We made it to March, friends, and in just over a week we change the clocks - woo hoo, spring is surely on the way!
Meanwhile we are still buried in snow on the mountaintop, but the light is changing in that beautiful way it tends to do in late winter.
I must be desperate for some outside time in the sunshine because I actually shoveled a path to my patio swing the other day.
That swing is placed in the perfect location to get the full impact of the winter sun in the afternoons. It's my favorite place to spend time in March, when I can't be out in the garden starting spring clean up.
I sit on the swing and listen to the birds singing in the trees and plan my spring garden. I tip my head back and soak in the winter sun, and dream of warmer days to come.
Of course I've already gotten a head start on my spring garden - I started the first seeds about a month ago and they are doing quite well. So far I have all my pepper varieties started as well as all my herbs, leeks, and alpine strawberries. I also planted celery seeds but there's no sign of them popping up yet.
I'm not doing flowers from seed this year as my gardens need to be in great shape by the weekend of June 11th, when my beautiful daughter gets married.
I'll actually buy flats of flowers at the nursery this season to make sure everything is photo-worthy. We have so much to look forward to this spring indeed!
This is my beautiful daughter Amanda and her fiancé Alex - they were in Paris this week and took this photo on the top of the Eiffel Tower. I'm so happy they got to have that amazing experience, and so grateful that they are home safe and sound.
We never stop worrying about our children, do we? Once a mom, always a mom.
My other 'children' love the winter sunshine that pours through the front door in late winter - I open the door and put down their blanket and they sit there for ages soaking in the sunshine and watching the bird feeders.
The winter sunshine gave me the boost to start a little spring cleaning last weekend. Every so often I need to take everything off the counters and clean them with bleach. It always feels good when it's done, but I do wish there was a non toxic cleaner that would do as good a job.
Perhaps this weekend I'll tackle the other side of the kitchen. I also need to replace the microwave over the stove as it shorted out this past week. It's always something when you own a house, isn't it?
My kitchen is not trendy, but it sure is cozy and it's also a very hard working kitchen. It's amazing how many incredible meals have come out of that kitchen in the 7 years I've lived in this house.
As spring approaches I crave more salads and fruit....and sometimes salad with fruit, like this strawberry goat cheese salad.
I have been enjoying the fresh spring berries that are in abundance at the markets right now and working them into many of my menus.
I try to make sure at least one day a week is 'meatless' and plan around that, such as this grilled vegetable sandwich and butternut squash and apple soup.
Sweetie is super easy to cook for, which is a blessing indeed. We both adore pasta, so once a week at least it's on the menu, such as this incredible Rigatoni a la Vodka.
Tonight is another cold one with temps dropping to the mid teens but Sunday the forecast shows mid 60's and rain - go figure! That should help take out some of this snow for sure.
Last year we had an early spring.....could we possibly get so lucky two years in a row?
Meanwhile, I guess I'll be like Miss Molly and just snuggle in and be patient....after all, you can't rush Mother Nature!