The first thing to do is, rake. I wanted to pull all the dead leaves off the sprouting crocuses and already blooming snowdrops that were peeking through, desperately looking for some sun but I knew I had to wait a bit longer. March is such a tease around here. And wouldn't you know it. Snow and hurricane force winds arrived on March 26th. They even cancelled school the night before in anticipation of this one. It's a good thing I held off I thought, as the kids and I hunkered down for what we all hoped was the last snow day of the year. Even though Ava and Declan are still in elementary school and excited about a day off from school, even they are sick of the snow. Ready for baseball and dreaming of jumping off the raft at Megansett beach....well at least it will melt quickly at this time of year.
So, when I finally got out there to rake, I wasn't at all crabby about it, which can be my nature at times. (It's shocking that I can have that attitude, I know, but there you have it.) I was actually excited! Excited to get going, get planting. Suddenly, there are so many things to do. Rototilling the small patch for the vegetable garden, turning the compost, preparing the seeds and I'm already behind. I've got to get some pansies for the steps by the door...my mind drifts to thoughts of summertime when I'll suddenly stop and wonder,
"Where did Spring go?"