Friday, March 19, 2010

The Friday Five

Today's Friday Five is:

Five sure signs spring has come to Minnesota.

1. Mud. Mud tracked into the house and splattered on cars.

2. Trash. The snow melts, and an entire winter of litter is revealed in roadside ditches. People are so thoughtless with their trash!

3. Potholes. I have to say, Sioux Falls, SD had some real beauties! Winter is hard on the roads here, and every spring there is a new crop of potholes to fix. Some are large enough to swallow a Prius.

4. Cat Hair. My cat sheds a lot at the best of times. In the spring, it's EVERYWHERE. She's a gray cat with lots of fluffy hair. We have to pin her down and cut matts off her because her coat is so dense she can't possibly groom it out. Brushing her is a hit or miss thing, because she only tolerates the brush.

5. Daydreams. This is the part of the year when I start daydreaming about getting flowers and planting my flowerbed. This is the best part of the process, since I do buy the flowers, and I do plant them, but then I fail to give them the TLC they need, and they get to looking not so great.

So, any signs of spring where you live? I have a feeling we're in for at least one more really good snowstorm. It's sort of an annual tradition that when the High School boys' basketball tournament rolls around in MN it's time for a blizzard.


  1. Happy Vernal Equinox! Well, a day early. We're on the same wavelength topic. (-:

  2. A 17 month old son who stands by the back door, grabbing at the door knob and saying, "out! out!" That's spring for me!

  3. Sounds like Michigan! Although we've had some wind to finally dry out the mud soup in the backyard! Thankfully!

  4. Blooming yellow crocuses-yay!!!

  5. LOL, swallow a Prius! That's us!!! Dodging the pot holes while trying to get on the freeway makes me feel like I'm playing a video game. And the trash--it's all surfacing here now too. Sadly, it seems to be surfacing in our yard :O

  6. I'm right there with you, Katie. My 19-month-old would live outside if he could.

  7. Michigan looks a lot like Minnesota! We also have tons of birds returning. The outdoors is full of their songs. Like a wake-up call after winter, you know? Have a great weekend!

  8. I'm just glad I don't have that many trips over gravel roads.

    I really wonder how "thoughtless" the people who throw trash out of their cars are. It takes effort, in the dead of winter cold, here in Minnesota, to roll down your window while driving and throw something out. You have to think about that. And simply not care.

    When I was in high school, I was known for stopping my car if a friend riding with me threw anything – I mean anything, even a gum wrapper – out the window. I'm not a rabid environmentalist, but having grown up in the country, I hated when people just littered.

    Prius-sized potholes? Then they'd eat my Mazda Protege alive!

    Cat hair... I think shaving ours would be a good idea, regardless of whether he sheds!

  9. How funny, Erica! I do the exact same thing with plants. I'm VERY enthusiastic at the nursery - I want to plant 50 kinds of tomatoes, and every kind of herb there is... And then when it's hot, sticky, and spidery in July, I'm like, "Um, no thanks..."

  10. Weather's been fantabulous here--

    But yes, we're due for seven inches of snow tomorrow. I don't think we had a snowfall all year that dumped that much at one time. :)

  11. I must say your 5 sure signs of spring brought a smile to my face. Even though I live in the so-called, 'balmy South,' our spring has really just sprung!! Forsythia, daffodils, crocus and beautiful cherry tree blossoms!! Woo-hoo! I love spring!! A Michigan native, I understand the concern about that one final snowstorm - usually around Easter! Glad I ran across your site - my sis-in-law is an author who loves weaving history into her books! Look forward to getting to know you! God bless!

  12. CJ. we really were on the same wavelength today!

    Katie, I remember those days. Now my son goes out and plays basketball. :)

    Jody, will you get another snowstorm before Easter? Our storm here fizzled to just cold, spitting rain.

  13. Linda, thanks for sending me the pictures of the crocus. Beautiful and cheerful...and BRAVE this early.

    Georgiana, my son and husband did yard trash patrol today. All our neighbors' trash seems to blow into our yard and roost down in the trees until spring.

    Julie, thanks for stopping by. I love your profile picture.

  14. Jill, yesterday I was shooting hoops with my son outside and I heard a bird singing. It stopped me in my tracks. It's been so long since I heard that. :)

    Kevin, it would take an army of Huns to hold down Phillipe for a shave and a hair cut.

    Stephanie, I'm considering putting silk plants out there in the garden. :)

  15. Sally, SEVEN inches of snow? Yikes, that will shut KC right down.

    Maria, thanks so much for stopping by and for following the blog. I love forsythia. It's so bright and cheerful and just shouts SPRING!

  16. I'm a day late writing this, but we got our spring snow storm last night in southern Iowa. We got 5-6 inches in our area. We even had wind from a different direction and the drifts are very much out of place. I think Thomas is going to have to break down and get the tractor out one last time to clear the driveway.

  17. On Canada's west coast, at least on the southern end of it where I live, spring has arrived after the warmest January and February in 150 years so there are lots of flowers and not much mud. My condolences on yours, and on the potholes! I know there will be cooler rainy days yet but I'm pretty sure they'll be snow free. They'd better be since DH put the snowblower away to make room for the lawnmower in the garage!

    I spend all winter daydreaming about spring garden plans but when I finally get to the planting stage I only do tubs and baskets on our deck. It's easier to keep track of their needs.

    Wishing you gentle spring breezes to dry up the mud!