Mark Twain famously said, "If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes." This winter has been no exception. It's been a roller coaster of snow, then rain, then ice, then thaw, then deep freeze, then snow again. I didn't grow up in New England but have lived here long enough, ( and my mother's deep New England roots are anchored in my DNA), to know that winters here can be long and challenging. But, enough already! I am SO ready for spring.
I understand and applaud those folks who are gleeful at each and every snowfall: the skiers, the snowboarders, snowmobilers and snowshoers. I enjoy being out in the snow myself, to some extent. But like a relative who overstays their welcome, when it is time to go, bow out and make a graceful exit, or in New England's case, a not so graceful exit. Tire-sucking mud and sketchy ice jams are both cautionary staples of the spring scene, but oh how I yearn for the smells of the earth waking up again. Bring on the aroma of warm dirt and the sticky sweet steam of maple sap boiling.
The time changes in just a few weeks. On March 10th we'll be 'springing ahead'. For me, more light at the end of the day is a real milestone. It's the beginning of the end for the winter season. Historically we will get more snow and more of that ever popular 'mixed precipitation' passing through, but they won't last long. Pussy willows will peek out, male Bluebirds will be checking out real estate to entice a mate, and the first Robin sighting will be reported.
My seeds arrived today. I am already gathering peat pots and getting the grow lights down from storage in the garage. This is real plant therapy for getting through the next 6-8 weeks of transition to warmer weather. I get to smell the dirt and watch the young sprouts pop out and make measurable daily growth into transplantable plants for the garden.
If your soul wearies and yearns for the warmer seasons ahead, get some dirt, plant some seeds, then set the small pots on a sunny windowsill. Water as needed, talk to them as needed and let a bit of early spring put a smile on your face and new energy in your step.