Thursday, March 20, 2008

Spring Fling - Thursday Thirteen #47

I've done all kinds of memes this week, written some poetry both here and at Creative Karina, and answered some reader questions. I've also done some American Idol recaps, and my first non-Idol post both up at Cafe Karina this week. But now, it's time for

Ah Spring, time for renewal, and rebirth. Time for the snow to melt, the sun to shine and the flowers to bloom.

Uh..sort of. Here in New England, Spring is barely a blip on the radar, but at least it means we're a step closer to Summer. Still, even if New England winters drag on a bit longer than most, and we don't get the full benefits of Spring, there are subtle ways in which we notice the change of seasons.

Here are thirteen things I'm looking forward to on this First Day of Spring:

1. No more snow. Yes, it's beautiful, and gave me some great photo opportunities, but I've had enough this year. We really got pummeled up here in the Northeast, and if I don't see another snowflake all year, I'll be okay with that.

2. I can put away the hats, gloves, scarves, and bulky winter coats. As much as I'm an accessories girl, these particular accessories I'm ready to put away. I can't wait until I can leave the house without needing to first prep with layers of protection against the elements.

3. Daylight. This has already started to change, but I so look forward to still having hours of daylight to enjoy after I leave work in the evenings.

4. Going for walks. Once the temperature warms up a bit, and there is still daylight after work, I start taking walks along the river, usually with Shopaholic, as we catch up on each other's days. I enjoy that time.

5. Color. In nature, flowers bloom, the grass grows, and the world just takes on a more colorful scheme to it.

6. Colors. In our wardrobe. We bring out the pastels, the springy happy flirty colors after a long winter of living in blacks, browns and greys.

7. Shoes. These shoes:

And these: And these: Technically, I only own the ones in the first photo, but the other two pairs are on my wish list (click the photos to be taken to the websites where you can buy them...for me...uh...I mean, for yourself. Yeah, that's what I meant). I'd show you more photos of the shoes I actually do own, but my spring shoes are still in the throes of hibernation, and will need gentle prodding to be awoken in the next few weeks. You can't rush them, they need to be ready. And don't get me wrong, I love my boots. I mean, I really love boots. But, oh how my shoes want to come out and play. (Did I mention I'm a size 7 1/2 ?)
8. Photo Ops. With spring there are a whole slew of possibilities for photo ops, and I'm looking forward to being able to going out to take photos without having to run back inside to defrost my fingers.

9. Birds. I just installed a bird feeder on my balcony and am looking forward to watching the birds show up for dinner.

10. The sounds of the season. Speaking of birds, waking up to the songs they sing outside my window. Falling asleep with the windows cracked and the rustling of the wind outside. Crickets chirping, kids playing. The sounds of life after a dormant winter.

11. And the smells of the season. Oh, the smells. Fresh, new, clean, alive and vibrant.

12. Having a social life again. Not that I didn't go out during the winter, but we all tend to hibernate a bit in winter, don't we? Come spring we begin to make plans with our friends, outings, get togethers, excuses to enjoy the fresh air.

13. And did I mention Flowers? Like these gorgeous Calla Lillies I just bought myself?
Ah Spring. What are you looking forward to?


Anonymous said...

You are alive, and it is a loud thing to see!

Happy Spring!

Rebecca said...

Yay! Spring!! So many wonderful reasons! And yes, my sock drawer will enjoy the hibernation of my boots!

I think you have inspired me to buy a pair of cute/sexy/dressy shoes this year. And maybe, just maybe, if there's a sale I'll get a new pair of sneakers too!

Mia Celeste said...

Shoes and flowers. Good things. Happy Spring.

Julia Phillips Smith said...

'Here in New England, Spring is barely a blip on the radar' - LOL!! In Nova Scotia, we go from the misery of winter straight to summer. No real spring to speak of. In fact, the first time I experienced a true spring was my first spring in Toronto. Up until then I'd thought spring was fictional symbolism.

Unknown said...

No more snow, being outside more, warm summer evenings, camping, and a new place to live.
Those shoes make me cringe just thinking about them.
Nice T13

Sarah in Disturbia said...

Love your list and am looking forward to just about all of those myself. It's' 36 degrees here on the first day of Spring. In addition, I'm looking forward to being able to kick my kids outside more often.

Jannis said...

Carlos Santana has a shoe line? wow!!I love the shoes in photo # 3 B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L

Anonymous said...

Ah Spring. Daffodills. Wearing layers to deal with the temperature fluctuations. Allergies. Er...that is, Birds singing. Yeah.

Happt Spring and TT!

Farrah said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Ah, Spring! Glorious Spring! Last night our front lawn was covered with a fresh layer of snow! It's still there today! Spring, where art thou? :-)

Baba said...

Hi karina,we both have our minds on spring...thanks for your visit to my place today.It has been blue skies,sunny and a temp. in the low 70' You would love it here..

I wish my feet would let me wear cute high heels..when I was in my 20's and 30's , I wore cute shoes like you and now my bunions tell me to stop...I have to go for comfort now days..

Enjoy your day and wishing you a early spring.Hugs, Baba

Tasina said...

I love love love that there is finally more daylight. Great list!

DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

Spring has sprung... and those are wonderful shoes!

Lori said...

It sounds like someone is ready for spring:) Im gonna miss the winter because summers here are killer. Happy TT and thanks for stopping by.

Rebecca said...

Psss... don't forget Rockin' With Frigga ;-)

Teena in Toronto said...

I'm sooooooooo happy spring has arrived. Though it's cold and there's still snow on the ground :(

Thanks for stopping by mine :)

Karina said...

Fullbodytransplant, uh...thanks? ;-)

Frigga, I do love me some sexy shoes, I can't wait to bring them out of hiding. ;-)

Brenda, two beautiful things.

Julia, yeah, the change of seasons only apply in certain parts of the world, right?

Mama Bear, all sorts of new beginnings, including your move...that's a definite beginning.

Sarah, yeah, our first day of spring was cold, windy and pretty damn nasty.

Jannis, yeah, Carlos Santana has a whole shoe line...I actually have a pair, and they're great shoes. The second pair is actually Jessica Simpson's collection. Everyone has a shoe line nowadays! lol

Celticlibrarian, you made me laugh! lol

Farrah, I know, I know...same here.

Baba, see, I'm wearing the shoes now, while I still can, I guess! ;-)

Tasina, yes, that's my favorite part, I think.

DDBusGuy, well, it's sprung more in some places than others.

Lori, I never miss the winter. Ever.

Frigga, I'll have to stop by. ;-)

Ms Menozzi said...

I just wish I'd had some more cold weather and a bit of snow to make the Winter feel like it had visited in the first place.

I'm all alone, I guess - but I already miss winter!!!

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

Thanks for stopping by my T13!

I'd have to say I'm looking forward to warmer floors & toilet seats in the morning. :O)

Pamela said...

You should have seen the shoes I wore ... all those high heeled wonders.

I wonder how much they are to blame for my two foot operations and my now disintegrating arches.