Monday, March 23, 2015
welcome to spring!!!
Last week Paul and I travelled to Portland for a quick visit. Spring was in full bloom, and the warm weather (60s) was such a welcome change from the weather we had been having in Wisconsin (20s-30s). If you've ever experienced a winter up north, you probably know the de-thawing feeling that comes with spring. After spending all winter bracing yourself against the cold, you can suddenly let your body relax. You can be outside without wearing multiple parkas. You finally feel the warm sunshine on your skin instead of biting winds. The return of spring feels like a little miracle every year.
I'm so glad I had a few days of daffodils, tulips, and cherry blossoms, because we returned to Wisconsin to more clouds and cold. As I'm writing this, we're getting a fresh sprinkling of snow. I'm crossing my fingers and toes that it's the last of the season!
Eight winters up north (one in Syracuse, two in Chicago, five in Milwaukee), and I've yet to master surviving winter happily. I worked on thriving last year - and I'm glad I did - because without that intention I think I could have slunk into a very unhappy place. This year the cold and snow hit later than usual, and it doesn't seem to want up to let up just yet. It really feels like a marathon of cold, and I always hit my wall right around mid February - just when I still have at least another six weeks of cold weather ahead of me.
But all of that aside, it's officially spring! There's tulip leaves popping out of the snow, the biggest snow piles have melted, and the ground at my community garden plot has thawed! We'll have color and life here before too long, and I'll finally feel like myself again.