Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

CELEBRATE!

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Purple PlumWELCOME SPRING!

March 20, 6:45 P.M. EDT

What took you so long?

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What’s your favorite season?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

113 thoughts on “CELEBRATE!

  1. Lovely photos, Jill! My favorite season in Florida is winter because that’s the only time of year when I’m not beset by mosquitoes πŸ˜‰ It’s so brief relative to up north that I look forward to dressing in layers and wearing my knitted scarves. BUT, my favorite season of all is Fall. I love visiting NY state in the Fall because of the crisp air, the beautiful colors of the leaves and trees, apple cider and pumpkin pie … πŸ˜‰

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    • Thanks, Marie! The purple leaf plum tree is one of my favorites. Ah…winter in Florida…I think that’s where many of us, who don’t like winter, would like to be. I think we’ve talked about the fact that we’re mosquito magnets. πŸ™‚ Have you had any experience with noseeums? I’ve been eaten alive by those things, while in Florida. Every now and then, they pay a visit to NC. They freak me out. As for fall, I do enjoy the colors and the crisp air, but I know what’s behind it. 😦 Have a great weekend!

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      • Oh, yes, noseeums are awful! They’re usually a big problem when we go hiking, which is why we don’t go hiking much in the summer πŸ˜‰ Have a great weekend, Jill!

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      • They are terrible, Marie. I remember one summer, I was reading outside on our patio. It was a beautiful day. Suddenly, I felt something biting me and when I looked down at my arm, it was covered! Upon closer examination, I was completely covered in noseeums. I freaked out. I ran inside, stripped my clothes and jumped in shower. They are nasty little things.

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  2. YEAH! Beautiful Jill. I’m looking out at snow right now …. but I know it will be passing through πŸ™‚

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  3. Springtime is the best season if you ask me, just love it, everything gets a new life<3
    Wonderful photos, fileld wit color and life:)

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  4. My favorite season is fall, but after a long and dreary winter like this I’m thinking of changing it to spring!!! ❀ Love the Photos!

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  5. Gorgeous blossoms, Jill! So happy that Spring has arrived at last in your neck of the woods. Happy weekend! πŸ™‚ xx

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  6. Beautiful photos Jill. Glad to see Spring has arrived somewhere, we are expecting snow later today! I enjoy Fall weather but love the long days of Summer!! Have a great weekend.

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  7. Favorite season? Spring (when it finally arrives in NE), fall, summer (note the one season that’s missing???) πŸ™‚

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  8. Lovely pictures. My favorite is summer, a reminder of long summer holidays when I was still at school.

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  9. I love fall. Spring is a close second, however. For both of those seasons, I love how the light changes in each of them, especially about an hour before sundown.

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    • I also love fall, Irene. After the humid summer months, I enjoy those crisp mornings and cooler nights. But then, when winter arrives…I’m not happy. You’re right about the light before sundown, it’s quite a display. Enjoy your weekend!

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  10. I’m dancing a celebration jig! Can you see? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ After a morning of trying to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse, through the rain clouds, suddenly the sun is beaming down. Have a happy weekend, Jill! πŸ™‚

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  11. Woo hooooooooo!!!!! Spring! Yeah!!!!
    Thanks for those photos, Jill. Like boomer98053, I love fall. Spring is a great relief after winter. But in my area, spring doesn’t last long. Summer weather takes over early. Then spring weather makes a concerted, but confused effort to return for a bit before fall settles in. Then winter grips everything again for five or so months.
    Hope you have a great weekend! Hopefully I can see at least one Hallmark movie. πŸ˜€

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  12. You have blossoms? *so jealous* It’s snowing right now (last of the season I hope). A couple more cold days and then hopefully….The problem with spring is that it’s so elusive. This year it’s very late. Some years it lasts 2 weeks and the temps go very high and ruin the spring flowers. Other years it doesn’t show up until mid-May. I think spring is currently on vacation in the tropics.

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    • Yes, Kate…we do have blooms. The Bradford pears are really in bloom. We’ve had enough days in the 70’s to make everything pop. When I saw the weather this morning, I thought of you. I hope you were able to get out to Starbucks. Hang on, you’re due for some nice weather. Have a great weekend!

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  13. I’ll take Spring and Summer! We have a few blossoms showing… All the best, dear Jill. xo

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  14. Every season has it’s fun parts, but probably Summer. Just a lot of great memories there. Have a great weekend Jill!

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  15. Spring for me – these are a beautiful!

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  16. We don’t really get spring here. It just goes from winter to summer. One day it’s cold and the next it’s hot! We actually had “autumn” last year and it was wonderful. Those shoulder months are so lovely. Great photos. πŸ™‚

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    • I’m sure you enjoyed that taste of autumn last year. It’s a nice break, after a hot summer. The last few years, we’ve gone from cold to hot too, Lynette. It’s sad when spring makes only a brief appearance. Happy Weekend!

