Mar 24, 2011 7:45 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

No Place Like Home: Spring IS in the air

Well spring has certainly arrived with a whopper system of storms on the central and south coast.
But you don't have to look far to see we still have it better than most everywhere else.
And when the sun does peek out, even for a moment, you can see Spring is really here, and every example is more proof there's no place like home.

Yes, we've had a lot of rain in the first few days of Spring 2011, but consider this. Across the country, there are still FEET of snow on the ground in a lot of places. And as it does begin to melt, the threat of flooding builds. About a third of the U.S. still has weeks before they start to see the kind of signs of Spring that are everywhere here at home.

The visual portion of our brain is not starving for color, so we can take for granted the feast of eye candy available by simply taking a look around. "It's so green, the colors are so fantastically beautiful. It's wonderful." says Cathy Oberg of Dinuba, California. The beauty of our hills would make anyone stuck in colder climates green with envy. And when the rain clouds pass, our sky is as blue as the hills are green.

There are more signs of new growth and fresh starts around our little corner of the world, than there are remnants of the dormancy of winter. The signs of spring linger around every corner.

It's almost not fair. We don't have to endure the dead of winter for months on end, and yet we are blessed with evidence of this new and glorious season even before the calendar said it had arrived.

So it's not bathing suit weather yet, but when the sun does come out, you can soak up some Vitamin D and the views, no gloves, no scarves, no coat required. Believe me, waterfront picnics aren't even an option for so many right now.

So as you venture out and about in the coming days. Don't take it for granted. We live a little in little stretch of paradise. And the evidence can be found even within your weekly routines. Just open your eyes and enjoy.

Folks in much of the country have endured one of the ugliest winters on record, and all they want are some signs spring is on it's way. And lucky for us there are all kinds of them, right in our own backyard.



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