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BS: Spring is here

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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 30 May 19 - 03:06 PM

The new umbrella was delivered today. Lifetime guarantee,
not that I have ever had experience with that before,
not in an umbrella. We will see.

No rain has fallen today
even though the clouds overhead
totally look like rain.
The air doesn't have that sharp note of approaching rain in its odor;
it just feels and smells steamy humid.   


Outside the public library,
those tiny little purple flowers have opened up
which the bumblebees go crazy for.
The flowers are very new -- many buds have not fully opened.
Today, one single solitary bumblebee
was zooming around the flower plants in rapid circles
in between humping the blossoms.

But where there is one bumblebee,
there will be many many more.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 28 May 19 - 05:53 PM

it's the end of May,
and it's raining like the middle of April,
simply soaking.

Just ordered an umbrella.
My last umbrella was a cash-and-carry deal,
and did not age very well;
this umbrella is supposed to be better made. We'll see.
Anyway I'll have to get through the rain without it at the moment.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 24 May 19 - 09:52 PM

This morning I asked myself
why the wind sounds so different now.

But the answer on this windy day is plain to see.

I've been hearing a winter wind for months
driving its way through bare branches of bare trees.
That was more or less true six weeks ago.

But now it is the end of May,
and the maple trees outside the window are fully leaved,
and what a difference it makes
to the sound of the wind!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 May 19 - 01:40 PM

And spring honestly is here.
There is more than enough steady, soaking rain.
The trees are a blinding new-leaved green:
in German they would say 'zartes Grün," tender green.

And the temperature is mild, with little wind.
Not summer
-- and positively NOT winter.

It won't last long, it never does in this day and age,
but spring is here none the less.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 13 May 19 - 08:56 PM

I have an electric mattress pad and an electric blanket.
The one time I went to the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival in New Hampshire, which is always the last weekend of September, I came downstairs after the first night and told the desk clerk that I'd kept turning up the heat but the room never got warmer. He said the heat hadn't been turned on for the winter yet! Of course the next night was cold, too, but I brought up a blanket I keep in my car. A friend has since told me she always travels with an electric blanket, which sounds like a good idea.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 13 May 19 - 02:59 PM

The 4th has been and gone,
and so has Cinco de Mayo,
and even Mother's Day is just past.

So what happens in eastern Massachusetts?
The better part of this coming week
is going to be more March -- the "like a lion" part --
than May.

Okay, no blizzards, but nights below freezing,
and the landlord has turned the heat off
in my apartment building. At least I think the manager has.

Fine, I'll break out the warm nightgown, the bed socks,
and pile on top of the bed
every blanket and coverlet I own ...

happens twice a year anyway, the night-without-heat transition.
I'll survive.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 04 May 19 - 12:01 PM

May the 4th be with you


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 04 May 19 - 11:40 AM

its still bloody cold.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 01 May 19 - 05:19 PM

Heard from Senoufou/Eliza recently
who advised me
that the Mad Swans have yet to put in an appearance ...
wonder what happened.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 29 Apr 19 - 02:15 PM

I dearly miss Senoufou / Eliza
and her updates on
The Mad Swans and their cygnets,
waddling down the town road.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe_F
Date: 25 Apr 19 - 06:01 PM

April brings the sweet spring showers,
On and on for hours and hours.             -- Michael Flanders


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 25 Apr 19 - 11:30 AM

:^/
I am allergic to Boston in the Spring. Red oak pollen seals my eyes shut. No red oak here.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 24 Apr 19 - 10:13 PM

Whereas I think I'm already rediscovering seasonal allergies!
Cough--sputter--sneeze--wheeze.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 24 Apr 19 - 09:31 AM

It's Spring
and this lovesick lunatic
woke up this morning groaning and laughing
Breakfast tastes better I'm light as a feather
and my brain is as fresh as the rain.
Sure my calf is torn my head lightly aches
but my mind's delightfully awake.
I'm not fine but I sure am dandy
Each fragrant breath feels like peach brandy
Because it's Spring.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 23 Apr 19 - 08:05 PM

I woke up the lawn mower after a winter of hibernation.

charge...clear...charge...clear pa dum pa dum padumdumdumdum brouwwwmmmm


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 23 Apr 19 - 02:29 PM

Blue sky for a change -- a bonus.
After all that rain
the trees and grass are loud with green,
and you ought to hear
the twilight choruses hereabouts.
There's more than
bellowing spring peepers now,
there are whistling bird calls in the mix
(grackles? blackbirds?).

