Spring, Stay a Little Longer!
It is crazy how it feel as though spring JUST started, and yet during the last few days, it feels like it is almost over. A few weeks ago the trees were bursting into full bloom. Then there were a few odd trees blooming sporadically after that. Although it is still very pretty outside, and a few trees are full of flowers, for the most part, many of the petals are now on the ground have. In place of the blossoms, there is a lot more green everywhere. Qingdao has brightened up, and it looks alive and healthy. I love this time of the year in this city. It isn’t yet humid and hot, but it isn’t cold anymore.
I thought that spring would stick around a bit longer, but it has gotten considerably warmer over the last week. This evening I told Justin, “Spring is over, the coconut oil is no longer solid”. On the kitchen shelf, next to the stovetop (where it is often really hot) stands a massive jar of coconut oil. That oil is absolutely SOLID all through the colder months, and just two days ago it turned to mush! I guess that this will be my new gauge – check the coconut oil if you want to know what season we are currently in. hahaha.
Before they are all gone, here are a few more pictures of the blossoms around neighborhood…
Justin picks a blossoms and then lets Eli smell it. His “sniff” is just the cutest. He scrunches up his nose, and makes a little in-and-out blowing noise. haha. I love these two together – my greatest blessing!
And here they are, doing the same thing, a year ago…
Isn’t it incredible how much they change in just one year!
Eli wore that blue jacket again this year, but the sleeves weren’t rolled up and it wasn’t loose. I love watching him grow up, and I enjoy each new stage – but I do wish that he could be my little guy forever.
During the last two days it has felt really warm in our apartment. Even with windows open, it still feels muggy. I can’t believe how long and tedious the winter months are, and how fleeting the gorgeous spring season is. I love summer, but in Qingdao it is a sweltering heat WITHOUT all the first world luxuries that make humid cities tolerable.
Oh well, at least the cold and pollution are gone!