It’s Spring Y’all!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it. Our top story in The Shady Pines Gazette is that as of Tuesday March 19th Spring has Sprung! That’s right.

The good people of Shady Pines Story Town are brimming with excitement and energy. I’m Zulah Talmadge, Editor of The Gazette, and together with Scoop The Cub Reporter, we are on the story.

The truth is, Scoop and I love this time of year here in our small Southern town. There’s just a wonderful feel to the air.

We put our heads together and came up with the Top 5 Things we think about most this time of year. See if you agree with us.

Reasons We Love Spring

1. Warmer Temperatures

As winter fades from the calendar, the temperature slowly starts to rise.

We go from building creations in the snow while wearing heavy coats, scarves  and boots to something else entirely.

In the blink of an eye, we bring out light jackets, then sweaters and finally short sleeves.

Soon you hear children laughing and see them chasing one another while playing all sorts of games outside.

2. Longer Days

The reason all of us are staying outside more is becuase the days are getting longer.With the arrival of spring, daylight hours extend as the sun rises earlier and sets later.

This increase in daylight very clearly shows us the changing season.A happy family hugging their pets

And as an added benefit, all those rays of sunshine help lift our moods and increase our energy. Don’t just take our word for it. Watch the pets in your life and see how they’re reacting.

If they’re anything like the Sanders’ favorite critters, Boomer and Halley, you’ll have your hands and arms full keeping up with them!

The Azaela Festival

4. Blooming Flowers

One of the most visually striking signs of spring is the arrival of those springtime flowers.

Acoss the southern region where we live all kinds of flowers bloom during this time. Parks, gardens, and neighborhoods burst with vibrant colors.

Why you can see tulips, daffodils, cherry blossoms, and magnolias popping up.

But around here we are partial to azaleas.

In fact, azaleas are such a big deal, we created a whole festival devoted to them. Yep.

We call it – what else? The Azalea Festival. People get all dressed up to attend a whole weekend filled with events and live entertainment.

There’s even a full scale parade with an Azalea Queen and her Court.

It’s a bloomin’ good time for one and all!

What We Don’t Like

5. Allergy Season

Not to be a downer but we do have to mention a not-so-peasant part of all those flowering plants and trees.

One of the Signs of Spring is the increase in pollen levels which triggers seasonal allergies for a lot of us.

Those springtime trees, grasses, and flowers release pollen into the air.

If you’re sensitive to pollen you’ll probably find yourself with symptom like sneezing, congestion, and itchy eyes.

Fortunately the pollen usually only lasts a few weeks.

Then you can put away the allergy meds, tissues and eye drops and enjoy spring to the fullest.

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