Thursday, March 15, 2018

CELEBRATE SPRING with the HERE BE MAGIC AUTHORS

Posted by: Dani Harper, AUTHOR

As winter begins to loosen its grip, our thoughts have turned to celebrating Spring. 

The authors at Here Be Magic share their thoughts – and invite you to join in.  We want to hear from YOU, and to make it even more fun, we’re offering a great giveaway!

But first, let’s hear from the HBM authors – and see if you’re thinking some of the same things!

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“Spring! I can't wait to throw open windows for fresh air. I'm looking forward to getting out of my sweats into shorts, tank tops and flip flops, but I'm really looking forward to longer warmer days.” Ruth A. Casie, www.ruthacasie.com
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"What I like most about spring is the fresh green smell of new grass in the sun . . . it never smells quite the same any other time of the year. It's the scent of hope and joy and new possibilities." Shawna Reppert, www.shawna-reppert.com 

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“Getting up at the crack of dawn in the spring has it's advantages. I love to crack the window as the birds wake and hear their excitement for the coming day. Then as the day progresses, there is nothing more refreshing than fully opening the windows and letting in the fresh spring air.” Maureen Bonatch, www.maureenbonatch.com
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 “Since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved the flowers of Spring – the crocuses, iris, tulips and others that bravely poke their heads up, sometimes too soon, before Winter is entirely done with her bluster. The colors of Spring flowers are such a beautiful palette of pastels. I don’t care for lilies, however; they give me migraines!” Veronica Scott, www.veronicascott.wordpress.com
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Winter wiener dogs can soon go for walks!
Photo: Linda Mooney
“With the weather turning warmer, I can finally take my two wiener dogs for walks around the neighborhood. Rusty in particular needs to lose those extra ounces he gained over the winter when they decided it was too cold to be outside for any length of time other than what it took for them to do their business.” Linda Mooney, www.lindamooney.com
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 “I can hardly wait for this year’s shipment of baby chicks to arrive. And I’m crossing my fingers that all the tulip bulbs I planted last year actually come up. I’ve never grown them before, but I remember picking them from a neighbor’s front yard when I was five because I thought they were pretty!” Dani Harper, www.daniharper.com   
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 “Every year I look forward to the cherry blossoms. There's something about the way they perfume the air for entire blocks that's almost magical.  But this year, I have something even more magical to look forward to: the arrival of my first grandchild!” PG Forte, www.pgforte.com   
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I love being able to walk without trudging through snow! Also, the fresh scents of new grass, and the very first flower buds gives me such a sense of renewal. Spring re-energizes me!” Cindy Spencer Pape, www.cindyspencerpape.com
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"I always look forward to those first spring flowers. Daffodils, crocus, the blooming wild cherry and redbud trees... All make me so happy. Even if it turns cold or snows again, I know the end is in sight." Joely Sue Burkhart, www.joelysueburkhart.com


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GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Every winner has been or will be emailed by the author whose book they won. The grand prize winner has already been contacted. THANK YOU, EVERYONE!

Here is the list of the winners, drawn at random: 

1.       Jana Leah won the Grand Prize, a $35 AMAZON GIFT CARD

2.       Karen Machamer won an eBook - STEAM AND SORCERY by Cindy Spencer Pape

3.       Amanda Daggett won her choice of an ebook or signed paperback - LADY OF THE NILE by Veronica Scott

4.       Marc Popkin won an ebook - RAVEN'S VOW by Shawna Reppert

5.       Stacie Williams won an eBook - MOTOR CITY FAE by Cindy Spencer Pape

6.       Karen Haas won an ebook - STORM WARNED by Dani Harper

7.       Kristal Hubbard won an eBook - STONE by Linda Mooney (or any one of her ebooks)

8.       Rose Bocook won an ebook - FIRST BITE by Dani Harper

9.       Ann Vogel won a signed print copy - QUEEN TAKES KNIGHTS by Joely Sue Burkhart


10.   Jenny Ham won a copy of DREAM UNDER THE HILL by PG Forte

152 comments:

  1. I like the colors - blue sky, green leaves, flowers, etc.

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  2. I love the warmer weather I hate winter and I love seeing the leaves comeback and all the beautiful flowers

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  3. I love the flowers and the sun and the feeling of everything rejuvenating and starting anew

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  4. Spring feels so fresh after a hard winter. All of the new growth and beautiful colours...

