Can't Wait to "Spring Forward"!
It's that time again, when even if the temperatures are still cold, the days are noticeably longer. This makes me feel a lot better, because I am one of those solar-powered people (aren't we all?). And what makes me even more excited is that the time change is coming up soon, on March 8. In the wee hours--that'd be 2am--of Sunday morning, the time skips ahead one hour.
Yeah, we lose an hour of sleep (that's why they do it on the weekend), but we gain a whole extra hour of delicious, delicious sunlight in the evening. I'm all over that! Whoever came up with the saying "Spring forward, fall back" to remind us which way to set the clock was an utter genius, by the way. It always helps me remember with no problem!
Picture is mine that I took of the irises that bloom at my house every spring. Looking forward to seeing them again!
Image Credit » My own photo
maxeen wrote on February 22, 2015, 12:08 PM
I think the Iris is so beautiful,hope to see many of them soon.
CoralLevang wrote on February 22, 2015, 12:12 PM
A reminder of the irises that my aunt used to grow. Thank you for sharing!
UK_Writer wrote on February 22, 2015, 12:13 PM
Only another month to go, five weeks.
Kasman wrote on February 22, 2015, 12:37 PM
Changing the clocks in springtime is different in different countries. Here in the UK we put the clocks forward one hour on the last Sunday in March (29th). In Australia they put their clocks BACK by one hour on April 5.
CalmGemini wrote on February 22, 2015, 12:57 PM
Beautiful flowers.The flowers have been photographed nicely.So in march ,looking forward to more photos.
GemOfAGirl wrote on February 22, 2015, 2:43 PM
I think the logic for using Daylight Savings Time has passed. We're not actually getting an additional hour of sunlight in the evening; we're just shifting our entire collective schedules by an hour, which, to me, seems like a ridiculous thing to do. If a company wants to save electricity by using less lighting, then they should change their hours of operation. Most businesses don't set their operating hours by the amount of daylight hours anymore anyway. Few businesses are still bound by the traditional "nine-to-five" workday anymore.1
GemstonePink wrote on February 22, 2015, 3:04 PM
Those are gorgeous flowers. We are so looking forward to spring in our area. It does give us something to look forward to!
Colibry21 wrote on February 22, 2015, 3:07 PM
It is true that the longer days does help. It sure does help my mood. Definitely look forward to Spring.
MegL wrote on February 22, 2015, 3:49 PM
Yes, I always use that spring forward saying too. Just love it that the days are getting longer.
BarbRad wrote on February 22, 2015, 4:25 PM
I'm already seeing irises here on my walks - mostly purple ones. It always takes my body a couple of weeks to adjust to the time change.
wolfgirl569 wrote on February 22, 2015, 4:41 PM
I wish they would just leave the time alone. It does not truly add any extra time to the day. How they came up with that I dont understand. It just messes my schedule up big time1
valmnz wrote on February 22, 2015, 5:42 PM
Beautiful irises. In New Zealand our daylight savings doesn't end until 5 April, when we put our clocks back. Yes, that saying helps me remember which way to put the clock too.
FourWalls wrote on February 22, 2015, 7:10 PM
I concur with those who say we should stop daylight savings time. It was a necessity back in the 1930's and 40's with first the Great Depression then World War II, when people had to conserve everything they could. Now it's pointless, except to increase the number of accidents, injuries, and heart attacks in the days immediately following the shift to daylight savings time.1
Terry Ree of the comedy team Williams and Ree (billed as "the Indian and the White Guy" -- Ree is Sioux) jokes about DST as saying, "You white guys think that you can chop a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom of the blanket, and you've made the blanket longer." As GemOfAGirl said, the traditional 9-5 days aren't as "traditional" as they used to be (I've worked plenty of 6 AM - 2 PM jobs in my time), and we certainly don't need to conserve kerosene oil so it can go to the war effort, so let's leave the time alone.
bestwriter wrote on February 22, 2015, 7:37 PM
Your Irish flowers just took me to that song by Bing Crosby - When Irish Eyes are smiling. - don't ask me why.
You get that spring in your step I bet looking forward to spring.
AliCanary wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:12 PM
Me, too! I don't know where my husband found this one, but I love the color scheme.
AliCanary wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:23 PM
You're welcome! Those heirloom flowers can evoke lots of good memories.
AliCanary wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:24 PM
Oh, you change the time on a different date, then--for us, it's only a couple of weeks away. We used to do it around APril Fool's Day, but I like doing it earlier.
AliCanary wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:26 PM
I just now found this out!I thought it was pretty universal. I guess it makes sense, considering countries are at all different latitudes (then again, ours stretches through quite a few!)
AliCanary wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:28 PM
Thanks very much! That's our big azalea bush in the background. Everyone has azaleas in North Carolina, but I've never seen another one that same color. The landscapers gave it to us as a gift when my mother passed away.1
AliCanary wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:29 PM
It's true; seems much more trouble than it's worth. Arizona never did adopt it, but then again they didn't accept MLK Day, either. They are a wayward state, they are.
AliCanary wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:30 PM
Thanks! We have a lot of stuff that blooms in the springtime. There are a lot of flowering trees in our city, too.
maxeen wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:41 PM
They are all around the lake -must take a pic. next time..
AliCanary wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:43 PM
I feel much more productive during daylight hours, so it helps my mood AND it helps me get more stuff done!
AliCanary wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:43 PM
I can kind of picture it, too :)
AliCanary wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:44 PM
The purple ones are gorgeous, but I like the purple borders on ours--it's very unusual.
AliCanary wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:45 PM
I would prefer they do away with the changes, too--but they should leave it on the "lighter later" time (I think that's the standard time, anyway).
AliCanary wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:46 PM
Oh, wow, at first I was like, "But wait, that's backward," and then I realized it is most certainly not backward, for those in the Southern hemisphere!
AliCanary wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:48 PM
Yes, it seems people are pretty fired up on the subject. I don't think it's necessary, either, and I suspect it might be eliminated at some point. They are already making the "summer time" period longer--it used to start around April 1.
AliCanary wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:50 PM
Well the name is iris, not Irish, but they probably do grow in Ireland!
bestwriter wrote on February 23, 2015, 8:01 PM
Being a gardener I should have known. Shame on me!!
buzymommy wrote on February 23, 2015, 8:06 PM
Time change won't mean much to me this year since they are still predicting SNOW in early March Spring isn't spring to me until that snow is gone... regardless of the daylight or what the calendar says. Come on spring!
AliCanary wrote on February 23, 2015, 10:55 PM
Well, if you see a crocus or two peeking through the snow, that's always a cheering sight!
GemOfAGirl wrote on February 24, 2015, 11:15 PM
I love that blanket analogy. I think I'm going to steal it and use it in the future.
buzymommy wrote on February 24, 2015, 11:32 PM
I still have probably 2 feet of snow all over my yard, so I would be shocked to see a flower poking through... although it would be amazing
nbaquero wrote on February 25, 2015, 10:47 AM
AliCanary Now that you put it that way, I look forward to the time change.
thisnthat wrote on February 27, 2015, 3:37 PM
I never liked changing the clocks, but I definitely prefer springing ahead. I don't like it when it gets dark so early.