Will Spring Arrive?

By: JanesVacation , 1:15 AM GMT on April 01, 2014

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Today is the warmest day in 4 months. It was 63F for the first time since November 17th. It has been a long winter.

Spring break begins on Friday. Since my daughter and I already took our Florida vacation in February, I plan to go visit my parents and hang out with them a bit next week. They have lived in the same house for almost 55 years and have never had a winter like this one. Lots of damage to their roof from ice dams created. I talk to them everyday, but I'm looking forward to being there for a few days.

After spring break there are just a few days until the Easter holiday. The month of April always flies by. I took this picture of my mom 's peony bushes last May. I can hardly wait for them to blossom again this year.

Moms Peonies (JanesVacation)
These are heirloom peonies
Moms Peonies

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18. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
10:59 PM GMT on May 07, 2014
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17. sandiquiz
12:11 PM GMT on May 03, 2014
Grapes for wine? What will you call it when you bottle it??

Hope the weather stays fine for the Tulip parade this coming week.
Have a great weekend :)
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16. JanesVacation
11:26 AM GMT on April 30, 2014
Yes, it is warmer than it has been. Tulips are getting ready to bloom and I picked a few early violets. We are slowly coming back to life after a few "April showers" this week. I just heard California will be 97 today. That is too hot for me anyway.

We have grapes growing for wine and I am helping to prune and care for them this year. Steve and I have been working together to "nurture" them along after this hard winter. I enjoy the pruning and cultivating. The vines provide a nice, natural fence from the neighbors and sometimes they even provide enough grapes to make into a few bottle of wine. I'll post a few pictures sometime, they are still just barely out of dormancy.

Happy last day of April....can't believe how quickly it has flown by now that the snow has stopped. (Although the ground was covered with hail as I drove home yesterday from school!)
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15. sandiquiz
3:40 PM GMT on April 26, 2014
Hope you are having a good weekend... it is not as warm for you as it was when i looked during the week...but it is definitely warmer than it had been!!

Happy Saturday:)
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14. sandiquiz
2:34 PM GMT on April 23, 2014
Hello,
If this mild spring keeps up, I will be picking roses in May!!

Hope you are having a good week :)
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13. GardenGrrl
10:33 AM GMT on April 20, 2014
Happy Easter!
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12. JanesVacation
12:45 PM GMT on April 19, 2014
Beautiful daffodils, Sandi! I picked up a couple bunches from a local roadside stand yesterday. I saw the woman out picking them fresh earlier in the day. Spring seems to be here 63F today!
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11. sandiquiz
8:01 AM GMT on April 18, 2014
More Snow!! Well, at least is sounds as though your week is one of improving temps.
Have a wonderful weekend :)

Happy Easter

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10. JanesVacation
1:31 AM GMT on April 17, 2014
Love the new look of this blog! A huge improvement and easy on the eyes, too.

We had two inches of snow on Tuesday night and a record low of 25 F this morning. This winter has no end. Sandi is correct, I have Thursday and Friday off for the Easter weekend. All weeks are short weeks at school this year!

Warmer weather is headed this way - especially next week. Time for the first fertilizer and crab grass killer to be put on the lawn.
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9. sandiquiz
11:54 AM GMT on April 14, 2014
Hi Jane,

I am glad you had a great week off and the weather allowed you to get out and enjoy some spring gardening and walking!
That app sounds good, I might have to check it out...not that I walk far, though, although it might encourage me to do more!
Hope school goes well this week - do you get Friday and Monday off for Easter like we do?
C began work at his new job last Tuesday, making a four day week. Then this week and next week will also be four days. By the time he gets to a full five day week it will be a shock to his system!! lol
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8. JanesVacation
11:37 PM GMT on April 13, 2014
It has been a really nice spring break here for me this week. I was able to get out and do some raking and other outdoor tasks for the first time in months. I walked 4 out of the 5 weekdays. A new app (to me) on iphone is called Map My Walk and I found it really motivating. It gives you an update each mile on how fast you are going. A couple of times I stopped to talk to people and then I had to walk faster to keep the pace! The app also saves your walks and it is fun to see them add up.

