I mentioned in a previous post that winter has been endless in the midwest. We actually had a significant snow storm 2 weeks ago. My parents who live in Northeastern Wisconsin received 24 inches of snow in one weekend. The snowfall broke some records from the 1800’s. I have lived in Wisconsin most of my life, I cannot recall ever receiving that much snow in one event, let alone in the middle of April. Flooding is a concern, as that is so much water to deal with while temperatures rapidly increase. However, just like everything else in life, the weather changed quickly and within a few days we were in the 50’s and 60’s. Fast forward 10 days and the snow is gone, the robins are happy and the tulips are growing. Spring is here at last.
I have always been a person who anxiously anticipates the next season because each season has so much to offer. Spring is tied with autumn as my favorite though. I am not a religious person, but Easter is my favorite holiday. I love the idea of rebirth, the very meaning of spring. My Easter decorations remain on display because I love the colors of robin’s egg blue, lilac and pink. This is the season of celebrating life; newly hatched chicks, lambs and bunnies. All symbols of spring and our Earth waking up. Nothing feels better than going outside on a warm, sunny day after 6 months of winter.
With the change in seasons, my backyard is being tended by my husband has he plants the seeds that will give us food over the summer and into fall. I have mentioned that he is the gardener. He has a green thumb and has harvested some beautiful and delicious produce over the years. I am however the cook of the family and I cannot wait to share some my creations over the summer with what he grows. I truly love to cook and provide my family and friends with delicious food that came from my backyard. This summer will have so much to offer and I am excited for it’s arrival.
On a personal note, I want to thank everyone for the private messages I received in regards to the loss of our dog, Stella. In a world with so much sadness and what I believe can be a lack of empathy, it gives me hope when I hear from people who value pets as family as much as I do. We all know those people who believe the loss of a pet is just the loss of an object, but I found over the last week that those people truly are the minority. Thank you.
Stella on her 12th birthday