I removed the combination snow brush / ice scraper
from the back seat of my sedan,
to put it in seasonal retirement in
the closet in the spare room.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 22 Apr 19 - 04:24 PM

Azaleas are arriving in every color but blue
Daffodils are now all gone


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 22 Apr 19 - 02:21 PM

rain ... rain ... rain ...

hope the earthworms
have got enough oxygen somewhere ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 20 Apr 19 - 01:23 PM

A swallow arrived yesterday on the 19th. It looks like they have reset their clocks to be the same as last year, a week later than they used to arrive.

Robin


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Apr 19 - 11:31 AM

Green on the TREES, at last -- took long enough.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 17 Apr 19 - 05:50 PM

Bright yellow forsythia fully in bloom,
a lovely sight
against newly green grass lawns and hedges.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 Apr 19 - 01:49 PM

Flowers in April hereabouts have mixed messages.
I am as happy as everyone else when bulbs and seeds and trees
send up blossoms where they grow.

I have mixed emotions when a barren piece of ground,
in one day's time,
suddenly has DAFFODILS!!, about a dozen of them,
screaming yellow, white, and green at me as I drive the car past.
Somebody put them there ... should I not be pleased?
For some reason it sets my teeth on edge.
Never mind, I'll get used to them.


What I love is the blooms on the magnolia trees!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Mrrzy
Date: 15 Apr 19 - 11:36 AM

Outdoor concerts!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 15 Apr 19 - 11:11 AM

The swan boats went into service
at the Boston Public Gardens.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Joe_F
Date: 14 Apr 19 - 08:56 PM

A bluebird comes tenderly up to alight
And fronts the wind to unruffle a plume,
His song so pitched as not to excite
A single flower as yet to bloom.
It is snowing a flake, and he half knew
Winter was only playing possum.
Except in color he isn't blue,
But he wouldn't advise a thing to blossom.       -- Robert Frost


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 14 Apr 19 - 11:57 AM

For the first time in months,
the parked car in the sun
was TOO hot
and the refrigerated air was turned on.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Charmion
Date: 12 Apr 19 - 08:31 AM

Flowers can be misleading. I saw lots of those little blue things — scylla? — two days ago, and even some daffs, and yesterday we woke up with flipping SNOW.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 11 Apr 19 - 10:34 PM

I finally spotted several daffodils! They were in a churchyard across from the library in a nearby town.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Charmion
Date: 11 Apr 19 - 10:01 AM

Yes, Keb, Stratford is a hub of hog husbandry.

Tourists drawn to our little gem of a town generally think that Stratford is about Art in general, and Theatre in particular. Live here for any length of time, and one quickly learns that Stratford is actually about Farming in general (and Pork in particular), with a sideline of light industry and rather a lot of hockey and church on the side. The theatre festival is merely the top dressing on this fertile mix, bringing substantial numbers of cash-heavy customers to the downtown businesses that, in other towns, died of starvation when the malls arrived. Stratford has a Wal-Mart and a big-box Canadian Tire, but Downie Street -- the main commercial drag -- still boasts a genuine old-fashioned independent department store.

Every now and then, when the wind is in the wrong quarter, the reek of hog manure seeps inescapably through town, vigorously reminding us of the true foundation of local prosperity.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 11 Apr 19 - 09:37 AM

The trees have now turned green and you can no longer see through the forests.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 10 Apr 19 - 06:30 PM

See the Varmints thread for
an expert opinion on
what worms need when
they come out in the rain.
Donuel is on the right track -- oxygen --
but it's more complicated than "not drowning".

Thanks for the Stratford, Ontario update.
I didn't know you were surrounded by hog farms. We live and learn.

A thought for the Mad Swans
and their cygnets in Senoufou's town not far from the river.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Charmion
Date: 09 Apr 19 - 09:25 AM

Here in Stratford, Ontario, Spring has most definitely sprung. The municipal swans are on the river, the robins are bobbing around everybody's lawn, and the red-wing blackbirds are buzzing unwary walkers who get too close to THIS IS MY TREE -- PISS OFF! I spotted the first band of intrepid Asian tourists downtown last week, and the actors (members of the Stratford Theatre Festival company) have returned, like the swallows to Capistrano.

This being the heart of hog country, the unmistakable pong of pig poop is in the air most days, so the pork producers are hosing out their barns.

