Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Spring into my yard


You can’t beat spring in Michigan. I used to tell my mother, who had moved along with my dad to Alabama in 1980, that she no longer appreciated spring like we who still lived in the north did.

That without the freezes and snow and frigid wind she didn’t have a true understanding of how wonderful spring can be.

She disagreed. She said she didn’t need to freeze to know warmth.

I suppose not, but I have to think that those of us living here in the north (and there is much more north north of me!) are much more grateful for those warm days than people living in the perpetually sunny south.

She used to say they had fall colors down there too. But that’s an entirely different post.

Anyway, this is just a long winded way to share the spring that is happening right this minute in my backyard.

For those of you living further to the north of me, this is what I’m sending to you as soon as I’m done with it.

But, to be honest, I might not be done with it for several more weeks.

It was a long, tough winter around here.

And we’re due for some relief.

Yes we are.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

22 thoughts on “Spring into my yard

  1. We might not be able to beat spring in Michigan. But we can equal it. We seem to have similar spring-time joys to share. Lovely photos.


  2. I think the same is true of spring in Maine. So glorious! But alas it rushes by so quickly.


  3. Gorgeous photos.


  4. Beautiful photos. We seem to have jumped right from days in the 60s to the days in the 80s – upper 80s at that – this year. There were a few in the 70s, but not nearly as many as I’d like. Spring really ought to pay attention to what the calendar says.


  5. Great pics! Love the colors.


  6. I’m sooo happy you’re finally getting Spring, too!! Isn’t it just heavenly?!? I, too, agree with you: folks living where it’s warm all the time just can’t fully appreciate how *welcome* it is when Spring bursts forth here. There’s something about shivering through a long, harsh, cold winter that makes May and June feel even more wonderful!


  7. Beautiful blooming colors! And oh those wonderful birds returning!


  8. I could not agree more with you, Dawn. Those living in the south make me laugh when they talk of spring. Please. We, who froze our buns off in the seemingly never-ending winter will FEEL spring so much more. We’ll burst with the flowers in bloom as their scents waft over us. Lilacs and various flowering trees and forget-me-nots and lily of the valley and, well… you completely understand!
    Your photos are absolutely gorgeous!


  9. I love the seasons, for all the reasons you mention. I was raised in the Philippines and remember it being wonderful, but also somewhat boring because things grew all year round. I love spring! And yes, this past winter in the Pacific Northwest was exceptionally cold and windy. And yet this past week here it has been in the 90s!! But the flowers here are stunning. Thanks for the reminder that winters do bring spring. 🙂


    • It’s been cold here all week. And last week most of the time too. I’m ready for full on spring now! Growing up in the Philippines must have been interesting. I know my college roommate’s dad (who lived in Detroit most of his life) got bored when they moved to California, because every day felt the same to him.


  10. I love having real seasons, although I’m beginning to think missing out on a good chunk of winter would not be so bad!


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