March 22, 2006

Robins, green painted sticks & tree buds

What do these three things have in common? They are signs of spring in Maine. On my walk yesterday, it was a tiny bit warmer and a bit less windy than Monday evening and I noticed a few signs of spring in Maine. The first was a pair of robins which are always an uplifting sign that spring is in fact going to arrive.

Another was much more subtle and that was found in the St. Ignatius cemetery where I usually walk. On my usual route last night, I noticed several green painted sticks placed in the ground near headstones and a large rectangle outlined in the ground. This means that the ground will soon be thawed enough to bury those who have died over the winter. Probably an unusual thought to those who live in more temperate climates but here in New England, the dead don't often get buried until winter is over.

And finally on the way home I was looking up and noticed that several trees on my route have buds forming which means hopefully that spring will in fact arrive soon. There is hope and proof positive after all that better weather is sure to come despite the fact that snow is being forecasted for parts of the state this evening!

I have no stitching content to show this evening because I discovered this morning that my small letter e in E is for Elephant is fully two threads off so it must be ripped out in order for my elephant to fit correct. I hate having to frog over one!!!

7 comments:

Von said...

So sorry the frogs have come to visit!!
Hope the weatherman is wrong and there will be no more snow for you! :D

Nicki said...

Sorry abou the frogs - especially over one - urgh!

I had no idea it got that cold in Maine. Never crossed my mind about the burial part. How awful!

Joanie said...

Bah to the frogs!!
I saw a flock of robins last weekend, but in NY it's FREEZING! Think someone didn't pay the heating bill this month? I will be SO happy when the weather warms up, even just a little bit.

Anna van Schurman said...

I always just resort to the scissors when I have to take out over-one stitching. You have my empathy.

Anna van Schurman said...

I always just resort to the scissors when I have to take out over-one stitching. You have my empathy.

Barbara said...

Frogging over one truly is the pits. I hope it goes quickly for you.

Spring finally showed herself here today for awhile. It was glorious. The winter feels like it has lasted far too long.

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

Saw a robin myself today. Although I'm not in Maine it was a familiar sign of spring even here. Glad to see it, CJ