This year I’ve really been struggling with keeping a positive attitude throughout the Winter – we’ve had quite a fair share of snow, but that isn’t really the issue. It’s the bitter cold that has affected me more than anything. While I enjoy the beauty of snow throughout the season, I have absolutely no patience for temperatures below 20 degrees (or God-forbid, below zero). And we’ve had quite a fair share of those days, too, so I’ve found myself irritated and grumpy a lot of the time.
Fortunately, the end of all this is on the horizon. In my concurrent life as a “biker chick,” this weekend annually marks a bit of a turning point in suffering through Winter, a.k.a. The Season In Which We Cannot Ride. That’s because it is the weekend of the motorcycle swap meet at our state fairgrounds, and Motorcycle Swap Meet Weekend is always the “turn 4” in the racetrack of Winter because it means March is only a couple weeks away – and March 1 is the Finish Line, as far as I’m concerned.
March 1 is the start of the month in which Spring begins. It is the start of yard clean-up, the beginning of gently poking leaves and mulch aside looking for perennial plants peeking through the soil, and the beginning of “high gear” in terms of gardening inspiration, ideas, and plans.
If you think this sounds like a lot of forced “happy self-talk,” well, I freely admit that’s exactly what it is! LOL But a gardening, motorcycle-riding girl does what she has to do get through Winter, right?
So while today it is gently snowing (again) and leaving us with a fluffy white blanket over everything, and while we might get above 20 degrees, I’m trying real hard to enjoy the beauty and just be content in the knowledge that Winter is almost over, and that Spring, riding, and gardening are not too far away.
Here are a few scenes from around our snowy yard today. And, there are several more over in the album I shared on Facebook.
I am linking to Home & Garden Thursday at Kathy’s beautiful blog, A Delightsome Life. My heart goes out to Kathy and all the home-and-garden bloggers I follow who live in the South – and all their neighbors! – who have been hit hard the last couple days by an ice storm. Ice storms are hard enough to deal with when you’re used to them – but for an entire region that’s mostly unprepared for that type of thing, it must be just a bit terrifying on top of being inconvenient and dangerous. I’m thinking of you all!
Update: I’m also linking to Susan’s Outdoor Wednesday Party at A Southern Daydreamer. Be sure to click through to see her stunning flowering plum tree and lots of other links full of natural beauty!