Spring is officially here, well according to the calendar it is, even though the weather report threatens to change rain to snow.
I've been looking forward to spring ever since February. I was thinking - wishing - March would arrive warm like last year but that wasn't to be. Instead of the warm, sunny days of March 2012, we had cold, wind, and snow. Spring seemed so far away.
To make myself feel closer to warmer weather I examined seed catalogs that came through the mail. Even on snowy days, dreaming about the next crop of vegetables and flowers made me feel better.
For the first time ever, I actually ordered a couple flowers from one of the catalogs. Even when snow was on the ground placing an order made me feel closer to spring.
The bulbs that will be coming our way have not been shipped yet, at least I hope not. Our ground is still frozen. But when it is time they will find their way into our flower garden.
I'm certainly not done buying plants for the summer - I always buy local. But somehow just knowing that I have those particular flowers heading this way makes me feel better as I do my spring dreaming.
Most people are anticipating spring's arrival. Farmers are getting antsy to get into their fields. Bob just left to order parts to fix his planter. He hopes things will warm and dry up within the next month so he can get to work again. All the other farmers we know are chomping at the bit, too.
There is only one in this house who isn't looking forward to spring and summer, that's our dog Sunny. He's a winter-loving dog.
Sunny and I just came back from a walk down our road. It was sprinkling out, but we didn't get terribly wet.
When we first headed out, I thought he really needed to go. Sunny usually makes a pit stop as soon we get to the yard. Today he continued snuffling the grounds looking for that special spot he needed. He led me around the yard until he came to one small patch of snow that was left under a tree and that's where he emptied his bladder.
We continued down the road - the lane is too muddy. I almost lost my shoe when I gave it a try - Sunny kept searching the ditch as we went. First, he found some leftover snow big enough to roll on. Eventually, he came to a smaller patch where he could finish his business.
Sunny got in the habit of going potty on snow. He even had his favorite spots. Most of those places have melted, so now he has to change his routine.
I doubt if he knows what's happening to his world, that winter is changing to spring. A dog wouldn't know about things like that.
Our pet is built for cold. All winter long, watching Sunny romp and roll and burry himself head first into the snow, made our walks fun. His joy spilled over to me. Even when I was cold and ducking a frosty wind, Sunny's antics made me smile. Now we have to adapt to different weather.
I'm sure Sunny will soon remember his love of green grass, too. I taught him to rollover while he was kicking up his feet in the lush growth last summer. We'll have to wait a bit to do that again as things haven't turned green yet and I really don't want him rolling in mud.
More rain is on the horizon, so maybe by the time this column is printed all the leftover drifts will have melted.
Bob needs this to happen so he can get to our grain bins and the soybeans that are stored there. He is more than ready to see those beans on their way to market, but so far winter weather made that impossible.
Somewhere spring has already arrived. I don't have to look too far south to see people who have blooming flowers. Ours will come, eventually, but it sure seems to be taking forever this year.
Still, there are signs of spring even here on Sunnybook Farm. On the south side of the house, tulips are showing two-three inches above the ground and cracks in the soil mean more bulbs are about to pop, too.
I think I'll have a party when the first flower opens for the season, yet, today I'm still Spring Dreaming.
Susan Manzke, Sunnybook Farm, N8646 Miller Rd, Seymour, WI 54165; Sunnybook@aol.com; www.susanmanzke.net;