Friday, April 03, 2009
It's Raining ... It's
... Snowing ... It's Raining ... It's Snowing ... It's Raining ... It's Snowing. The weekend prediction is to hit a nice warm 60 degrees by Sunday. Followed by (you guessed it) ... rain/snow showers next week. March came in like a lion and went out like a saber toothed tiger. The groundhog saw its shadow twice I think ... that must mean twelve more weeks of winter. Even this Snow Queen is dreaming of a nice warm day in the hammock. My flu bug flew the coup today. It stuck around for three days. Not being a person that likes to take meds, I succumbed last night and took a swig of cough syrup. The trouble with taking a medication to relieve you of body aches is that you forget you're sick and 'feel' well enough to work instead of getting some healing rest. My theory is that you are sick for a longer period of time. This is one of my hair-brained, unscientific ideas.
I have yet to see any sign of spring ... other than birds. Not one speck of green. Our trees are wanting to bud/leaf out ... but have decided not to. Of course, If you drive down off the mountain, the farmers' fields are beginning to show the first hint of spring green color (and I mean hint).
Winters in Idaho are similar in length to those we spent in Michigan. But the scenery is far more beautiful here than words can describe on a cold, clear, sunny day. I long for the spring that you southerners are enjoying. The 60 degrees predicted for Sunday will feel like summer after surviving the snowiest winter on record ... since records were kept in the late 1880's. I don't mind winter ... but the transition between winter and spring is a bit drawn out ... that's why I did my spring cleaning in February ... so not to waste one nice sunny day being stuck inside with a dust cloth. In a few months when my veggie garden is in full swing, I will think back to the months spent just itching to get outside and start working. My back and arms will ache from the production of the whole thing. A good ache ... if there is such a thing. My mind wanders to last summer sitting out back sipping ice tea. Flitting here and there with no thought of having to don a pair of boots, gloves, scarf or a coat. On the positive side ... I know spring will get here! The days are growing longer with each passing sunrise and sunset. There are more birds stopping at the back yard feeders. This week I hope to put up a new blue bird house after I finish reading a book about taking care of them. Currently I'm reading about storing food in a root cellar, a book about short stories related to knitting, a book by Nicholas Sparks called ... Three Weeks With My Brother, and a book about home preserving foods. And you thought I was just sitting around in my jammies all day, eh? Well, between reading, I have been knitting cotton dish clothes ... and inventing new patterns as I go along. No two are alike ... amazing how easy they are to make (up). Well, that's my life this week in a NUT shell. Hope you have a good weekend.
(I'm thinking spring)