This is the time of year where it seems like it’s been winter for far too long. Luckily, I’ve been able to get out and go for a walk almost every day despite it having been way too cold for a few weeks there. On the days when the wind-chill factor actually got to 15 below zero, I have to admit that I stayed in the house. However, those days weren’t too many, and I’ve been out and about for most of the winter. That being said, I’m beginning think about Spring, and wonder if we will have a “real” Spring this year.
I say that because for the past 5 or so years, we’ve gotten a few days of Spring, and then the temperature zooms up into the 80°’s with high humidity, and summer has made its early appearance months too early. Right now, though, I’m simply waiting. Waiting for the frigid weather to end, the mud to clear up, and the grass to be green again, instead of the brown it currently is. I know I’ve got at least a month or so to go, but how about you? Are you waiting for the winter to be done for good?
It’s getting nice out, I feel like I’ve emerged from a long and snowy winter, and I wanted to give a few updates on the changes that I’ve made to my life. So, I’ve gotten the children’s book that I was writing pretty much done – the writing part anyway. This weekend I want to start in on the illustrations, and have someone other than myself read it so I get some feedback on any changes that need to happen. I’m so glad that I’ve finally finally gotten to this point! Because I’m trying to write fairly consistently, I’m feeling much more creative, and I absolutely love the feeling!
My quest to get rid of junk around the house unfortunately has not yet turned into an actual plan. I got a good start on Spring Cleaning last week, but this week has been pretty much taken up with wood stacking for the winter. We’re almost done with that, well, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, so we’re more than halfway to the end. This weekend I hope to get a workable plan in place for that. And, to try and get the Spring Cleaning done, once and for all. (At least for this Spring!)
My eating plan has been having some pretty good results. I’ve lost fourteen pounds (maybe more, I haven’t yet weighed myself this week). I’m eating all that I want, I’ve just changed what it is that I eat. Oranges, bananas and grapes are some of my latest favorites. I’m looking forward to the strawberries, blueberries, plums and peaches that the summer will bring.
Here are a few of my recent photos of flowers and trees in all their Spring beauty!
Even though we had what you could only call a late winter – very little snow until the end of February, then feet of snow in March, I have the feeling that Spring may actually be here at last. Of course, we broke the temperature records for heat this week, but thankfully that was just one day. As I’m writing this, it’s a pretty chilly 60° out with quite a breeze. However, I’m hoping that we’re all done with the snow – I hope. Connecticut’s been known to suffer blizzards in April.
Here are some pictures I’ve taken in the last few days showing that Spring just may be here. Enjoy!
The weather here is anything but spring-like. I’ve still got piles of snow in my yard, and unless the sun decides to shine, that snow will be here for a while. The days have been what I call “tea-days” – these are days where I want to sit on my comfy couch and drink tea while reading. Therefore not getting anything accomplished. So, I decided that I’d share some motivations today since I need them so badly myself!
I think I’ve been the bug a little too often lately. Time to change that!
I’ll leave the last quote to Albert Einstein – he can say it much better than I can.
To me, Easter is all about nature. Usually by this time of year the snow is gone, the mud is almost dried up and the daffodils are starting to open. Not this year. The snow is still hanging around and the daffodils are under at least three or more inches of snow. And, mud season is something we have to look forward to (lucky us!).
On my walks I keep finding all kinds of garbage that people have been throwing out of their cars. You would think that after all the years of Earth Day, and teaching recycling in schools this wouldn’t keep happening. Just what is up with this? I don’t understand it. Do people really think that all their garbage is just going to magically disappear? I wonder if they think that Mother Nature comes out at night and collects their wrappers, fast-food bags, plastic and glass. That would be cool, but it will never happen. Mother Nature is probably busy deciding exactly how her retribution will go. We can already see that retribution all around us. I’m glad that I don’t live really close to the coast-line.
So, this week while you’re celebrating Easter or Passover or what-ever other religious ritual it is that you may or may not celebrate, spare a thought for our planet. You know, the place that we call home (and the only place we have). Pick up some trash, make sure that you’re recycling all the things that you can, and make sure that your choices are more conscious ones. We all have a huge impact on the earth simply by living our lives the way that we do. See if you can minimize that impact. Your grandchildren will thank you.
You know how when your alarm goes off and you realize that it’s below zero out and the wind is blowing at gale-force? The house is cold because the wood-stoves are almost out and you wish there was someone other than you to take the dogs out and build-up the fires, but there is only you? So, in your night-gown and bare feet you open the door letting the cold air blast inside, but the dogs run out and you try your hardest to get both fires going before too much time passes, since the wind is howling down the chimney. That’s what the past month-and-a-half has been like. Am I sick of it yet?
Not. At. All. Because where I live there is no longer any such season as Spring. We seem to go directly into 90°F with 95% humidity. To tell you the truth, I’d rather be cold than hot – you can layer-up in cold weather, but you can only layer-down to a certain extent. After all, walking around nude just isn’t an option. (Well, maybe for some people.)
I really feel sorry for my neighbors since most of them have either oil or electric heat. We spent money on a huge load of logs for the first time in about 15 years, and will still have most of our firewood for next year. But I see the oil trucks in my neighbor’s yards on a regular basis. I think we made out pretty good as far as the price of heating this year. Of course you must add in the time we spent with the chain saw and splitter, but what else do people do in the so-called Spring?
So, even though this has been an insane year for snow, bring on the cold, since the humid heat is coming! So is the mud, but that will be a post for another day.