Early Spring – The Flowers

If you look around my house right now, you’d think it’s still winter. After all, we have plenty of snow (even though the higher than normal temperatures have melted a lot of it). Here’s what it looks like around my house right now:

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Sure, we have plenty of bare spots, but the snow banks are still quite high. With the temperatures we’ve had this week though, I think the snow isn’t going to be around much longer. Of course, the ground under that snow is still frozen and we’re only now starting to experience the faint beginnings of mud season—that time of year when one can lose a hefty boot in the muck with ease.

Fortunately, there are plenty of signs that spring is arriving. On Saturday I looked at the flower bed around our well. I could see the humble beginnings of shoots coming out of the ground as shown here:

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You can see three little red shoots in the middle of the picture. Those shoots will eventually become flowers. Today I looked at those same shoots and they’re much bigger. In fact, the amount of growth is incredibly considering the ground is still mostly frozen. Here’s the growth since Saturday:

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In fact, the entire hill is bursting with shoots. Everywhere I looked I found more shoots. Here’s another area and it has green shoots!

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It won’t be long and winter will be a memory around here. The flowers are always the second sign of winter’s demise (the first being buds in the woods). So what is spring like where you live? Let me know at John@JohnMuellerBooks.com.

 

Author: John

John Mueller is a freelance author and technical editor. He has writing in his blood, having produced 99 books and over 600 articles to date. The topics range from networking to artificial intelligence and from database management to heads-down programming. Some of his current books include a Web security book, discussions of how to manage big data using data science, a Windows command -line reference, and a book that shows how to build your own custom PC. His technical editing skills have helped over more than 67 authors refine the content of their manuscripts. John has provided technical editing services to both Data Based Advisor and Coast Compute magazines. He has also contributed articles to magazines such as Software Quality Connection, DevSource, InformIT, SQL Server Professional, Visual C++ Developer, Hard Core Visual Basic, asp.netPRO, Software Test and Performance, and Visual Basic Developer. Be sure to read John’s blog at http://blog.johnmuellerbooks.com/. When John isn’t working at the computer, you can find him outside in the garden, cutting wood, or generally enjoying nature. John also likes making wine and knitting. When not occupied with anything else, he makes glycerin soap and candles, which comes in handy for gift baskets. You can reach John on the Internet at John@JohnMuellerBooks.com. John is also setting up a website at http://www.johnmuellerbooks.com/. Feel free to take a look and make suggestions on how he can improve it.