Good-Bye November

So, maybe it wasn’t a great idea to do monthly mastheads…seeing how mine still says November 2012 and it’s now March 2013. My poor lonely blog. If it’s any consolation, I’m pretty sure I haven’t downloaded any pictures from my phone or camera onto the computer since then. I have taken pictures, they just haven’t made it to the computer yet. Good thing I have large SD cards.

Winter is a quieter time for us, where we fall into the rhythm of our daily routines. Amelia is at the age where she’s too heavy to carry and still too young to hike far by herself, especially in the snow, so we haven’t had too many excursions. We’ve had good times playing in the backyard and on the huge (but finally dwindling) snowbank in our front yard. She likes sliding on the ice on the stream out back and tracking animal prints in the snow.

I’m not sure how aware Amelia is of the changing seasons, but in the past couple of weeks she’s asked to do things like get her bike out, plant flowers and go outside barefoot. Maybe her internal clock is telling her that spring is near, or maybe she’s just tired of the snow storms we seem to be getting every weekend. I swear, it’s been snowing for the past five days here, but only the slush puddles seem to be growing. It’s just been gray and slightly miserable. I keep telling her that spring will be coming and the grass will grow (if the snow ever melts out of our yard) and then she’ll be able to play barefoot with her outside toys. I haven’t told her that it may be another two months before that can actually happen.

I did put up our hoop green house a couple of weekends ago and the snow has melted in there. It’s been so gray, that it hasn’t really gotten warm enough to warm the soil yet, but the other day the sun briefly broke out of the clouds and the thermometer registered 81 degrees before it started snowing again, thus returning the temp back down. It’s just a matter of time now. Amelia and I planted tomato, asparagus and green pepper seeds yesterday and Artie hung a fluorescent grow light above the seed trays. It’s the first time I’ve tried using artificial light for seedlings, so we’ll see how it goes. Right now I just have to resist the urge to “turn the light off” in the office where the seeds are.

Amelia also planted two pots of sunflowers. It’s very early to plant sunflowers and I don’t even think they’re meant to be sown indoors, but she wanted flowers so badly that I let her do it.  It will be a fun experiment.

I have plans to do a little catching up here. I have lots of photos to unload and some ideas to discuss. You could say that my ambition is thawing, even if it’s still winter here in Maine. I might even get to updating that masthead. Thanks for looking in on occasion.

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