Spring, are you out there?
It’s happening, can you feel it? Here and there are beginning to be signs of winter giving way to spring. I almost hesitate to say anything, as if daring to hope the cold and snow are lifting will bring old man winter roaring back to life.
The sun was up and there was fog rising in the woods on Monday, I even heard some birds that were not chickadees. The temperature was above freezing all day long and I didn’t even need to wear long johns. I’m pretty sure I’ve been wearing long johns since December 3 last year…
Could this be the end of the relentless winter? I guess only time will tell. Who knows, by the time you read this it may well be -20 again with 14 inches of snow expected overnight. Hopefully not.
This is a touchy time of year. Most everyone is anxious for change, expecting the sun to pop out, the air to warm up, and for the water to unfreeze. We begin to imagine what the land once looked like before the ice and the snowbanks and the constant stream of plow trucks up and down every road. Dare we picture days at the beach in the sun?
I can’t help it, I’m excited. Excited to plant a garden, excited to put a boat out on a lake, excited to walk in the woods, swim, heck, even sleep outside.
Pretty soon (I hope) it’s going to be unbearable to be inside all day. I’ll wake each morning to sun, blue skies, and grass turning green. There will be energy and excitement all around and people will begin to start grilling out again. It’ll be Easter and before you know it graduation and Memorial Day will be upon us. Spring will spring sometime soon and boy you better be ready.
Right now, though, it’s just an inkling; the weather may be hinting at changes but we have to wait our turn. I’m sure there are still one or two cold blasts of winter left in store for us and my excitement here will seem foolish. So be it. I will weather what is left of winter whether or not the weather cooperates.
See you out there,
A woodsman in training.