It’s now! It’s happening!
SPRING IS HERE!
If you’re new to the north country and you’re used to a leisurely build-up to summer and are taking your time getting your lawnmower serviced, your seeds planted, your perennial beds cleaned out, please take heed. Don’t wait too long or before you know it, summer will be here and it will be too late. Your yard will suddenly be hip high and the neighbors will be giving you the evil eye. Your tulips will already have been choked off by weeds and last year’s dead perennial skeletons and litter that was covered by the snow not too long ago (there is, inexplicably, the bottom half of a plastic milk jug in one of our perennial beds right now. Where did it come from? How did it get there? Why is there only HALF of it?!)
I remember back when I first moved to Watertown, I saw people outside in shorts and sandals when I was still zipped up to the neck in my winter parka. I mean, it was barely out of the 40s and everyone was acting like they were on their way to the beach.
Confused, I went home, shed my socks and looked at my poor, white, toes with chipped red nail polish that I hadn’t even noticed was still there when I had put my feet into hibernation several months earlier. I wondered if I was in some weird weather twilight zone. Or perhaps the wise folks here take care of their feet in the winter too, so they didn’t have to get emergency pedicures when it is suddenly warm enough (relatively speaking) to start wearing sandals. A mystery.
Shortly after that, I smelled smoke. Before I could grab my photo albums and evacuate, I saw my husband running past me with a plate of raw meat to grill. I hadn’t gotten the memo that spring in the north country is an urgent situation.
I’m here to tell you folks. It is.
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