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  5. Spring brings wonderful rain. I love the smell of dust at the start of rain and I love how clean the air is after the rain. Even though I am allergic, I love the smell of fresh cut grass.

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  6. I like the warmer weather, no more snow storms and sunshine.

    Jennifer Rote

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  7. Everything seems new and refreshed and bright

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  8. Jennifer WilliamsMarch 15, 2018 at 3:35 PM

    I love how everything is reborn!

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  9. I like the warmer weather, the plants and flowers (despite any allergies), the promise of fresh food at the farmers market, and the lengthening days.

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  10. Love the temperatures. The cold weather makes my joints ache. Also love the flowers

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  11. Love longer walks in warmer weather.

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  12. I love the start of the warmer weather :)

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  13. I like the warmer weather and the longer days.

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  14. I love the warmer temps, the longer days and the beautiful smell of the spring flowers blooming.

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  15. Is it bad that I love the watching the thunder storms roll across the sky from my front porch? Even checking the sky for tornados is something I enjoy. I guess I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie.

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  16. I like the cooler weather and baseball!

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  17. I love the profusion of flora and life.

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  18. I love the colors, new life, and the weather is just right. Not having to worry about the roads being to slick to drive on is a big plus.

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  19. The warmer weather, the grass, the flowers, Easter, everything!!

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  20. I love seeing the sun and daylight, the end of the commute to and from work in the dark, always makes me smile. The spring flowers so look so delicate and pretty and it's great to be able to shed the bulky heavy coats for lights garments x

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  21. I love how everything comes alive reawakening from a long winters sleep. All the colors returning also

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  22. I'm looking outside at snow in the middle of March and trying to decide if it's spring because the calendar tells me so or winter because of the snow.
    I'm leaning towards spring because it's a more hopeful season.

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  23. My favorite thing about Spring is getting my garden going, and the thoughts of BBQs on my patio with friends and family!

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  24. One of the things I like about Spring is the longer days, the warm sun, lilacs and all the beautiful Spring flowers. I'm solar powered so I begin to come alive in the Spring.

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  25. The warmer weather.

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  26. I love the warmer weather! As the weather gets warmer I notice people are in a much better mood and that makes things so much better!

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  27. I love the smell of rain on fresh cut grass and it's better in the spring.

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  28. The warmer weather and sense of rebirth

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  29. Spring is a time of renewal--new life all around. Also, it's hopefully the end of the snowy season.

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  30. What I love about spring, is all the flowers coming up.....the grass turning green...and the return of the birds and animals! Such a beautiful time of year!

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  31. The flowers, birds singing, and everything coming alive.

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  32. I love spring, daffodils popping up !

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  33. I love the warm weather after a brutal winter,the smell of all the spring flowers and the birdsong.
    Carol Luciano
    Lucky4750 at aol dot com

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  34. What I like most about spring....no more COLD!!!

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  35. The weather and that my Birthday is coming up (MAY).

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  36. Warmer temps, spring flowers, opening up windows and smelling the fresh air, longer days, the list could go on & on, yea for spring!

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  37. The colors of the leaves and flowers and the weather.

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  38. I love the warmer weather when spring arrives- I love being outside

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  39. I love Spring Time. Warmer weather, the flowers blooming and birds singing.

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  40. I like spring for the blooming of flowers- a sign of a new beginning!

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  41. I am from a tropical country so I don't observe the change from winter to spring on a yearly basis but I have been to Chicago a couple of times during early spring to early summer. I love seeing all the plants bloom so beautifully. I also love how people seem to love spring.

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  42. I like that I get to start my gardening. It’s so relaxing and has so many benefits

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  43. I like the gardening and it's time for weekend camping!!

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  44. I love that the trees start to bloom. They're not motionless anymore.

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  45. Warm weather, trees and flowers blooming,and the smells.

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  46. I like spring when its not to hot and not to cold, but hate what it does to my allergies lol

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  47. I love spring showers and flowers it's so beautiful this time of year.

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  48. I love longer days and sunshine!!!
    Marlene V

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  49. I love the warmer weather and seeing all the plants and trees come to life after a cold hard winter.

