As we continue to have days with no school, I am finding myself more and more anxious to get outside and do some serious work. The Valentine’s Day snow last week was about 2 feet of powdery fluff….since then we’ve had a couple more inches of wet snow and this morning(Feb 19) some sleety rain.
There was some nifty stuff with the last snow, for the first day it was light and fluffy and the kids and I enjoyed shoveling and tossing the powdery stuff onto each other. It was a blast watching our dog Brandy romp!
Though the sheer depth made hard going… for dogs and people.
The Dancer and I spent almost 2 hours snowshoeing to the neighbor’s house (normally about a 10 -15 minute walk) to care for her cats while she was away. Exhausting going on the way there…up hill and breaking the trail. The trip home, a mere 40 minutes downhill with our trail to follow.
We saw amazing Pileated Woodpecker and lots of deer trails and it was really beautiful. Then, day two was nearly 50 degrees and we found it hard going just shoveling what the plow had piled up. We also made two short lived but entertaining snow folk who seemed to briefly enjoy sitting in the green chairs where my husband and I often sit and talk, and dream, on warmer days.
Another highlight was when I counted over 30 birds at the feeder. What fun!
After a great professional development day on Monday with my colleagues, we had a short day with students Tuesday(2 hr delay) and then today the sleety rain led to schools being closed again. It came at just the wrong time as by 11 it was over 50 degrees Fahrenheit and sunny. Now it’s cloudy with some gusty wind….I won’t even try to guess what tomorrow will bring.
One of the things we have enjoyed on these days at home is dreaming of all we will do when the snow melts and the ground is workable. We have ordered lots of seeds, plants, trees, roses, berries, and shrubs to plant. Some of the seeds have come already. Like presents under the Christmas Tree, the temptation to open them is great, yet I know the anticipation is also part of the fun.
i planted some narcissus bulbs and there are buds about to burst. Valentines day is always a great time to get in some flowers and take out the last of the evergreen arrangements from the winter holidays too.
I’ve been spending a lot of time looking out the windows dreaming of the vibrant spring & summer greens that led us to name this place Green Grove. After a muddy walk down the drive to get the mail and a slushy snow slog to fill the bird feeders with seed and suet, I make a cup of Mountain Rose Herb’s organic herbal Peace Tea, and get my bin…
…which holds my seed and nursery catalogs, garden planning and permaculture type books, garden journal and some graph paper and work on mapping out where everything will go. Roses and elderberries along the rail fence by the road, fruit trees on the western part of the front of the property, pomegranates near the stonework on the south facing back part of the house, almond trees between the walnut and the virginia pine that are anchors to the front yard, herb and vegetable beds meandering in the sunny spots with paths connecting it all and a few spots to sit and enjoy….
I’d say all in all we are weathering winter pretty well and with dreams of spring to inspire and sustain us, we will be digging in the dirt before we know it.