Saturday, April 21, 2007

Bye bye winter

It's here. The first nice weekend of the year. And by nice, I mean warm. This is the day every single person in this city is going to make a point of being outside. Yesterday, I got home at 2 and lounged outside in the sun for two hours. When spouse got home, he said, "Hey, you got color!" This really isn't hard since 7 months of dressing in 17 layers tends to render one's skin pasty and blindingly white. I know "tan" equals "skin damage", but sun also gives vitamin D, and I'm sure I'm lacking in that department given that I don't drink milk (which is fortified with D.)

It's strange seeing all the (still) bare trees with all this warmth and bright sunshine. The trees don't start leafing out until May, so shadow is hard to come by. So much the better! But I have a feeling that this weekend will jump start the flora and maybe coax the budding and leafing a bit earlier than normal.

This is the come alive weekend. The first real taste of the marvelous days to come. And then festival season. The collective rejoicing of millions of souls emerging from hibernation is one of my favorite phenomena of living in a northern clime. And it's here. It's now. I'm going outside.

16 comments:

CoffeeDog said...

I cannot imagine what it's like to live in cold anymore. I do prefer the climate of GA, even in the summer when it's unforgivingly hot. Enjoy your weekend!

KipEsquire said...

I overslept and now have to take Diamond to the dog run. It will be so crowded on a nice morning like this at this time of day.

Great for the dog, but not so good for a sociopath like me. ;-)

Enjoy your weekend. :-)

Ed said...

It is finally warm here in Indiana to stay. It has been a cruel Spring. I tgot in the 70's the last of March and every thing started to grow and turn green, then it turned cold again and froze it all. Now my Roses look dead, I hope they decide to try again.
It is a great weekend, go strolling Hand in hand with your Spouse. Oh, and take pictures!

Snooze said...

Festival season - sigh -Montreal has the best summer festivals. You're lucky

briteyellowgun said...

Yes, same here. We had a couple of teaser weekends last month but this one looks to be the real thing. Enjoy.

Thom said...

I'll just chime in too to say "same here", many miles south. It's been cold and unpleasant for so long, and yesterday it finally started to feel like spring again, after a brief taste back in March.

At last!

Doug said...

Have a wonderful sunny weekend!

GayProf said...

It feels great here, too. Short sleeves!

Devo said...

Ah the lovely fervour of spring, one of the many beauties of living in a place with real seasons! We always have something new to look forward to. Have an absolutely lovely weekend!! It is still snowing here today, but I know I'm next! Devo

Lemuel said...

It's been a great day here too

dawn said...

Yes, get outside, no more blogging. For god's sake you've earned a day outdoors.

Lewis said...

You guys DESERVE the great weather! Yippee......

Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

In the colder climates, Spring often comes in a turbulent onrush of new life. I love the Stravinsky piece, "The Rites of Spring", which describes the pagan joy of new life arising in the Spring.

Thoughloversbelost said...

23 in Toronto on Saturday (73 F), and just as warm or warmer on Sunday. Gotta start the honey-do list!

First up, painting the balcony and getting the planters ready for this season's garden planting.

I was beginning to forget what the sun looked like after three weeks of steady gray!

Enemy of the Republic said...

It was actually hot yesterday. And it was my son's first baseball game of the season. So as I occasionally embrace the establishment's way of doing things, I am always happy to know that the weather will cooperate.

David said...

I was outside almost the entire day yesterday. It was glorious.