This month I started looking for spring. Hey, the calender says it's here, I want to SEEEEEEE it! Besides, I'm getting just a little sick and tired of allllll you bloggers with your gardens and your blooming trees and your green, green grass. Sick. Is it so wrong to want a piece of that for myself?
So if you've been watching my Project 365, I've been walking out to the tree in our front yard every Monday evening and taking a picture of a branch. I'm hoping to see some action out there...but I'm not really seeing it.
And yesterday? Well, yesterday was Monday, but I didn't get out to take my photo. Did I forget? Is my camera broken? Was I feeling lazy? Uninspired?
What I was was CHICKEN! Chicken to take my camera outside in the POURING rain. And then chicken to take it outside in the freezing rain. And then chicken to take it out in all of the SNOW we were having.
You heard me. Snow. That cold, white stuff.
An hour or so ago the snow finally stopped though, so I went out with my camera, looking for spring.
Hey, it's green! Doesn't that say spring to you?
Here's my branch:
You know what? I do actually think that's an improvement over last week. See the hint of red? (ok, it looks orange on my moniter) Those will be red, red seed-things soon. I'm sure of it.
(BTW, we've never actually figured out what kind of tree this is. It has leaves similar to maple leaves, but it has these crazy red seeds in spring. Not maple keys by any stretch of the imagination. If anyone thinks they can ID it, I'd be excited to know. I think I'll take photos at least until the leaves are out in full, and then I'll start again in late summer and we can watch fall come. Ok? Let me know if you need a bark photo to help with identification!)
You want more spring? Well, in getting to the branch, I fell through the snow. I've been walking across it for months without a care, and today I sank in up to my knees. Not every single step, but enough to fill my boots and keep things interesting.
And then there's this:
Pathetic looking, I know. But last week I didn't have a garden. I had snow almost level with my front steps. This week I have dead things sticking out of the snow. It gives me hope. And I'm also hopeful they're not really dead, just dormant. But I had no idea whether I was supposed to cut them back in the fall or not, so I let them be. Mother Nature generally does better without my interference. Hopefully I'll be enjoying this sage in another month or so.
For now though, if I want to get away from the snow, if I want to dream of spring and look at lots of green and pretty colour, I'll just have to stay away from the windows. And focus inside.
Thank goodness for Visiting Teachers. It's good to have some spring in my house.
And if you're one of the few still waiting for spring, like me, let me know what you're doing during the wait.