With Arms Outstretched

March 13th


Spring is in the air in Phoenix. The entire city smells of orange blossoms. Walking downtown at lunch, you are likely to see a gaggle of Spring break high schoolers in bright tank tops and coordinating flip flops stumble past a gaggle of office workers, mumbling under their breath and waving half-empty coffee cups, green with envy. Afternoon meetings are bumped to 2 pm and left early to make it home in time for long runs, time by the pool, grilled burgers on the bbq. The snow birds are packing their things and slowly returning to the Midwest. Freckles begin to emerge on softly tanned shoulders.

This is the time of year to celebrate being a Phoenician.

I feel a bit like this tree. Green, healthy, happy, stretching my arms to the sun and thanking nature for lovely weather and the promise of new beginnings.


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  1. Ah, it sounds wonderful! We had a rare sunny weekend recently and even my 3-year-old noticed. He flung open the front door and yelled, “Thank you, Sun, for the light!” It cracked me up, but I felt the same way! πŸ™‚

  2. I am loving the sun in my neighborhood also! Not loving the 20-30 mile winds that come with it….But I wore flip-flops to spite it!

  3. GOOD RIDDANCE SNOW BIRDS! We won’t miss your slow driving!
    Yeah for taking-the-top-off-the-Jeep weather! Wanna go for a ride? πŸ™‚

  4. We are having great springy weather too. It’s hard to believe that last week my children were home for a snow day, playing in the snow and drinking hot chocolate. Today they were riding bikes and eating popsicles.

    Life is good!

  5. You’ve missed your calling – you should totally be working for the Chamber of Commerce!

    This beautifully worded post has me wanting to start researching relocating to Phoenix…

  6. I’m with LLA — time to go to Phoenix and smell the orange blossoms! πŸ˜‰

    Man, I can’t wait to start grilling. And even with the crazy-early time change, it’s so nice to still have some sunlight at 6 pm. Hooray, spring! (I must say that 3 times a day)

  7. oh how lovely that sounds. enjoy the beauty.

  8. You described Spring in Southern Arizona perfectly!

  9. Sounds beautiful! Love the pic!

  10. Judy in Carefree March 13, 2007

    We are really blessed by these beautiful days and cool nights. Now if my frost damaged bushes would just get new leaves, things would be perfect!

  11. Here too the spring is arrived, eben if for the next week they are expecting snow!!!

  12. Yes, thank you for sending the birds back. We have missed them here. Love your tree photo.

  13. I’m happy spring is in the air to …so exciting this time of year !

  14. Lucky you ~ sounds fantastic! It’s in the 40s here which gives us New Englanders spring fever, if you can believe it.

  15. it’s been gorgeous here too! it’s supposed to be 82 tomorrow & i’m taking my sis to the zoo. can’t wait! so glad i don’t live up north!!!

  16. beautiful post, kelli. phoenix sounds lovely… orange blossoms… mmmm… so glad you are enjoying the sun!
    it’s spring break here this week and that phenomenon you are describing (office workers and their coffee cups) is just a tad more excruciating on a college campus, when we are the only ones around πŸ™‚

  17. I bet those early morning runs on the canel just got earlier.

  18. i know exactly what you mean. it has been in the 70’s here and i’m loving it. the only bad thing is i know what kind of weather is right behind hot. hot and humid=yuck!

  19. Hi Kelli–thanks for the great spring post. It’s wonderful here in Virginia, but I still have one ski weekend to go. I’m hoping a little cold air comes in just in time for me to hit the slopes one more time. Take care!

  20. i love the smell of orange blossoms! so jealous! enjoying spring here too!

  21. I’m soooo ready for BBQ’s!!

  22. You got the bbq out already?! Can’t wait for that πŸ™‚

  23. Beautifully written, Kelli. It’s so springy here too, but I wish “the office” would take the same attitude toward early dismissals. I’d love a long run in the early evening before dinner.

  24. So pretty. What an inspirational picture. I’m still waiting on spring but am taking comfort in knowing that it’s coming. I’ve got the arms outstretched looking for a little lovin’ from the blessed sun.

  25. Natalie March 14, 2007

    What a beautiful post Kelli!

  26. Sounds so nice! Wish we could grow citrus fruit here in Denver. I’d love to smell the blossoms. Anyway, the spring air is finally here.

    BTW, this post put on the pressure to get you the dough recipe I promised–before it’s too hot to use your oven!!!

  27. It’s very hot here too, but they say it will snow next week, can you believe it???

  28. Wow, what a perfect description! This is my favorite time of year in PHX, LOVE those orange blossoms!

  29. Stretch wide, catch it all. πŸ™‚