Can Spring be Far Away?


It’s a beautiful day in Amman, Jordan. The achingly beautiful sky holds nothing but the warm, bright sun. The temperature is a balmy 22 degrees Celsius (70F) and I hear the doves cooing out on the balcony as they check out possibilities for their new homes.

Buses are roaming the streets, disgorging happy, shrieking kids. More kids, without jackets, scarves, and hats are happily playing football in the street. Old ladies are puttering about in their gardens. All is right with the world!

We’ve been known to endure savagely cold weather, and even blizzards as late as April. But, just for today, I’m going to comfort myself with the idea that spring is preparing to knock on our door and bring another gloriously hot summer!

How are things in your neck of the woods?


About Ol' Big Jim

Ol' Big Jim, has been a storekeeper, an embalmer, a hospital orderly, a medical biller, and through it all, a teller of tall tales. Many of his stories, like his first book, New Yesterdays, are set in his hometown of Piedmont, Alabama. For seven years, he lived in the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, Amman, Jordan where he spends his time trying to visit each one of the thousands of Ammani coffee shops and scribbling in his ever-present notebook. These days, you can find him back stateside, still filling notebooks.
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11 Responses to Can Spring be Far Away?

  1. Glynis Smy says:

    Very mixed weather in my part of UK, Jim. Two days of Spring and the rain is back! Fortunately, I am not on the flooded side of the country!


    • Ol' Big Jim says:

      I’m sure happy to hear that, Glynis! Those poor folk on the other side are being drenched as well as frozen! I’ve a few friends in those areas, and I’m very fortunate I don’t live there! Stay dry and warm!


      • Glynis Smy says:

        Thanks, Jim, sun’s just come out so am going for a quick walk along the prom. Many cannot and I am grateful ours is still intact!


  2. Sisyphus47 says:

    You don’t want to know Jim, I can assure you – unless you’re a duck!! 😉


  3. Alia and I were out in this magnificent weather today enjoying a picnic under an almond tree that is bursting into bloom. We are in sync again as I’ve got a blog post coming on this very topic! 🙂


  4. Daniel says:

    Spotted the first fully opened jonquils in the yard today. Sunny and warm today, but bad storms predicted for tonight. Will sleep in my bike helmet over my CPAP mask.


  5. Jaraad says:

    This is the coldest year in the Midwest since a long, long time. I hated it.


  6. Author Caz Greenham says:

    Great to hear your weather is heading for Springtime, Jim. In UK we are seeing all weathers ~ April showers, winter winds, howling gales, beautiful sunshine. Still wearing hats, scarves, warm coats and waterproof raincoats. My dogs have winter coats too! But, on a sunnier note: it’s nearing March, so the weather can only improve, right?


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