April 16, 2008

DID I SHAVE MY LEGS FOR THIS ?



You bet'cha ! The first 70 degree day in Chicago in six months and I'm searching for my long-stored away shorts. My Florida February tan has almost faded in the two long wintry months since I've been back.

After I posted my Bloom Day for April the daffodils started to open their cheerful yellow faces to soak up the abundant sunshine. Murphy's law certainly applies here. I suppose my Forsythia and Crabapple will follow suit today.

Yesterday was nice and I was doing a Spring clean-up of an urban frontyard on a very busy street. It's amazing how many passersby will stop and chat when they see a gardener working in their yard. " About time ! , wonderful day to garden, are you planting the annuals yet?, do you think Spring is finally here ? " The one I liked was the guy who asked " Hey, lady you need any help.?" I just smiled and replied, " I am the help. "

I have a few gardens to visit today which is always a pleasure for me. I'm also taking my trusty camera to capture any Spring beauties I might meet along the way.

Welcome to Chicago ; Spring . So glad you decided to visit and hope you'll stay awhile.

34 comments:

  1. carolyn - im so excited i can hardly stand it! i mean im not "shave your legs excited" but i'm ALL CAPPED UP EXCITED!

    im taking friday, monday and tuesday off to do some gardening but i was just noticing the weather report for friday does not look any gardening will be done.

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  2. I have high hopes that spring has finally come to Chicago! My husband and I have our bikes ready to go for after we come home from work today...

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  3. It may be warmer, but I bet the wind could blow the hair off ;)

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  4. I lived in ne ohio for 5 years and I thought I was going to go crazy during the winter months...spring in ohio was dark, wet, gray, cold and then the sun would finally peek out along with the crocus.... ohio has good corn though, apples + late harvest grapes btw.

    ~ always will be a california girl!

    hey-gutsy photo of the lovely leg!

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  5. Today is definitely a shave-worthy day! Yippie! Spring has been a long time coming in Chicago this year.

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  6. It is very much a spring day here in Nova Scotia today. :) Yes, let's hope it stays that way!

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  7. I haven't shaved yet - but the thermal long johns have come off at last
    Enjoy Spring now it is with you
    Regards
    Karen
    (In Wales)

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  8. Hallelujah, Carolyn ... it's Spring! Loved your post. Also 70 here today but forsythia are limping behind yours. I predict (if the weather holds) next week they will bloom with my shadblows and Yoshino cherry. This is for sure a late spring. Reminds me of the spring 35 years ago when we moved into this house. By the way, nice pedicure!

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  9. Don't you just love the days when the weather is like this? I wore sandals and bare legs today too. Some of the folks I work with thought I was a little crazy this morning, but as they day went on they knew I was right!!

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  10. Oh, Carolyn. You crack me up, you really do. What an inspired post, and I'm so GLAD the warm weather has found you. Nice here today but I was on deadlines, so I stayed inside being a virtuous little elf. Maybe tomorrow. Whooops, that would be today!

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  11. Hi Carolyn Gail, thanks for a great laugh, what a great title and opening shot, brilliant! That is funny about getting comments from the passersby also, with those clean shaven legs, did you get any wolf whistles? ;->

    Frances at Faire Garden

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  12. Hey, Gina, I'm all "capped up " for ya. Having those many days off and good weather's almost like winning the lottery.

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  13. Hi and welcome fellow Chicagoan Sarah. I've got to get my bike ship-shape before I can ride it . I tend to walk everywhere but I do love to ride my bike as well.

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  14. Thanks, CalGirl :) It's quite natural to love your birthplace isn't it ? What's not to love about California, especially the weather.

    Spring in Ohio sounds a lot like Spring in Chicago.

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  15. Hey Lintys,

    So right. Except for the 39 MPH wind it was a perfect summer day yesterday.

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  16. Great, Nancy ! I certainly wish it would.

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  17. Hi Karen in Wales,

    And welcome. I've been to your lovely country. Tell me : Why is it that your citizens sing better than almost everyone else? Is there truth to the saying that it must be in the water ?

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  18. Shadblows and Yoshino Cherries, what a lovely sight. I'm glad you had the touch of Spring we did as well.

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  19. Hi Crafty,

    I certainly do love being able to shed those multiple layers of clothing that I have to don to work outside this time of year.

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  20. It stinks to have to work inside when its so nice outside doesn't it ? But a woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do.

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  21. You're most welcome, Frances. Thanks for dropping by.

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  22. I love it!! The photo of you shaving is a hoot.~~Dee

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  23. I wasn't ready to put on shorts yet, but it was great yesterday! I didn't even have any time to go online, my mom recruited me to do her spring garden cleanup. I'm sore, but oh so happy. The 1st day above 70 since October.

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  24. Not ready for the shorts yet but I also shaved yesterday "just in case". Still need to polish the toe nails for those flip flops though!

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  25. Hi Melanie,

    Are you having a late Spring up in New York state ?

    Actually it is early for shorts here as well but I must keep my two wardrobes handy : shorts on one side and jeans on the other because the weather changes day by day until late May here.

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  26. Well, the birds have finally returned here so that's the start of our spring. It's only been up to 40 here so far so no shorts yet. I'm hoping for our snow to be vanished by the end of the weekend though!

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  27. Of course you are in Rhinelander which is much, much colder than Chicago, Cinj. I do admire the tenacity you have there to survive such harsh winters.

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  28. I just can't wait to get out my shorts and sandals. I've been dreaming of getting up earlier and having a little gardening time to myself to start the day :) Still too cold to be out there in the early morning so far.

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  29. I think I would have enjoyed Ohio maybe a bit later in my family rearing...my kids were little then, and I had to wrap them in layers upon layers of clothes to go anywhere. I just remember being cold, pregnant all the time and lots of mud in the mud room...

    btw I was born in Seoul ~ i finally put up a post on early life + dad + food. California is home to me....

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  30. Well it's not fun being cold and pregnant with lots of mud about is it Ingar ?

    My hubby's a Seoul man as well and I'm here to say that it's one awesome city. My children want to visit their Father's homeland someday , too.

    I gotta visit and read your post on your early life.

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  31. Hey you have Morton's toe like I have. :) I bet your husband's favorite song is 'I'm a soul man, too du tu du, too du tu du, I'm a soul man too du tu du, too du tu du.

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  32. We southerner's say that when your second toe is longer it means you are the ruler of the roost.

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  33. I about cracked up when I read this. I have performed this ceremony of the first day in shorts already this year. Ha.. WElcome spring.

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