Today it’s raining. 50 degree days have been few and far between. It has been warm enough to melt the snow and the daffodils and tulips are growing furiously. We found crocuses at the school where I work. The school daffodils already have buds. It will be a while, before the daffodils in my yard have buds. This is the hardest part of the year, to wait for the green to come! Warmer weather would help, but long-term predictions say the cold is here to stay, for a while. We have to take what comes, when it comes! I guess it’s better than the snow that northern Wisconsin is getting!
We had a very wintery winter this year. In January, we had weather so cold that we had wind chill warnings. The coldest temp was -17F with a -40F windchill. We missed 3 days of school because of the cold weather. Also, even though we have had 56 inches of snow (46 inches is the average), through the end of February, we’ve haven’t had a major snowstorm. That 56 inches fell pretty much an inch or two at a time! The snowplow drivers must have been exhausted because it was about every other day for a while there. The cities are all running out of road salt, too!
It’s a good thing spring is coming and we got a glimpse of it yesterday, with temps that reached into the high 50s! I loved being outside with only a fleece and not needing a hat or mittens! Sarah and I took Jasmine to her favorite walking spot at the bridle trails on the south side of Sheboygan.
The snow was really soft, though, and hard to walk on. It was similar to walking on dry sand on the beach. Jasmine and I both worked hard!
We even turned off the furnace and opened up the windows for 2-1/2 hours yesterday, too. I loved getting fresh air into the house.
The tulips in my header image were blooming like this on April 25th, 2012. So crazy! We had an early spring last year. It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen this year. It’s a good thing, too, because many fruit blossoms bloomed early and then froze, when it got cold again. I hope that doesn’t happen this year. I bet my tulips bloom later, too. April 25th was way too early!
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. -Anne Bradstreet