03-11-2015 Journal–Has Spring Really Sprung?   Leave a comment


‘All you need is a coat, hat, gloves, a blanket, and a space heater.’

I hate to admit it but I think I may be suffering from a slight case of Spring Fever. I try never to fall prey to things like that but I’m beginning to feel it.  With official Spring being just a week away maybe it will actual happen.

I see ice and snow quickly disappearing and to help that cause along I spent two solid days cleaning snow and cumulated ice from my second floor deck. The snow was still two feet deep and the ice under it was between four and six inches thick.  To put it bluntly it was a real ball-buster of a job which I’ll never do again.  When I finally cleared a large enough area I set up the deck table and chairs and sat down for a break. Spring in Maine, twenty degrees, bright sunshine, sitting on my deck wearing a parka, hat, and gloves.

Yesterday was another beautiful sunny day and I decided to greet Spring with a flurry (no pun intended) of photographs of the beaches in the area. 

Here we go . . .


‘It’s hard to walk on the beach when you can’t get there.’


‘If you think the water looks cold you should feel the wind.’

So maybe I’m rushing things a little. Can you blame me?  This has been a long, long, long winter and it needs to “cease and desist” right now.   I took a drive past the amusement park in Old Orchard Beach and wasn’t all that amused. Brrrrr!


‘It’s the only time of the year when the lines for the rides are this short.’


‘Almost open for business.’

Even the birds are unhappy.  I can’t imaging why they insist on swimming around in freezing cold water but they appear to love it.  I was uncomfortable just watching them.


So much for my first beach day of 2015.  I hope to God the rest of them are considerably warmer with a few more thongs and bikini’s to catch my interest. This is as good as it gets in March so I shouldn’t be complaining. 

It can only get better.

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