My favorite seasons are probably Fall and Winter in Texas. Not due to the changing colors or snow. It is due to the weather being pleasant. Temperatures commonly reach into the low 100’s over the summer months. Fall and Winter are welcome seasons for their cooler days.
I love winter days that are icy. I love to don on my sweaters, make a crockpot full of hot chocolate, build a roaring fire, and snuggle on the couch with my family while watching a favorite movie. When winter days are not icy, they are a bit of a drag. This winter has been mild. Several days last week were in the high 60’s to low 70’s. It just doesn’t feel like winter when you are wearing a t-shirt and jeans. Weather like this makes you think of Spring.
I went to Lowe’s yesterday because I was feeling anxious. My brain is done with Winter. I want to start cutting fresh flowers and see butterflies in our garden. I noticed that our favorite couple of Starlings are starting to clean out the column on our porch. Twice a year (in Spring & Summer), the same couple come back and clean out the nook in our porch column. They “houseclean” and bring in new bedding for their babies yet to be born. They always make our family smile to see them chirping in our trees. When I see them return, I know that Spring is just around the corner.
After we finished school today, I decided to plant bulbs. I planted: Hyacinth, Freesia, and Red Tulips. I am hoping to grow them enough where I can put them on our kitchen table. Fresh flowers always make me happy. I also bought peet pots and seeds for our upcoming Summer garden. I will plant those in March. I picked up: Grape tomatoes, Poblano peppers, Sunflowers, Birdhouse gourds (something I have always wanted to grow), Onions, Pumpkin (can’t plant for a while), Sweet peas, and Blue Lake Green beans.
As soon as the chance of a hard freeze has passed, I plan on tilling the garden and getting ready for planting. That should be a few weeks away into March. Until then, I will watch our Starlings fly in twigs, string, and miscellaneous padding into their nest. I will watch my bulbs slowly grow into beautiful flowers. I will wish for butterflies and Ladybug pupa to fill our yard. It is time for Winter to be done. I am ready for Spring.