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  50. I love the flowers and not being cold...

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  51. I love the fresh green grasses and the baby animals!

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  52. Here in florida, spring pretty much means summer. YAY!!!!!!!

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  53. Spring rains wash away the grunge of winter, twittering birds fill the air with lovely harmonies, and I can throw off my heavy coat and go hunting with my camera.

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  54. It's not too hot or too cold. The cherry blossoms blooming in DC on the Tidal Basin. The perfect time to walk around the Mall in DC and enjoy everything it has to offer. Pretty much anything outdoors except pollen... LOL

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  55. What I love most about spring is the weather and spending time with my extended family for Easter.

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  56. At the moment NOTHING! It's spring and we're in the middle of our FOURTH NorEaster. Snow predictions for the next 15-20 hours is up to 10". This isn't spring, it's the return of winter.

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  57. I love the smell of the soil and hearing trees being trimmed.

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  58. I look forward to spring, because I can start to feel warmth in the sunlight. I'm looking forward to my crocuses blooming.

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  59. I love spring because I can plant flowrrs for my yard and be able to plant my vegetables in my garden. The longer days to enjoy activities!

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  60. I enjoy the flowers and warmer weather during the spring.

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  61. All of the new growth reminds me of fresh starts and new possibilities..very magical!

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  62. I love the flowers and the sun.

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  63. I love that the weather becomes warmer and all the flowers start to bloom.

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  64. Love the warmer weather, when you live in the snow belt in Northeast Ohio it seems that winter never ends.

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  65. I like the weather and the holidays associated with springtime.

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  66. I love that Spring brings the warm weather which means we can go outside and enjoy the fresh air and green grass and start getting ready for camping!!

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  67. I love the warmer weather so I can wear fun clothes like dresses, skirts and shorts!

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  68. When it's actually warm. Given that we just got snow again, it doesn't feel very much like spring right now.

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  69. I love all the new flowers . I also love the lovely smells of spring.

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  70. The warmer weather, the chirping birds, the blossoming of the flowers and the trees!

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  71. I love that it's feels so fresh and warm.

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  72. I love Easter. I love the warmer weather. I love pastel colors and baby ducks and bunnies. (jozywails@gmail.com)

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  73. I love Spring because my kids are all in sports ands it so nice outside!

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  74. The end of snow and being able to open the windows wide and air out the place.

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  75. My birthday is the first day of spring, so I look forward to that.

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  76. Stephanie ChristineMarch 21, 2018 at 1:51 PM

    This is going to sound bad but I don't look forward to Spring lol too many allergies and in Texas we don't get much of one anyway before it's 90 degress

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  77. I love the smell. I live in the Philly area and we haven’t had much spring these past few years. I miss the clean scent of rain and the warm winds.

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  78. Elizabeth RobinsonMarch 21, 2018 at 2:20 PM

    I like it because it means warmer weather and no more snow.

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  79. Everything is new again ... a time of rebirth

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  80. I love it when each Spring begins the blooms, all the fresh young colors; so beautiful.

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  81. Warmer weather and being able to do things outside again.

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  82. I love the warmer temperatures & longer days!

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  83. I love Spring! I like watching the flowers and trees coming back to life and the grass getting green. I look forward to watching the birds returning and hearing them in the morning. The warmer weather and longer days make Spring an awesome time of the year.

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  84. I love the warmer weather and the blooming flowers!
    Crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

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  85. I love the longer daylight hours, warm weather, and flowers.

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  86. I love the warmer weather, the flowers, more daylight and being able to use my patio.

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  87. I love that all the trees and flowers sprout and grow again. And everything is green once again

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  88. I love the colors and smells of Spring, and the warmer weather.

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  89. I like how everything starts to come alive again. It feels warm and verdant.

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  90. What I like about Spring is that it is finally getting warm outside and I can go out walking. Also everything is coming back to life.

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  91. Spring feels so fresh after a hard winter. All of the new growth and beautiful colours.

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  92. I like that the snow is gone-longer daylight hours and seeing my flower coming up from the ground

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  93. We've already had 5 MONTHS of winter here and it's STILL cold as hell....I welcome Spring with open arms but I think it got lost. Love the new blooms and fresh air!

