Friday, April 17, 2015

Normal.....

Enthusiasm is the best protection in any situation.
Wholeheartedness is contagious.
Give yourself, if you wish to get others.
             David Seabury


It has been one heck of a winter. Most of us have experienced one of those winters of days gone by. I liked that “gone by” reference. When we were kids, the past winter was just a normal winter for us here in Canada. Oh yes it is official, I am now one of those people that want to go to Florida or somewhere warm next winter. I wonder if Bossy2 would like to go.

Those days of playing in the snow and looking forward to getting out there early every morning to snowshoe, seem to have disappeared for me. I can count on one hand, those times my snowshoes actually were pulled from behind the tractor seat and happily strapped to my anxious feet. This was a winter with perfect snowshoe conditions but the extreme cold had me wasting it. Most days, I was curled up in a ball after doing the chores, huddled under a blanket with the woodstove roaring trying to keep my aching bones warm. Drat…. that sounds so whiny and pitiful now that I have put it to paper. My life and my body seemed to have changed, and I honestly do not like it one little bit.


The sun is shining brightly here this morning as I write this. The cows are meandering, but keeping a close eye on their calves running full out exploring the field behind the house. My “Taunting Turkeys”, all seven of them, are picking at the ground under the apple trees sitting in the middle of the hay field. The Tom turkeys are all feathered out and “strutting their stuff” for the ladies. The field is brown with bits of green sprouting in the puddles of water. There is not one mound of snow in sight. All those normal things that I had forgotten during the seemingly winter of no end have now returned. It is spring here on the farm and what a glorious spring it is. I am smiling ear to ear. How could I have ever forgotten how beautiful the farm is this time of year? The never-ending brutal cold had obviously clouded my reason for living here during all seasons.


There is a lot of activity going on outside my open window with the robins building nests in the trees, singing their pretty tunes. The pesky blackbirds building nests under the eves of the hen house, squawking and making a mess, and the red squirrels are already out taunting all those birds. Our bluebirds are back and that has always been the event that makes me happy. I am waiting for the tree and barn swallows. I do hope they hurry back home. The five deer cross the field slowly every morning and then back again every evening at dusk. I can see that they made it through our winter of seemingly no end just fine. They are filled out so they must have found enough to eat in the deep snow. I did worry with the extreme cold and hard packed deep snow, but they survived and I have to remember, so did I. Our cedar trees and its bark are peeled off but it will grow back. It kept them going and I am grateful for that.


Normal spring views, normal chores to be done and normal weather so far has me expecting a season of fun activities and story writing. I am going to choose to forget that winter of normal days from our childhood. With it now gone I can get on with the business of normal things I love to see and do.


I am not quite ready to move to Florida or somewhere warm just yet. I have a feeling that the past winter was just a fluke. Right? I guess I can put my lightly used snowshoes back on the shelf in the basement till next winter. We made it.


Later

32 comments:

  1. Not sure what the answers are . . .
    I have always been sickenly obnoxious with my love of winter and snow.
    Not so much after having ridden 1500 miles one way, 1500 miles back in
    Snow, Wind, Bitter Cold, Sleet, Frost, Ice, Ice, Ice . . .
    Worst weather EVER . . . never again. I might have to hibernate!

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  2. I enjoy your posts very much.

    Crossing my fingers for an easier winter. My bones are complaining too, even now before the spring rains.

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  3. enjoying Florida right now but at the amazing farmers' market yesterday, I heard the vendors saying that THEY close up around May 15 as the tourists have gone and it is way too hot to be outdoors all day. Twists my brain , but glad to get a break from our weather.

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  4. Happy spring to you and Canada, Miss B!

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  5. I sure hope you're right, and that this past winter was a fluke! Please? I'm glad to hear that spring has finally arrived for you. Soon those tufts of green in the puddles will spread all over, and it will be so colorful...and warm!

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  6. Glad spring has sprung!!! I didn't use my snow shoes or cross country skis last winter. It was too dang cold. We certainly had enough snow though.

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  7. That sounds cheerful!! I wouldn't mind being in Florida at times too - I am just not sure anyone is really cut out for deathly freezing temperatures!! I am so happy the robins are back at last!

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  8. Oh that was a cold Winter wasn't it!... It's GONE... Hello Spring... Lets all rejoice to show our gratitude that we survived a Winter of discontent for cold bones. No need for a big bucket of hot water to keep my toes warm.
    Bring on the Pansies.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  9. Glad spring has sprung for you! We are still squishing through the mud down here in southwest Louisiana. I have been wearing tall rubber boots on my many meadow walks for months! Have a great weekend! Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  10. Well, spring is definitely my favorite season. You handle your winters with grace, though.

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  11. I hope you can luxuriate in warmth, new life, and plenty of sunshine. My hat's off to you, my friend. Your winters aren't for wimps.

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  12. Yay for Spring weather! After all the snow we had I am one happy camper watching it melt every day this week. It's incredible what a few sunny and above freezing days can do to the snowpack. But, I still have my shovel at the front door just in case. LOL Enjoy the lovely weather!

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  13. it will soon be time for farm auctions and your sweetie will be out searching for ladders again...all hail the Spring

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  14. Hooray for your Spring - and for our coming winter. We are getting cooler days and autumnal colours and I love them. I am so over the sweaty season.

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  15. Here's hoping for a better winter later this year for you.

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  16. Ah, Spring! It does gladden the heart after a cold, cold winter! :)
    I must ask, what is the carving on the stone in your second picture?

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  17. I also hope it was an unusual winter and am glad it's over. You sound back to your normal self. Enjoy the season and stay healthy for cryin out loud.

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  18. Yes, it was quite the winter, but I'm glad spring has finally arrived for you. Sometimes, at this time of the year when our snow lingers, I forget why I love to live at high altitude. But, then, it finally melts and I'm happy but ready when it comes back again. I like your meandering brook showing some green.

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  19. Spring gives you hope after a long winter. I don't like the cold either:(

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  20. So glad you made it through and feeling the happiness of spring once more. Soon it will all be a distant memory....Love your descriptions of the farm in springtime, Buttons.

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  21. Being a "winter person" I have never wanted to go south. Spring is peeking out from the shadows, and I embrace it, but I know this summer will be as tropically hot and humid as those southern parts of the continent. And I am not looking forward to that!

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  22. Well, I still left out a hat and gloves for the chilly mornings!...:)JP

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  23. Yes you came through that winter which is now behind you. Acceptance of ageing comes to us as we get older, the seasons have different meanings now....hugs M xox

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  24. B,

    I see spring is finally there where you're at.
    Now time for some well deserved warmth :-)

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  25. I'm so happy spring has arrived! The older I get, the less I like winter weather and I don't have to get out in it. I'm glad you made it through safe and sound, B! Take care and enjoy the spring!

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  26. As we reach each stage of our life maybe we redefine normal, and that might be what you are doing. I love the cold, but then again, what I experience as cold here is most likely considered to be very warm where you are. Jen

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  27. I have a feeling this winter was our normal. Like you I find it harder each winter.

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  28. gone by...favorite words...so very glad winter is, for the most part over. there's still snow on the mountains but the valleys are green. Praise the Lord!

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  29. I love the seasons, all of them.....I'm sure I would miss life without them!!

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  30. This past winter was definitely one that was hard on people and animals. But I still wouldn't want to live anywhere that didn't have a winter (cold) season. :-)

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  31. I've noticed that the older I get, the less I want to do the things I used to love doing. So frustrating.

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