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March 31, 2013

Spring’s Arrival

Happy Easter to all of you who celebrate it today. Easter is a day that is low key for me. We celebrated secularly, more so in the past when the girls were little and believed in the Easter Bunny. Now that they are nearly grown up, I still buy them a chocolate bunny, and I saw these donuts that I thought would amuse them, so I bought them too:
Easter donut
but that is about the extent of our Easter celebrations.
In the spirit of a lovely, long spring weekend Mama Nature has been fairly cooperative in that respect. Yesterday was a sunny day with temperatures in the 50’s so the dogs and I went out for a nice walk.
Daphne had her first “swim” in the little creek that crosses our path:
Daphne's first "swim" of the year
I only had my 75-300mm lens with me, so with the dogs on their leash, I couldn’t get far enough away to fit all of her into one shot. This shot, taken while I was trying, amuses me:
relaxing in the water
In addition to Daphne’s little swim, I had another first of the year. I heard peepers for the first time! Here’s a short video I took with my phone so that you could hear them too:

While we ambled by this small spring time swamp (it dries up come summertime), I saw a cute little couple:

 swampy ducks
I don’t know if this is their temporary home or just a stopover on their way elsewhere.

As we continued on our way, a hawk lazily soared in circles above our heads:
soaring hawk
The blue and the warmth and the peepers and the birds and Daphne’s swim: it all added up to a peaceful feeling of spring really being on the way. I may not celebrate Easter religiously, but this was my own little feeling of the rebirth of springtime.

I could easily end this post right here, but I have two other bits of news I wanted to share. First of all, Meghan has made her decision about where she will attend college in the fall: Clark University.

Clark is in Worcester, MA, a medium-sized city about 45 miles away from here. It is far enough away for her to live on campus, but close enough to come home when she would like. This decision is kick-starting the excitement of the end of senior year and planning for the future. Plenty more about all that in the days to come!

The other little bit I have for you is a rare “selfie”. I went to get my hair done yesterday, and at the last minute decided to have it highlighted. I decided I wanted a little change for spring, and I’m very happy with the results. I worked very hard yesterday afternoon trying to take a self-portrait of myself that I didn’t hate, and finally came up with this one that I like:

However you spend this day, celebrating Easter or not, I hope it is warm and wonderful where you are.


  1. What a lovely spring walk you had – the puppy tail photo made me laugh! And your self-portrait is also lovely, great hair!

    Comment by Carol — March 31, 2013 @ 11:54 am | Reply

  2. Beautiful self-portrait, Karma! I enjoyed your lovely spring walk, too. I can’t believe you’re hearing peepers! Not a peep out of them here yet. That’s probably good since it’s gonna snow again. Craziness.

    Comment by Robin — March 31, 2013 @ 5:55 pm | Reply

    • I’ve only heard the peepers in that swamp so far, not in my yard – I suspect it will be a while still for that. I hope your snow doesn’t amount to much.
      Thank you Robin!

      Comment by Karma — March 31, 2013 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

  3. I love these pictures and I really enjoyed the peepers since I have not heard one on Cape Cod. The donuts are adorable and Daphne looks so pretty. Oh, and the hightlights are gorgeous!

    Comment by Trish Dinsmore — March 31, 2013 @ 7:15 pm | Reply

  4. Quelle jolie photo de toi, ta nouvelle coiffure et couleur te vont très bien. Adorable. J’aime cette promenade printanière avec toi et toutes mes félicitations à Meghan. Merci de ces moments de détente.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — April 1, 2013 @ 2:16 am | Reply

    • Merci pour les aimables commentaires!

      Comment by Karma — April 2, 2013 @ 4:07 pm | Reply

  5. Lovely photo. The subtle hi-lites work beautifully.

    No peep from the peepers here in Nova Scotia yet. Love the sound. Listened to your video as I read your post.

    Bring on spring !

    Comment by sybil — April 1, 2013 @ 8:41 am | Reply

    • Thank you Sybil. Winter is slow to release us this year.

      Comment by Karma — April 2, 2013 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

  6. Were those donuts filled with brownie batter? I had a bite of one at Valentine’s and they are good! Congrats to Meghan! How exciting. Your highlights look great!

    Comment by Becky Sue — April 1, 2013 @ 9:25 pm | Reply

    • Those donuts were filled with Boston cream.
      Thanks Becky.

      Comment by Karma — April 2, 2013 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

  7. I’ve just been learning about peepers from Robin in The Bogs and actually had to ask her what they were! Don’t they make a huge sound for such tiny creatures? The sound must intensify when there are so many together but gosh, how many collectively make this sound? I think it must be thousands!! With the new highlights in your hair you are looking so light and breezy and ready to jump feet first into spring! 🙂

    Comment by Joanne — April 7, 2013 @ 6:58 pm | Reply

    • I really have no idea how many would be gathered in one spot. I’m sure there was echoing going on here too. Here’s a picture of a peeper that I took on my back deck a few years ago with a bit of dog hair wrapped about its feet: http://www.flickr.com/photos/karmardav/2837397648/
      Thank you Joanne.

      Comment by Karma — April 7, 2013 @ 7:20 pm | Reply

      • I didn’t expect them to be orange! They look very much like our tiny green tree frogs we see here. They are so cute. 🙂

        Comment by Joanne — April 7, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

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