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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Looking Back at Winter & Forward to Spring by Diane Burton

Everybody's talking about the weather. Here in West Michigan, we've gotten over eight feet of snow. That's right, feet. I've never seen so much. The snow-covered ice stretches so far into Lake Michigan that you can't see open water from the shore. The snow on our deck pressing up against our slider is as high as my dining room table. Drifts and snowbanks make corners dangerous for drivers who can't see oncoming traffic. On top of that, the temperatures are hovering around zero, with windchills much lower. My daughter blames the record snow and extreme cold on Hubs and me moving over here. LOL

Like most people, I am so looking forward to Spring. It's only January and I have had enough Winter. Normally, I enjoy it. I love snow--when I don't have to drive in it. When I can sit inside my warm house and watch the lovely white stuff cover up the dead grass and the stubs of cut back flowers. But enough is enough.

Spring, you can come any time.  Spring with its tulips, daffodils, and lilies of the valley. I can't wait to see the flowers I planted last fall. New house, new flowers plus some from the old house. Wherever I live, I always plant flowers, especially perennials. I know they're short lived, but seeing them come up and bloom year after year is so enjoyable. I hope the people who live in our old houses enjoy the flowers I left behind. Whenever I can, I divide my perennials and take some with me to the new house. Despite many moves, the perennials provide a continuity to my life. The irises came from my mother's garden. The lilies of the valley originally came from my grandmother's farm. I like to think that I'm carrying on a tradition of gardening women.

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Jannine Gallant said...

Unlike the rest of the country, Northern California just had the longest stretch of no precipitation during the winter in recorded history. 50+ days according to the news guys. We finally got a couple of inches of snow last night in Tahoe. It's always feast or famine--Mother Nature laughing at us!

Rolynn Anderson said...

I can't believe the weather you guys are having! My grandmother used to tell me about keeping all of her frozen food out on the porch during big chunks of the North Dakota. So this kind of weather's been experienced before. Sounds like you guys would have been pleased not to see it again. Stay warm!

Alicia Dean said...

I know I'm an odd ball, but I am not at all ready for spring. I don't care about flowers. I don't like sunshine. I love snow, rain, and/or dark, dreary, gloomy weather. Admittedly, I am not dealing with what you're dealing with. In Oklahoma we don't get enough winter weather, in my opinion. But I'm not sure how much snow I would have to deal with before I said 'enough.' (I don't want anyone hurt or without power, but I could be stranded for weeks in my home if I had food and wine to last) :-)

Margo Hoornstra said...

We have been getting blasted this year in Michigan. More to come tonight and Wednesday. Like you say, Diane it is beautiful to look at when you don't have to be out in it. Right now we're in a virtual heat wave, double digit ABOVE zero temperatures. Lovely! Spring is going to look pretty good this year.

Barbara Edwards said...

We go to Florida for half the year to avoid the winter snow and cold. This year we're getting hammered with below average temps and cold rain-sleet. Weird. But better than Connecticut with feet of snow and below zero.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

We got an inch of snow the other day and it was gone in twenty-four hours. I love watching it come down now that I don't have to worry about driving to work in it. Since I'm retired, I can just schlep to my recliner in my robe and slippers and power up my laptop until I've had enough coffee to get dressed and start the washer or vacuum cleaner. I can't imagine that much snow...and don't know if I want to experience it. Like you, I'm eager for spring flowers to pop their pretty little heads through the ground.

Diane Burton said...

Jannine, I'd love to send you some of our snow. :)
Rolynn, ND is a lot colder than we are, but I can understand keep food cold by leaving it outdoors.
Alicia, what can I say? LOL Come to Mich. if you want more winter. :)
Margo, we have another storm headed our way. We'll send it over to you.
Barbara, I can't believe the weather FL & the South is getting.
Vonnie, same reason I like being retired--I don't have to go out.

Keep warm, everybody.

glenys said...

This has been the coldest winter in 30 years - and we're having huge amounts of snow dumped on us, too.The authorities are having trouble keeping the roads clear....I was tired of winter back in December so now, I'm bordering on cabin crazy. Every story I start to write features snow in the setting. Am I going crazy? I agree, spring cannot come soon enough...although I know that squirrels had a fine feast from the bulbs I planted just before the snow came.... :-(

glenys said...

...meant to add that I love your idea of carrying on the tradition of the women in your family by planting plants from their gardens...I have some lovely flowers from friends' gardens, but we move a lot and sometimes the flowers can't move with us..

Diane Burton said...

Thanks for your comments, Glenys. 30 yrs is about right for the record amount of snow around here, too. Twice I moved in the winter & couldn't take my flowers. But Mom was still alive then & I could just get more. Since this is our last move, I took a few of all the perennials Mom left behind.

Diane Burton said...

Jannine, NBC news just had a feature on the CA drought. Holy cow! I'm so sorry to hear you guys are really being hit hard.

RT Wolfe said...

I'm such a seasons girl. Great post. :)