Dreaming Of Spring, Charleston, SC - 2013
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One of the things I like about living in western North Carolina is being able to enjoy four seasons, as opposed to the one and half we had in Louisiana. The summers here have some hot days, but nothing like New Orleans summers. Spring and fall are wonderful, and the winters are usually not too severe. Overall, it's a very livable mix.
However, by this time in February I've usually had enough of old man winter's visit, and this year is certainly no exception. We've had some brutal weather since Christmas, with very few pleasant days thrown in. The past two winters being unusually mild spoiled us, I think, making this season's cold even harder to take. I've had enough; I'm more than ready for spring.
More winter weather is in the forecast for this weekend, but I'm checking the yard daily now for the first crocus to pop up. Some consider these early bloomers to be but a tease, but I consider them hope that winter will finally begin to slink away.