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Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fools


No, this is not an effusive display of fragrant blooms...but heavy snow! Spring in New Hampshire is nothing like spring in Pennsylvania where I grew up! I must admit, sometimes I miss the pageantry of white and pink dogwood trees lining the roads of our neighborhood as children. My younger sister Pam and I were just reminiscing about this the other day. It was so lovely riding our bikes down the street through the perfumed air, the world transformed to a fairyland of blossoms. This morning the view outside my window is an enchanted vision of snow resting upon every branch in our woods. It is every bit as elegant (though not as fragrant). After nearly twelve years living in New England, April's little jokes are more appreciated. The girls have an extended weekend, and we are all snug in the house. If the power goes out due to the weight of the snow, we have a generator and we will be warm. I am loving the irony of course of my last post of heart shaped lilac buds. Yes, spring is here...New Hampshire style!!! Our trees will likely not bloom until May, and before that there will be flooding, and plenty of mud. Spring is a blink of the eye in the northeastern part of the United States, and  the suddenly summer will be in full swing. The summer months always pass by too quickly for me; I so enjoy having the girls around fulltime and sitting on our screened porch for hours listening to the birds, and other woodland creatures scampering and coyly slinking through the forest. We read, we chat, we laugh, we play games, we enjoy each others company. Every season has a flavor of its own, and abundant blessings if we open our hearts to receive them.

But here we are, right now, April 1st, Spring Is Here…and my heart seems to be dancing amongst the snowflakes nonetheless.

28 comments:

  1. A beautiful post, Laura!

    Have a happy weekend x

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  2. Well, actually, here in Pennsylvania, it's snowing, too...though not sticking...so how's that for April Fool's?

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  3. Hope you have a happy snow day!!! Sounds like a great Friday!

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  4. Yay for Spring! It will be a few weeks before the blossoms appear here and it's a time of year I anticipate with delight every year - like nature is preparing for a fancy dress ball.

    Snow or not, there is that beautiful anticipation that makes up for the fact that it looks more like January than April, isn't there?

    Have a beautiful weekend, Laura!

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  5. We had light flurries last night. It didn't stay on the ground. It is not unknown for this part of the country to have snow on mother's day. We rarely get a real spring. I don't look forward to summer, the MS symptoms really flare in the heat.
    Cheers

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  6. Even though dumpings of snow at this time of year can be discouraging, they can be so very pretty as well :o) Parts of Quebec are getting lots of snow today, but I am very happy that Montreal isn't one of them!

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  7. Laura- Your photo is beautiful, but I'm glad I don't live there! My husband has always wanted to move north, but I seem to be able to tolerate winter and darkness less and less as the years go by. Strangely enough, though, we just had some snow last week, which is extremely unusual for Kentucky. Our weather is getting very weird the past few years. I'm so glad you're able to enjoy the blessings of having this time with your daughters! xox :)

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  8. Northeastern United States sounds a lot like Southern Ontario! We are expecting a little snow today [In the Windsor area where I am visiting] but I hope not at home...

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  9. We still have quite a bit of snow here...no grass showing yet...and then yesterday it snowed, then rained and then snowed hard for about 3 hours...and we are forcasted to get more in the near future...I am trying with all of my might to not let it get to me...but sadly it affects my sad state of mind as of late...the high moisture has increased my pain level even more which makes it hard to think...when I am really struggling I think of you and others that are supporting me...and it really does help. I just want to thank you for loving me and caring about me. Enjoy this time with your family...much love and hugs going your way. (((Laura)))

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  10. Beautiful, Laura. Snow is lovely when one is snug and cosy indoors. I love the sound of your porch. I love my porch too, so wonderful to sit on my porch swing in warm weather - which is nearly here. In fact yesterday was very warm in the afternoon, and fairly soon the pink buds will open up and down the streets of town.Yay!Love the vision of you and your sister biking under the blooms. Happy childhood memories.

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  11. It's so wonderful that you can enjoy whatever God sends your way -even snow in Spring. I, on the other hand, would be grumpy and complaining about too much snow. I have some growing to do, righ?

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  12. Almost every time I come to your blog I am uplifted by that quote from Rabbi Heschel. Thank you for that.

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  13. ah.. the lingering winter is a bit much sometimes.

    Sending a big ol' Friday hug, Laura.

    Your blog is like spring.

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  14. Beautiful. Alex's kids live in NH and yep...snow!

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  15. Nature plays with us sometimes, but what can we do - we have to accept:)
    Hope April will be nice and kind for you!
    Hugs
    Joo

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  16. Oh, Laura--how beautiful! It is actually sunny here just now--the flowers are bursting from the trees and blooming from the ground.

    But oh, I would love some of your snow. lol ((hugs))

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  17. oh my, that's an April fool's joke! but as you say, spring in the northern states is slow to arrive and then gone in the blink of an eye. The leading up to it is my favorite part. here in Wisconsin we still get snow in April. frequently.
    I've truly enjoyed the music; thanks for sharing. I hope you have a beautiful weekend Laura!

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  18. Mother Nature flies again! And what a dose!

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  19. Oh, Laura, you are so good at writing, I was nodding while reading your words. Feeling the same! We had some more snow yesterday. The parts of the ground without snow, was suddenly covered again, ugh! But, it was beautiful! The old, muddy snow turned white and shiny again! Today some of it melted, it is spring for sure ... but here in Norway, where I live, we must wait until May before the trees turns green.

    I have family in PA and MD (they all used to live in Delran NJ), so I know spring is earlier. I would like the summers to be longer and warmer, but life is good here though :)

    Wish you a lovely weekend .... love Irene

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  20. Funny how April 1st is snow, but you have a generator!
    kim

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  21. Thanks for the beautiful music. You lulled me into pre- sleep.

    Peace to u and i love the snow photo.
    Thank you

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  22. We had the same April fools joke, here in maryland. I woke up to an inch of the white stuff on my grass. Has someone told Mr Winter he can leave now.

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  23. A dancing post, Laura. Dancing through memories and into the future.
    Many blessings to you!

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  24. I'm not so sure that that was a nice April Fool's prank by Mother Nature, but it is obvious you are taking it with a smile! The picture is great.

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  25. Thinking of you
    I do believe
    Spring has arrived
    in Northern Tennessess :)

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  26. We got 8 inches of snow on Friday! The only thing to do today was to go to the beach and soak up the sunshine. The wind was fierce but the sun was glorious. Welcome April!

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  27. i wish the frost would thaw and give us a longer season of sunshine and fragrance and color and time to sit outside.
    maybe soon.
    michelle

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