The hope of Springtime and the joy of the Easter Season: Photos and warm weather wisdom to inspire

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“For see, the winter is past,
the rains are over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of pruning the vines has come,
and the song of the turtledove is heard in our land.”
— Song of Songs 2: 11-12
After a long, hard winter, the weather in many areas of our nation is finally getting warmer and signs of Spring are everywhere.
Blessed to be new snowbirds:
My husband and I were lucky enough to enjoy our first retired-winter in Florida this year. Every morning I would wake up to check the forecast here in Bel Air and then in the Singer Island area near West Palm Beach. Such a contrast!! I so vividly remembered the bitter cold of last year’s polar vortex… And I did not regret missing this extreme weather this year.
We left the 80-degree warmth almost three weeks ago to return to Maryland for the wedding festivities for our youngest daughter. But we were not prepared to be greeted by snow on the ground… What a shock to the system!! 

We came home from this view on Singer Island to snow on the ground in Maryland…

Easter joy leads us to Springtime:
Now that we are in the midst of the Easter Octave with its promise of joy-filled hope and spiritual rebirth, we see the trees and flowers showing signs of new life as well. The birds are singing. The deer are making their rounds in our garden. The crocus and daffodils are in bloom. And there are buds on the trees. 

We loved the 70-degree warmth yesterday…. Spring is in the air. Alleluia!!

Some inspiring quotes on Springtime:

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” 
— Proverb

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”
— William Shakespeare

“Spring drew on . . . and a greenness grew over those brown beds,
which, freshening daily,
suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night,
and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.” 
— Charlotte Bronte 

“The sun just touched the morning; 
The morning, happy thing, 
Supposed that he had come to dwell, 
And life would be all spring.” 
― Emily Dickinson

“Spring’s greatest joy beyond a doubt is when it brings the children out.”
— Edgar Guest

“The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.”
— Harriet Ann Jacobs
“Walk lightly in the spring; Mother Earth is pregnant.” 
― Proverb

“That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.” 
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke

“Never yet was a springtime, when the buds forgot to bloom.”
— Margaret Elizabeth Sangster
“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” 
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is.
And when you’ve got it, you want —oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want,
but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
— Mark Twain
“A kind word is like a spring day.”
— Russian Proverb 

Enjoy these beautiful classical music selections for Springtime from Vivaldi, Strauss, and Schumann:

Youtube: 
https://youtu.be/4-ZU3rtWmhM
Online LINK:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-ZU3rtWmhM

Easter blessings!! Happy Spring!!

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