Waking from hibernationJanuary 30, 2011
There is potential for a decent snowstorm early next week, or it’ll go south of us like all the rest have… I’m trying not to get my hopes up too high. We had a wonderful 7” snowfall on Christmas Eve – it made for a beautiful Christmas – but we’ve had nothing to talk about since then. [Interesting to note though that when I saved this icon from the NWS weather forecast for Tuesday the icon is called blizzard. Perhaps we’re in for a big one…]
January has been pretty unremarkable in the snow business. Two inches here, three inches there. But February is typically a snowier month than January or December where I live (and if the snow comes on Tuesday, well then it’ll be February).
February is a very unpredictable month. We can be in the dead of winter on February 1st and have crocuses blooming February 28th. I’m not holding my breath for that, but I am trying to bring a bit of the changing seasons inside. Tonight, while I was thinking of it and before any snow comes and distracts me, I went out and cut some forsythia.
It is a measure of my optimism that I think these sticks will have yellow blossoms on them in a few weeks.
I feel it in my bones. I am slowly coming out of hibernation. My energy level is increasing. I feel more awake. I don’t think it’s just me. I think it’s the season. The days are getting longer bit by bit and while we can’t see it, history suggests the plants are getting ready to do their spring thing. I can feel the transition beginning, even if we do get a blizzard on Tuesday.