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“My Neighborhood Looks Like a Snow Globe!”

I found my friend’s statement on Facebook and thought it most apropos to describe one of the most beautiful spring days I have ever experienced.  It was certainly an everything included day.

pansies and hail

We woke up to a stunning sunrise of yellow gold and clarity.  The sky was refreshing blue and not a cloud anywhere.  The biking group left for their 40 or 50 mile adventure around the sound.

By noon, the wind had come up into fall fierceness and blown several pots being prepared for salad planting, now empty and clean, rolling across the grass and nearly down the hill.  My morning sprint was accomplished.  Following the huge wind gusts the mizzle of rain, which seemed to swirl onto the windows making not a sound.   The droplets changed to a patter, and then the soft lazy windless float of giant snowflakes covered up the crocus blooms and rested on porch, tree and bush.

Sleet and thunderstorm majesty made the heart beat faster and it was dynamic over the hills with the charcoal veil of the clouds highlighting each flash.  Hail, Hail the Hail was here!

The bikers returned and reported that they had remained on the edge of the sunshine for their entire ride, which was a bonus and had only headed home as they could see the distant dark foreboding clouds and wind heading our direction.

Warm still sunshine melted each snow fall of the day.

A seasonal transition day with amazing beauty and energy, it was all a gift within our daily living.

I like change and this was certainly my kind of day.  I think any time I have made a transition in my life; it has had all these elements within it.  I find I have had to symbolically on most journeys: sprint through the winds of change, find my raincoat or umbrella for protection, give up tasks that popped up on the way, and find shelter from the worst moments of the storm.  I have also enjoyed the warmth of clear vision when I have been on my way and making progress.

When I am in recovery from an illness, I am not so enamored of the winds of change.  I want instant gratification.    I do not wish to experience all these different side shows and I find no beauty in the due diligence.  Body! do not complain to me of one more thing.  I cannot hear you nag me and my patience is non – existent.  I have lost the weight; I will now eat that again if I wish to have it.   I will continue to run even though my knees are complaining mightily.  It will not matter once or twice a year to indulge.  Body, I am ignoring what you are saying.  I have done that work; I will not need to repeat that lesson.

The winter of our lives does not change to the spring glory in just one day.  It takes weeks on either side of the magical date on our calendars.  Change and transition involves all the elements and time.

What is the change you are making this time of the year?  What are all the elements of transition coming your way?   Is your transition a snow globe? A thing of beauty?

Looking forward to you comments…

15 Responses to ““My Neighborhood Looks Like a Snow Globe!””

  1. Mark Says:

    I love your description of your snow globe. Change of season is always happening. Joy is found in the ebbs and flows of the season. We love the warmth of spring and crispness of fall. We love heat of summer and the cleanness of fresh snow. There is joy in every season and the seasons like us our perpetual.

  2. Patricia Says:

    Mark,
    Thank you for your comments and coming on by. Gotta love those seasons and the come and go of transitions.

  3. Tony Single Says:

    I love your way with words, Patricia. Such vivid images! I feel like I’ve been given a picture book for my mind. Thanks! :)

    The change thing… yeah, well, you’ve gone and mentioned that word again. I may be facing change soon, and it’s not something I’m looking forward to if it does happen. I hope it goes well for me. Wish me luck, and I may tell you about it some time… but perhaps not now. Still got to face it yet.

    Tony Singles last blog post..An Affair to Forget [Trottersville #115]

  4. Patricia Says:

    Tony Single,
    Change takes a lot of planning, thought and action…and then the luck just tags along for good measure…

    I do wish you good luck…it will not be the first change in your life…life like the seasons are changing on a daily basis…

    You will know when to tell someone or not…the folks into metaphysics say do not talk about change until you are positively into it?

    I will keep you in mind…

  5. Vered - MomGrind Says:

    What a beautiful description. We skied yesterday in spring-like conditions. The hardest part is returning to reality!

    Vered – MomGrinds last blog post..International Women’s Day: We Still Have A Long Way To Go

  6. Patricia Says:

    Vered,
    How fun to go skiing! We are having yet another snow storm off and on today so it is reality just outside our door!

  7. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Patricia – This time of the year reminds me of fresh starts. As the days get longer (love the time change), and we see the sun more, I begin to feel I’m getting charged up for new things to come. It’s also them time of the year I love to redecorate and simplify. I call it my nesting cycle.

    Barbara Swaffords last blog post..Where Or Where Do The Bloggers Go

  8. Dot Says:

    Nice descriptive writing! A week ago we had a snowstorm, and yesterday it went up to 73 degrees (and down to 42 degrees as I waited on the bus stop to go home). I smelled flowers on the air that morning, but haven’t identified the source. No crocuses or daffodils are up yet. The magnolia tree at the metro station has pretty big buds on it, though.

    Dots last blog post..OpenOffice Extensions

  9. Patricia Says:

    Barbara,
    I am enjoying this arrival of spring so very much this year…and I am leading several workshops on Voluntary Simplicity – helping them get started. With my youngest’s graduation coming up I am so ready to simplify and get rid of stuff….Look out I feel like spring cleaning is on it’s way!

    Dot,
    We do have anemones and crocus up and I see one daffodil ready to pop…but then the snows come again, then sun,…then freezing again – it just builds an energy….there is a fresh clean smell to the air.

  10. Friar Says:

    LIFE is like a snow globe. Everything looks calm and serene, and everything is perfectly in it’s place.

    But when you shake things up, it’s chaos everywhere.

    But if you give it time…things eventually settle down again…until the NEXT storm.

    (Oooh..now that’s DEEP!)

    Okay..I’m done philosphizing for the day. Time to watch cartoons.

  11. Patricia Says:

    Friar,
    This is deep and your blog has been very funny. Thank you for both.

    The wee Jaime in my novel is 6’2″ and a burly stocky man of 46 yrs.
    Wee Mac is a massive, stocky man in his 50s….still a term of respect and honor…

    You will always be your mom’s child!

  12. Jannie Funster Says:

    “Sleet and thunderstorm majesty made the heart beat faster.” I love the turbulent joy of that kind of weather!

    And indulging once or twice year – wow, I cannot imagine. Well, I CAN imagine. But ca’t see me ever getting to that. What amazing willpower to indulge only that so often. But some people so it.

    And Voluntary Simplicity – that will be my mantra for today!

    Thanks.
    xo

    Jannie Funsters last blog post..Song Quest Two

  13. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    Two times a year I drink alcohol now….my birthday and once during Christmas time….More than that and I am out of balance for sometimes weeks.

    I have belonged to a Voluntary Simplicity group for over 30 years…and practice it daily….Maybe it’s only because I truly hate to dust!

    :)

  14. Jocelyn of I TAKE OFF THE MASK Says:

    Wow, what a beautiful day! :)

    Jocelyn of I TAKE OFF THE MASKs last blog post..A Prayer of Hope for the Economy

  15. Patricia Says:

    Jocelyn of I take off the mask,
    Thank you for coming by – it was a lovely and beautiful day!