Thursday, March 20, 2008

spring, sprang, sprrrrrung!

happy equinox - in mouseland we're celebrating the vernal equinox - spring arrived at precisely 1:48 this morning! and spring has sprung sunny and bright with light so pure - the frosting of snow from last night might have something to do which how sparkling everything looks.

I love spring, I almost wrote that spring is my favorite season; but truth be told, every season is my favorite season - for each brings special gifts and delights! although I'm long from my student days or having a school-aged child in the house, I'm hardwired for the idea of 'spring break.' and happily it appears I will have one, at the end of the month I'll be off on a wander. this year's destinations won't be nearly as exotic as last year, however, I expect the trip will have the same desired effect - to stimulate my senses and transport my imagination to different places and times. this year my 'spring break' will be spent in philadelphia, new york, and maybe connecticut. I'm able to hitch a ride to philly (thanks lin!) but I don't plan on being there long, just long enough to take in the frida kahlo exhibit at the philadelphia museum of art. a couple friends from nyc are coming down to meet me for the exhibit; after the museum, I head up north with them and use their flat as my launching pad for the week's adventures. once I get to new york, I'll see what each day brings - something quite exciting about having a vacation planned with no plans.

besides spring trips, another thing I love about spring is the arrival of baby animals.

today is noruz an important and happy holiday in iranian culture. in recoginition of noruz I'd like to honor shirin ebadi (b. 1947) the first iranian woman to win the nobel peace prize. as the founder of the children's rights support association, ms ebadi received the nobel peace prize "for her efforts for democracy and human rights. She has focused especially on the struggle for the rights of women and children."

photos: prayerflags flying at avenue c, 19 march 2008 (5th anniversary of the iraq invasion); baby pigs at lakefarm park.


mzjohansen said...

Are those incredible, wonderful prayer flags??
Happy Spring !

Colette Amelia said...

Spring does bring excitement, but it is hard to really feel like spring until the first crocuses poke through the snow and burst into colour! Have a wonderful trip!

R.L. Bourges said...

Lord Now Ruz has come.
Friends, spread this message -
The New Year has come again!
This spring be your good luck,
The tulip fields be your joy.
Haji Firuz Song

Happy Equinox, kimy.

Phyllis Hunt McGowan said...

Great picture, great post as always.
A close relative of mine who shall be unnamed, she was in bed the other night and felt a mouse inside the bed with her by her leg. Well it moved up and up and when it was by her hand and she knew for certain what it was, she leaped out of bed screaming. I had to calm her down over the telephone. A couple of days later, here I am enjoying your mouse blog! It's a funny world.
There's a mouse tale for you out of the blue :)
Happy Spring!

jenclair said...

Happy Spring, kimy! Lucky you to be able to visit the Frida Kahlo exhibit; that alone should provide inspiration and food for thought!

Cergie said...

How cute animals seeming so quiet all together... In Paris there was not a long time ago (it ended last week) what we call the bigest farm of France : le salon de l'agriculture, with plenty animals, pigs (mothers with kids) cows, horses ansd so on. It is very impressive to see these animals in Paris.
I like trhe picture at the top too, with the snow. We have so many flowers here already, we are lucky.

Barbara said...

What adorable little pink pig snouts! Happy Spring!

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Every day a reason to celebrate. Nice prayer flags.

Unknown said...

I had to look twice. I thought it was Colette Amelia's back yard. You have twin yards.

lettuce said...

i love the prayer flag photo