|Blossoms are out everywhere|
Actually, I took this picture last April 9th, and so far this season, these flowers are still to come. I've changed the route I take to the bus every morning where I snapped these pictures, wanting to give myself a little more distance, but I did take a look to see how these are doing today, March 22nd. They still have a ways to go. If we continue to have plenty of blue skies and warmish temperatures, I might be able to duplicate this shot this year on the same day.
I went looking for spring pictures, because the season is definitely here, and showing up in blossoming trees, daffodils, and tulips pushing out of the ground but not yet showing their flowers. Many of us are so anxious for our conditions to change, to get back to some sort of normal life.
Our governor just announced last week that the entire state would move from Phase 2 to Phase 3 guidelines for Covid, meaning that almost all activities that I once took advantage of will return, even if not in full numbers. My gym is again offering hour-long workout possibilities, but you have to register ahead of time and of course everyone will be wearing masks while working out. I have missed the stationary bike I once rode daily, and I'm happy to be able to return to that activity once again.
I get my second Covid vaccine shot tomorrow, so by mid-April, I'll be fully vaccinated against the virus, but you won't see me taking my mask off any time soon inside any stores. As the weather gets warm enough, I'll still be sitting outside my coffee shop, as they are not thinking about opening the doors quite yet. They would be able to provide 50% occupancy under the Phase 3 guidelines, but it's not very well ventilated and I would rather stay outdoors in any event.
But! Rather than concentrating on what I can't do yet, I'm happy to concentrate on how we are managing to get the virus under control around here. It sure makes me feel more secure when I see everyone around me still masking up. The usual winter flu cases are almost nonexistent this year, because of wearing our masks against the coronavirus. And nobody I know has had so much as a cold for the same reason.
It reminds me of the old saying that it's an "ill wind that blows nobody good." At least we stayed healthier than usual during the fall and winter. And as I said in the title, SPRING HAS SPRUNG! Yay!