Mar 25, 2013

The Easing In of Spring

The equinox came on handsomely last week.  The above photo is the sky at dusk on the day that, for a short moment, daylight and darkness were balanced.  (I know that there is more to the equinoxes in an astrological sense and the timing is sometimes suspect, but I'm a romantic and am more than happy to observe on a certain agreed-upon day.)

I feel like I'm still integrating the equinox energy, and interesting things have come up for me this week  but I'm enjoying the spring dance that is happening right now.  The weather is completely crazy, still jumping back and forth between ice-cold winds and very warm days, with a stray snow flurry or spot of hail thrown in for good measure.

The yard wakes more and more each day, even if the frost knocks a few of the plants for a loop on some mornings.  I spotted this dandelion trying valiantly to wake and bloom:

The cats have been in their glory lazing around the yard and are not happy having to come inside when I switch my gears from garden work to office work.  They are soaking up the sunshine and chasing bugs and chittering at the birds that hide in the cedars.

The same office work that gets me out of bed (and the house) all winter long transforms from a boon to a burden as the season progresses.  I'd rather be outside all the time, wandering the hills, chatting with the veggies growing in the raised beds, and napping in my hammock.  But there needs to be balance there too.

As we wander into the last week of March (already?!) and some of us prepare for another celebration of family and food and chocolate bunnies, I feel grateful for the easing-in that spring is affording me this year.  I'm not quite prepared yet to spend all day in the yard.  Although I'm finished with year-end books for my employer, my own taxes are staring at me, and the Great Home & Business Organization of Winter 2013 is not even close to being complete.

I am finding my way into spring.  There is a dance going on.  First, getting rid of heavy blankets and then adding a few back in for those frigid nights that linger.  Clearing the garden of dead branches and leaves and then packing some back around the plants to protect the new growth from frost.

I know that there are still places under snow, and storms are making a mess in some areas.

I hope spring finds you too, and eases in, waking your land and brightening your skies.


Dede said...

I thought Spring was here last week only to be shown it was not and will arrive in her time. The storms have settled down and the sun is shinning this morning, however it is still very cool out there. Very misleading...
Wishing you a very productive day!


jaz@octoberfarm said...

we had a big dump of snow and it is still coming down. plus, there is another storm on the way!

the wild magnolia said...

Love your spring post. Love the kitty picture. Enjoyed your thoughts about spring.

Spring awakened me! The dance is right on time, I needed and refreshing.

Even enjoying spring cleaning. I'm not kidding.

Spring is pastels and daffodils, bright colored eggs, Easter dinner, family and friends, and stepping our of the season of less. Each season gives us work to do and opportunities to grow.

Wishing you peace on your journey.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Love the cat photo!

Sara said...

Spring is easing it's way in here too. Finally, we are melting and warming. I so want to lay on green grass surrounded by flowering plants and warm sunshine. Soon.

Jeanne said...

Spring was here and a lone daffodil was in bloom but then Ol' Man Winter decided to give us one last blast. And we got over a foot of snow over the weekend! But the temperatures are supposed to be warm enough for short-sleeves by the weekend.

R White said...

What a gorgeous evening shot, and I love the kitty pic. Spring is definitely here in AZ, its been gorgeous lately, but we currently have a cold front moving in. Maybe this is the last snow we usually get around this time of year.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Yesterday, I washed, folded and put away the heavy blankets. Now it's really cold, but just a bit longer... after that, Spring!

Jessica Cangiano said...

What a gorgeous, enveloping sunset. I've always had a particular fondness for those that weave pink and inky blue together like this.

Wishing you a joyous start of spring & Easter weekend, dear gal.

♥ Jessica

*PS* I completely agree, lemon is the most wonderful spring taste! I swear, I could eat it on and in everything during these early days of the season.

Birgit said...


A BIG thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment -- so very, very much appreciated! :)

Spring hasn't arrived in Germany yet. Earlier this week I even had to shovel snow again... I can't believe that it's already Easter.

I wish you a wonderful spring -- and thanks for all the time and effort you put into your blog. I always so enjoy visiting it -- visiting with you that is.