Wednesday, March 24, 2010

good grief

I woke up to a farm covered in snow. What a slap in the face. See, this is exactly why I hate spring: it's a fickle bitch. I like the miserable predicability of a humid summer, the graceful decline of autumn, and the comfort of a long winter... But spring is all about torture. As April gets closer I find myself getting lost in thought, all the time. I spend the ride into and home from work trying to figure out my life, and fill all the empty spots. This post no longer has anything to do with snow. See what I mean?

They want real snow tomorrow night. A few inches and back in the 20s. Good thing I am moving, 'cause if I was living here I'd already have three raised beds in the ground and be scrambling to save them. Every year I know better, and yet every year I am out there in March planting like a moron with an addiction to top soil. I suppose there are worse addictions.

I'm all anxiety tonight. I wish it was May.


Blogger granny said...

Love reading your blog Jenna,and Im so happy for you finally owning your own patch of dirt :0)
How long now before settlement and the big move?
Im so looking forward to reading all about the new house and adventures.
Wishing you tons of luck and happiness.

March 24, 2010 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

Oh girl! I just about peed my pants I was laughing so hard...I so enjoy reading your posts. =)

March 24, 2010 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger Dawn Dutton said...

Jenna, I keep wanting to get out and work my dirt as well but I know we can't even begin until the middle of May here in Wisconsin... I have ruined many a plant by setting them out tooooo early... So as I age I am learning patience..... but it's so tempting...I feel your pain...blessings to you...

March 24, 2010 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger IanH said...

Jenna, each day and each season has it's own blessings. We are to enjoy each day on earth that God has given us, whether it snows or not. May will come when it coes.

March 24, 2010 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Carrie in Wisconsin said...

Love this! I am feeling the same way! I can't wait to start playing in the dirt :) This is my first year with heirloom seeds, so I'm pretty excited!

March 24, 2010 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Plant all the tender stuff in the same bed and cover it when frost threatens.

Or wait until after last know.

It's hard to wait when spring teases you great weather, I know.

Spring IS a fickle bitch.

March 25, 2010 at 12:40 AM  
Blogger SouthernHeart said...

Funny...I just wrote about Spring in my blog, Thinking About It (link below) I remember living in the Midwest when we'd have just a taste of Spring and then get slapped with another deep snow. Hang in there. Spring will get here and Summer after that. Just enjoy the process...or try to I guess.

March 25, 2010 at 12:53 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

I couldn't stand it when the weather was sooo nice 2 weeks ago and planted spinach on the south side of my house under a hoop. It is up and is making me feel so hopeful. I also have 30+ each of broccoli and kale started in peat pots. Started tomatoes last night. Squash and cukes tonight. Peas outside this weekend. Hopefully you can get over to the new house and begin amending the garden plot so it is ready for you?

March 25, 2010 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

Yeah, I woke in the night and heard wind howling and said Damn it's snowing! This morninng there was a little skim of snow on everything and painted over the wind side of trees and posts - blech! and
I think there may be a bird down my stovepipe - oh joy!

March 25, 2010 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger kate said...

You're confusing me a little bit, Jenna. You are from PA, right?

You can't plant outdoors in March in PA either. You get snow in March. Old farmers say no tomatoes in the ground until Memorial Day weekend. Etc.

Maybe that's where your anti-spring comes from, but it's a fact of life.

Vermont adds a new twist to spring, with most of the roads unpaved and muddy, even in the 21st century. I kind of like it.

But I hear you. I planted some containers last week on the sunny days, which will spend some nights in the garage with freezing night temps this week.

March 25, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

As my mom says don't wish you time away, ie wishing it was May, as time goes by faster and faster each year and you lose out on a lot of important things.

I am in Ohio and we have had snow in April so don't feel too badly that you are getting some more now.

I think Spring is Mother Natures' way of reminding us who is really in control.

March 25, 2010 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Kate: I know it's too early. I just don't care. I plant early season spring veggies soon as days hit the 60's and cover them in the night. Always will.

Pam and others: I just want it to be May because that's when all this moving in business will be over. Also, I hate April.

March 25, 2010 at 10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spring is a cheap tease. Just when you think winter's gone...

I was happily enjoying my 70* days and then yesterday was digging my car out of a snow drift. Hopefully this is the Big Snow that signals winter's exit. Everything will be rich and green in a month. Can't wait.

March 25, 2010 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

If there's anything worse than March, it's April. I'm with you on that one. Too cool to do anything, too warm to do nothing. And such a little tease. Maybe a good time to start packing?

March 25, 2010 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Paige said...

I with ya, Jenna! May is a wonderful month--Anniversary, GRADUATION, and getting to move to Kentucky, which is just one step closer for us to start our dream of having a home farm. :-D

March 25, 2010 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Story said...

Anxiety be gone!

March 25, 2010 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Damn The Broccoli said...

Spring is Mother Nature's Whoopee Cushion.

March 25, 2010 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

Maybe spring isn't such a fickle bitch. Maybe it's old man winter just can't let go and say goodbye? (he's a bit needy)

March 25, 2010 at 4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... it "officially official?". Is the farm yours? You really need to write a post about it so those of us waiting in the wings to issue shouts of joy can get our fix!

March 25, 2010 at 6:20 PM  
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April 1, 2010 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger crowjoy said...

Ha, I went on an only slightly wine fueled rant the other evening on the very same topic: Spring is a bitch!

We're to have a seductive tease again this weekend. Bitch! I know there's another snow coming!

April 1, 2010 at 8:26 AM  

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