Today is the 10th of March and the prompt is "10 things to love about spring" and I added "in Alabama."
1. Fresh strawberries will be here soon! Our Alabama strawberries are smaller than the ones from Florida that we get in the grocery store and they are so sweet!
2. Speaking of berries . . .toward the end of Spring, it will be blueberry season in Alabama. Last year, Mark and I had been cooped up for months and we drove to a local blueberry farm and it was so wonderful to be outside. I, of course, got tired and hot much quicker than Mark did and he hasn't let me forget it.
3. Another wonderful thing about spring in Alabama is the plethora of Farmer's Markets. Several churches in our area host farmers in their parking lots so we can buy fresh tomatoes, corn on the cob, strawberries, peaches, fresh honey, fresh eggs, and other goodies. The one closest to my house opens in about a week.
4. Alabama is gorgeous in the spring. We have flowers and bushes and trees with blossoms. I have horrible allergies and I am thankful for allergy shots, Zyrtec, Singulair, two different nasal sprays and an inhaler (and an epi pen just in case).
5. I may be wrong but our skies are some of the bluest you've ever seen in the spring with big, white, fluffy clouds.
6. I want to tell you that the temps in Alabama are perfect in the spring but the truth is that today the sky is blue and the sun is shining and there are fluffy clouds in the sky and the temp is in the 70's BUT I will NOT be surprised if we have another cold spell or two. The cold spells will only last a day or two and then nice weather will return. Even though our weather might change in a matter of hours, I still love the weather in the spring.
7. One of my favorite things about spring in Alabama is I can wear my flip flops. Those who know me well will say that I sometimes wear them year round and that is true but I stop feeling guilty about wearing them when spring arrives.
8. During spring, we also have every shade of green imaginable. In our area of the state, we have lots of evergreens so we always have a little green year round but in the spring, we have pale green as leaves begin to pop out and every other shade of green, too. Twenty plus years ago I had lasix surgery on my eyes IN THE SPRING and the morning after my surgery, I walked to the kitchen window and was truly amazed at all of the different shades of green. I had been missing out!!
9. We have a few wonderful days in the spring where we don't have to run our air conditioner or heat. I get a notice from the power company telling me how much energy I use each day. We only used $2 worth yesterday because no heat nor air was needed! Yay! We could enjoy more days if I didn't have allergies. Some people throw open their doors and windows and allow the air to blow through . . .but just FYI, that air contains lots of pollen! achoo!
10. Once the trees finish pollinating (or as my friend's husband says for pollinating, "the trees are having sex"), we will be able to clean off the screen porch and sit outside and enjoy! Mark can do that now and he and the cat have been known to take a nap or two in a puddle of sunshine!