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March 20, 2022 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Spring loaded

Woman in garden. Newberry's John High Colletion: Springnovelties. (USPD artist life,

Mysterious Spring beauty…you don’t think she’s grown tired over the winter of her aging husband and loosened the bolts on the garage door opener because she met someone new? Spring makes many wishfully think of changing. Irrational, I know, but Spring fever and all…”(Newberry postcard collection: Spring Novelties/USPD/

Just like those giant metal springs that lift and lower your garaged door, Spring is heavily loaded…and dangerous if not handled carefully….especially with all the stresses.

That powerful garage metal  coil is pretty singularly focused and fine with mechanical restraints even with their over-abundance of poised energy.

The Spring season? With high expectations, heady enticing weather, and human biorhythms….be prepared to duck. (We won’t even mention the pollen or picnics. Or shedding of restraining winter clothing. Or refusal of some to realize ‘It’s bedtime, I don’t care if the sun is still shining and kids are in the pool next door!”)

No holding back either: loose garage springs or humans on the loose.

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
(Mark Twain)

So heed the warnings: “The March 2022 equinox arrived on March 20 at 10:33 a.m. Central Daylight Time (15:33 UTC).” Whether you are hemispherically warm or cool to that, you can read more here.

Nothing like a vernal equinox….as if adjusting the clocks to Daylight Saving Time, a general feeling of “Love is in the air”, and a reluctant ending to Spring Break wasn’t enough for people to cope with.

Exhausting for sure. (Naps are good in any hemisphere.)

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”(Rainer Rilike)

Time to load up as the world turns (on short sleeves, sun glasses, tissues (Is it allergies or is it covid? HAHA), and those cleaning supplies (in prep for Spring cleaning…not husband mysterious disappearance evidence …it’s a joke..LAUGH…cleans winter cobwebs out of the brain)

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”(Pablo Neruda)

And who would want to.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Wouldn’t be a post without some weird collected factoid: Death came in the Spring: New evidence shows when the KIller struck.” So it it looks like the avians got lucky, while fish, not so. And you thought pollen was bad. 

Fancy dressed lady. Spring saying goodbye to winter. Spring in the Netherlands. Newbury's John High collection/TIme painting novelties(USPD. artist life,

If she’s telling Winter’s cold shoulder, “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out”, I’m fine with that. Otherwise, it’s just so Spring. (“Spring saying goodbye to winter in the Netherlands” from Newbury’s John High Collection/USPD/


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  1. marina kanavaki / Mar 20 2022 3:03 pm

    Well, somebody’s keeping our Spring from coming! It’s caught up in a snow storm!
    Happy Spring Equinox, my friend!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 20 2022 3:35 pm

      Oh, we just have a short preview this weekend…storms coming on from Rockies tomorrow night…and Molly is already grumbling as she wanted to see her friends at the pool ‘n play. Whiplash weather pattern, but the sweaters are slowly getting shoved back behind the short sleeves. Wrap up and keep dreaming – Spring is coming (but not planting flowers yet….maybe next weekend…) Thanks for sprinting in to chat
      Paw waves, Hera!

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      • marina kanavaki / Mar 21 2022 2:39 am

        Keep warm and here’s to that delayed Spring appearance! Paw Waves to Molly and co! 😉 🐾

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  2. D. Wallace Peach / Mar 20 2022 5:29 pm

    We’re still a good month away from spring, but it will get here eventually. Happy Spring!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 20 2022 7:12 pm

      We’re in weather whiplash season. Shortly the sea breeze will be stronger than the fronts from the Rockies and NW…meanwhile we'[ll dress in layers and love the non-sweltering season.Still waiting another week or two to plant…alaways that last big cold front and storm around Easter – even if it’s late this year. Hang on. Spring is sending out advance scouts!

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      • D. Wallace Peach / Mar 21 2022 5:39 am

        Our area plants after Memorial Day and then everything bolts. Lol. Still dreary here, but I know its coming.

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  3. Pied Type / Mar 20 2022 6:33 pm

    I’m not really a fan of warm weather and all the concerns about the outdoors that come with it. The lawn, the yard, mowing, maintenance, etc. But it’s the heat that follows Spring that I really don’t like. And you just had to mention pollen, didn’t you! 😜

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 20 2022 7:09 pm

      Even the mountain creature might wish for a little longer winter there- winter snow melt slows the drought/fire season.
      They always talk about the CO wildflowers each spring…no one wants to mention the pollen. (Dreading the green pine powder showers…) Cherish the snow on Monday! Thanks for sledding in here with a comment

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  4. Ally Bean / Mar 21 2022 1:57 pm

    Spring is a trickster. I say that every year, but it’s true. It’s warm today, will be cold and wet tomorrow. I love the beauty of spring flowers, but hate the tree pollen. I think I can put the snow shovels away, then we have a late season snowstorm. It’s always something, I tell you.

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  5. shoreacres / Mar 22 2022 6:02 am

    Well, here we are at last: a spring storm getting ready to spring! I’m in the process of making another pot of coffee and finishing a load of laundry, just in case. Those 50-60 mph winds can do a bit of damage even without the twisty winds. On the other hand, I’m thrilled for the rain that’s coming. It really was dry when I was out and about last weekend, and a little rain will probably help more flowers to spring up.

    Speaking of springs, have you ever seen a long-nosed grasshopper? I think that’s what I found on Sunday. As soon as the BugGuide folks confirm the ID, the bug with the amazing appendage will show up. It looks like the insect version of a narwhal.

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