Monday, April 07, 2014

Less Heralded Signs of Spring, and a Question

Much is made of the first robin as a harbinger of spring (overlooking the fact that they can be seen in January).

Seeing plants come up is less exciting in an office park, where the landscapers have placed them.

If you have to look closely at a tree and squint to see what may be, might be buds, it lacks thrills.

But there are early, pre-spring signs starting to show up. Beginning to start to commence to, anyway.
  • Street-sweepers clearing the winter's left-behind sand.
  • Cars parked by ponds that disgorge fishing poles instead of ice skates.
  • Geese are seen in pairs instead of groups.
Have you seen any signs where you are?

But that's not the question. The question is: If you asked someone at the grocery store if they carried pre-made pesto, and found that (perhaps related to English not being his first language), he didn't know what pesto was, how would you describe it?


Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Hmm. You put it on pasta, it's made of basil, it's green? I don't know!

9:10 PM, April 07, 2014  
Blogger Leslie said...

I'd call it Basil Paste or Basil sauce. The problem may be that he doesn't know what Basil is. How about asking if he has any St. John's Wort sauce? It may be easier to just pick up some fresh basil and make your own.

We had two Canada Geese feeding in the yard yesterday. And I actually saw a Blue Bird this morning - not a Blue Jay but an actual Blue Bird!

10:41 AM, April 08, 2014  

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