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Whither Winter?

To paraphrase the Elvis quote, “winter has left the building”, or has it? Rumor has it that we will get another Arctic Clipper blast a week from tomorrow. Hopefully, that won’t be the case, but it certainly doesn’t feel like winter anymore around here. I had the French doors open all day today, and it is T-shirt weather.

I seriously considered heading up to the community gardens and clearing up the asparagus beds. I almost took the tomato seedlings out of their warm spot in the laundry room and moved them out for fresh air.

I went back in my old photos to check out the four previous February files. I found quite a bit of bad weather this week.


Two years ago, on the 22nd. Frantic birds chowing down on the hastily thrown seeds on the patio. It was too deep to get to the feeders.


Last year, the day after Valentine’s Day.

Other years I also had the mad rush for fresh water from the cedar waxwings, and the pileated woodpecker working on a possible new home (or food source in my dying tree).


I think the birds tell me when the seasons are changing. That means right now, since the juncos are still here, that winter has not left the building. Spring will be here when they leave and the hummingbirds show up.

Now, if only we don’t get weather that is too harsh, because the daffodils are coming up and the tulips are just popping through the soil. I hope the dogwoods and the cherry trees don’t suffer from too much cold. They look to be close to budding.

Climate variance. Around here, we measure things like bud break. Soil temperatures. The farmers can tell you all about weather and climate variance. They have large amounts of data tracking the weather. It’s the only way to know when to plant.

About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

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  1. I hear spring-like sounds from chirping birds as I type. . .

    I just saw on Facebook that Breezy Willow is introducing home delivery to Howard County and part of Carroll County for its summer CSA. A few days ago I saw on Facebook that the Zahradka Farm suffered a tragic fire that damaged the CSA-processing area of its barn, won’t be able to make deliveries this week, and will make those up by adding a week at the end of the season.

    We’re making plans for a post-retirement abode. I wonder if you decided on quartz for your countertops and, in any case, what your experience has been so far with your new countertops.

    • I saw the Breezy Willow announcement. Interesting. The local farms are hurting if they don’t offer home delivery.

      So is our CSA. They had a survey where they asked about it.

      Sorry to hear about Zahradka. I hope they get up and running quickly.

      Haven’t done the countertops yet. Still discussing stove top choices. We are leaning towards Q premium quartz. Because, I cook. I don’t want granite as frying on a flat cook top can splash on the adjoining surface. Don’t want to have messed up granite from cooking.


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