Signs Of Spring?

Here's what it looked like on the porch Thursday:

Glorious, sunny and in the high 50's. Even though I had to work all day and had no time to enjoy it, I was still delighted to know my favorite room was useable again. So the pet posse enjoyed it for me.

Fast forward to Saturday...no work, minimal cleaning needing to be done, lots of free time for knitting on the porch...BUT:

Cold, grey, rainy, dreary. Thunderstorms tonight changing over to a "wintry mix". Notice all the white in the background? That is the leftover from the huge glacier that has covered our yards since earlier in January. Despite an entire week of temps above freezing, it still hasn't melted. Global warming? Not in Kansas.

However, one of the things I have learned as a psychologist (that I actually use in my own life - therapists are notorious for being some of the nuttiest people you'll ever meet and most are strangely resistent to using the advice they give their own clients) - ummm, where was I? Oh yeah, I have learned to reframe negatives into positives as a way of keeping my mood happy as opposed to depressed. So, instead of grumping about today, I am thinking of today as ushering in the beginning of spring! I have put away several of the darker winter decorations in favor of light greens and yellows. I put on my favorite froggy-colored summertime Crocs.

I took some blueberries out of the freezer to add to a salad I will fix tonight with spring greens and goat cheese crumbles with raspberry vinagairette. And then I finally finished a little feline-sized springtime-fresh kitty blanket and Criquette and Bitsy have been taking turns napping on it today:

And I keep peeking out the window to see if the many narcissus and daffodil bulbs I planted last fall are beginning to peek out of the ground yet. Because as of today, spring is really just around the corner!

So while I'm waiting, I'm knitting. And how much do I love my new alpaca yarn? So much I started casting on for a new scarf, pour moi. It should knit up quickly. Then we'll need at least one more cold spell so I can wear it.

Maybe I'm not quite ready for spring after all...

1 comment:

Sonya said...

Your salad sounds wonderful! I have those same green crocs. I too would love to see some signs of spring. These kids need to get outside and burn up some energy.