this year.  (Amy even admitted as much to me.  That’s kind of a big deal. )

But the springtime transitions are always kind of awkward.  How do you know when its time to stop wearing your winter coat, and just bring a jacket?  I’ve actually put a lot of thought into this one over the past few years… There is a point, sometime after spring has begun, where you can trust it enough to actually stop wearing a coat, where there may be some more jacket days ahead, but the coat days are behind us.  I think I overcalled it this year for Michigan, but I understand that day hasn’t come yet in Utah and Wyoming. (And quit your bellyachin’, it’s the moisture you’re always praying for. )

Image: Enchanted Stairs, by abekleinfel

I have identified several other transitions that mark my spring:

1- The transition back to short sleeve shirts. I really, really like wearing sweaters, and do so for most of the winter.  Unfortunately, that means an awkward (for me) transition back to just short sleeves.  My arms have been covered for most of the last four months, and they just feel… well… naked. Add to that that all of my work shirts are long sleeve, and the transition to T-shirts makes for plenty of goosebumps. The transition back to shorts won’t be for another month or two.

2- The transition of waking up in the night to Thunderstorms. Got that groove on this morning.  It’s been awhile, Mother Nature, since you’ve woken me up.  Thanks a lot.  Now I have to worry about my upstairs neighbors and thunder waking me up at 3:30 in the morning.

3- The transition back to sunglasses. During the winter, I rarely need my sunglasses. I drive to work in the dark, I drive home in the dark. Ergo, I have no idea where I stashed my shades last fall. Until I find them, my eyes are burning.

4- The transition back to green. My favorite part of spring!  Suddenly one day you wake up, and BAM! Everything is green.  The grass, the trees, the sidewalk where the geese hang out.  It’s a beautiful thing!  And then the flowers start to pop out!

5- The transition back to mosquitoes. I’ve been grilling for weeks.  Ever since before that last snowstorm.  Or maybe right after, I don’t remember.  On Monday, I forgot to close the screen door to my patio, only to be tormented by the mosquitoes I’d let in for the next few hours.  Fortunately, they’re still pretty slow, so their eradication was quick and at zero loss of blood (to me).  Now I’ll just have to remember to take my bug spray with me when I go hiking.

I’m sure I’m forgetting some important spring transitions.  I only usually remember after they’ve backfired on me at least once.  So, now the question… What am I forgetting?

Cool blog update notes:
1) I think I’ve fixed the feed issues that were plaguing me over the last few weeks.  You didn’t know that I was having them, because your feeds weren’t updating.   They should now.
2) I updated the header with pictures that I actually took.  It rotates, so keep looking for something new.  I’ll try to add new ones occasionally, and remove some of the awful ones.
3) I added the Google Friend Connect box.  I think it’s kind of like following, so you can, you know, follow me if you wants.

7 thoughts on “Springtime Transitions”

  1. You’re forgetting the spiders. I hate the spiders 🙁 But I like your list. And I totally know what you mean about the short sleeve shirts. It’s always an interesting transition to see my skin exposed again after being covered in so many layers all winter.

  2. Here are a few transitions…

    1)mowing the lawn/weeds
    2)weeding the flower beds
    3)spring cleaning on the yard in general

    (the above three happen early in Texas and still catch me by surprise.)

    4)the return of wildlife (our cat caught its’ first bunny of the season the other night)

    5)switching out your kids clothes and often moving up a size (I know this doesn’t apply to you yet, but it goes along with a couple of yours and is one that always gets me)

    6)That awkward time period when you need the AC during the day but it’s still too cold for it at night.

    1. You are so right about #6. At work, they can’t decide if we need air conditioning or heat… so when in doubt they give us heat. It’s been miserable.

  3. For the most part I love spring transitions but…

    The transition from no allergies to much allergies.

    Also, the transition to desperately wanting to open my sliding glass door to let in the spring weather, but knowing I can’t open it more than four inches or my dog will burst through the screen the first time another dog walks by the apartment, and then discovering that over the course of the winter my dog has acquired the ability to throw himself through four inches of open space and escape.

    1. Allergies is a spring to summer transition for me… unfortunately.

      Did Jin escape again or is this just a theoretical situation? I bet if you put balloons on the screen door, he’d leave it alone. 😉

  4. Spring…??? I wounder what that would look like… We have decided that spring is a mix of winter days and summer days, and if you smush the week together it averages into spring.

    P.s. Welcome back to blogging.

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