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Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Spring is upon us.  Winter is putting up a battle, but spring is in the air.  I can feel it.  It may still be 32 degrees, but 32 degrees in March or April just feels much warmer than 32 degrees in January.  I can smell it.  Spring has a smell.  All the seasons smell.

Spring smells new, fresh, like a new car or like clothes fresh out of the dryer.  The flowers, the trees and the grass all emit their spring odor.  Spring smells like linseed oil on leather, it smells like baseball.  Spring smells like open windows and fresh air. 

Summer smells before it is officially upon us.  The world starts to smell slow.  Slow has a smell.  Slow smells like bacon or barbque chicken.  Summer smells slow.  The wind smells slow in summer. Summer is for resting up for what is to come.

I know when fall is near.  I don’t need a calendar, I can smell it.  Fall smells like football.  Yes, football is a smell.  It smells like change, it smells like dying…no, not dying…hibernation.  Fall smells like old air, mulching grass, browning leaves and fermenting fruit.  Fall smells like pie. 

Winter creeps up on us like no other season.  There is fall and suddenly the air is crisp and clean…not fresh like spring, but clean, almost antiseptically clean.  Winter cleanses all the smells of the other seasons.  Winter is a necessary time to rid the world of all the excesses of the other three seasons.  Winter cleanses and prepares us for spring.

Open a window.  Breathe deeply.  Can you smell it?  It may still be cold, but there is no chill.

It smells of spring.


  1. Shoot, I knew I was missing something. Seriously, I lost most of my sense of smell to a virus thirty some years ago. Though I still try to smell the roses....

  2. My husband keeps the windows open even when the temps are in the single digits.
    I agree with you, March has a different 32 degree feel than January.Still waiting for the rest of the Spring Time feel though.


    Why does Satan want you to stay away from the the watery grave of baptism?

    1. Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

    Lucifer wants you dry so you cannot be saved.

    2. Acts 8:39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing.

    Beelzebub wants you dry to prevent you from rejoicing.

    3. Acts 22:16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.

    The Devil wants you dry so your sins will not be washed away.

    4. Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

    The prince of darkness wants you dry so you will not be clothed with Christ.

    5. Acts 2:41,47 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. 47 ...And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

    Satan wants you dry because he does not want you saved and subsequently added to the Lord's church.

    6. Romans 6:4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

    The prince of devils wants you dry to keep you from walking in a new life with Christ.

    7. Romans 6:6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;

    Lucifer wants you dry so you will remain a slave to sin.

    8. Romans 6:11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

    Beelzebub wants you dry so you cannot be alive to God in Christ Jesus.

    9. 1 Peter 3:21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you---not the removal of dirt from the flesh , but an appeal to God for a good conscience---through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    The prince of the devils wants you dry because he does not want you to be saved.

    10. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Lucifer wants you dry because he does not want you to have your sins forgiven nor does he want you to receive indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit.

    11. Colossians 2:12-13 ..buried with Him in baptism...13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions.

    Beelzebub wants you dry because he does not want your transgressions forgiven.

    12. Titus 3:5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have dine in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by thewashing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,

    The Devil want you dry so will remain unsaved.

    13. John 3:5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

    The prince of darkness wants you dry in order to keep you from entering the kingdom of God.

    14. Ephesians 5:25-27 ...Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her , having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory , having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

    Satan wants you dry because he does not want you sanctified, cleansed, nor holy and blameless.

    15. Revelation 20:15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

    Lucifer wants you dry because he does not want your name written in the Lamb's book of life.He want you to be thrown into the lake of fire.


    1. Point well taken Steve, however I still think that Spring smells good.

      I checked out your blog, and I think I will pass on following...I'm not really into the book of life and the lake of fire sort of stuff but thank you.

    2. Holy comment!

    3. This guy drives me crazy; he goes on to a lot of blogs and writes similar things with an invitation to follow his blog. I actually emailed him and told him I had no intention of following his blog ever and to stop commenting on my blog (which he had commented on multiple times for me to follow his blog). I hate anyone who tries to promote blog readership or members like this, I rather develop a relationship by actually reading what someone writes rather than leave a comment like this.


