Monday, March 1, 2021

The Month of March by Diane Burton

Here we are on the 1st of March. Am I the only person who can't believe we're two months into 2021? That the covid-19 pandemic has been around for over a year? 

I'm always encouraged when February is behind us. Spring is coming. Truly, it is. Never mind we still have at least half a foot of snow on the ground, but the streets are clear. Thank you, snowplow drivers and our dear neighbor who keeps our driveway clear.

Instead of focusing on the negative, even though I started with covid, let's explore some fun facts about March. 

Did you know that March is named after the Roman god Mars? So is the planet Mars. Just 2 weeks ago, NASA's Rover Perseverance landed on Mars.

credit: NASA

The birthstone for March is the aquamarine, which is supposed to protect sailors and guarantee a safe voyage. Guess I should wear aquamarine on my next cruise.

The birth flower (did you know there's such a thing) is the daffodil, which symbolize friendship. Here in Michigan, they are often the first flowers to bloom in the spring. Can't wait to see my daffodils come up. Here's a reminder from last year.

credit: Diane Burton

Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts of the USA on March 12, 1912. That woman was ahead of her times. I'm proud to say I'm a lifetime Girl Scout. My daughter and two granddaughters are also Girl Scouts. Anyone need cookies? 😊


credit: GSUSA

One of the celebrations that takes place this month is St. Patrick's Day. Everybody's Irish on March 17th.

The best aspect of March is the Spring Equinox, March 21st. We may have snow on the ground or experience a blizzard on that day. Still, it's the first day of Spring.


Happy March!


Jessica E. Subject said...

Happy March, Diane! Time is definitely passing differently since the pandemic began. But, spring always gives me hope. Just like in the BTS song Spring Day, I believe that "no darkness or season can last forever."

I hope this month is filled with many great things for you!

Nancy Gideon said...

I was looking at the calendar thinking the same things. I haven't seen the first robin, yet. Everything morning without ice and snow on the car is a good day!

Diane Burton said...

Thanks, Jessica. Hope. That's what warming temps and more sunshine mean to me, too. Wishing you a good month.

Diane Burton said...

Nancy, I saw 2 fat mourning doves on the deck rail this morning. Their little dance (with their heads) was fascinating. No robins for me, either.

Maureen said...

I was very surprised at how quickly March got here this year. I'm looking forward to hearing more of the birds soon, and sitting on my front porch once it warms up.

Mary Morgan said...

I'm still stunned that we've endured a year of this awful virus! When this all happened last year, I thought it would be gone by summer. How wrong I was...

Enjoyed these facts, Diane, and seeing your blooms from last year. My daffodil shoots have burst forth from the ground but no blooms yet. Happy March!

Diane Burton said...

Me, too, Maureen. I miss the birds in winter. If the sun stays out, maybe Hubs and I can sit out on the deck and catch some Vitamin D.

Diane Burton said...

I can't believe it's been a year, too, Mary. I'm a homebody so staying in hasn't been too bad. But even this hermit gets tired of seeing the same old, same old. I got my 1st covid shot last week so I guess in a couple of months I'll be able to hug my grandkids again.

Marilyn Barr said...

March already! My husband and I were talking about last March's shut down. We were so anxious and now our daily life has changed. I love the hope with the emerging flowers.

Abigail Owen said...

My favorite thing about March is the time change. I'm solar powered and need that extra hour of daylight in the evenings! :)

Nightingale said...

I enjoyed this blog. It has inspired me to do a post on December on another blog coming up at a different site. I really love the aquamarine. How lucky you are to have it as your birthstone. Daffodils are one of two favorite flowers. Since March didn't come like a lion, do you suppose it will leave as a lion? If so, March winds here we come.

J.Q. Rose said...

Happy March! Yes, I've already eaten a whole box of GS cookies! Good for you being a lifetime GS. I was a Brownie leader and a GS when I was in school. Good experiences for girls in making friends and learning new skills. Sounds like spring is coming to Michigan, but Mother Nature is such a tease. Enjoy the first evidence of spring.

JQ Rose