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  17. Spring is definitely ONE of my favorite seasons…probably because it’s so welcome at the end of a cold, hard winter. But, summer is fun, too, and fall has it’s own moments. And, although I don’t like bundling up in the cold, a winter snow storm IS pretty! Can you tell I’m on the fence as far as my favorite??

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  18. And the same to you, Jill! We have no blooms yet, but we’re getting there. At least all of the snow is long gone (I hope) and the grass, once again, is sighing with relief, able to breathe again! πŸ™‚

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    • Yes, you are getting there, Mark. Soon you’ll be posting photos of your own blooms. Isn’t it nice when the grass can breathe again? You’ll be breaking out the mower soon. πŸ™‚ Enjoy your weekend!

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  19. I really enjoy them all. Have a great weekend

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  20. I am so happy to read all these posts from my American friends announcing the arrival of spring! It has been a long hard winter especially for those folks in the north. We are moving rapidly into winter. Cyclone Pam came by – she who devastated Vanuatu – and her outer circle pushed summer out and allowed the cold antarctic stuff to flow in. I walked Siddy in stifling heat with friends in the morning and by afternoon we were huddled under blankets trying to keep warm while the sleet and the wind battered our tiny house. Unbelievable. Orlando tells me we are in for a cold winter – he has grown a most luxurious and thick white undercoat. I have bought Siddy a quilted jacket that says ‘Bad t the Bone’ on the back πŸ˜€ to keep him warm on the icy morning walks…..

    I love winter when I am mentally prepared for it – returning to a warm house after a walk in the cold air. Puddles, the hope of snow, crisp cold air, frosty mornings, blue skies, books and movies and my art room all get lots of attention in the winter – I just love my ‘inward’ time. I love spring when she arrives too – I love the colours and sights and sounds of spring and always say this is my favourite season, rich with the promise of activity and life. Then of course summer comes and it is outside and long days in the light and the heat and sometimes even sheltering inside from the heat! Our walks take much longer in the summer because there are so many more people out and about and everyone wants to stop and chat ……… Autumn is always such a lovely soft connection between summer and winter. I love the colours and the leaves falling and the harvesting and the cooler nights which mean I sleep better. I enjoy my anticipation of winter too – preparing the house and changing the decor. I always do an ‘Autumn Clean’ which cosies everything up [not that it isn’t cosy at any other time – it’s so small in here!] I spend a lot of time in solitude and inwardly quiet in winter and I love it – Autumn is my time for preparing for my annual quiet time πŸ™‚

    Do I have a favourite season? I think the answer has to be the one I’m in. πŸ™‚

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    • I enjoyed your comment so much, Pauline, I read it twice. You are indeed, the “Contented Crafter”…content wherever you are, and always in the moment. That’s what I love about you. πŸ™‚ I’m so relieved to hear you, Siddy and Orlando are okay. When I heard about Cyclone Pam, you were the first person I thought of. I’m sure you can take a wild guess at what I’m going to request…please post a picture of Siddy wearing his β€˜Bad t the Bone’ jacket. I’m dying to see it! Stay warm and thank you for checking in. I can rest easy, knowing that you’re safe. xoxo Enjoy the weekend!

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      • Oh bless, thank you – yes, we were never in danger. The cyclone made a mess further north, but still was not as severe as feared. We are sending aid to Vanuatu, where the people have lost homes and crops – which is all they have as they live very simply!

        I am readying a post and will be sure to include Siddy in his jacket, just for you! xoxo

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      • It’s so sad what happened in Vanuatu, Pauline. Thankfully the cyclone wasn’t as bad as originally predicted.
        I can’t wait to see my little Siddy looking “bad to the bone”. πŸ™‚ xo

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  21. Ahh…beautiful blossoms Jill! Happy Spring to you my friend, and a happy weekend too, hope it’s a wonderful one. Love to you and DFD and catch up with soon πŸ™‚ xoxo

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    • Thanks, Sherri! It was a cold and foggy start to the morning, but tomorrow holds promise for warmer temperatures. I hope you had a great anniversary celebration! We send our love and hope you have a great weekend too! Keep me posted as we approach the announcement date. Talk to you soon! xoxo

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      • Ahh…thanks Jill! It was indeed a lovely weekend with plenty of bubbly πŸ˜€ Hope the cold fog departed and things did indeed warm up and you and DFD had a lovely, relaxing weekend πŸ™‚ Yes,will do…nervous though :/ Have a great week ahead my friend…and yes, definitely, will talk soon πŸ™‚ xoxox

