Okay I have a confession to make, I love winter! I know this one has been particularly harsh, record setting even. But man does it bring some beautiful environmental phenomenon. Sun Dogs, layers of frozen atmosphere, the driest snow I have ever seen, deep red, purple, pink sunsets, that layer of wood smoke that settles about 100 feet in the air in the early am. Don’t get me wrong I’m ready for the change and a bit of an escape. I certainly think it helps to have greenhouse work to do. Starting in a week or two we will begin planting the first seeds of the season. Walking into a greenhouse this time of year on a sunny day mean you are instantly transported to a warmer environment with temperatures somewhere around 70 to 80 degrees. Nothing like the smell of wet warm earth and the strong rays of the sun off ones back to really shake off these cold weather blues.
I was reminded again this year that another strategy for fighting the winter blues is to get out there and enjoy it. Play. Build snow forts with the kids, go snowshoeing, build a luge (really), embrace this reality because soon enough it will be gone and we will again be basked in the warm rays of the sun. This year is the first year I have ever pulled on a pair of snowshoes and explored the wilderness right outside my back door. I use to go snowshoeing all the time when I lived in Colorado but for some reason I haven’t’ done it in Wisconsin. No more of that nonsense!
This weekend I felt the change in the air. Your farm is starting to wake up from its winter hibernation, I can feel the pull of the environment and it says wake up its time to plant.