In this halcyon period between the disappearance of snow and the arrival of the first car-trippers, there is still parking for locals within hailing distance of the nice restaurants and coffee shops. We enjoy it while it lasts.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 04:43 PM

keb, its trying not to drown


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Mrrzy
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 04:33 PM

Windows open!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 12:38 PM

Yes, the spring peepers are significant to me every year,
but it is
another life form that clenches it for me, spring-wise:

the earthworm.

Today, after a night and a morning of rain,
the earthworms are out of the soil
and positively cluttering the concrete pavement.
I'm darned if I know
what an earthworm is trying to accomplish
on concrete pavement, but there it is.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Apr 19 - 08:43 AM

Some days the breath of Spring is the bad breath of sour mulch that smells like vomit and rages into that good night.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 06 Apr 19 - 04:23 PM

"Seeing a post from Senafou is like spring sunshine but alas her soul was poisoned by a mean boy whose posts are often November wind gusts on their way to the dead of winter. Its best to remember his September."

And you're an arsehole. Get yourself another hobby, please.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 06 Apr 19 - 12:42 PM

More green in the grass than in the trees at this point.

The trees are still like,
Really? You sure about that?
If we put out buds, the buds won't freeze?

But the green grass is pushing through the dried brown/yellow growth.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 05 Apr 19 - 04:47 PM

... and here, at last, comes the rain.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 03 Apr 19 - 02:08 PM

Apropos "Sing of Spring," the Ira/George Gershwin song
from the movie Damsels in Distress,
the disagreement continues apace:

what is that dodgy line in the middle?
Is it

"jug a jug a jug"

or is it

"chuck a chuck a chow" ?


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: JennieG
Date: 03 Apr 19 - 01:34 AM

Meanwhile, down south in the Land of Oz it is finally autumn! We had some very welcome rain at the weekend, and now summer's heat seems to have finally departed......although the forecast is for slightly above average April temps.

Some towns and villages not far from here had their first frost of the season on Monday. We had scarcely any frost last winter; the lack of rain and subsequent dryness meant there was no moisture in the ground to freeze.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 02 Apr 19 - 06:27 PM

One year Boston had their snow reemoval piles still around in August


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 02 Apr 19 - 11:55 AM

The big parking lots in the retail shopping districts
hereabouts
have still got what I call
"parking-lot icebergs" in them.

The difference is that,
a month or two ago,
these things dominated parking lots great and small,
and they were towering things, high above the roofs of parked cars.

Now they have dwindled to a much lower height,
there are fewer of them,
and they are covered in dirt.
And there are more open parking spaces
than there are blocked-by-snow-and-ice parking spaces.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 01 Apr 19 - 06:20 AM

Peak cherry Blossom day at the Jefferson Memorial is today.
It is a nice backdrop for the Washington Monument to have sex with the Viet Nam memorial


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Ebbie
Date: 01 Apr 19 - 03:27 AM

I keep a running account of matters year 'round. Here is what I wrote when this month began: "March 1, 2019: 8 o'clock AM, 28 degrees. Forecast: 36. Sunny and calm."

Very much like today, the last day of the month. Neither lamb nor lion.

It isn't quite Spring yet in southeastern Alaska, the ground is still frozen and snow (!!) is forecast for this coming Thursday and Friday but bushes and trees are budding and I saw that the day lily spikes are up a good inch and a half on the sunny side of the house.

I was thinking metaphorically of political things when I wrote this to a friend- but it works here:
"A loud bellow, rough and creaking from long disuse: HOPE!
And Spring answered. Hurrying from the mountains, rushing through the valleys, slipping under thatch and brush, in a tinkling, tiny voice growing ever stronger, Spring answered, I am coming!


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Peter the Squeezer
Date: 29 Mar 19 - 03:49 PM

All the world seems in tune on a spring afternoon
when we're poisoning pigeons in the park.



Thanks to Tom Lehrer


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Donuel
Date: 28 Mar 19 - 07:50 PM

Seeing a post from Senafou is like spring sunshine but alas her soul was poisoned by a mean boy whose posts are often November wind gusts on their way to the dead of winter. Its best to remember his September.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 28 Mar 19 - 03:24 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: keberoxu
Date: 25 Mar 19 - 05:41 PM

... and at long last,
the spring peepers have decided that it is warm enough
to come out and shriek, I mean, peep.
They are going at it hammer and tongs
in the ditch
next to the railroad tracks
behind the public library.
There's a parking lot next to said ditch,
and you can't walk to your parked car
without hearing this din.


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Subject: RE: BS: Spring is here
From: Gurney
Date: 30 May 18 - 02:23 AM

Spring may be there, but Winter is here, next Friday.


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