Tips For Living Life (March)

The Ides of March

The snow still lingers, but it will disappear from the bench mountains as we watch spring climb up te mountains.
The snow still lingers, but it will disappear from the bench mountains as we watch spring climb up te mountains. | Source

Frosty Breaths

March's lions roar,

with early morning vapors.

April fools will come.

Marching Forward

March is the "in between time" of the year.

It's no longer really winter, as the thunderstorms will prove.

It's not yet spring, as anxious primroses and the forsythia lie in wait.

It's just March, as time marches on in this 2016 Election year.

Super Tuesday will have rewarded some hopes and shattered others.

The seed catalogs will have arrived and visions of springtime splendor and summer harvests will fill the gardeners' dreams.

There is an event to celebrate every day in March, although with the exception of "Plant A Flower Day" I saw no "Clean The Yard Day" in this month which starts with National Pig Day on the first day of March and ends with National Clams On The Half Shell Day on the 31st.

There are days devoted to other nutritious endeavors so perhaps that might be a good theme for a month which has a National Frozen Foods Day we could all use as an excuse to celebrate with a trip to our local ice cream parlor.

Some of us who haven't already filed US taxes for an early refund (or shock) will be scavenging for the "where did I put those" things.

Others of us will be checking the outdoor thermometer for an excuse not to go out for a walk, while some will check to see what clothing is called for to be comfortable working in the yard, surveying the garden plot, or pruning a tree or two before budding takes place.

If we watch carefully, we will begin to see a seasonable change in our local populations of our favorite birds as they arrive to stake out their claims to favorite nesting places and begin to mate for an early hatching.

The local hardware and garden stores will be bringing in chicks and ducklings, as well as bunnies and the stores' own displays of seeds and bulbs to make us wish it was already April.

April will come soon enough, but March is a long 31 days capped by March Madness basketball championships, spring football practice, and all the sports that draw us well-prepared to bleachers and fields of friendly strife.

Use the time wisely. Visit a modern library and see what has changed, including the overdue fines. Try out one of the new restaurants that have sprung up with the hoped for economic recovery. Plant the cold frame, greenhouse, or at least something that can thrive in a south-facing window.

Start something, finish something, but put off nothing that tomorrow you will wish you had already completed.

Before you know it March will be gone with the wind, and sunny days mixed with rainy days will be the new pattern going forward.

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© 2016 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


Time doesn't wait, it marches on.

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Ericdierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

This was very calming and nice to read. I am afraid that here in the coastal desert March is like most place's June as a new crop could have already been planted and sprouting.

Thanks for the respite.


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ChitrangadaSharan 9 months ago from New Delhi, India

Nice and interesting hub about March!

And you are right, 'the time doesn't wait, it marches on.' I was thinking about the same in the morning--how quickly the two months have already passed in the 'new year 2016' which cannot be called new any more.

So good to see your 'Tips for living life' series. Keep up the interesting work.

Thank you!


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MsDora 9 months ago from The Caribbean

So practical and relevant. "Start something, finish something." Good message!


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Perspycacious 9 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Ericdierker - We have quite a varied group of Climate Zones in the USA, but the same number of days in March wherever we are. Nice hearing from you again.


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Perspycacious 9 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

ChitrangadaSharan - Using life fully, and one day at a time, is quite a challenge. Look back at February to see how well you did so, and make each of these days in March resound with effort and achievable success. Thanks.


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Perspycacious 9 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MsDora - We still have a full 30 days ahead in March. We will know a lot more about the US' candidates for president by the end of this month, and we surely can pray that all that happens in this month will move America toward righteous solutions for its challenges, as will the work of other righteous world leaders and those who follow and serve them. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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grand old lady 9 months ago from Philippines

This is a lovely article, short yet meaty. I like your suggestions on spicing up life, they are so doable and they do benefit one's spirit. Especially, the library. I've always loved libraries but must admit it's been years since I last visited one.


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BlossomSB 9 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Starting something and finishing something sounds like such a good idea. Here, with the beginning of March we are into autumn and it's warmer than much of summer was! The beauty of our autumns is that it is usually a much gentler season than spring and a great time for roses. Love your hub.


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Perspycacious 9 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

grand old lady - I have to get back to some of your latest Hubs. Thanks for commenting on this one. Libraries are a treasure trove. I wish your countrymen had chosen to be part of the United State when they had that opportunity. We all want to be independent, but togetherness has its advantages, too. Best wishes, D.


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Perspycacious 9 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

BlossomSB - It sounds as if a Hub on autumn in Australia would remind us Northerners of what March days were like for our military personnel in WWII who were stationed down under in those years. Those still living remember how beautiful the Aussie gals are, too, in any season. How many of our gals and guys are stationed there now?


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BlossomSB 9 months ago from Victoria, Australia

I'm afraid I don't really know how many, but I do know there are some, mostly in the North, I think.


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FlourishAnyway 9 months ago from USA

I haven't thought of the aides if March Ina long time and wasn't aware of Frozen Foozens Day. I will be both careful and celebratory.


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aviannovice 9 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Migrants have already begun arrival here, be it a bit early, which was already suspected. It makes me feel good to see the residents already nesting.


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Perspycacious 9 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

BlossomSB - Good to know we are "in this together" still.


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Perspycacious 9 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

FlourishAnyway - I can tell you had an early start to your writing day! Remember, Haste makes waste as you beware the Ides of March and celebrate Frozen Foods Day.


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Perspycacious 9 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - Our grass is greening, but there was snow on the front lawn and the bench mountains this morning! The hummingbirds have done well to stick to their normal arrival schedule! The snow was melted by 8:30 AM and the jonquils are safe due to 69 F. just a day or so ago! It is definitely March!


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Peggy W 8 months ago from Houston, Texas

It is green pretty much year round here in Houston and our azaleas and other flowering spring plants are ablaze with color right now. The temps have already been in the 80s but this weekend should be cooler and only hit the upper 60s which will be nice. It will soon be hot each and every day so we cherish the cooler ones this time of year.

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