Tuesday, February 24, 2009


I was just out watering my front garden- yes WATERING- because according to my friends/neighbors, this is what we do this time of year when we haven't had enough snow. That's the small price we pay for having a light winter. Thus far at least. Everyone keeps saying March will be winter. That's okay by me.

But somebody had better tell that to my plants out front... they seem to think it is spring! Things are starting to turn green! The early tulips and daffodils are up a few inches. I have had crocuses blooming for almost two weeks. And I did this watering in a t-shirt and jeans- and felt grateful for the misting of water the hose was throwing at me because the sun is so lovely and warm. What a change from what we are accustomed to. Wow. I have to tell you, I really love the weather here!

I guess because our house faces South and it gets the best of the warmth from every day, it would be easy to confuse those poor little plants. And I can't think the ground is even that cold, we haven't had any snow last more than a couple of days at most. We have only rarely pulled out our winter coats and boots, as light jackets- or no jackets- are usually enough. Colorado natives insist that this is an unusual winter, even for them, but I for one am very happy to have been broken in so nicely to our new climate.

We have seen neighbors landscaping and much of today's talk (I went out to lunch with a ladies' group that my neighbor invited me to accompany) was about gardening, birds, and the coyotes we have out back. I guess I had better get a move on and get planning what I am going to put where. And then, dang it, it will be time to go out back and clean out the space I want to use for all the veggies I think I am going to grow. Well, it will be well worth it if I can grow even a fraction of what we bought at the market last summer. WOO-HOO!

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