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  94. Lilacs are my favorite part of spring

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  95. Spring here means warm breezy weather. We don't get the Spring flowers like up north since we have flowers all year long.

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  96. Newborn kittens and beautiful flowers! Thanks for the chance.

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  97. I love going to the park with the daughter and granddaughter

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  98. Spring is still cold in the UK, so a good book in a warm house is still my favourite way to pass the time.

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  99. My favorite part of spring is the beautiful blooming flowers and trees, and the warmer weather is always welcome!

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  100. I love to see the flowers bloom in all their beautiful colors!

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  101. The best thing about spring is warmer weather. It gives me more time outside with my dog.

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  102. I like the fact that winter is finally over (well EVENTUALLY LOL~ cuz right Mother Nature is a tad bit drunk 😵) and that my bday happens in Spring, I like all the birds driving my cats INSANE as they fly all over my lawn, the flowers that bloom (minus the sniffles and sneezes that come w my allergies) and the spring showers

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  103. I love the rebirth! How all the things that were asleep during winter comes back with such vibrant colors, such fragrant smells. How the birds sing so loud upon rising. How the blows so forceful in March pushing the remains of winter away to welcome Spring, new fresh air. How all the animals tend to be out and about with new little ones! So much to love about Spring!
    Thank you for this wonderful chance!

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  104. I love the sunny days & light breezes that fill the air. Also full green trees that brighten every day.

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  105. We have a small garden , but the flowers and the birds singing just make the days brighter and happier.

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  106. I like the stormy weather (tornado weather) that spring brings to where i live in southeastern Oklahoma.

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  107. Rainbows! Here in the Pacific Northwest spring is rainbow time. These are big, fat, vibrant rainbows that fill the sky. I've even had up to three (yes three) rainbows at once. I love them so much.

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  108. The warmer temperatures and the growing things :)

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  109. I love sunshine,flowers,trees and grass!

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  110. I love the crisp weather and the bright flowers.

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  111. I love the beautiful flowers and the warmer weather of spring.

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  112. I like rain in the Spring that isn't too cold and love the smell of fresh blossoms!

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  113. Love the longer days the chance in weather the flowers and plants start to cone alive

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  114. Spring means the lilacs and hyacinths start to bloom..the days get longer and warmer..hurray!!

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  115. Spring means it's that much closer to summer.

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  116. I love all the Blooming Plants and Flowers.

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  117. Love the weather, and the blooming flowers :)

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  118. in portland, spring means we get breaks form rain!

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  119. Spring and fall are my favorite seasons. In spring, I love all the beautiful spring flowers. Oh, and the baby animals. We have a pond in our subdivision and there are ducks and geese there. I love watching the babies following their parents around! We have a couple of robins who nest in our trees every year, too.

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  120. I love hearing the birds in the morning when I wake up, and I love my flower bulbs blooming.

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  121. The weather warming up and all the flowers blooming.

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  122. I love the perfect mild temperatures so I can read outside among the beautiful colors and smells of blooming flowers

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  123. I love the perfect mild temperatures so I can read outside among the beautiful colors and smells of blooming flowers

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  124. I like the warmer weather and the blooming flowers.

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  125. I love the rain and the smell of the orange blossoms

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  126. I grew up in Texas so spring meant less than 90 degrees for a few more weeks. I love all the flowers and the baby birds. Growing up near Austin, we had wildflowers EVERYWHERE from the Lady Bird Johnson initiatives long ago.

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  127. what I like about spring is it's not cold or as cold anymore and it's not hot yet as it will be in the summer and the fresh leaves and cool colors of spring are nice two.

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  128. I love the new life, vibrant colors, nature sounds & all the lovely smells!
    Cheers~
    Kelly Braun

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  129. I love how the grass starts to green up and the snow crocus and surprise lilies start to grow.

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  130. Spring is the time for rebirth and new beginnings. Life returns to the trees and the grass and flowers. The air smells fresh and clean and offers boundless opportunities to enjoy living!

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  131. I love watching the flowers bloom.

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  132. I love planting my garden and flowers.

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  133. I love planting herbs and flowers on my deck.

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  134. I love that the kids can go outside and play longer.

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  135. I like the nice days and cool nights.

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