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February 18, 2008

In Bloom

"Weather changes moods -
Spring is here again ...

And he don't know what it means ..."
- Nirvana, "In Bloom"

I’m shifting into slacker mode for the next few days: one “quickie” post now, a regular one on Wednesday, then I’m calling it a week.

For today, you’ll have to humor me a bit more on this springtime weather thing – because I really can’t fathom how we’ve been so lucky here lately, when most of the country is enduring blizzards and sub-freezing temperatures.

(I realize this could trigger another rash of “You suck” and “I hate you, it’s freezing here lately” comments and e-mails, but really, I don’t mind. Feel free to sound off – I won’t take it personally.)

I know it’s technically winter – but I can’t seem to convince myself that it’s not actually spring. And I’m not the only one having trouble; it seems as if the neighborhood trees have decided that we’re all ready to get our springtime groove on once again.

More and more, I find myself believing the trees. They make a convincing argument - especially when this is what I see outside my grocery store …

And this is a cherry tree outside of an elementary school …

And this is the parking lot of a church on Carmel Valley Road:

I know what the calendar says, and I know what the groundhog said - but I’m even more familiar with these trees. I run past them nearly every day, so many times that I can almost hear their whispers in the breeze. And lately, they’re assuring me that winter’s merely a fading memory.

Of course, it’s quite likely that we’re mistaken, and our area's in for a few more serious cold spells before the first official day of spring. In the meantime, the trees and I will just count our blessings, thankful that we’re included among the lucky ones.


speedygeoff 2/18/08, 10:00 PM  

Beautiful weather here too.....

Matt 2/19/08, 6:01 AM  

I hear ya. I keep having to remind myself that it's only February and more times than not it's going to get cold again.

stronger 2/19/08, 7:20 AM  

Wow- it's hard to believe the trees are blooming...sooooo soon. We'll get that around here- at least by July.

My Life & Running 2/19/08, 7:35 AM  

Cherry blossom time, hands down, one of the best times of the year. Lucky man.

robtherunner 2/19/08, 8:37 AM  

You suck and so do your stinkin flowering trees ;)

triguyjt 2/19/08, 9:24 AM  

in frigid cleveland, my tulips are very confused. we have had some very warm (by our winters standards) days and now the tulips are imitating me come tax time....

poking their heads out of the tundra---looking around for the i.r.s. man

enjoy those harbingers of spring.

Jean Pommier 2/19/08, 10:58 AM  

Indeed, what a great time of the year to take time stopping in our trail runs to look around and above our heads!

Really enjoyed the blue skies at the beginning of the weekend. Too bad for the grey ones for my BSIM run yesterday (thanks for visiting and your comment). Will come back in your wonderful area...

Take care,


Backofpack 2/19/08, 2:46 PM  

We've had a few days of wonderful weather here too, but I hear the rain is on it's way back. We'll take the sunny days when we can get them, and will wait patiently for our trees to follow yours!

mindy 2/19/08, 5:58 PM  

I. am. so. jealous. What beautiful pictures - at least I can see what spring might be like a very long time from now. I really enjoy your blog, fantastic writing!

Rainmaker 2/19/08, 7:50 PM  

You do indeed suck. It's supposed to snow/sleet/slush/s$*& all over tomorrow here and through Friday.

Enjoy the weather though!

RunBubbaRun 2/20/08, 3:35 AM  

Okay, sounding off, YOU SUCK, TRAIL RUNNING SUCKS as well..

It's cold and ground full of ice here..

Glad you are having great weather..
Hopefully it will hit the midwest soon.

jen 2/20/08, 9:56 AM  

Oooh purdy.

It has defintely felt like spring around here lately. The hills are so green.

Darrell 2/24/08, 11:19 PM  

On the way back from the trail race yesterday the California poppies were in full bloom along the 15 freeway. I'd say spring is clearly well on its way, at least on this coast.

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