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.