My Favorite Month.

Most people, it seems, sigh a collective groan in February. I get it. I mean, can you think of another month in which an entire country founded on rational thought suspends reality to anthropomorphize a rodent and infer his weather opinion? Yesterday it actually thundersnowed, Punxsutawney Phil. These waves of wintr’y weather the south has been blanketed with (predicted by the Farmer’s Almanac, I might add) makes it seem like it’s a long slog towards spring. Especially when the alarmists say things like “catastrophic” and “crippling” and things turn slushy; I’ve found that people everywhere have a special loathe for slush. To boot, I fear the mid-month love fest of Valentine’s Day can lose its sweet panache in slush, subsumed by Hallmark consumerism. I cringe a little when I see hearts and chocolates pushed just past New Year’s. Having been out (in the real world) infrequently this year though, and having no tv (and, would you believe it, no snow-shovel!), I’ve noticed less of that and am happy to celebrate the heart of it today, of course, for it’s lovely romanticism. I mean this IS True Love and Homegrown, after all! Annnnd, I was born in February, so in actuality I’m in the camp of February not being such a bad month at all. Don’t stop reading.

I am itching for spring, to be sure. And so I’ve searched for February’s signs of stirrings – listening for a green hum beneath all this white sog. For instance, I discovered the other day, a few little rootlets budding from the withered brown loop of hops that I’d hopefully dug up and carried from our old house! W was pleased – now we have to find a place to plant them where they can grow high! Our order of seeds came in from Baker Creek, and we’ve placed an order for several more fruit trees and flowering bushes (lilacs! hydrangeas!). Before this last snow hit, WV and I found strong green shoots (which WV trampled only a little) of either crocuses or daffodils beside the house – which just whets our anticipation of all the blooming and blossoming we will discover this spring at our new house. And, accordingly, we’ve been choosing spring reads…you know, to get the sap flowing.

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wpid-20140211_162924.jpgSo, think of it this way: February (in the Northern Hemisphere) exists to prove you’re strong. You can take it. You have survival in your blood. It’s a time to think and be creative (’cause flying piglets, sometimes you want to stay in to keep your snout from freezing). These cold moments will be interrupted with punches of warmth until all we have is spring coming on strong, with open windows, longer days, and fragrant breezes. Love your person today a little bit extra, or your baby, or yourself, or your four-legged friend, or whomever you think deserves a special reminder. And love ya, February!

This post was added to a collection at The Prairie Homestead’s Monday Homestead Barn Hop. and to Crafty Garden Mama’s linkup, Tuesday Greens.

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10 thoughts on “My Favorite Month.

    • Yes!!! Thanks for the positive ID! We are on the edges of our seats to see what else blossoms here…the original owners of the house were meticulous and avid gardeners!

  1. Excellent thoughts! I am trying to look on the bright side of winter – I have been dealing with New England winters all my life, I don’t know why this winter feels so different! I think I will start some seeds this week, that will definitely help me get through!

    • Thanks! I grew up in NY and went to college in MA, so living in VA now, I kind of poo-poo all the hype over winter weather…sometimes it looks like it might rain here and school gets cancelled! But this winter has been harder than usual for just about everybody!! Spring is coming, spring is coming… 😀 Good luck with your seeds!

  2. We love And Then It Was Spring! We are definitely hunkering down to get through this month and I think I will appreciate spring so much this year! If you are ever looking for another green minded linky, I’d love to have you join the group at Tuesday Greens! Have a great week!

    • Thanks, Becky! I will check out Tuesday Greens!

      Isn’t that book so sweet? My son loves the bears who might be trampling the seeds bc they can’t read! I feel just like the little boy…ear to the ground…listening…soon!

      Have a great day!

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