March 30, 2009 · March: it’s a wrap


whoa. March kinda flew by all on it’s own accord pretty much. I was swamped with work at the beginning of the month and finally got a bit of a break around the middle of the month… only to get whomped (hard!) by a lovely cold virus that Johnny Handsome brought home with him from work. I took to my poorly bed for a few days, knocked flat. Sniffles and a teensy bit of a cough still linger, but I’m well on the mend now. And good thing too, cuz work is picking up again and April’s looking busy.

Here’s my flickr faves for March. I’m actually quite enjoying doing these… it’s interesting to see what was occupying my brain that month and I think it’s clearly evident in my flickr faves. This month I was all about spring blossoms. There’s a magnolia tree down at the end of the street that busted out in buds about two weeks ago. Every day on the way to walk the woof, I swing by, watching for the pink wonder that will someday spring forth. I love magnolia trees. I want to get one for my back yard this year FOR SURE (I think this every year).

The bright orange and pink combo I was besotted with in Feb. has given way to pink and green, with cherry blossoms all over. And daffodils, great trumpeting, endlessly cheerful daffodils. And the simplicity of white. I’m consumed with sort of romantic, white washed cottage, English garden, fairy tale yearnings and imagine myself in dainty pin tucked blouses in soft luminous petal colors and feminine, strappy shoes (the kind I do not currently and likely will never own). I so long for true spring, i can’t even tell you. The little lilac bush I planted last year is showing lime green budlets, but that’s about it. I fantasize endlessly about stapling spritely green crepe paper leaves to the tree out front. Instead, I settle for surfing online about plants I want to plug into my life as soon as it is warm enough. Cosmos, dahlias possibly, flowering vines a plenty. Coneflower and buddliah to lure in butterflies. Hellebores and hostas for the shadier parts of the yard. Bleeding hearts like the ones my mom grew. O, spring! HURRY!

11 Comments so far


  1. OK, I thought you lived in the same province as me, Canada, but magnolia trees in bloom? WTF? You must have meant Mars, Canada. Surely not near me!
    Glad for your colour though.

    Comment by Woman in a window — March 30, 2009 @ 4:15 pm

  2. LoL Erin! I live in “wine country” but even here, spring hasn’t advanced that far. The magnolias aren’t in bloom YET! Just budding. I think I have a two or three week wait left before they bloom, unfortunately! but one day… one day soon… they will open up their magical fairy faces and flutter like ladies dancing in tulle skirts and butterfly wings.

    Comment by Administrator — March 30, 2009 @ 4:20 pm

  3. Spring is just beginning to happen in Oregon. Our golden plum tree is in bloom, the first in the yard. I hope lots of bees find their way here so we can have a bumper crop of those plums this year.
    I’ve been meaning to plant hostas in our shady area for years and now that you mention it…..I will!

    I remember the first spring after I lost my mom. It was like none other before or since, more like a tender secret than a season.

    Comment by Lydia — March 31, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

  4. I would like a coffee table sized book full of these collages, please. I think this is why I instinctively have stayed away from Flickr. Because if I once got started there, I would NEVER stop. Never. Not to eat, even.

    Comment by lizardek — April 2, 2009 @ 12:56 pm

  5. great collage…it is so spring-y…we may even warm up here next weekend but BRRRR…has it been an endless winter.

    Comment by violetismycolor — April 13, 2009 @ 9:20 pm

  6. Woman, where are you?? You didn’t disappear completely into spring, did you? I picture you dancing with the daffodils, grinning your head off.

    Comment by lizardek — April 19, 2009 @ 2:13 am

  7. Sweetie…everything okay over there? You have completely fallen off the face of the planet :(

    Comment by lizardek — July 14, 2009 @ 7:57 am

  8. oh, I luve the little girl with the flower in her hair :D

    Comment by choochoo — July 31, 2009 @ 1:05 pm

  9. Sigh. I miss you. I hope you’re doing okay, just wanted to let you I’m thinking of you. :) Did you know BP is back?

    Comment by lizardek — November 27, 2009 @ 3:24 pm

  10. …Where’d you go? Like lizardek, I hope you all are okay.

    Comment by paula — February 3, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

  11. Hi Melanie,

    It’s been a while since the life drawing class a few years ago (I haven’t been to one since actually, well one session here in the town I live in). Anyway, I received a copy of Danny Gergory’s book, “An Illustrated Life” yesterday and noticed that you were in it and read your section. Congrats on being included in that volume and a lovely write up. Just wanted to say hello and hope that you are well.

    Anyway, just wanted to say hello and hope you are doing well.

    Comment by Mike — April 21, 2010 @ 6:12 am

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