Monday, April 15, 2013

A Little Bit of Spring


Yesterday we had spring here in Chicagoland.  The sun was shining, the birds chirped, the temps almost reached 70 degrees.  It was glorious.  I grabbed my camera just to see if I could capture little signs that once again Spring has returned, but as you can see, it is slow, really really slow in arriving.


There are just the tiniest buds on the quince bushes, teeny tiny swellings on the rose bushes, day lilies have popped thru and are showing their green blades and the tulips have emerged, no blooms, but green leaves.  Sigh....I have a feeling we may skip Spring this year and go straight into Summer which is not a rare occurence around here.  The forecast is for rain and in the 50's for the rest of the week.  But rain or no rain I am buying pansies for the front porch.  I want color, oh where or where is the color??!!

And with Spring the critters arrive....well, not really this particular bunny (took this in Arizona) but definitely cousins of his.  Love this one's big ears and the chunk missing on the right ear.



Since my lovely vacation to Arizona I have been neglect in educating us with our "words to sound smart"....I have chosen the word diaspora as this week's word.  It originally was used to described Jews living outside Israel and later expanded its meaning to describe any body of people scattered outside of their homeland.  I do believe that all the residents that live in the Sun Lakes, AZ community are definitely diaspora....not a single one is a native of Arizona....they all came from different places, usually from colder climates searching for the warmth of the sun.  How about you, are you a diaspora? living outside or beyond your original home?  I guess I could classify myself as such since my roots are in Texas but now I have lived so long in the Midwest (30+ years) that if I moved from here I would be another diaspora.

Linking to Macro Monday....

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Well, gotta go finish those taxes...yeah I dragged my feet (you know procrastinated) until now I am down to literally the last minute.  Have a great week everyone.

"Like yourself.  You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and appreciation." ~ Buddha

Until next time.....



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24 comments:

  1. So, you are a "tarrier" with you taxes.
    Another new word for you my dear.......it means to dilly-dally, dawdle, lagger, linger, loaf & procrastinate.
    :)

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  2. Many in CO are diaspora but after 20 years I consider myself native. Glad your buds are ready to burst. Last week's cold and snow stunted many blooms in Denver. Today - more rain and snow. I think I'll read.

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  3. My husband is "diaspora" from GA. He would like to go native and make me diaspora one of these days. Looks like there is hope of spring for you--when you can see pink in the buds, its a good sign! I should probably go buy some pansies too. Thanks for saying so!

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  4. love the buds. :)

    i am a diaspora - opposite of you. left the northern midwest to land in texas so many years ago.

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  5. Our taxes are done, but I am holding the check until that last mail pick up! lol Lovely images of spring. Enjoy!

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  6. wow, i hope you get your taxes done very soon. i would be a nervous wreck.

    i love the bunny. ( :

    you have taught me a lesson about the word "diaspora" - i am a Virginian through & through. maybe one day i will live some where else. GOD only knows that. but for now i will be a "Thoroughbred" of her lands. ha. ha!! when i leave the area, she calls me home. & i come running. she is my "mother lands". & i am truly thankful & honored to be allowed to live here. ( :

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  7. Beautiful shots and the bunny is adorable!

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  8. Lovely photos. Spring is coming to you soon, I hope.

    We don't seem to have bunnies, here in this neighborhood. I find that strange. But, the deer make up for it.

    Good luck with the taxes.

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  9. Oh...and, your new header is beautiful.

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  10. Spring has sprung not only in Chicago land but on your blog here as well, so pretty. So glad you are finally seeing some signs, for here it's about to turn summerish with temps in the 80's maybe near 90!

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  11. Welcome home, Deanna! I'm catching up with you catching up. It looks and sounds like you had a grand trip, so excited to see these photos, can't wait to see more. And you got you some hummingbirds! Lucky gal.

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  12. Well first of all, I have to agree with Linda that your new header is beautiful! Lucky you getting Spring. I am not far from you and you still have more Spring! NO buds here yet. Hope you get your taxes done quickly!

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  13. I especially love your first image Deanna, and all the pinks happening is very pretty on the page. I bought two punnets of violas about a month ago but the poor seedlings got burnt from too much sunshine and petered out; too keen, too early and I obviously missed a beat with keeping the water to them at a crucial moment. Will try again in another month. They are beautiful to see en masse, but then most flowers are.

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  14. I am a diaspora (and Jewish as well!) and I live in a mostly diasporic (?) city - Atlanta. Hard to find people who actually grew up here!

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  15. Born in northwestern Texas but have lived here in Nebraska (midwest) most of my life. So you and I share another commonality besides photography! :)

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  16. I am loving your pretty photos.. I was born in Sunny California and moved to even Sunnier Las Vegas. I have lived here in Vegas way to long. Its been 36 years. But I will be escaping soon..

    Hugs~

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  17. Really enjoying the new header and those ears are something to be proud of (the bunny's, not yours - not that they aren't something to be proud of....but...). I am glad you got a glimpse of Spring. I fear that we are in the same boat - little or no Spring and immediately and imposing Summer heat. We were 80 plus degrees last week and finally (Spring like) cooler over the weekend and today (yippee!)

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  18. Love the ears on that bunny :)

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  19. I adore the way you edit your flowers (e.g., the banner). And my refund's been in the bank for a couple of weeks!

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  20. I'm only 100 miles from where I was born, so I'm not sure that it counts as Diaspora. Interesting thought and my family still in New England still asks me when I am coming home.

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  21. Love your bunny shot and also your idea for having new words! I am definitely a diaspora.... think that you and I got reversed in new areas. Off now to check out some more bluebonnets.

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  22. Very pretty shots! Love the new header too!

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