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      • Gosh, the weeks fly, don’t they? I’m happy you had a nice anniversary celebration, Sherri. I had a feeling there would be plenty of bubbly. πŸ™‚ I’m nervous for you! Talk to you soon. xoxo

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  22. Lovely pictures, Jill!
    Spring in Kansas City isn’t quite as far along as where you are. But it’s coming.
    Actually, I had spring in Washington State earlier this month — flowering trees in full bloom. So now I’m waiting for my second turn. One advantage of traveling.
    I care less about which season I’m in than the temperature. I want it in the 70s, any time of year.
    Theresa

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    • Thanks, Theresa. We must be related, I too enjoy the 70’s, preferably the upper 70’s. I do like the summer heat, but here in Charlotte, the humidity wears on you by August. Spring will be in your area before you know it. It’s funny, one day the Bradford pears are just budding, then after a day or two in the 70’s, they’re exploding. Enjoy!

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  23. Pretty blooms Jill, they just shout Spring! A little over three hours and Spring will be in Missouri. It looks like it too.. sunny and a little green and CH just came in with one little daffie.. πŸ™‚ My favorite season is Fall.. πŸ™„

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    • Yes they are, Pix! I’m excited because I know that my hummingbirds are on their way back. πŸ™‚ I’m happy to hear that you’re starting to look like spring. I’ll look forward to some of your fabulous “pix.” I’m a fan of fall too. Have a great weekend!

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  24. Happy Spring!!!

    I love temps above 60 degrees ~> my favorite season depends on where I am. Most seasons in FL work for me.

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    • Happy Spring to you too, Nancy! I need at least 75 degrees, to not be cold. I enjoy all of the season in Florida as well. People think the summers are so hot in Florida, but it’s really no different than here in Charlotte. Happy Weekend!

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    Not sure if this picture will post but just in case…it’s snowing and it’s freezing. 😦 I like your pictures much better!!! Happy Spring to you!

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  26. I love all the seasons, actually, for it’s a tie between spring and fall for my favorites. Two days ago we had rain turning to snow, Jill, and yesterday was cold and gray. But today–Welcome, Spring!!!–is 68 degrees, bright sunshine and blue skies, and on my walk I saw that everyone had windows open.
    We’ll have more snow before our Colorado winter is over, but we’re on the home stretch!

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    • You are on the home stretch, Marylin. I saw your forecast this morning, on the World News. I always think of Colorado as cold and snowy, in the winter, but many times your temps are higher than the D.C. area, where I grew up. It’s so nice to open the windows and let in that fresh air. πŸ™‚ Happy Weekend!

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  27. I love living in a country that has four defined seasons. Each one has its own merit although Spring is special in that I associate it with new beginnings and hope. I could never be happy living somewhere with one continual climate. Some family members have moved out to Lanzarote (off the west coast of Africa) to live out their retirement in perpetual heat. I’d hate that.

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    • I agree, Jenny. I’ve never lived in an area that didn’t experience all four seasons. I could never adjust. I do enjoy the heat, but by the time fall makes it’s appearance, I’m ready for some cooler weather. Enjoy your weekend!

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  28. I love the long, warm days of summer, nights at the ball game, sitting on my back porch with a cold drink… Come on spring and summer!

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  29. Beautiful photos. Spring has not quite sprung here yet (Montreal, Canada), and it is snowing today. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely captures. πŸ™‚

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  30. Hi Jill! Since I live in South Florida, I have to say that I like our “winter” season the most for the weather. We do get a chance to enjoy some lovely, cool days. I do enjoy all the other seasons for each one brings its own joy to me. I love your spring photos.
    Happy Spring! Happy Weekend!

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    • I’m happy you enjoyed the photos, Elaine. If I lived in South Florida, I’d probably like winter the best too. I like the heat, but it’s nice to have a little respite now and then. Enjoy the weekend!

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  31. Jill … My favorite season is Spring. The long winters of Central New York, which we left behind in 1999, made me appreciate those buds poking thru the soil and snow, the robins returning, and the cool evenings replacing the bone-chilling ones of winter. Your photos of the blossoms on the tree reinforce the nostalgia I feel for this season. πŸ˜‰

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    • I bet you’re happy you weren’t in NY this winter, Judy…they’ve had it rough. When I lived in Virginia, the robins migrated during the winter months. Here in Charlotte, they hang out year around. I was surprised because we can have some cold temperatures in the winter. Enjoy spring! πŸ™‚

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  32. Jill, it may not be ‘here’ in its fullness yet! Smiles!
    The pink blossoms in this photograph are so beautiful. I enjoy the heat of Summer, just have always felt more energetic and healthier during that season. I enjoy Fall and Spring, too. Winter, unfortunately is my least favorite, as I get older. Such a shame, since I used to love to sled and skate along ice, Jill.

