Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Signs of SPRING!

Despite the weather forecast for Portland showing lots of RAIN this time of year there are signs of spring. On all the days I can, meaning those that aren’t full of afternoon meetings, I use my lunch break to go for a walk. My work is in an area I don’t know very well but am getting to know. About three-ish blocks from my work I’m in a neighborhood. A quiet, well kept neighborhood. I walk through the quiet streets dreaming about all the fun things I want to do in my yard and admire some of the expensive homes I’ll never be able to afford. All around, I keep my eyes open for signs of spring. They do exist!

There are bushes blooming (Amy—goddess of all things gardening and domestic, what are these lovely blooming bushes?):

And trees budding and blooming (I think these are some type of cherry tree, maybe?? Amy—help?):

Flowers sprouting (daffodils, crocuses and tulip sprouts):




I’ve found these lunchtime walks are a great mood boost and recharge me for an afternoon of office life. I’ve used my lunch break to go running as well but find sometimes it’s too stressful to try to get into the locker room, change, run, shower (I know this is optional for some lunchtime runners) and get back to my desk within an hour (or roughly an hour). Walking only requires me to change my shoes (grab the umbrella) and head out the door.

Last weekend while my Dad was in town we went out the wineries and were treated with partly sunny skies!  It was a great day of wine tasting and chatting.

Winery dog!  Every winery we went to had a furry friendly greeter.

New trees planted and a bird house.

A couple of the wineries were selling fresh chicken eggs and some were raising chicks.


This morning I came into to find an extra special treat…a view of the surrounding mountains…Mt St Helens to the northeast and Mt Hood to the East. I’m an ocean gal but sometimes the mountains are breathtaking.
Mt Hood

Mt St. Helens


What are the signs of spring in your neck of the woods? Are you still buried in old man winter or are there signs of relief? I know some people prefer the winter but I’m a summer, sunshine girl---I’d do perfectly fine with 75-95 degree sunny days all year round.


Still time to enter my Sony Walkman Giveaway!

10 comments:

  1. Spring is so glorious!! I know I'm not Amy goddess of domesticities, but I believe those are Camelias and the tree is a flowering cherry. Camelias are so easy to grow in the NW. Also, there are A TON of flowering cherry varieties. Love them all!

    So glad you have somewhere nice to get away at lunchtime. I love running/walking/driving through nice neighborhoos.

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  2. Beautiful pics!! I love spotting all the blooms and buds popping up.

    I walk at lunch too- it's a great way to de-stress (or wake up, depending what kind of day I'm having)!

    See you tonight for climbing!! :)

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  3. hahah showers ARE optional! I exercised my right to choose and opted out of one today:)

    You make me REALLY want to go to Oregon. I travel to Washington state for work frequently and sometime soon I'm going to devote a weekend to traveling south so I can visit Portland!

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  4. hahah showers ARE optional! I exercised my right to choose and opted out of one today:)

    You make me REALLY want to go to Oregon. I travel to Washington state for work frequently and sometime soon I'm going to devote a weekend to traveling south so I can visit Portland!

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  5. Perfection = mountains and the ocean.

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  6. Kristen is right - those are Camelias and the tree is likely a cherry.

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  7. Pretty! I hope your sunny weather gets up there soon. Mario wants to know, what of the winery rabbits? None of those around?

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  8. Wow... looks gorgeous! I'm still waiting for our blooms. Thought that we were on that path, but with more snow predicted tomorrow night, I think it'll have to wait a while longer.

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  9. summer sunshine for the win! hopefully summer comes to you soon!

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  10. yaya for spring! I love that everything is starting to change and am SO happy the rain is starting to go away and the temps are cranking up! Love those baby chicks :)

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