Dr. F’s Ode to Spring:
The first day of spring has been and past.
The druids celebrated the Spring Equinox at Stonehenge,
The robins returned and collected the winter yard debris for their nests,
The daffodils sprung up in places you forgot you planted them.
And the squirrels sensed the arrival of warmer climes and dug up the front yard for their hidden snacks.
…and then it hits. Buckets of snow! Frozen planters! WTF?
Terra Mater (Mother Nature) has pulled another fast one on us. From Dubuque to DC, Baltimore to Baton Rouge, this week the weather has been brutal.
Time to dig out the snow shovels, mittens, and ....well...it melted again! But, are we finally over with the frigid climes? Only Pachamama knows for sure.
Here are some handy spring-to-winter-to-spring weather precautions, just in case this isn't the last of the season:
- Make spring chimes out of snow scrapers and snow brushes for easy access during whacky weather changes.
- Mix the bird seed with the sidewalk sand; Sprinkle liberally for constant readiness for any season.
- Install electric blanket under porch swing cushions; or just keep a few packets of “instant foot warmer” packets by the front door and slip one in each back pocket.
- Equip golf cart with cross-country ski rack, snow tires and snow blower.
- Affix plow, mower and aerator to lawn tractor; hot-glue snowmobile helmet windscreen to baseball cap for rapid weather changes during spring lawn care.
- Mount spikes on the snowshoes for the first day of softball practice.
If all else fails, go back to bed for another month and wake up in time for the Easter egg hunt. Look for the Marshmallow Peep hiding in the frozen petunias.