Friday, February 26, 2010


This has been a really strange winter. I know from reading blogs in states south of mine that there has been no shortage of snow nationally, but here in Maine ...? We haven't had a decent snowfall since January. The massive storms that have dumped truckloads of snow in the mid-Atlantic states have passed far to our south. A normal February here is a never-ending succession of storms, snow days, and wind-chills below zero. This year, February has looked a whole lot like late March, complete with gusty winds and some rainy days. (Rain! In February! It's simply not done!). Ive even had the windows open on sunny afternoons. Oh, sure there are still patches of snow in shady spots beneath the trees, but most of it has melted.

Truth be told, I've been feeling a little pissy about the lack of snow. When you move to Maine, you sign on for epic snow. No wussy "dustings" of snow or "storms" that deliver an inch or two. Please. In Maine we measure our snowfall in FEET. This year, I've had to forfeit my winter-hardiness bragging rights and sit glumly watching clips on the national news showing dump trucks moving mountains of snow out of Washington D.C and people making snowmen in Georgia.

In the last couple of weeks, though, my thinking has shifted, and I've been all Spring ... yeah, Spring. The grass looks like it might be trying to green up a little if you squint and look at it out of the corner of your eye. There are tiny ruffs of green poking up from the base of my perennials in the flowerbeds. I've been perusing gardening catalogs, making lists, and sketching out changes I plan to make in the gardens this year. I may or may not have even poked the ground with a stick to see how much longer it will be before I (Tom) can start digging the pond I've decided I can't live without.

Which is why, of course, I logged on to this morning and saw that we're scheduled to get 4 - 8 inches of snow by tomorrow night.



Jen on the Edge said...

If we were to get more snow at this point, I'd probably end up on the top of a building with a sawed-off shotgun in my hands.

Country Girl said...

I know it has been a strange and unusual winter. I just made note of that tonight on a post.

Rose said...

Isn't that the way it goes? Enjoy your snow, even if it didn't come when you wanted it to (sounds like kids or dogs, doesn't it?)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Spring is unconscionably cruel.

Dawn in Austin said...

Isn't that the way? Sorry to hear about your snow. Hopefully it will melt fast so your flowers can come up.