Tag Archives: Spring

The Origins of Easter

Besides the Jesus Part, Of Course

Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Ēostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Other accounts trace Easter to the Latin term hebdomada alba, or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing donned by people who were baptized during that time. Through a translation error, the term later appeared as esostarum in Old High German, which eventually became Easter in English.”


It’s been strange but beautiful weather


I knew it was warm yesterday, but I didn’t realize how hot it was. Eighty-nine degrees is impressive.

There’s more of the same today.

It has been very warm off and on since early April.

The warmth extended far north, into British Columbia, where the city of Prince George broke a 103-year-old record.

Maybe “global warming” ain’t such a bad idea. It sure beats the alternative, cold and wet, though it was chilly this morning.


Rain for the foreseeable future? Shocking. Utterly shocking.



At first glance I thought this was a rose, but it is, in fact, a poppy. I love both. I am a big fan of both species. They are easy to grow, and poppies love to spread themselves around.

It’s great that spring is early this year. But the copious rain is driving me nuts.

Instead of “April showers bring May flowers,” this year it is “February floods bring wet March poppies.”