Back to school tomorrow. That's OK, it has been pouring down rain all evening and I am ready to do something besides paint, clean and move furniture.

Karen, thanks for the message. Glad you have a week off to recuperate a bit. Take care of yourself. When you take care of so many others, you have to take care of yourself first.

Sandi, hope things are going well for you. My grandparents lived in the same house from the 1930's to the 1980's, so I guess it doesn't seem strange to me that my parents did the same thing. Home is a special place. My grandparents wanted one of us to live there when they passed away, but none of my siblings made that choice. Sometimes I wish I would of...but there was no work for Steve or I nearby. They lived right on a beautiful lake, so that would have been nice.
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7. sandiquiz
7:09 AM GMT on April 06, 2014
Hi Karen,
Great to see you, although I have been checking FB a few times to see what is happening.

You have had such a stressful time so far this year, and work seems extra busy, too. Glad you can keep up with your walking and swimming as they help keep stress under control.

Take care.

Jane.... Take care, and have a good week!

As to living in one place for years - my great grandfather bought a farm house in 1890. He lived there, then my grandad and gran and now my 55 year old cousin lives there. He has no children, so what will happen to the farm house then....who knows?
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6. SBKaren
2:09 AM GMT on April 06, 2014
Jane, I feel for you for experiencing such a tough winter, and we never really had one, which isn't really good. We will have severe water restrictions this summer.

We had our 40th anniversary of our Seal Beach run today and we participated again, have been doing it for years.

Still a lot of family issues going on for me, which is why I'm not here much. My spring break is from 4/14-4/21. Then the following week is our pageant production week, which is a crazy week, culminating in two performances over the weekend.

Hard to believe the end of school will be right around the order after that. Is your school having your students take the SBAC testing? We start next week. Basically we are testing the test, as results will not count for anything. Our school is also in the process of applying for the California Distinguished School. Such a lot to prepare for and our visit is next week. Our principal jokingly says we get the next week off......hahaha, it's spring break!!!

Hope you enjoy your visit with your parents. It's hard to believe that anyone lives in the same place for 55 years anymore. That said, we've been here for 35!!!
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5. JanesVacation
12:23 AM GMT on April 06, 2014
Yes, it is still 34 here and it doesn't seem like spring at all. The snow has melted, but I went out with a rake and a winter coat. It seemed too early - even if the calendar says otherwise.

Below normal temperatures are forecast for into mid April. Not sure what to think about that.
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4. sandiquiz
3:17 PM GMT on April 05, 2014
Oh, golly, you are still only in the 30's, which to us was our winter temps...

Hang in there, Jane, SPRING will come soon... or maybe you may just head straight for summer:(
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3. sandiquiz
2:42 PM GMT on April 01, 2014


Wishing you a very happy April, with sun and warmth for you to garden and walk, family laughter and plenty of Easter Eggs!

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2. Astrometeor
3:31 AM GMT on April 01, 2014
We might crack 80 for the first time all year starting tomorrow. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are all real likelihoods too. Strong storms with a cold front expected on Thursday and Friday...right in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1974 Super Outbreak.
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1. PugetSoundPost
3:05 AM GMT on April 01, 2014
First! I saw earlier today that you were up in the low 60's, just about the same as us today! I was happy for you to feel so warm for the first time in such a long time. The weather may ebb and flow as it improves, but spring HAS to come at some point for you. I wonder if it will sort of "flip a switch" and make a big change rapidly? That would be nice for you. We are just now completing the wettest March on record for Seattle - just a little bit under 9" of rain for us at home this month. But the season has turned and winter is behind us, even though spring is slow to really roll along. It still has that very early feel and look in the sky. But the days are warming and flowers are beginning to bloom - the early ones and bulbs mostly, along with cherry blossoms on the trees.

My college kids just finished Spring Break and began Spring Quarter today. So it seems like we are approaching the last lap for the year, but there is still a long ways to go. Spring break should feel really good for you this year - to make it through winter is a good accomplishment!
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I am a teacher and I enjoy living along Lake Michigan. It is a beautiful place that makes me feel like I am on vacation all year long!

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