Sunday, May 3, 2009

Oh what a difference a week makes!

Wow, NC has exploded into a sea of green!! Just a few weeks ago I took the first picture from the porch of our house. Today I took the same view and look how much greener and fuller it is. I have to say that I am not an outdoor type of gal. Growing up in L.A. you get used to the concrete and smog and really don't think about it. Living in Florida you get used to everything being green all the time so you don't eve notice if it's greener. In New Mexico, everything was brown all the time. Okay, that's not fair, there were times when it got greener but never like this.

When my mom and sister were here last week, I lamented that there were still areas that were brown and deadish looking but the green was coming out. For my sister, it was all beautiful because she lives in L.A. She loved it here. My mom is used to the green because she lives in Costa Rica and it is quite beautiful there all the time. So last week, I noticed some green peeking out from the brown but this week it just blew up.

I noticed this on Thursday morning when I got up and went into the kitchen to get my coffee. We have big windows in the kitchen that look out to the side of the house with a view of the river and the neighbors yard. So I got up and went to check on my babies (seedlings) and looked out the window and was shocked at how beautiful it is. It was one of those rare moments you have of complete awe. I looked out and the view was breathtaking. It was sunny and clear and you could see the river winding into the green hills.

I was surprised how fast it got so green and loved it. In Santa Fe, you got the 4 seasons but somehow it never was that dramatic. Here in NC you definitely get the four seasons and the full experience of watching the flowers peeking our from the ground in spring after a long winter. Summer is warm and green and the bees and birds are out and people are out. The other day while driving with Tom we noticed how many more people were out. There are fishermen out on the river everyday. And I am sure that as months go by, we will start seeing the neighbors out more and people out enjoying the warmer weather.

We lucked out moving here in May last year because we were also here for the most spectacular Fall. Since we are surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, there is not one place in town that you don't see them. So when September came, the change began and by October the hills looked like they were on fire. It was amazing.

Today is rainy and gloomy and even then it still looks amazing here. I realized that I am very lucky to be able to live in such a wondrous place.


  1. so gorgeous!!! of course up here we are weeks behind you!!!!

  2. Nice pics! Verdant indeed!

    It is dreary here too today . . .