The delightful images in this post come from a children's book called "Spring is Here", copyright 1948. I picked it up yesterday at a re-sale shop. It is in almost perfect shape and has dozens and dozens of illustrations of apple blossoms, pussy willows, robins, lambs and other spring-related things to get me through the rest of the winter.
March came in like a lamb yesterday, with temperatures in the 50s F. and southerly winds. Today is a bit more lionish, with the winds having picked up quite a bit of speed overnight. They are tossing the tree branches around as I write, and they would certainly blow the little girl's umbrella inside out!
I have never been happier to say goodbye to a month as I was when I put February behind me. It was the worst month I can ever recall as far as bad things happening to me. The unfortunate events began on February 1 with my car accident and ended with my car dying a few days ago, of a malady that had nothing to do with the accident.
They say it's an ill wind that blows no good, so I hope today's winds bring me some luck in March. But I will certainly watch out for the Ides of March.
At least it's not the first weekend of March 1966, when a now infamous North Dakota blizzard brought 50 inches of snow and 100 mile per hour winds to all but a small corner of the state. I happened to live in that northwest corner so don't remember it like my husband and thousands of other people do.
All of us in North Dakota are hoping for a scenario like the picture below. It is very, very dry here and we could use some moisture. However, we are all willing to wait until mid-April or later when the precipitation will more likely be rain than snow.
My new book blog, "Julie's Bookshelf" is now open. You'll find the link at the top right side of this blog. There's only one entry so far. I thought if I opened it now, I will be motivated to read more books and add more posts.
I am also going to be opening my poetry and art blog, "Just Julie," in a few days. It, too, will have only a few entries in the beginning. As with the book blog, I'm hoping it will motivate me to create more artwork and write more poetry.