Today it feels like spring, despite the fact that the winter of 2017-18 has been bizarre. Temperatures have been going up, down and around like a drunken roller coaster, ranging from -38ºC to +15ºC , back again and all points in between.
Today it felt most decidedly like spring. You know it’s spring-like when my husband wears a ball cap instead of a toque, a lighter jacket and rubber boots, not snow boots, when walking the dog down a country road. In our area most of the snow has melted away, leaving patches here and there and a few slabs of ice. Further out in the country it’s a different story. The fields are still covered in snow and driveways and dirt roads are coated in layers of ice making walking and driving hazardous to one’s health.
Last years dark brown cat tails have exploded into fuzzy, shrunken remnants of their former selves, spreading seeds/spores for this year’s growth.
In spring, when the snow melts away piles of partially decomposed dog dung emerge. Mother Nature is busy using it as fertilizer for new growth that will soon hide the detritus of winter.
Small piles of snow still lay here and there, melting into pools over the ice remaining at the bottom of the ditches.
Buds emerging on tree branches give us hope of better, warmer weather to come. Hopefully March won’t come in like a lion and frighten the plants back into winter’s slumber. For now, at least, it feels good. There is strength in the sun’s rays and the wind no longer has that dreadful bite we associate with winter.
Yes, stepping outside the door today definitely feels like spring. There is hope that the season will arrive on or before the date on the calendar designated as the official start of Spring. Enjoy the day!