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    Posted March 15, 2014 by
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    Mother Nature is Playing Nice - She Must Be Up to Something

     

    I saw my first Robin of the year. I waved at it, eager for its presence after such a brutal winter, but it just cocked its head at me before taking off in flight. I was so enthralled that I failed to notice the blackbird flying above me until I heard "Ploop!" and saw a stream of bird blessings on my coffee cup. Normally I would be irritated, and so grossed out I'd want to throw my cup into the fires of Mount Doom. But I have more coffee, extra cups, and it is going to be a gorgeous day.

     

    First thing I'm going to do is paint my fingernails bright, mismatched colors. I'm going to shave my legs with the new package of razors I bought yesterday - after three months of hibernation I don't think one will do the trick. I am going to tear the house apart for at least an hour looking for the basketball. I won't find it (I never do when I actually want to play), but I WILL find a ton of things I've been looking for all winter. It's certain that I will fall off my bike at least once, trip on no less than three potholes in the street and/or cracks in the sidewalk, and lose a shoe - at least momentarily - in a patch of mud with the same consistency as quicksand. My aging puppy and I will go for a short walk since she gets a little too worn out for the long journeys we once took on pleasant days such as this.

     

    Roads and sidewalks that were covered in snow just a week ago will be crawling with people. Most of them will be pale, shrouded in dark sunglasses lest their eyes be burned out by the unfamiliar, searing sun. Since it is the Midwest there's a good chance that 90% of the people will be wearing shorts, tank tops, and other items of clothing generally reserved for the dead heat of summer. While I'm not quite that brave, I will go outside without a coat, most likely in a short-sleeve shirt, and I'll be fine - because the projected forecast for the day states the temperature will feel 85 degrees warmer than it did just a short time ago!

     

    With the pot of coffee now gone, literally to the last drop, I am prepared to interact with the public and go wherever this day may take me. However, I can guarantee that I will not be out in the thick of the woods taking photographs. I applaud their return, but I'm keeping my distance from birds for the rest of the day.

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