  4. Spring and Fall are my two favorite seasons. I agree that each has a smell. Although I associate fall with apple pie smell. I don't know why I just always have. As for your comment on my blog.... You are right. I got myself a winner. :)

  5. I don't think I've ever focused on the smell of the seasons. As a painter I've concentrated on how these seasons look. Thanks for making me think about them in a different way.

  6. I agree with your assessment. The seasons do have their own smells and you've captured that very nicely in this post.

    Love your response to the preacher, You were very kind. I would have hit the delete button.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

  7. i really like this a lot. :)

    (i'd have totally deleted that, too.)

  8. I agree, especially with things slowing down in the summer. To me fall smells good, as in "the worst is over". But I can see how to most of you in snowier climes that is how spring must smell. Interesting post Cranky. ;)

  9. You are absolutely right about those smells! Thank you for reminding me. Even in England, where the temperature changes are much less dramatic there is still that fragrance of change... This post is very poetic!

  10. Our spring is still frozen, but I am looking forward to smelling it soon. :-)


  11. Wonderful to consider. For me, it's lilacs in spring, campfires (and beer... and root beer floats) in summer, pumpkin EVERYthing in fall and, well, hmmm... peppermint in winter, I suppose. Or cookies. Yeah, Christmas cookies in winter.

  12. Amen, Joe.

    Oy. I'm probably next.

  13. That was actually beautiful--you surprised me, Joe!!

  14. Just as you have a glimpse of spring, we have a glimpse of Autumn. Starting to get a little chilly at nights here now. Actually has a lousy summer with loads and loads of rain.

  15. Even in sunny southern California where there are not the drastic change of seasons -- it smells like spring!

  16. I can't smell nothin'.
    The pollen from the oak tree has got my smeller all plugged ...not to mention the rain that fell this morning makes it literally impossible to see through the windshield of the car until after I wash it.
    Spring ...bah!

    1. Well ...that was brilliant.
      I forgot to log out of that account.

  17. So, open the window on the west and let some of that spring drift to Ohio.

  18. ask me again in a couple weeks, ain't here just yet ..... imagine as we might.

  19. I agree with you, the four seasons have their own distinct smells. Here in Florida, it's like this:
    1. Almost summer - the scent of cooled air
    2. Summer - the scent of cooled air
    3. Still summer - the scent of cooled air
    4. Christmas - the scent of a tree in the living room

  20. Thanks for visiting my blog (A Bench with a View) and your comment. I can tell you that the corgi will be featured in D and K for the A/Z challenge in case you don't want to follow all the rest of the pictures :)

    I like how you wrote about the smells of the season. I can tell the seasons changing with the way the air feels, warmer for spring, a touch of cool in the autumn days, etc. Good that spring is heading your way though since so many parts of the country have had a tough long winter!


  21. I love this. It makes me smell.

  22. My favorite: "(Spring) . . . smells like baseball." YES!

  23. I remember the smell of blossoms in spring, watermelon and ice cream in summer, leaves burning in the autumn and wet mittens drying on the radiator in winter. It's still rainy season here; it's autumn, but no leaves will fall or at least not all at once. Love this post, Joe.

  24. Yeah, where I live in South Carolina the air has that early spring feel despite the cool temperatures. The only thing preventing that from being a perfect time of the year is the pollen.

  25. Down here in Aus, the smell is of Autumn. The air is slightly crisper first thing in the morning, the breezes cooler all day, yet the sun still shines warmly and skies are blue. Mostly.

  26. Got to admit the crisp, clean smell of Winter is my favorite seasonal smell.

  27. I'm with fishducky... you've shown another side of yourself in this post.
    After this winter, we should all be crying tears of joy at the mere site of a flower beginning to grow and the smell wafting through our noses.
    Here's to Spring!


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