Last Wednesday our daily high temp was a measly 9 degrees above zero. Yesterday, we broke forty-five degrees, and it’s only going to get warmer. Spring is knocking at the door!
Every year spring is an occasion of brown, dry, dirty, and skeletal landscapes that slowly turn green with renewal. For those who live in places that don’t get the seasonal changes, you are missing a great muse. I can’t imagine living in Hawaii—wait, yes, I can, but that’s beside the point—and not seeing the leaves change color in the fall, and the trees turning a fresh green in the spring. The green takes over the brown leftovers from last year, and the landscape feels refreshed and new instead of tired and worn.
One of my favorite things in spring is the smell. It smells like spring. It’s an earthy, loamy scent that makes you think of freshly-turned soil and spring rains. The wind carries that scent tempered with warm sunshine you have to feel on your face to get the full effect. Some trees flower before they’re fully dressed for the year, and that sweet aroma rides the wind and just makes you smile. See, you’re smiling now at the thought, aren’t you?
And there’s nothing quite like opening the windows in the house for the first time after being hunkered down for months. Stale, indoor air out, fresh outside air in. Just be aware that the neighbors like to take this same opportunity to clean and air out the barns. Eew. Quick, close the windows until the wind changes direction!
What element of spring is a muse for you? The rains? Warm sunshine? Fresh leaves? Brilliant skies? Flowers? All of the above?
Next on the docket is starting my seeds. First will be the onions. I used to buy onion plants (not the sets, there is a difference: the plants are younger), then a couple years ago I figured I’d grow my own. Much lower cost (about $2.50 for 250 seeds vs $14 for 75-150 plants), and there’s nothing like seeing those slender leaves like green hair in the flats. A couple weeks later, I’ll start the peppers and tomatoes. In MN, we can start planting the cold-weather stuff like potatoes, spinach, radishes, beets, and peas by the end of April. We generally wait until closer to Memorial Day to plant the warmer-weather stuff like tomatoes, peppers, beans, cucumbers, and squash, in case it snows. Hopefully we won’t have to worry about that this year. We’re breaking ground in a new spot for the garden, so I’m hopeful the onions, spinach, and beans will do better than they have the past couple years.
Still grinding toward that last scene in my story. Met with my writing group one night, and had to attend the spring sports meeting at school another night, so I didn’t get as much writing in as I’d planned. Once done, I’ve got a guest post to write and queries to send out.