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    • Ha ha…it’s not quite in its fullness here either, Robin. On Friday morning, it was in the 30’s. 😦 I love the summer heat too, but come fall, I’m ready for a little cool down. I’m with you in regards to winter. I hate to be cold and it seems the older I get, my bones are even more sensitive to the cold. Have a great week! πŸ™‚

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  33. Nothing is quite so beautiful as those delicate, short-lived spring blossoms.

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  34. The seasons I experience are warm, comfortable, hot and heat from hell hot. Choosing from those, I’d pick comfortable as my favorite. Heh. Haven’t experienced a northern year of seasons in 27 years, but look forward to it again when we move. That beautifully colored tree must brighten the dark days of a passing winter for you. Very pretty, and hopeful. Thanks for sharing them.

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  35. Sunny summer of course.

    But my year really begins in spring. I reflect, I plan. I find hope, I find strength. I find metaphors for life in spring.
    Lovely photos.

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  36. It’s always magical when the bare sticks out there start blooming. It snowed here on the first day of spring so I’ll be looking forward to summer more than usual this year. My favorite is probably still fall because of all the colors and coziness.

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    • It appears to have snowed in many areas on the first day of spring, Sheila. We were colder than normal as well. After the heat and humidity during the summer, I look forward to fall too. There’s something special about pulling out that throw or blanket, to take away the chill.

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  37. Totally smitten with fall – leaves dancing in the path of the car, cozy sweaters, hay rolls dotting the fields. Unless of course it’s spring – then I marvel as each new daffodil opens and the forsythia light up our driveway. I’m so fickle!

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  38. I think spring is my favorite. I also love fall. The others are too extreme in temperature and weather in CT. πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Kourtney! I have to agree with you. Winter in CT is too extreme for me. I grew up outside of the D.C. area. I always thought CT had cooler summers. Congratulations on your latest book! I’m looking forward to the cover release. πŸ™‚

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  39. Living in Southern California it’s hard to say which is my favorite season as the way things have been going lately sometimes we can have all four seasons in one week. But as a child in England I liked spring when the first buds on the trees arrived and the crocuses bloomed… it was the promise of life starting all over again. I miss that.

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    • From what I’ve seen on the news, you have been experiencing all seasons lately, Roslyn. I would miss the first buds and everything turning green too. It’s fun to watch how the birds react to the change of season.

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  40. Yay!!! Beautiful, Jill. Nothing like that around here yet. Enjoy your blossoms. πŸ™‚ xo

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  41. You know, we don’t live very far apart. The blossoms seems to have popped out here overnight, as if Mother Nature just flipped a switch and said…winter done. Yes. Love your blooms!

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  42. Jill I love blossoms and I adore spring, its the best time to sit on my deck and not be annoyed by flies or the heat. Although Autumn can be nice too. Enjoy the warmer weather as I start wearing knee hi socks and beanies on my morning walks.

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    • You’re so right about the bugs, Kath. I love our back patio in the spring and fall, but the summer…it’s mosquito central. 😦 I bet you look very cute in your knee hi socks and beanie. πŸ™‚ Stay warm!

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  43. Hi Jill, I was telling Rajni recently, Charlotte seems to be about a full month ahead of Chicago in seasonal transitions. Our daffodils won’t be in bloom for another couple of weeks. Although we’ve had a lovely March, with temps mainly in the 50s and even a few 60s last week, it’s best not to get too hopeful until April. Mother Nature wasn’t quite ready to let go of winter yet, so she dumped 3 inches of snow on us on Monday! Good thing about late season snow is it melts quickly. We are off to Cancun this weekend for seven glorious days of sun and sea. Reminds me of my favorite season, summer. I love the heat, running around in flip flops or bare feet, and the fun, relaxed atmosphere of the season.

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    • Hi Gwen! I heard you all got snow on Monday. When I lived in Virginia, the March snow didn’t hang around too long. By that time, you’re over it and ready for warmer weather. Perhaps when you return from Cancun, you’ll be greeted by a few blooms. I love summer too. I hate to be all bundled in layers, during the winter months. Enjoy your trip! Be safe!

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  44. Things are starting to bloom here. Now I’m waiting for the warmer weather!

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  45. Great photos, Jill. Spring is my favorite time of year.

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  46. Hello Jill!
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I’m so happy to ‘meet’ you as well, and look forward to following your writing. These photos are very beautiful πŸ™‚
    Best wishes,
    Takami

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  47. I love all seasons Jill….I spent years in Africa with no seasons….so I love having them now. Love flowing to you ❀ Xx

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  48. Lol! We skipped winter and spring here, and jumped straight to summer. It got up to 88 degrees during the winter.

    I love the pictures!

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  49. I guess my favorite season is Autumn despite the fact that I really truly don’t like football. I like all the different colored leaves and the crispness of the air.

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