Happy spring, northern friends! (And happy autumn to those of you south of the equator.) I send this wish wearing long johns, wool socks and my coziest sweater.
Oh, yes. It's spring! (In that drifting snow and icy roads and biting wind kind of way.)
While it feels nothing like spring around here, I'll take a long cold winter any day over the crazy early, crazy dry, crazy hot spring that we greeted on this day one year ago.
It was 80F/27C last March here in Wisconsin. And frankly, that was terrifying.
Today it is -8F/-22C with the wind chill. Um. We have over corrected.
And so that brings us back to spring. And holidays. And celebrations!
Holidays in our family are not religious, but seasonal. Solstices and Equinoxes. And as you may recall, spring is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate. It is right up my alley in every way.
But where I live, Spring Equinox (or Eostre) rarely resembles spring.
Where I live there is normally a decent snow cover on the Vernal Equinox. So this celebration we push out to Easter each year. It adds a bit of normalcy to our family rituals to celebrate when most of our friends and family are also celebrating.
And it keeps the spring bunny from getting snow in her fur.
So today will be an ordinary "winter" day. We'll boil some maple down (if it warms enough for the sap to run!). We'll do some crafting. Sage will work on his robot. We'll read books. Maybe take a quick, bracing walk. I'll keep stitching away on Lupine's spring dress.
And with hope in our hearts, we'll plant another flat of seeds.
Because spring always arrives. Eventually.
And really – I can hardly wait.
5 thoughts on “Spring, delayed.”
Spring is headed your way! Despite the temps, I spotted an Eastern Bluebird here in Northern IL yesterday, and he took off flying north!
Yes! Sage saw several yesterday huddled in one of our trees, and then we saw more that afternoon. Come on, spring!!! 🙂
I would love to have had a little of your snow here in the south. Spring along with all it’s pollen is here in full force, thank goodness for nettle tea and tissues!
With Easter only 11 days after our Equinox, do you think the bunny will be warm enough this year?
Since we are still struggling with how to celebrate our seasonal holidays as a family (not being christian and all) it was a bummer to take yesterday off work for the holiday only to be trapped inside by another Chicago winter day. (We did plant some garlic which sprouted on the counter 🙂
Maybe your spring schedule adjustment would help us too…I just hope its nice enough to have some fun 🙂
We can only hope it warms a bit by then! Spring is the only one weve decided to tweak since searching for eggs in the snow when Sage was a toddler. It feels like a good fit to bump this one back a bit. And when the kids are small they notice no difference with the date-change. Blessings on your seasonal merriment!