Wednesday, May 20, 2020

When May Feels Like March

It is cold again, cold like March. I awoke to 52 degrees this morning and the wind is blowing, still! The skies are gray and dark and it is definitely not going to be an in-the-pool day. The wind is generating a lot of extra pool-work for me.

Elkridge, MD
May 19, 2020
But, the flowers of late-Spring are in bloom. Yesterday our peonies were in bloom and we brought a few of the sweet fragranced flowers into the house to enjoy. The lilacs have completed their run and are slowly falling from the bush and their smell is fading. I will miss walking outside and immediately enjoying their scent. 

Flower Petals and Leaves in the Pool
Elkridge, MD
May 19. 2020
The Honey Locust trees are also in full bloom. While I usually enjoy these trees, the winds of the past few days are creating problems in terms of pool maintenance. The flower petals are falling at such a rate that at times it seems as if it is snowing. The wind is directing them into the pool and they then have to be removed. It usually takes two times around the pool to remove them all. And they keep falling!

Since the weather is cold I shouldn't mind being in the house riding out the coronavirus. I could be playing golf, but in addition to skimming the pool I made two trips to Lowe's yesterday for project supplies. One was to get the soil and seed to fill in the tree-stump holes in the yard. The four stumps that were removed were fairly large and it was no small project to fill them and get grass seed down. I only hope that it warms soon so the seed will germinate. The other project was reinstalling screen over the fireplace flue now that the birds have hatched and departed. 

So how cold is it? 

Forecast for Elkridge, MD from Weather Underground

Here is the ten day forecast from Weather Underground. Three days of highs in the 60s, followed by four days of 70s before reaching the 80s again a week from now!

I am ready for Summer! Memorial Day Weekend is almost here and I want to enjoy steamy, hot weather.  I had originally hoped to be in Florida for Memorial Day, but because of the coronavirus, that did not happen! Maybe during July--and I love the heat and humidity of Florida during July!

For now, I am hoping to enjoy the final month of the Spring by watching the flowers bloom as they step through the month. 

-- Bob Doan, still in Elkridge, MD

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