Thursday, March 7

A Beautiful Day in My Neighborhood

Spring is just around the corner. The sun is shining, the sky is blue with big, white cotton-ball clouds. I hear lawn mowers powering up and cutting the first grass of the season. I watch birds swoop from tree to post to tree.

I know you all think it's always rainy and overcast in the Pacific Northwest, but that's just a lie perpetrated to keep everyone away. These are pictures that I took today.

Okay--so maybe it rains a little bit longer and and heavier here than in other parts of the nation. But ask anyone who lives here and they'll tell you that we wouldn't trade our rain for hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, floods, or any of the rest. Rain is basically harmless unless you're the Wicked Witch of the West.

And you wouldn't believe all the descriptive ways we can tell you what kind of rain it is. It's never just rain--it's showers, mist, beach mist--and yes, there is a distinct difference between mist and beach mist. Beach mist is more dense and usually accompanied by wind. There are sprinkles, downpours, and deluges.

But I digress--today is sunny, mild, and 55 degrees. Today is the perfect spring day and it's not even officially spring yet.

And  I am watching it all happen out the window in the B&N cafe as I take another editing jab at Bix--good-bye Claire, we hardly knew thee. And then on to Cap'n Jack, Cam, and Boy.

Spring Cleaning is supposed to be on the docket, but a girl's only got so much time in the day and my time is best spent writing and editing. That's my version of spring cleaning which my family and the cobwebs in the bathroom can certainly attest to. And I can always attack the cobwebs and dust bunnies when the muse goes on strike. So, today I write.


  1. your kind of spring cleaning sounds perfect to me, Margie! PS: Can I have more Cap'n Jack, please?!?

  2. Ahoy, Kristi--he be a coming :)

  3. I do love me a blue sky! Looking forward to more Cap'n.

  4. Margie~
    That's just not nice to do someone craving Spring. Wow, what a gorgeous day. I am so in need of some of those.
    C'mon, Cap'n! I'm ready!

  5. Sorry, D. It's supposed to be like this for a couple of more days. Feb was the fifth driest February on record. Yes, we keep track of these things. And our last two winters have been very mild--hardly any days of freezing temps which doesn't bode well for the summer bugs or bodes too well for them and not well for us :)

  6. Enjoyed your post. The pictures were fabulous!

  7. Love the pictures. I live in the PNW too, and there's nothing like those first few days of sunshine after the 6 months of overcast winter blah. Thanks for the post!

  8. Very nice. Have a happy weather day.